Nutty Granola Cheesecake

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Yield: two 8″ cheesecakes

Crust:

Ingredients

  • 454g plain granola
  • 170g unsalted butter, melted

Batter:

Ingredients

  • 1,530g cream cheese, room temperature
  • 397g granulated sugar
  • 340g whole eggs
  • 28g cake flour
  • 9g vanilla extract
  • 397g heavy cream
  • 142g American Almond Roasted Almond Butter

Directions

  1. To make the crust, place the granola in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Mix the melted butter into this. Press this mixture into the bottom of two 8-inch round spring-form pans. Bake at 375F until the crust is dry – about 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. To make the filling, blend the cream cheese and sugar on low speed in a mixer with a paddle attachment until smooth. Scrape as needed.
  3. Add the eggs a quarter at a time and scrape between additions. Add in the flour just until combined, followed by the vanilla extract and heavy cream.
  4. Set aside 18 oz of the batter. Stir the American Almond Roasted Almond Butter into this batter.
  5. Divide the remaining cheesecake batter evenly between pans.
  6. Fill a piping bag with the Almond cheesecake batter and pipe swirls on top of the cheesecake batter in the spring-form pan. Take a knife or skewer and drag it through the cheesecake to create a marbled effect.
  7. Bake the cheesecakes in a 300F oven with a water bath halfway up the sides. Bake until set, about 60-75 minutes.
  8. Cool the cakes on a wire rack in their pans, and refrigerate or freeze overnight. Remove from the pan and decorate/serve as desired.

Recipe courtesy of American Almond® – www.americanalmond.com