Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars.

An easy and delicious recipe for lightened up cheesecake bars using light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and a touch of raspberry jam. 

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars - these cheesecake bars taste like the real thing!  Except they are made with light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and little sugar. Get the recipe sallysbakingaddiction.com

A new skinny recipe for you all on this lovely Monday morning.

Kevin and I just got back from vacation and making a skinny treat to start off a new week just sounded right.  We spent the week enjoying s’mores, peanut butter pies, and delicious fruity sangria. A LOT of sangria. ;) I am welcoming a lighter dessert option with open arms today.

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars - these cheesecake bars taste like the real thing!  Except they are made with light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and little sugar. Get the recipe sallysbakingaddiction.com

I am excited about this post for a couple reasons.

(1) These lightened up cheesecake bars are GOOD. Better than a full-fat version. Seriously.

(2) This is my first photo shoot with my new camera lens. I updated my photography page with the current equipment I am using.  I am in love with this new zoom lens!  It costed quite the pretty penny, but it is worth every cent. Paired with my Canon 5D Mark III camera, I find my images are tack sharp.

Ok, back to business. Raspberry cheesecake business.

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars - these cheesecake bars taste like the real thing!  Except they are made with light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and little sugar. Get the recipe sallysbakingaddiction.com

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you must know how much I love cheesecakey things.  If i had it my way, dessert would be all cheesecake – all the time.  However, we all know cheesecake isn’t the best thing for our bathing suits or skinny jeans.  Sigh.

That’s why I created a lightened up cheesecake bar yesterday. I used light cream cheese, Greek yogurt, egg whites, and a touch of flour.  The flour is used for thickening the cheesecake mixture since you are not using full fat ingredients.  You cannot leave out the flour; the cheesecake will not set up properly. The protein-packed Greek yogurt makes these cheesecake bars SO creamy.  I used nonfat plain Greek yogurt, but you may use low fat and/or a flavored kind like vanilla or raspberry.  Today’s dreamy cheesecake bars aren’t as thick as my full fat cheesecake bars, but they sure are creamier.

1/4 cup of sugar sweetens the bars.  That’s only 1/4 cup of sugar sweetening 12 servings.  There’s no way around it, you have to sweeten the bars up unless you want them tasting like… cheese. I tried my hand at using honey or maple syrup, but the bars did not set up properly.  I got away with the least amount of sugar I could and 1 teaspoon of added sugar per serving is heaven sent for dessert! (1 tsp does not include the sugar in the cream cheese, jam, yogurt or crust).

The crust is made from graham crackers and a touch of melted butter.  There is no way around a killer graham cracker crust.  I just made the crust a bit thinner and used less butter than I normally do.  The crust is SO good and you won’t even miss the extra fat.

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars - these cheesecake bars taste like the real thing!  Except they are made with light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and little sugar. Get the recipe sallysbakingaddiction.com

Those gorgeous swirls between the creamy cheesecake are brought to you by raspberry jam.  I used a natural raspberry jam I picked up at the farmer’s market, but feel free to use any kind of jam and any flavor.  I have a feeling peach or apricot jam would be fabulously tasty. You’ll need a scant 1/4 cup of jam total.

To swirl, drizzle 4 parallel and horizontal lines of jam on top of the cheesecake batter.  Then, drag a toothpick down vertically – making 4 lines perpendicular to the jam lines.  The next time I make a swirl dessert, I’ll be sure to upload a photo so you can all see.  I didn’t have a chance to shoot one for this recipe.

The bars only take 25 minutes in the oven.  Not too bad, right?  But then you have to wait for them to fully chill before digging in.  That is the worst part about cheesecake! There always has to be patience involved.  Waiting to cut these skinny cheesecake bars is pure torture.  But let me tell ya, that first bite makes every minute of waiting SO worth it!

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars - these cheesecake bars taste like the real thing!  Except they are made with light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and little sugar. Get the recipe sallysbakingaddiction.com

These bars taste like true cheesecake.  They do NOT taste like a “light” dessert at all.  I was shocked by how creamy they were considering how little fat is used in the recipe.  Greek yogurt surely does work miracles!  Do not leave out the lemon juice – it gives the bars a slight tang, like true New York Cheesecake.  These bars taste like the real thing. And I’m not just saying that!

I see many different versions of this skinny dessert happening a lot in the near future. ;)

Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars - these cheesecake bars taste like the real thing!  Except they are made with light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and little sugar. Get the recipe sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

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Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

An easy and delicious recipe for lightened up cheesecake bars using light cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and a touch of raspberry jam.

Yield: 12-16 bars, depending how large you cut them

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 5-6 full-sheet graham crackers (or 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 grams) unsalted or salted butter, melted (or even melted coconut oil)

Filling

  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened (do not use fat free)
  • 3/4 cup (185 grams) Chobani Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt, plain or flavored, low fat or fat free)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (16 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (80 grams) raspberry jam

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides. Set aside.

Make the crust: Using a food processor or blender, pulverize the graham crackers into a fine crumb. Pour into a medium bowl and mix with melted butter. Press into the lined pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool as you prepare the filling.

For the filling: Beat the softened cream cheese for 1 minute using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the yogurt, egg whites, sugar, and flour until mixture is smooth and creamy, about 3 full minutes. Add the lemon juice and vanilla, beat for 1 additional minute until combined.

Remove the crust from the oven and spread filling on top. Swirl the raspberry jam on top of the batter (see the text in the post for how I swirl).

Bake for 25 minutes, covering the cheesecake bars at the 20 minute mark with aluminum foil to prevent browning. Allow to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature, then chill completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.

Makes 12 bars. Store bars in a covered container for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9x13-inch pan, baking time will vary - about 45-55 minutes.

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Love these lightened-up bars!

These lightened-up Raspberry Cheesecake Bars taste like the real thing!

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139 Responses to “Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars.”

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    Laura Dembowskiposted August 15, 2013 at 8:42 am

    That swirl looks so pretty, Sally! You make so many great, healthier desserts!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 15th, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thanks so much Laura!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodlesposted August 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    So pretty! And I love how you lightened them up with Greek yogurt :D

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    • Sallyreplied on August 18th, 2013 at 6:18 am

      I have just realized how amazing Greek yogurt is in cheesecake! Thanks Heidi :)

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    Jess @ The Dreaming Foodieposted August 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Sally, these look so good! I want to make them this coming up week but I do have a question. Do you think I could somehow use fresh raspberries in place of the jam? I just got some fresh from the farmers market and would love to use them in these but don’t want to mess them up! Thanks so much Sally! Jess

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    • Sallyreplied on August 18th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Jess! You could add them along with the jam. Or you can just press them on top of the cheesecake batter instead of the jam. It will be delicious, I’m sure!!

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    Nutmeg Nannyposted August 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Oh yum, loving the greek yogurt, I’ve been on a greek yogurt kick lately I just can’t get enough. These look incredible!

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    Sarahposted October 3, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Sally,
    I don’t know how I found your website, but I’m sure glad I did! I was just wondering how I’d manage to finish off all my Greek yogurt when I came upon this recipe and had to try it. I am usually wary about “light” dishes tasting…less than delicious, but this doesn’t fall short! A day after making them and they’re gone, with no mention of them being light at all! The fiance and I loved them.
    The only differences between your recipe and how I made them were that I used vanilla Greek yogurt, and I used blueberry jam–my favorite. The color pops with them, and the swirls are lovely and purple; you should try it! They were sooooo good! Thanks so much for the recipe! I don’t think I need the regular bars anyway, these are so creamy goooooood. :D

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    • Sallyreplied on October 3rd, 2013 at 9:27 am

      I just love the idea of using blueberry jam in these cheesecake bars, Sarah. And I can NEVER believe how delicious they are for being a “lighter” dessert recipe. I was in awe when I first tasted one from the winning batch. Thank you so much for taking the time to report back about them. Have a great day Sarah!

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    Fainaposted October 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Just made these, but with boysenberry jam! can’t wait for them to cool!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 6th, 2013 at 9:20 am

      That sounds amazing. My grandmother used to make use fresh boysenberry jam when we were little. Truly one of my favorite jams!

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    Ivoriposted October 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I made these today! They were amazing so creamy and not too sweet. Thanks sally for such a great recipe going to make them again soon!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 7th, 2013 at 6:24 am

      Happy you enjoyed them Ivori! You should try a different jam next – it’s fun to experiment with flavors!

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    Vernettaposted December 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I loveeeee cheesecakey things too and I agree that all desert should be cheesecake! Hahaha. I would love to try this out when I get a new oven! Can digestive biscuits be used in place of graham crackers for the crust?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 5th, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Yep! They make a great substitute for the graham crackers, Vernetta. Enjoy!

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    Jackiposted March 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Made these bars for a neighbor’s 50th bday and everyone was talking about them and asking for the recipe!!! Thank you so much they are amazing!

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    • Sallyreplied on March 13th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      So happy they were a hit, Jacki!

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    sueposted March 14, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your blog! Everything I make is such a hit. I can’t wait to try these cheesecake bars. Thank you!

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    Kimposted March 29, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I made these on Friday morning (with my MIL’s blackberry jam). 1) They are SO good. So. Good! You’re right, you don’t taste the “healthy choice.” 2) So. Easy! I made them before 9am, before the baby got tired of being in his bouncy chair-thing and wanted to do something more exciting (and he has a short attention span for that bouncy chair-thing). Superb recipe! (Seriously. You are my go-to for baking. I think of A Something that I would like to bake and it’s always “What Would Sally Bake?” and I browse your collection. THANK YOU!)

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    Christinaposted April 3, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Hi, I was wondering if I could leave out the lemon?
    What would happen if I don’t use it? or is there a substitute for it?
    Also can I use the bottled egg whites they sell? or is it better to use fresh egg whites?

    Thank you and Sorry for so many questions!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 3rd, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Hi Christina – I’ve never made these cheesecake bars with egg whites in a carton/bottle. Just fresh. I can’t speak from experience, but I assume using the correct equivalent would be fine. I add lemon to give the cheesecake bars their authentic cheesecake (tart/sweet) taste. You can leave it out though.

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      • Christinareplied on April 3rd, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        Ah, thank you!
        I’ve tried making them today and I think I may have done something wrong!
        The cheesecake slightly tastes sour and I’m not sure whether or not it’s from the greek yogurt or how its supposed to taste :/

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    Lindseyposted April 11, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Can I use fresh raspberries instead of the jam? I love raspberries and they taste much better to me fresh.

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    Loriposted April 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Sally we all loved these…including my boyfriend who loves cheesecake and is always skeptical of “light” desserts. I used Splenda to lighten it even more and replaced the flour with two tablespoons of vanilla pudding mix and a teaspoon of cornstarch. Then set beautifully and I’ve never made cheesecake anything before! I made them about three weeks ago and am making them again for Easter dinner upon request. My dad is diabetic so I like the idea of a lower calorie dessert he enjoys. Thanks!!

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    Kateposted April 22, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Do you have a recipe for raspberry jam?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I do not.

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    Lauraposted April 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Sally! Considering that there are SO many cheesecake lovers here, do you have a classic New-York cheesecake recipe? If you do could you PLZ post it here on your blog? PLEASE?!

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    • Sallyreplied on May 1st, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Hey Laura! My favorite cheesecake recipe is in my cookbook. You can bake it plain or how its written – with Oreo chunks in it! I may do another cheesecake recipe on my blog sometime too.

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    Hettyposted June 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Dear Sally,
    This recipe looks absolutely AWESOME! I love the fact that they’re skinny but seem delicious as well.
    I’d love to make this recipe but I was wondering I I could use my spring form pan for this?
    I hope you can let me know what you think.
    Thank you for all your amazing recipes.
    H. Wolf

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    • Sallyreplied on June 15th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I’m sure you could – but the cake would be quite thin. Perhaps double the recipe? I’m unsure of the bake time.

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      • Hettyreplied on June 15th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

        Thank you so much! That’s exactly what I did I and I baked it 50 mins! I sent you a picture via Instadirect hope you can check it out :)
        Thank you soooo much again! I’m leaving it in the fridge overnight… Can’t wait to taste it tomorrow :D

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    Hayleyposted July 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I made this using a VERY red strawberry jam for Canada Day & it turned out beautifully! Best I could, I tried to recreate the Canada flag but it didn’t turn out so well so I just swirled it all together like the above photos. We had a lot of people coming over so I also made the chocolate chip version of this (ummm for the kids) & I think everyone’s going to love it! Chilling in the fridge right at this minute :D

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