Greek Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Bars are a lighter version of classic cheesecake. Spiced with fall flavors and made with Greek cream cheese, this healthier dessert is a party favorite! Gluten Free + Low Calorie
Remember those strawberry cheesecake bars with half the calories? Yeah, I did it again. Only this time, even better and will a fun fall twist! Greek Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Bars. Yum!
Although I’m sure you could eat these year round, I do love the fall feeling they have to them. Heck, I ate them during the summer! I shot this recipe in August when it was still 115 degrees in Phoenix. That turned out to be a bad idea because I spent hours trying to keep the bars frozen during the shoot.
Lots of running back and forth to the freezer and waiting. It was hot that day! I think I was sweating as much as the bars. I even left in a picture in of a sweaty bar so you could see what I was dealing with.
Between working out and all the running around I did that day, I’m sure I burnt enough calories to earn my keep in these bars. Unfortunately, I can’t say I ate them all though. I gave most away. They may be low calories, but I make a lot of food and there’s no way I can physically eat everything I eat. If you’re in the neighborhood, come over! It’s guaranteed I have something for you at any given point in time.
Anyway! These Greek Apple Cheesecake Bars are heavenly! I used apple butter to give them a silky, buttery texture and added cardamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and cinnamon to spice them up and give them that desired fall flavor everyone wants right now.
One thing I did different for this recipe versus the strawberry one was mixing apple butter with the Greek cream cheese. Instead of three layers, it’s two! That means means less work for you. Woohoo! That also gives the bars a cool swirl effect which them absolutely adorable and even more irresistible!
And yes, these are made with Greek cream cheese. Remember for those of you who have issues with dairy, Greek is highly strained and has less lactose making it more tolerable so you may consider giving it a try. I’m able to tolerate it just fine as long as I don’t eat a ton at once which in general, is a good rule of thumb for all foods!
But the real fun lies in how blissful these Greek Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Bars taste. Like my other cheesecake bars, they’re not overly sugary. You can always add more sugar to the swirl in the form of stevia if they’re not tickling your taste buds. Either way, I know you’ll love them and you know, they’d be perfect as healthy Halloween treats!
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Greek Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Bars
- 3/4 cup Truvia brown sugar baking blend or coconut sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup Gluten Free 1 to 1 baking flour
- 5 ounces Greek cream cheese
- 2-3 tsp liquid stevia *
- 1/3 cup apple butter unsweetened
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a square 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper placing it horizontal & vertical hanging over the sides of the dish for easy removal.
Using a hand mixer, beat the eggs whites together in a large bowl until fluffy peaked. Then add the the brown sugar, vanilla, applesauce, maple syrup and coconut oil to the eggs and beat until combined. To the batter, fold in the salt and flour. Do not over combine.
Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and smooth with a spatula or back of a spoon. Place in the oven and bake 30 minutes until the edges are brown.
- While the crust is baking, add the cream cheese, stevia, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, lemon juice and apple butter to a mixing bowl and blend together very well.
- After you remove the crust from the oven, spread the cream cheese evenly over it. It should spread easily with the crust is warm.
- Place in the freezer to set 3-6 hours, overnight is best.
- When you're ready to eat, simply lift the parchment paper up to remove the bars from the dish and slice into 12 squares.
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