Skinny Berry Cheesecake Bars
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.
- 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 1/4 cup brown sugar if not diabetic.
Lemon Cream Cheese Filling
- 12 oz cream cheese
- 1/2 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 1/2 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 1/2 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!
***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.
If you use stevia instead of splenda you will need to reduce the amount to 1/4 or to taste.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 1mg