Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Bars


     I know what you're thinking....not possible...but it really is!

     This is actually a recipe I had from Hopelessly Ever After as you can tell in the pic. It's such a good recipe and with Thanksgiving coming up I just figured it would be something awesome to add to your dessert menu and you wouldn't feel guilty about it!! You can always change the topping to fit the season. Maybe a thin layer of pumpkin pie filling in between the layers of cream cheese. Or a dollop of pumpkin whipped cream or something. (drool) Just know that the nutritional facts below reflect this recipe alone. :) Yum...maybe I'll make this again myself with the pumpkin idea. Sounds delish!!

     This recipe is actually changed from the original. For those of you who haven't checked out the amazing Skinnytaste website you're missing out. You've got to go on there and see all the awesome recipes!! The original recipe was actually for Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. But I, of course, added my own twist to it. Mostly because raspberries were so expensive!!!

Here it is!!

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
Nutritional Facts: Servings (9) Amount per Serving - Calories: 181, Total Fat: 7.1g, Cholesterol: 14.9 mg, Sodium: 145.9 mg, Potassium: 99.5 mg, Total Carbs: 24.6g - Dietary Fiber: 1.2 g, Sugars: 16.8g, Protein: 5.5g

     4 low fat graham crackers, crumbled
     1 tbsp light butter
     1/4 cup, sugar
     8 oz low fat cream cheese, softened
     1 tsp vanilla extract
     6 oz fat free vanilla yogurt
     1 tbsp flour
     2 egg whites
     1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate (for drizzling)
     9 strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a square baking pan with nonstick spray.

Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and the butter and press into the bottom of the dish.

Slowly beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Then, gradually add in egg whites, flour, and yogurt. Do not overbeat!!

Pour over graham cracker crust (I needed to spread mine out a little with the spatula to make it even).

Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until center feels almost set. Cool to room temp and then put in fridge for a few hours.

Cut pie into 9 equal bars (I made mine a little bigger and couldn't finish the whole thing). Melt the chocolate and then drizzle on top of the bars. Add a few strawberries and confectioner's sugar for garnish.