These pumpkin cheesecake bars with oatmeal crust are made a little healthier by using coconut sugar making them gluten-free!
I must admit, cheesecake is one of my most favorite desserts. Whether it was by the slice, in a bar, or ice cream, I just loved that tangy, creamy texture. The problem is that several years ago I began getting migraines whenever I ate anything with dairy. The lactose pills didn’t always keep me from getting the severe headaches, so I pretty much had to cut it out of my diet completely. It was a sad day indeed.
I used to wonder why there were some people who could have dairy, but chose to never eat it and then there were people like me who loved dairy, but couldn’t eat it. Oh well, c’est la vie!
I slowly got over it and began finding dairy-free alternatives for all of my favorite foods. I found that there were so many delicious foods and desserts that I could make (and enjoy) without dairy, so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.
Every once in a while I’m able to eat dairy in small doses and it doesn’t affect me at all. If I begin eating it too often, the pain comes back so I have to keep my intake to a minimum throughout the year. When I do eat it, however, it has to be worthwhile! 😋
These pumpkin cheesecake bars are an easier take on my favorite pumpkin cheesecake recipe! It doesn’t require a springform pan and water bath, like traditional cheesecakes, but it tastes just as yummy. I also made it a little healthier by using a small amount of coconut sugar, so they aren’t overly sweet and made the crust out of oats and almonds, instead of graham crackers.
I love a good amount of crust with each bite of cheesecake, so the cream cheese layer isn’t super thick. If you prefer more a thicker cheesecake layer, you can easily double the filling (but use 3 eggs altogether) and just bake a little longer. Either way this is an easy and delicious dessert, perfect for the upcoming holidays!
If you’re interested in a dairy-free cheesecake, check out this recipe for my Vegan No-Bake “Cheesecake”!
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