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Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars

June 23, 2015

Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars are creamy, dreamy lemony cheese cake no bake filling on top of a gluten free nutty almond crust and topped with healthy berries. 

Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

You are going to love these skinny berry cheesecake bars as it took me less than 30 minutes to throw together, its diabetic friendly, low carb, lower in fat compared to a traditional cheesecake, gluten-free and pretty enough to be a centerpiece for any social gathering. I only had to turn the oven for 10 minutes to cook the crust and the rest is no bake. Low fuss is a very good thing as it is about a million degrees here in Hong Kong and the humidity is 100 percent and the last thing I want to be doing is slaving in the kitchen.

Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

Okay here we are on the cusp of summer and there is nothing like a good old fashion bathing suit/swim trunk try on session to prompt some reassessment of our dietary intake. Not only that we have a holidays, graduation parties, weddings, etc. coming up and no doubt you will be asked to bring a dish to pass or maybe are hosting the event yourself. Here is your chance to make and bring something you can eat and enjoy and still stay skinny. We all you know you want to do the right thing and eat just the healthy things but we also know there is a naughty side of you as well. With  a delicious slice of skinny berry cheese cake bars you can literally have your cake and eat it too.

Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

I am not saying just because it is lower fat and lower carb that you can go ahead and eat the whole darn pie!!!!  However, enjoying a reasonable sized piece of skinny berry cheesecake bars every once in a while makes you feel loved and not deprived without the huge carbohydrate (carb) load is a very good thing. Berries are one of the lower carb fruits and with it being the 4th of July weekend, just a couple of weeks away, this makes the perfect topping for a little flash or red, white and blue.

Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

My middle sister is going to love this recipe for skinny berry cheesecake bars. Every year my sister has a huge 4th of July gathering and it is loads of fun. They live in Ludington, Michigan and that is essentially just about a stones throw away from Traverse City the Fudge and Cherry capital of the world and "THE" place to be over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Fun days at the beach, climbing the sand dunes, fireworks, campfires, smores and of course loads of eating. Now see, this is where this dessert comes in. You can make it in advance and just add the berries right before you serve it  and have I mentioned what a beautiful picnic table centerpiece skinny berry cheese cake bars makes.

I used a 9 inch pizza pan to make this dessert but you could use any square pan you wish.. or even a quiche dish. I keep calling it a bar as it really is one but it is fun shape of a pizza pie.

Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

I started out by making an almond crust as my base, low carb and lovely. I really love that crunchy little texture once you bake it. My handy-dandy food processor really makes this job a snap and I get the almonds ground very finely. (I even toasted my almonds after I grounded them as love that toasty flavor but this step is not required.) You can also buy pre-ground almonds and this would even make your life one step easier.

Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

We have dietary restrictions in out home but it does not mean that you need to make your version this way. If you are not diabetic, then feel free to use either regular sugar or a low glycemic sugar of choice in the crust or even honey in the lemon cream cheese filling to sweeten in up. I do not like my desserts real sweet  but only delicately sweet so feel free to taste along the way and add more sweetener if you desire.

Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

You can use any fruits you wish, but I choose berries as they are in season, gorgeous and low on the glycemic scale. Even though fruits such as stone fruits, kiwi, mango, jack fruit, pineapple, papaya, jack fruit, star fruit and lychee are not as low on the glycemic scale they would all be beautiful on this cheesecake bar. However, then you would have to call it the Skinny "Tropical" Cheese Cake Bar.

Life is short so lets eat dessert first and have a super week.

Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

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Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars

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June 23, 2015

Creamy, dreamy lemony cheese cake no bake filling on top of a gluten free nutty almond crust and topped with healthy berries.

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

Almond Crust

ground almonds - 2 cups

margarine/butter - 2 tablespoons (I use a olive oil spread-because that is what I have in the house)

sugar or sugar alternative - 5 packets splenda (or sugar alternative of choice if diabetic) or can use 1/4 cup brown sugar if not diabetic.

Lemon Cream Cheese Filling

cream cheese - 1.5 packages/ 12 ounces light Neufchatel cheese

fat free natural yogurt - 1/2 cup

lemon zest - zest of 1 lemon ( approximately 1 tablespoon)

lemon juice - juice of 1 lemon (approximately 2.5 tablespoons of juice)

sugar or sugar alternative - 12 packets or splenda (or sugar alternative of choice) if not diabetic then use 1/2 cup of sugar

Berry /Fruit Toppings

strawberries - 1 pint (3/4 pound) 2 cups washed and sliced

blueberries - 1 pint (3/4 pound) or about 2.5 cups

Directions

1Preheat oven to 375 F (190 degrees Celsius).

2Crush almonds into a graham cracker crumb consistency in a food processor, or in a bag by hand or buy your almonds pre-ground. (I toasted my ground almonds before mixing everything together, but that step is totally optional) In a medium bowl add the ground almonds, margarine/butter and sugar alternative/sugar and mix with a fork. Spray/oil on the bottom and sides your dish that you plan on using. My pan was a 9 inch round pizza pan. Press the almond crumbs on the bottom of the pan with the back of your spoon. Bake your almond crust for 10 minutes or until the nuts are slightly golden and toasty. Remove crust from the oven and cool (I put my crust in the freezer for about 10 minutes with hot pots under it to protect the freezer and it really cooled it fast)

3Mix together cream cheese, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar/sugar alternative with a blender until creamy and smooth.

4Spread the cream cheese mixture gently over the crust. It is best to put dollops of cream cheese mixture in separate sections and gently spread as the crust has a tendency to crumble. Spread the cream cheese to the edges but leave about 1/2 to 1 inch around the perimeter to show off that delicious almond crust.

5Wash, dry and cut your berries and decorate the top of your Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars any way you desire.  Enjoy!

6***If not serving your delicious Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars in the next 8 hours don't decorate with the berries until you are ready to serve, just so they stay fresh. You can make the Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars up to 48 hours in advance.

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  • Totes going to pretend I didn’t read – I am not saying just because it is lower fat and lower carb that you can go ahead and eat the whole darn pie!!!!
    Lemon cream cheese is one of life’s BEST tastes I reckon. Gahhh…. Drooling this end. Looks super delicious, could go a slab, I mean slice now. It’d be the perfect dessert to follow the spicy Indonesian noodle dish I had for dinner.

    PS: What is Jack Fruit?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi Anna! Thank you so much and be sure stop on by and will cut you off a slab… This dessert would be so refreshing and cooling after a super spicy Indonesian dish. Are you still here in Asia or back in the land of OZ? If you are still in Asia, you should try some jack fruit. Love it, it is a sweet and delicious fruit that is crisp, golden in color when ripe like a mango and has a pit inside. They are about 3cm x5 cm in diameter and are in season now. It is hard to describe because it is not like any regular fruits you would find in Australia. However many years ago so please excuse the photos… I wrote up an article in Bam’s Kitchen about exotic fruits and everything you would ever want to know about jack fruit. http://bamskitchen.com/dietary-restrictions/glutenfree/exotic-fruits-desserts-without-breaking-a-sweat/.

  • Oh wow, Bobbi, not only are your pictures pure perfection but this healthy dessert is pure heaven. I love that it’s so easy to make and can be done ahead of time. All those fabulous flavours! So perfect for the American holiday, too. Home run, girl!

    • Bams Kitchen

      You are so sweet Robyn! I am all about making things in advance of your guests arriving. This dessert is perfect as you can do just that. Wishing you a super weekend.

  • Looks gorgeous and I love this lighter option. I especially love the almond crust. The filling sounds perfectly creamy without being too heavy and it’s the perfect bed for some gorgeous fruit. With the heat and after a hearty meal like a cookout, you still want dessert but something reasonable. This is ideal.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Monica. Almonds work great for the crust (as that is what I had in my pantry) but you could mix it up and use walnuts, macadamia nuts or whatever you like. Take care

  • Just in time! I need a dessert for our neighbor’s 4th bash. This is perfect! And your sister’s does sound like the place to be! We just love Michigan and have a soft spot for Traverse City. Spent our 10th anniversary there. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      How romantic! Upper Michigan in the summer is the hot spot for tourism. I have been to many places around the world but if you want to enjoy something really special then the overlook of Lake Michigan and all the local activities is the place to be. This dessert will be a breeze to throw together with the kids. Let me know how many “Spoons” the recipe gets. Take Care

  • These are so pretty!! I love the berry design. Looks like such a refreshing summer dessert!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Mary. Don’t you just love food art…! Wishing you a super week!

  • What a lovely desert . I especially like the almond crust. It is the perfect summer desert for a hot and humid day.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Gerlinde, I can tell you that we are having very hot and humid days in Hong Kong and it is not even August yet…

  • If I made this, I’d have to copy your exact fruit design, because creativity/Martha Stewart stuff is not my thing. But I love the recipe for the crust, and this would be fabulous at a party. Kids would love it too!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Mimi, I have seen some of your works and you would probably be a hundred times better than Martha. This would be fun for a kids party!

  • Hi Bam, such a beauty of a dessert and pretty healthy to boot. Will be making for the 4th. This is one dessert everyone would eat.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Cheri, wishing you a super weekend!

  • kitchenriffs

    Wow, you made this in under 30 minutes! Sign me up! My kind of dish! This looks terrific. Love the crust — nut crusts are wonderful, aren’t they? Super stuff — thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks John. Yes the secret is putting the crust in the freezer for a few minutes to get it to cool down fast while you are making the cream cheese filling. I am all about time management as for some reason I am always in a time deficit.

  • Such a beautiful pie, and I love that it is low carb and low sugar!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Dawn. Happily gluten free for your household too. Take care

  • What a great dessert of the 4th of July. I’m like you and don’t like my desserts too sweet so this sounds perfect.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Karen, I know how you feel about overly sweet desserts. I really do not like them any more. I just gag at the thought of frosting on a birthday cake…maybe it is all the those years in Asia is starting to wear off on me.

  • That looks fantastic! A luscious, healthy dessert plus the colors are so fitting for the 4th of July holiday. Perfection!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jas. The strawberries and blueberries are plentiful at the markets and want to enjoy them while they are in season.

  • How 4th of July does this look!!! I’m downright patriotic looking at it.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Maureen, you are so sweet and you always bring a smile to my face. I hope each day you are feeling a little better. Take care

  • Eha

    Bobbi: methinks you have almost converted me and I have not cooked ‘cake’ or ‘dessert’ for some three decades 😀 !! Well we do not celebrate the 4th of July but the 5th will take me to Utrecht, Holland for the beginning of this year’s Tour de France . . . . methinks I could spend quite a few happy midnights and past enjoying this with my tea also . . .,

    • Bams Kitchen

      Eha, you know me so well. I am not a huge dessert fan either so when I make one you know it will only be delicately sweet. Maybe it has been the effects of living in Asia so long or maybe it is just because I am lazy and don’t like to be bothered with actual measuring of ingredients. LOL Do you know Katerina? She made a very delicious savoury cheesecake that might be right up our alley, I think this would be awesome for a brunch. http://culinaryflavors.gr/2015/06/savory-cheesecake-dakos-style/ Wishing you a super weekend!

      • Eha

        Hmmm: you do know what I have done, don’t you 🙂 ? Thank you for that wonderful link and I am looking forwards to going to exciting Greece with you!! What a fab recipe!!!!! Hugs north; hope you have a peaceful and happy weekend also . . . love

  • I can totally understand why it’s a crowd pleaser Bobbi 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Tandy! Wishing you a super weekend.

  • This just shouts fireworks! And i bet it would have everyone oohing and ahhing!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Abbe, great idea! One should present this dessert to the table with some sparklers for sure!!!

  • This would satisfy my sweet tooth for sure! Love the berries and you decorated so beautifully! Pinning!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sandra. Every once in a while we need to be a little naughty but I love these Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars, so I don’t have all the guilt too. Thanks for the pin…

  • This cheesecake looks divine! Love the fresh berries – so yummy! Definitely the perfect 4th of July celebration bake! 😀

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Jess, wishing you a very safe and happy holiday weekend!

  • Fabulous!
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      🙂

  • Perfect timing for the 4th of July. i’m pretty sure my husband would devour this creation in maybe a couple sittings. Of course I don’t think I’d have quite the presentation that you managed but I always try.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Diane! You know how I always write how many normal adults this would feed and then 1 hungry teenager. Well those are exact serving sizes as I have to tell you I had to take this Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars off the table as my 2 boys were going to inhale the whole thing… I had to save a slice for dad for Father’s Day of course!

  • Terrific looking dessert, Bobbi! I love that it serves 8 adults or 1 hungry teenager. Stumbled!

    • Bams Kitchen

      You are so kind and I feel very honoured coming from the “Cake” expert. BTW your 4th of July celebration cake is over the top and perfection with the marzipan. You are so talented!!

  • What a pretty dessert! And it’s wonderful that it’s healthy, too! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Nancy, I know it is super rare to see a dessert on Bam’s Kitchen but every once in awhile I have to cave into the boys requests. Take Care

  • Just had lunch and I wanna have this for my dessert

    • Bams Kitchen

      We can arrange for that.. Cutting you off a slab right now…

  • This is the prettiest dessert I have ever seen, gluten free, nutty and fruity!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you, this is a perfect gluten free and low carb dessert and it so easy to make.

  • Having stayed in HK in August one year, I am totally with you on how brutal the summer is there. This is one of the prettiest cheesecake bar I’ve seen. Will make one of these soon. Thanks for sharing!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Yi! I just checked the thermometer out side and at 0830 already 30 degrees celsius and 100% humidity and it is not even August yet… Maybe I need to head over to NY instead.

  • I’m so happy you shared this amazing recipe at Thursday Favorite Things! I want to make it soon. Do you think I could use ground walnuts? Hope you’re enjoying your day and if your next recipe is a roasted boar, we won’t be friends anymore, lol 😉

    • Bams Kitchen

      Jas, you are so funny. No worries no roasted boar on Bam’s Kitchen menu this week. I am not joking but this week there has been a Chinese cobra sighting and also a wild boar just across the street from us. Why are these things not in someone’s wok or hot pot! Eeks… Ground walnuts would be superb in this recipe and they are so good for you too.

  • Break me off a piece of that!!!!! ha ah! 😉 But seriously…

    • Bams Kitchen

      Sure I will send a slab right on over…

  • What a beautiful cheesecake!! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you dear. I love how quick and easy this recipe is to throw together.

  • Oh how I wish I could handle cream cheese…I be making this for the 4th for sure! Bet you have to make a couple of these … one for the boys and one for everyone else. 🙂

  • I so love that crust – I recently found some dairy free cream cheese and I cannot wait to give this recipe a try with that dairy free cream cheese – Bobbie – this looks like such a wonderful combo of crunchy almond crust and creamy topping!

  • Awww I grew up going to Pentwater, Michigan for 4th of July… even closer to Ludington than Traverse City! My grandparents had a cottage there. It really is the perfect place for 4th of July.. hope you have an amazing time. This dessert looks fantastic and is indeed gorgeous enough for any 4th of July centerpiece! Hope you have fun!!

  • Between the summery flavors and vibrant color scheme, this looks like the perfect dessert for the 4th of July! Thanks for the delicious inspiration once again. 🙂

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  • Nicole

    Anybody figure out how many calories per serving?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Nicole, thanks for asking. I have on my to do list to add a plugin for calorie servings for each of my recipes but not quite yet.

  • Very nice and so pretty, too. I don’t care for super sweet desserts either, and this one looks perfect and rather guilt-free.

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  • Looks ao delicious and the color scheme is my perfect

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