Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkin Streusel Cheesecake Bars

These beautiful bars contain no sugar...each layer is sweetened with a bit of honey; such a sweet indulgence for the beginning of the fall season.   An oatmeal cookie-like layer forms the base and is then topped with a cheesecake layer, then a pumpkin layer, and finished off with a sprinkling of oatmeal-cookie streusel.  I cannot wait to make a batch of oatmeal cookies using this recipe and only honey as the sweetener!  These were divine!
These lovely bars were inspired by the author of my Secret Recipe Club assignee this month:  Sarah from The Pajama Chef.

Sarah recently graduated from her DUAL master's program at Indiana University with a MA- African Studies, Master of Library Science.
Sarah and Ben at her master's graduation, 2012 
Sarah and her husband, Ben
     (Photo from:  The Pajama Chef)  

Way to go Sarah!  I hope you get your dream job in the international section of a huge library one day.  A life surrounded by the scent of books---sounds absolutely lovely to me.  I have a life surrounded by the scent of boys. 
They don't always smell great, but I sure do love these guys.  And they loved these pumpkin bars. 

Please click here if you'd like to see Sarah's original recipe.  I swapped out the apples for the pumpkin, the whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour, and the honey for the sugars.  I also halved the recipe. 

Here's the printable recipe...

Pumpkin Struesel Cheesecake Bars
Makes about 12 bars

Cookie Base
1 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup white wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Pumpkin Layer
1 and 2/3 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey

Cheesecake Layer
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp white wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8" x 8" baking dish with parchment paper.  Then lightly grease the paper with butter (or use baking spray).  Set aside.

Prepare the cookie base in a large bowl.  Use a fork to stir together the oats, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.  "Cut in" the butter pieces with two knives or with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Then stir in the honey with a sturdy wooden spoon.  Set aside 3/4 cup of the cookie base.  Press the remainder of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Bake for 10 minutes. 

While the cookie crust is baking, mix together all ingredients for the pumpkin layer in a medium bowl.  Set aside.

Prepare the cheesecake layer by mixing all ingredients (softened cream cheese, honey, flour, vanilla, and egg) with a wooden spoon or with an electric mixer until well-mixed. 

After the cookie base has baked for 10 minutes, remove it from oven.  To assemble the dessert, spread cheesecake filling over the partially-baked crust.  Then spread pumpkin filling on top.  Sprinkle the reserved cookie topping over the pumpkin layer and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.

Refrigerate to chill before cutting.  Store in the fridge.

Recipe adapted from The Pajama Chef


Isabelle @ Crumb said...

These look so good! I think I could easily eat an entire batch of these all by myself, if I had half a chance... so I guess it's a good thing that they're somewhat healthy. :)

Isabelle @ Crumb said...

These look so good! I think I could easily eat an entire batch of these all by myself, if I had half a chance... so I guess it's a good thing that they're somewhat healthy. :)

Heather said...

Can you share what the cookie version would be? Thats more my style these days.

heather said...

also would fat free cream cheese work?
ps they look beautiful and scrumptious thanks for sharing. i cant wait to try with some tea.

Ginny said...

Oh, I'm sure fat free cream cheese will work. And I will share the oatmeal cookie soon as I make them... :)

Lisa~~ said...

Totally delicious looking and pumpkin is so perfect this time of year.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.


Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos said...

This looks delicious!!! I love the idea of a pumpkin cheesecake bar :)

Shelby said...

I'm sure I would love these bars, and that photo of your boys is so cute! love it!

Tessa said...

The honey. They pumpkin. Not sure these could look or sound any better. Delicious. Great SRC pick!

Lisa said...

What a coincidence. I made apple streusel cheesecake bars for this month's SRC. I'm gonna have to try your pumpkin version for sure.

singerinkitchen said...

This looks so good!

Cooking Rookie said...

Wonderful cheesecake bars - yum!

TeaLady said...

Good idea. I would go with the pumpkin any day!! These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing this one.

Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef said...

aww, so glad you guys liked these. i love this version- i'll have to try it out. :) thanks for your kind words!

Cooking Rookie said...

Hi again :-). I made your cheesecake on Tuesday night, after all. Only 2 days after the SRC reveal - brrr... I even managed to post it today. It is really good! I was not sure about adding all the honey, I thought it might taste too much like a honey cake, but it tastes like a regular cheesecake. I made some substitutions, the main one being using apples. And then when I was publishing the post I saw that the original recipe on Pajama chef also used apples :-). The history repeats ;-). Anyways, I am glad that the reveal day caught me off guard, because I had a chance to explore your blog a bit more. And, as Arnold says, I'll be back :-)
Thanks and have a great day!
p.s. by the way, I also posted my version of this cake on RecipeNewZ, it's our new community site, kind of like foodgawker only everything gets published. It has more than a thousand members and the traffic is pretty good. Try it, it would be great to see you posts there too!