a traveling Wife: Deconstructed Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Deconstructed Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Deconstructed Caramel Apple Cheesecake Stackers are made with no added sugar, a simple three-ingredient caramel sauce, and can be made in advance. They are fresh, sweet, salty, and savory. 

I'm a grazer! At gatherings, you can usually find me hovering around the food table grabbing a bite of this and a bite of that. I like to sample it all, but my favorite options always are the bite-sized ones. Things like cheese and crackers, fruit, veggies, mini-quiches, petit fours, etc. Those all are my jam!

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If you invite me over for a party, you'll typically see me bring in a platter of some small bites - one being these deconstructed caramel apple cheesecake stackers. The stackers are a great option for any party because there is no added sugar, there is no baking involved, and the caramel sauce is sneakily good for you, made with only three ingredients. Plus, who doesn't love cheesecake?!

Click to tweet: Cheesecake stacker made w/ no added sugar & 3-ingredient caramel sauce.
My surprise ingredient for the deconstructed caramel apple cheesecake stackers is maple syrup. This creates a sweet enough treat without having to add all that extra sugar. And the caramel sauce, it's made with maple syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Yep, you read that right, just three ingredients for a perfect caramel sauce!

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Now let's talk about the base. A traditional cheesecake crust is usually sweet and crisp, but with the addition of the RITZ Original Fresh Stacks, you have a salty, crisp base. One last bonus, these can be made before hand, stored in the fridge for several hours, and still hold up to the crispy, fresh cheesecake you always dreamt of. The RITZ Fresh Stacks are great on the go crackers to always have on had. 
Click to tweet: Surprise ingredient in these raw cheesecake stacks!
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Deconstructed Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Recipe by a traveling Wife
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Yield: 10 servings (2 stacks per person)
Nutrition (per 2 stacks): 175 Calories | 11 g Carbs | 14 g Fat | 3 g Protein | 4 g Sugar

  • 20 RITZ Original Fresh Stacks crackers
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 large Apple, of your choice, diced
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • handful Slivered Almonds
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract over medium high heat. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and cook down for 15-20 minutes. The caramel sauce will start to brown but is not done cooking until mixture pulls away from pan when scraped with a wooden spoon (see image below). Transfer to a bowl or mason jar and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip softened cream cheese and maple syrup. Place cheesecake base into a piping bag or sandwich bag and cut a corner for piping.
  3. Dice up your apple and mix with lemon juice to stop the apples from browning.
  4. Start building your stackers - place one RITZ Original Fresh Stacks cracker on platter, circle on some cheesecake base, add diced apples, drizzle with caramel sauce, and sprinkle with slivered almonds.
  5. Enjoy!
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Next time you are invited to a gathering, try these out. All of the ingredients can easily be found at Walmart while you are doing the rest of your shopping. There is also a limited time RITZ Ultimate Butter Fresh Stack for your snacking pleasure. Now, let's go snack!

What's your favorite type of cheesecake?
Are you a grazer?

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