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Berry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Course: Dessert, Snack
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Easy
Cost: Moderate
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Berry Cheesecake Bars

Photo by: Mark Shapiro

These bars offer the decadent taste of cheesecake without all the calories.

Yield: Makes 20 bars (1 bar per serving)

INGREDIENTS

Crumb mixture:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) ground almonds
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) melted butter
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) cold water

Filling:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 package (8 oz/250 g) light cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1½ tsp (7 mL) almond extract
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) grated orange zest
  • 1½ cups (375 mL) fresh or frozen berries (see Notes)

Equipment:

  • 13- by 9-inch (3 L) baking pan, lined with greased foil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

1. Crumb mixture: In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, almonds, butter and water.

2. Filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat eggs, egg white, cream cheese, sugar, yogurt, almond extract and orange zest until fluffy.

3. Press half of the crumb mixture into prepared pan. Pour in filling and spread evenly. Sprinkle with berries. Drop remaining crumb mixture by tablespoonfuls (15 mL) over berries. Using a knife, swirl filling, berries and crumb mixture.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan by lifting foil and transfer to a cutting board. Remove foil and cut into bars.

Variation: If you prefer, replace the almond extract with vanilla and the orange zest with lemon.

Notes

We tested these bars with raspberries, blueberries and mixed berries. All versions tasted great.

When lining the baking pan, make sure the foil extends 1 inch (2.5 cm) beyond the edge for easy removal.


© 2008 Barbara Selley, BA RD
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

171kcal (9%)
51mg (5%)
0mg (1%)
48mcg RAE (2%)
100mg
12mg
3g
20g
1g
27g
34mg (11%)
77mg (3%)
3g (15%)
6g (9%)
1mg (3%)
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