Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

by amy on 5 February 2014

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake BarsLike many people, my husband + I watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday. Even though it was just the two of us (Baby was already asleep), I still wanted to cook some tasty football-watching food to make the evening feel special. I had a big pot of Beef + Three Bean Chili simmering, and knew we needed some sort of sweet treat, too. I had a hankering for cheesecake, so I debated making either Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars, or Raspberry-Swirl Cheesecake Bars, but in the end, I decided to try a new-to-me-dessert: Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.

And y’all, they turned out SO wonderful! They are so creamy, rich, + flavorful, you’d absolutely never guess that they’re a lightened-up recipe, with a mere 130 calories per bar. With a buttery, crumbly graham cracker base + a smooth, creamy, thick cheesecake layer packed full of tasty chocolate chips, these are perfection! My husband raved about how fantastic they were, and I loved them because they were delicious, waistline-friendly, AND super simple to make. All in all, a fantastic cheesecake bar recipe that I’ll definitely be putting on regular rotation in my kitchen!

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

makes 16 bars, adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients

For the crust:
5-6 full-sheet graham crackers (or 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs)
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted + cooled

For the filling:
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened (do not use fat free)
3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
2 egg whites
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8×8 baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang (for easier removal of the bars). Set aside.

Make the crust: Using a food processor or blender, pulverize the graham crackers into fine crumbs. Combine with the melted butter in a medium bowl, mixing until the crumbs are well-moistened. Press into an even layer on the prepared baking dish. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, and set aside while you prepare the filling.

Make the filling: Using a hand-mixer, or in the bowl of a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the softened cream cheese for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add in the greek yogurt, egg whites, sugar, and flour, and beat for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add in the lemon juice and vanilla, and beat for 1 additional minute. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread the filling on top of the baked crust, and bake for 25 minutes, covering the cheesecake bars at the 20-minute mark with aluminum foil to prevent browning. After baking, allow to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Once chilled, lift the foil/parchment paper out of the pan and cut into squares.

Bars will keep for about a week in the refrigerator.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth February 5, 2014 at 6:08 am

These look great! And I clicked on your link to the raspberry cheesecake bars, and now I’m dying to try those! Hard to believe that something low fat could taste so good.

2 Stephanie @ Plain Chicken February 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

YUM! These look so delicious. No one would ever guess they are”skinny”.

3 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

These look perfect!!! Love your healthy twist :)

4 Meghan February 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

Can’t wait to make these!

5 danielle February 5, 2014 at 9:25 am

I am pinning this one – it sounds so good and I love that its a skinny recipe!

6 What Jessica Baked Next... February 5, 2014 at 9:40 am

Looks divine- loving skinny cheesecake bars at the moment :)

7 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 5, 2014 at 9:41 am

these are to die for. thanks for sharing. I have to make these maybe in the form of pie or something so I can dig right in :P

8 kelly February 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

These look incredible Amy! Love that they are skinny and sound so easy to make! The chocolate chips sound wonderful in here and love that bars are so much easier to serve :)

9 Mimi @ Culinary Couture February 5, 2014 at 10:37 am

Chocolate chips and cheesecake, a match made in heaven! I cant wait to try these!

10 Lesley Eats February 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Ooh, I love that they’re reduced calorie. They sure don’t look like it!

11 Choc Chip Uru February 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Mmm, less calories mean I can eat the whole tray right? :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

12 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 5, 2014 at 9:19 pm

these look awesome, amy! i haven’t had cheesecake in way too long. yum!

13 easyfoodsmith February 6, 2014 at 4:50 am

That sure is a great way to indulge guilt free! Awesome!

14 Leah | So, How's It Taste? February 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

So a skinny version means I can eat more right? :)

15 amy February 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Abso-flippin-lutely, Leah!

16 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

I love cheesecake and these do look delicious! Awesome that it’s actually a lightened up version, too!

17 Megan @ Girl by the Lake February 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

These look awesome! Your Super Bowl Sunday sounds way more productive than mine…all I managed was to contribute a huge pile of homemade guacamole to a friend’s party.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I need to get back into baking…I just don’t like all the calories. This definitely might be just what I needed to help motivate me. Pinned!

18 amy February 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I hear ya, sister! I’m trying to watch the calories myself, so I’ve been trying to bake healthier treats lately. Hope this helps motivate ya! =)

19 Alyssa @ My Sequined Life February 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Oooh these wonderful bars look anything but skinny! Love the chocolate chips peeking through the top layer in the overhead shot. I bet these taste amazing!! :)

20 Amy (Savory Moments) February 7, 2014 at 5:46 am

These look awesome and I love the idea to use some yogurt in the filling! I love cheesecake, especially with some chocolate :-)

21 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. February 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

l love cheesecake and it’s skinny!? Well, that means more for me!

22 Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes February 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

“skinny” means I can eat double the amount and not feel guilty- hooray!! :)

23 Ashley @ My Midwest Table February 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Cheesecake gets me every time! These bars look delicious and not an ounce of skinny. Love. :)

24 Mindy February 7, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Go Seahawks!

#troll ;-)

25 Kirsten February 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Amy, you’ve made Sally’s bars look so delicious! Well done. I could go for these right now.

26 Monet February 8, 2014 at 9:55 pm

These are lovely! They look so delicious…I would never guess they were “skinny!” Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

27 Eliza Ferrell February 12, 2014 at 12:26 am

Hi, Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! With the holidays approaching so quickly, I’ve been looking for new recipes to try out, and am sharing one with you today! I’ve seen these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars all over Pinterest and they sounded so delicious I just had to give them a try! Two of my favorite desserts (cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies) combined into one delicious dessert?! Sounds good to me! And they turned out just as good as they sounded! A graham cracker crust layered with a layer or vanilla flavored cheesecake topped with a gooey chocolate chip cookie dough layer!

28 maria at inredningsvis February 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

WOW this looks SO amazing :) and thanks so much for sweet words on my blog.

Check out my new post..HOT travel inspiration….Yucatan :)

Have a lovely day dear

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