Coconut Granola Cheese Cake
1 1/2 cups Granola (Coconut Cia seed granola is good)
2 Whole Grain Honey Graham Crackers
4 tbsp Unsalted Butter, melted
8 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup + 1/4 cup White Granulated Sugar, divided
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Almond Butter
2 cups Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, coconut, and nuts. In a measuring cup or separate bowl, whisk together the salt, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Pour this mixture over the oats, and stir to completely coat the ingredients. Spread the mixture into an even layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Flip granola around with a spatula every 3-4 minutes to prevent burning and to get an even golden-brown crisp. After baking, set granola aside to cool.
Once the granola is cool to the touch, combine the granola and graham crackers in a food processor. Puree for 60-90 seconds, until a very fine and crumb-like texture. Pour in melted butter, and stir to combine evenly. Next, spread the crust mixture into the bottom of an 8-in round springform pan. Press down to compact into an even layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes. (Do not let it burn!) Set aside to cool.
To make the filling, add the cream cheese and 3/4 of a cup of sugar to the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the cheese and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla and almond butter, and beat until incorporated. Then, remove the bowl from the mixer, and fold in the Greek yogurt with a spatula.
In a separate bowl, whisk the heavy cream with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake filling. Finally, pour the filling into the cooled granola crust, and spread into an even layer with a spatula. Cover with foil or plastic wrap, and freeze overnight.
To serve, run a paring knife around the edges of the cheesecake to loosen the sides from the pan. Then, unlatch the spring form pan. Transfer the cheesecake to a cake stand or serving platter.
Garnish with fresh fruit and/or more coconut granola! Enjoy!