Mar
16

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Lightened up, creamy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert to make this spring!

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Lightened up, creamy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert to make this spring!Hi everyone! Danae here from Recipe Runner, sharing my monthly guest post. Today I thought I would bring to the table a little something sweet. I’ve been holding back from sharing a dessert recipe for a while because I wanted to make sure if your New Year’s goal was to eat a little healthier that you stuck to it. However, you might want to make an exception for these Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars!

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Lightened up, creamy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert to make this spring!Do you ever make something and you seriously just want to pat yourself on the back or give yourself a high five because it’s that awesome? That’s exactly what I was doing when I took my first bite of one of the Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars. I don’t usually toot my own horn, but sometimes you just have to!

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Lightened up, creamy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert to make this spring!In case you weren’t aware lemon desserts are one of my favorite! I just love that fresh, bright, tart flavor that lemon adds to a dessert. While I can eat lemon treats any time of year I especially love them in spring and summer. Since we’re only a few days away from the first day of spring I figured we could celebrate with something sweet and lemony!

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Lightened up, creamy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert to make this spring!If you were worried when you read the word cheesecake and immediately your mind went to all the calories and fat that you normally find in the decadent dessert, have no fear! These bars are figure friendly, skinny, light, healthier, whatever you want to call it, but with as rich and creamy as they taste, you’d never guess it! The cheesecake bars use equal amounts of plain non-fat Greek yogurt and 1/3 less fat cream cheese, which is the secret to making them lighter as well as super creamy. The graham cracker crust is also lightened up using only two tablespoons of butter and less graham crackers overall. Of course since these are lemon flavored you will find a generous amount of lemon zest along with fresh lemon juice. These Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert to kick off the start of spring! Enjoy!

Yields 9-12 bars

Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

3 hr, 35 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 6 whole graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 heaping tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  3. Place the graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  4. Drizzle in the melted butter and pulse again until the crumbs are moist and stick together when pressed between your fingers.
  5. Pour the crumbs into the prepared 8x8 pan and firmly press them into an even layer.
  6. Bake the crust in the oven for 6-7 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees.
  8. Let the crust cool while you make the filling.
  9. In the bowl of an electric mixer or using a handheld mixer beat the softened cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  10. Add in the Greek yogurt, sugar and pinch of salt and beat again until smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  11. Add in the egg and egg white and beat until smooth.
  12. Add in the lemon zest, juice and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  13. Add in the flour and beat until smooth.
  14. Pour the filling on top of the cooled graham cracker crust then place it on the middle rack of the oven.
  15. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheesecake is set, but the center is still a little jiggly, don’t overbake.
  16. Allow the bars to cool completely before refrigerating them for at least 3 hours.
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Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Lightened up, creamy and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, these Greek Yogurt Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect dessert to make this spring!

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18 Comments

  1. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These bars look delicious! I have been LOVING baking with Greek yogurt recently, so these bars are right up my alley. Pinning 🙂

  2. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    This is definitely the time of year when I crave lemony desserts. They are so Spring-y and perfect for Easter or Mother’s Day. Love that you lightened these up with Greek Yogurt!

  3. Ashley

    I am allll about the lemon right now (as my husband pointed out to me last night haha) so I know I would love these! They sound wonderful!

  4. Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron

    These look delicious! I just tried making greek yogurt cheesecake the other day and I could barely tell it was lighter…I was super impressed! I definitely need to try these with the bright lemony flavors!

  5. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    These are gorgeous! I love using Greek yoghurt in recipes and these bars look like they have the perfect, silky, creamy texture!

  6. Desirae

    THese sound really good!

  7. Maria

    These look so lovely and delicious, Ashley! Give Danae my regards for making such a great recipe guilt free as well. Thanks so much for sharing this on #shinebloghop

  8. Audrey

    My son has been asking for cheesecake lately, I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will join us for the next party.

  9. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life

    I love lemon desserts! These look amazing…they’d be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch! I may just have to pass along the hint to my husband… 🙂

  10. Celeste | The Whole Serving

    I’m a big lemon lover and these look so delicious. Oh how I would love to have one right now. Your photos are beautiful.

  11. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide

    These look so delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe at Craft Frenzy Friday on Mom Home Guide!

  12. Theresa @DearCreatives

    Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

  13. Jennifer Dawn

    Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts! These look scrumptious!

  14. Adelina Priddis

    Oh I love it! I make a ton of cheesecake, and have never thought to use greek yogurt with the cream cheese! For sure trying it soon.
    Thank you for sharing this on Weekend Bites!

  15. Karren Haller

    Your cheesecake looks amazing and was featured on our #OMHGFF this week!!
    Pinned and share out to Twitter and FB!

    Have a great weekend!
    Karren

  16. Trina and Tina

    We can’t wait to high five each other after this turns out awesome for us too! Thanks!

  17. Kristi Wilson

    This sounds great. Where did you find the adorable 8×8 pan? PS- I dont read a lot of blogs – how do I see your reply- is it emailed to me?

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