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.
Crowd Pleasing Dessert
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 Cheesecake Bars for the Win
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. If you are low on time, be sure to try our Icebox Lavendar Lemon Angel food Cake for another easy peasy show stopper dessert.
Berries the Lower Carb Fruit
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. Heck we love berries so much we start out breakfast with a little Strawberry Rhubarb Refrigerator Jam over our oatmeal, yogurt or scones.
4th of July Celebrations
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. Our Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars are going to be a huge hit!
If you are in the mood for cherries, be sure to try our Cherry Ginger Salsa as it is fabulous with tortilla chips for an easy appetizer or spooned over grilled pork chops. 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.
How to make a Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars
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.
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.
We have dietary restrictions in our 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.
Add any Fruit Toppings you Desire
You can use any fruits you wish on your Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars, 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 let's eat dessert first and have a super week.
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Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 2 tbsp butter or margarine
- 4 packets splenda sugar or sugar alternative - (or sugar alternative of choice if diabetic) or can use ¼ cup brown sugar if not diabetic.
Lemon Cream Cheese Filling
- 12 oz cream cheese
- ½ cup fat free natural yogurt
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 2 tbsp lemon juice fresh
- 12 packets splenda
or sugar alternative of choice if not diabetic, then use ½ cup of sugar
Berry /Fruit Toppings
- 2 cups strawberries
fresh sliced in half
- 1 cup blueberries fresh
- Preheat oven to 375 F (190 degrees Celsius).
- Crush 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)
- Mix together cream cheese, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar/sugar alternative with a blender until creamy and smooth.
- Spread 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 ½ to 1 inch around the perimeter to show off that delicious almond crust.
- Wash, dry and cut your berries and decorate the top of your Skinny Berry Cheese Cake Bars any way you desire. Enjoy!