IceBox Cheesecake with Granola Crust

Gluten free and low in sugar – a great summer (or anytime!) treat from Cat Morrow of Legacy Acres.

What a delicious dessert – granola can also be made for a breakfast treat/add on as well. 


1 1/2 cups Maine Grains Organic Rolled Oats
2 tbsps honey
1 - 2 tbsps brown sugar (optional)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 - 2 tbsps butter - plus 1-2 tbsp extra or chopped dates if making the crust
Breakfast Granola:Add nuts and/or seeds and dried fruit at the end and store in an airtight container
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Two 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup of raw honey - a few tablespoons of raw sugar can also be added for extra sweetness
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tbsp +/- of lemon or orange zest


  1. STOVETOP GRANOLA: In a large skillet toast the oats over medium to medium high heat – stir to keep from burning; they should be rich and golden brown but not burnt
  2. Once the oats are done, add the honey, sea salt, cinnamon and sugar*- see below for sugar subs
  3. Cook for about 1-2 minutes longer and remove from heat to cool completely
  4. Once cool, put in a blender or food processor till it is mostly crumbs – leave a few ‘oaty’ bits for texture
  5. Assemble the Crust: add extra butter – or chopped dates –  to help the crumbs hold their shape – in the final blending or blend in by hand
  6. Press the granola crumb mixture into a greased 10″ cake pan – or line with plastic wrap if you would like to get it out of the pan in one piece. Set aside or freeze until the filling is ready
  7. CHEESECAKE FILLING: Blend the cram cheese, honey and sour cream til smooth
  8. Add zest and gently fold in the whipped cream 
  9. It may help to do this in small batches to keep the whipped cream from de-flating
  10. Pour into the prepared crust and freeze for several hours – or till solid
  11. TO SERVE: Remove from freezer – it may take a few minutes to soften enough to slice – keep in freezer when done slicing
  12. Serve with your favorite fresh fruit or other favorite topping
  13. *For reduced sugar and Keto: use a paleo crust recipe that uses flax, nuts or nut flours. The crust can be omitted by using  muffin tins or silicone muffin cup. Natural sweeteners – like stevia -or chopped/pureed dates can be substituted for honey or sugar
    Icebox Cheesecake by Legacy Acres


Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack