These sweet, juicy strawberries, cream cheese, and a delicious sweet crumble combine into the perfect gluten-free dessert! Everyone will love this Gluten Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars recipe; nobody will know it is gluten-free!

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(* This post was sponsored by CK Mondavi. All delicious opinions are my own!)

One bite and I promise you will be hooked, too! If you love strawberries as much as we do, you will love this healthier gluten free strawberry oatmeal breakfast bar recipe, too!

Each of these recipes has a special CK Mondavi wine paired with it. I have wanted to add another dessert to the pairings, so I hope you enjoy this new recipe! Please wait until you try their  Chardonnay; it is medium-bodied with a hint of oak…there are so many ways to enjoy it this summer.

Excellent! I used raspberries and it was awesome.”

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King Arthur, Measure for Measure Flour 3 lbs

This is one of my favorite gluten-free flour blends for cookies, cakes, pie crust, biscuits, and muffins! (Do not use this flour blend for yeast recipes.)

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Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure For Measure. Other brands should work; let me know in the comments which brands you use!
  • Xanthan Gum – If your blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, add 1 teaspoon.
  • Almond Flour – I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your bars grainy.
  • Strawberries – Use fresh or frozen strawberries. See the FAQ below for tips if you use frozen strawberries!
  • Cream Cheese – I used Philadelphia Brand, but check Is Cream Cheese Gluten Free for more brand recommendations.
  • Strawberry Jam – You can use any flavor of jam and type of fruit. These Gluten Free Apricot Jam Bars are another jam lovers dessert!
A bottle of chardonnay next to a pan of strawberry bars.

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Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Are you ready to see how easy these strawberry crumble bars are to make? Gather your ingredients!! Let’s start by making the crust.

The dry ingredients in a red bowl.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend them together. In another small bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to blend.

A bowl with wet and dry ingredients.

Step 2: Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. For best results, scrape down the sides of the bowl so you get everything mixed well. You can also use a standing mixer to make the crust.

The crust in the pan ready to press down.

Step 3: Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. You can prepare the baking pan with non-stick spray oil if you prefer.

Step 4: Pour ¾ of the crust mixture into an 8×8 pan. (Reserve the remaining crust for the top crumble.)

The crust pressed into the pan.

Step 5: Press the gluten-free crust mixture down in the pan with a flat bottom glass or your palm. Pack it in tightly!

The strawberry jam spread on the crust.

Step 6: Use a large spoon to spread strawberry jam onto the crust dough.

The sliced strawberries on the crust layer.

Step 7: Wash the strawberries and remove the tops. Slice them thinly. Add the sliced fresh strawberries to the jam in an even layer.

The strawberry cream cheese bars ready to bake.

Step 8: Sprinkle the rest of the crust over the top of the bars, then add chunks of the cream cheese. Bake at 350º F for 30 minutes.

Step 9: I baked my strawberry bars for 30 minutes. If your strawberries are very juicy, you may need to bake your bars 10 minutes longer to get the crust baked in the middle.

I am really excited about this new strawberry bar recipe I created.

The strawberry bars with two pieces missing.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you make these strawberry bars dairy-free?

Yes, there are some excellent dairy-free cream cheese brands out there. Try Kite  Hill or  Tofutti cream cheeses. If you can’t have butter, substitute coconut oil.

Can you make this recipe nut-free?

I add almond flour to sneak in protein to balance out the sugar. If you can’t eat nuts, simply increase the gluten-free flour blend to 1 ½  cups and omit the almond flour.

Can you use frozen strawberries?

You can use frozen strawberries, but you must thaw and drain off some of the liquid before adding them to the crust. Otherwise, it will be too soggy.

More Gluten Free Bars Recipes:

Delicious Gluten Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars

Sandi Gaertner
You are going to love this quick and easy delicious Gluten Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars recipe.
5 from 11 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 193 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend * see notes
  • ¾ cup almond flour * see notes
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • dash salt
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • cup strawberry jam
  • 1 ¼ cup sliced strawberries

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Wash and slice the strawberries.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • In a small bowl, add the butter and egg. Make sure the melted butter is not hot. Add a little butter to the egg and whisk, this tempers the egg so it won’t cook. Add the rest of the butter and whisk.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix well. Pour ¾ of the crust mixture into the baking pan and press flat to cover the bottom of the pan.
  • Spread the jam over the crust, then add the strawberries.
  • Top with chunks of cream cheese and the rest of the crumble crust mix.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF, Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your bars grainy.
  4. If you would like to make these bars dairy-free, you can substitute the butter for vegan stick butter and use a dairy-free cream cheese by Kite Hill or Daiya.
  5. These strawberry cream cheese bars will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 80mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 287IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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This post was updated from an older June 2019 post with more detailed directions.

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20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    So good and very easy to make.
    My husband’s eyes got big at the first bite!!
    This will go in my favorites file.

  2. 5 stars
    I just made these following the recipe exactly, except used frozen blueberries and wild blueberry preserves. Sooooo good! It’s a good thing I doubled the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing❣️

  3. 5 stars
    These bars look as heavenly as they taste! The combination of strawberry and cheese makes for a refreshingly divine flavor!

  4. These look ever so sweet and delicious! I love that they’re gluten free too!

  5. What a savory dessert for summer! I know what I will be having after dinner tonight; this looks delicious!

  6. Wow!! These look amazing!!! I’m trying these with some blueberries I just picked this weekend — I am highly allergic to strawberries. Any tips for using blueberries instead?!

    1. Hi Ashley, you can sub in blueberries quite easily, just make a blueberry layer instead of strawberry -)

  7. I can see why I will become hooked on these bars. Fortunately, you also suggested the perfect wine to pair them with!!