Greek Strawberry Cheesecake Bars are a low calorie version of classic cheesecake. Made gluten free with Greek cream cheese and than the original for a healthier dessert! Gluten Free + Low Calorie
If you’re a cheesecake lover, then your world is about to be rocked with this lightened up Greek Strawberry Cheesecake!
I love, love, love a good cheesecake. My friends and I would find any excuse to go to Cheesecake Factory so we could share three or four slices. That was until I started eating healthy and started realized how much I was over eating and stopped indulging in so many sugary foods. That was a blessing in disguise because what I didn’t realize at that time is that I’m actually lactose intolerant.
Lactose intolerance means a person doesn’t have the lactase enzyme in their body to break down lactose. Somehow until my recent medical battles, I didn’t put it together that this was one of the many things going on with me. What can I say? Sometimes I’m slow and well, the education system doesn’t educate the average person in the basics of nutrition enough to take care of themselves.
What does this mean to you? It means if you’re lactose intolerant like me, chances are pretty high you’ll be able to tolerate this Greek Strawberry Cheesecake because it’s made with Greek yogurt cream cheese. YAY!!!!
How is this possible?
All dairy products contain milk sugar lactose but some dairy products like Greek yogurt are heavily strained which removes a lot of the sugar lactose from it making it a whole lot easier for lactose intolerant people to digest. That straining process is what makes Greek yogurt extra thick and real creamy. That’s why I use it in so many of my recipes. I don’t know about you, but I’m not gonna complain about that!
Nutrition school is paying off!
So like I was saying, I used Greek yogurt cream cheese for this cheesecake. I found it next to the regular cream cheese, but if you can’t find it either regular or lactose free cream cheese would work in this recipe just fine.
The real kicker though is this Greek Strawberry Cheesecake has half the calories of regular cheesecake. Say WHATAHATHATHT?!?!?
Besides using Greek yogurt, I used liquid stevia in the “cheese” part which has NO CALORIES, but makes it light and sweet just the way you would expect it to taste. For the crust, I used Truvia brown baking blend. Have you tried it? It rocks! Tastes just like brown sugar for a lot less calories. Coconut sugar would work too if you’re into that kind of thing.
Greek Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
Greek Strawberry Cheesecake Bars are a light version of classic cheesecake. Made gluten free with Greek cream cheese & than the original for a healthier dessert! Gluten Free + Low Calorie
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a square 8-inch by 8-inch 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 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 at 350 F for 30 minutes until the edges are brown.
- While the crust is baking, add the cream cheese and stevia to a bowl and whisk together very well.
- After you remove the crust from the oven, spread the cream cheese evenly over it. It should spread easily as the crust is warm.
- Next add the strawberry preserves to the top, placing random dollops of it all over. Then using a toothpick swirl the preserves into the cream cheese.
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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It does take a bit of elbow grease to make these tasty treats, but well worth it!
So now that you know my big bad secret for making a Greek Strawberry Cheesecake with less calories and just as delicious, do you wanna know my secret for not eating it all at once?
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