Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars {low-fat!}

by amy on 15 June 2012

You know what’s insanely good? Cheesecake. I love cheesecake. I love s’mores cheesecake with toasted marshmallow, chocolate cheesecake, + even the occasional cheesecake martini. NOM. The only thing i don’t like about cheesecake? That it ain’t exactly health food. So, when i was recently jonesing for cheesecake, but wanted a lighter/healthier version, I got searching. I soon stumbled across these fabulous-looking low-fat + lower-calorie cheesecake bars + couldn’t wait to try them!

So, how do they taste? Delicious! The lightened-up, lower-fat ingredients make these wonderfully light + airy. The greek yogurt adds a bright tartness that works perfectly with the richer, creamy batter. I chose raspberry jam because I prefer slightly-tart berries, but if you prefer a sweeter bar, you can easily substitute strawberry jam, peach jam, or any type that suits your fancy. And the best part? At under 150 calories per bar, you can get your cheesecake fix without worrying that you’re ruining your healthy eating. And that’s always a good thing when swimsuit season is in full swing!

Low-Fat Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

makes 9 bars, adapted from skinnytaste – gina’s skinny recipes

ingredients

non-stick cooking spray
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened (the original recipe used light butter, but i used normal butter)
8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
2 large egg whites
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup jam (the original recipe called for sugar-free strawberry jam, but i substituted regular raspberry preserves)

directions

pre-heat the oven to 350°. lightly coat an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.

in a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs + butter with a fork until evenly moistened. press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.

gently beat cream cheese, sugar + vanilla extract until smooth using an electric mixer (or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment). gradually beat in Greek yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, + flour. do not over beat. when smooth, pour evenly over graham cracker crust.

stir jam until smooth. drop evenly-spaced small spoonfuls over the surface of filling. using a knife, swirl jam gently through filling to create a marbled effect.

bake 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set. cool to room temperature. chill a few hours in the refrigerator.

nutritional information per serving, as provided by skinnytaste:
servings per recipe: 9 • size: 1 slice • old weight watchers points: 3 pts • ww points+: 4 pts
calories: 132.9 • fat: 5.6 g • carb: 15.1 g • fiber: 0.1 g • protein: 5.8 g

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

These look so fabulous! Yum!

2 Julia June 15, 2012 at 6:39 am

I stinken love cheesecake too! I use low fat cream cheese most of the time and everyone still raves about it, win win! These look awesome!

3 Megan June 15, 2012 at 6:46 am

These look fabulous! I actually have only ever made healthy cheesecake — it’s how my mom always made it, and always tastes great! :)

4 amy June 15, 2012 at 6:54 am

this is the first time i’ve made a ‘healthy’ cheesecake, + i absolutely loved it! i actually liked it better than many traditional cheesecakes since it’s so much lighter. score one point for healthy cheesecake! =)

5 Kathryn June 15, 2012 at 6:59 am

I love that these use greek yogurt, I bet it goes so well with the raspberry. Delicious!

6 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

I love the decorative design on top! So pretty.

7 baker street June 15, 2012 at 7:29 am

oh i love cheesecake bars! this low fat version wouldn’t make me feel guilty when i reach out for my third helping. ;)

gorgeous swirls and choosing raspberry was an excellent idea.

8 Steve @ the black peppercorn June 15, 2012 at 7:29 am

I have always been a fan of cheesecake. This looks wonderful!

9 Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 15, 2012 at 7:33 am

Yum! I really like cheesecake, but my husband LOVES it. I think I need to make this and just not tell him it’s low-fat! ;)

10 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray June 15, 2012 at 7:43 am

Woohoo! I’m all for non-guilty cheesecake. Considering it’s one of my faaavorite desserts. And your jam swirls are so pretty!

11 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl June 15, 2012 at 8:05 am

These are gorgeous–and even better than they are healthy! Love ‘em!

12 Leah | So, How's It Taste? June 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

So glad you posted these! You know how I love some low cal alternatives to the full fat versions. I drooled over these when you posted a pic yesterday and now I’m super thrilled they are figure friendly!

13 Vivek June 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

Sounds like a perfect bday gift for your friend, Vivek. #justsayin :)

14 Elina (Healthy and Sane) June 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

I love cheesecake! I used to have an awesome lower fat recipe for cheesecake bars but I think last time I tried it, it wasn’t as amazing as I remembered. Just pinned this recipe – can’t wait to make it. Maybe it will become a new favorite :)

15 claire @ the realistic nutritionist June 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

Yep, these just looking freakin’ phenomenal!

16 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama June 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

Oh my! Love cheesecake, love berries, and they are skinny?!!? Have to try this asap.

17 Rikki June 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

I love cheesecake too! Every time I go to The Cheesecake Factory I’m overwhelmed by their giant menu of all the cheesecake flavors imaginable. Raspberry and cheesecake is one of my favorites together, throw on a little chocolate syrup and it’s perfect! Love these.

18 amy June 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

ooh, these would be awesome with chocolate incorporated in some way. excellent idea!

19 Tracey June 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

The swirl on your bars is so pretty, I love it!! I’ve never tried to make cheesecake with Greek yogurt, but I’m definitely intrigued, especially since summer is here like you said!

20 Ally Garner June 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

Low-fat? Sold!! I’m in love with greek yogurt and I bet the combo of it’s tartness combined with sweet raspberries is scrumptious. Never in a million years will mine looks as pretty as yours, but I’ll be making these nonetheless :)

21 danielle June 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

so making this one!

22 Anna @ hiddenponies June 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

Yum, I love healthified cheesecake! And cheesecake martinis?? yes please!

23 amanda June 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

i have the good fortune of living close enough to get to try some of your creations, and i’m actually typing this with sticky raspberry cheesecake fingers. if this dessert is as low-fat & cal as you say it is, it’s going in constant rotation. they are DELICIOUS. i love the tartness from the Greek yogurt, and the creamy texture sure tastes fattening. i’ve been counting calories & fat lately, so this is a perfect treat.

24 amy June 15, 2012 at 11:13 am

yay, i’m so thrilled you liked ‘em, amanda! thank you for agreeing to be a taste-tester for me! =)

25 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

Yum! I love that these are lightened up! And I’m a huge cheesecake fanatic too. I need to get my hands on these fantastic bars, and that martini! :)

26 Cassie June 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

these are so fun amy. I love cheesecake, as does the rest of my family. And I love that they are low fat!

27 CJ at Food Stories June 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I love cheesecakes and this is amazing!

28 Blond Duck June 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

The question is how do I add strawberry and PB….strawberry jam and pb sandwiches with cream cheese were my FAVORITE as a kid! (Besides the classic, of course.) :)

29 amy June 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

ooh, you could definitely make a strawberry + peanut butter version. just replace the raspberry jam with strawberry jam, then either also dab/swirl some peanut butter into the top layer (like you do with the strawberry), or you could even make a peanut butter graham crust on the bottom layer to get the pb flavor. uh, yum!

30 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I am not a huge fan of cheesecake, but I love all the pretty swirls! I always love lightened up desserts too!

31 Choc Chip Uru June 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This looks like such a beautiful dessert my friend, it is hard to imagine that it is not fattening like normal cheesecake :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

32 Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com June 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Cheesecake at 150 calories per serving? You, woman, are a MIRACLE worker! I am also so very grateful for that cheesecake martini recipe. We’re celebrating my daughter’s 21st birthday this weekend, and I was looking for a “girly” recipe to introduce her to martinis now that she’s finally old enough to join me. Yum, yum, yum. Can’t wait!

33 amy June 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

the cheesecake martinis are awesome! i really need to make them again one day soon so I can rephotograph ‘em, as the pic is from my very very early blog days. happy 21st birthday to your daughter – hope she has a wonderful weekend!

34 Julie @ Table for Two June 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

love love love cheesecake. if i could live on a few desserts for the rest of my life, cheesecake would be at the top of the list!! and at 150 calories?! oh my gosh. i die.

35 Amy (Savory Moments) June 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm

This cheesecake looks super good and really pretty. I LOVE cheesecake!

36 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee June 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

omg! These look so amazing. cheesecake (low fat) + raspberry + in a bar form = Brilliant!

37 Erin @ Texanerin Baking June 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

Such pretty marbling! :) I think I’ve tried this recipe before but messed it up somehow. I’ll have to give it another shot, especially if you liked it.

38 Jenna@Littlekitchenbigflavors June 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I love the looks of these beauties! It might not be as healthy, but I would love a chocolate swirl going on in there too. I can’t wait to give them a try!

39 amy June 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

i think these would be awesome with a chocolate swirl in there! and chocolate is heart-healthy, right?, so it still would add some healthiness! =)

40 Jackie @ Domestic Fits June 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Perfect. Beautiful. Amazing.

41 EA-The Spicy RD June 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

So yummy! Love the addition of Greek yogurt, and the pretty raspberry swirl. That cheesecake martini sounds pretty fabulous too!

42 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) June 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

You’re telling me I can have my cheescake and not feel all that guilty? Oh you just made my day Amy. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

43 Baking Serendipity June 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Love these! I love when cheesecake is made healthier and doesn’t lose its flavor. I’m always all over that cheesecake martini…for reals.

44 Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry June 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

Gorgeous and low fat? Total winner!

45 Megan {Country Cleaver} June 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

I want this in my face, so bad. Not to mention – I am digging the healthified version of it! Gorgeous!

46 Ashley June 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I am so overdue for some cheesecake time – hope mine is as pretty as yours turned out!!

47 Renee June 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

What I find great about these is they are nice thin bars instead of a thick slice of regular cheesecake. Oh the possibilities of the different flavors using other jams. Yum.

48 sally @ sally's baking addiction June 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Amy! These cheesecake swirl bars look AMAZING. Raspberry is my favorite too. Sometimes I swirl cream cheese on my bagels and top with a few raspberries! So, you better believe I love this combination. AND the fact that they are healthy makes it like…1000% better. I’m definitely going to make these myself. And how beautiful is that first picture? Looks like a piece of art!

49 amy June 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

you are too kind, sally – thank you!!

50 Sammie June 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Wow Amy! This is a great recipe!! I love it that you used greek yogurt instead! Definitely a calorie-saver!! Delicious!!!!

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