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130 Calorie Greek Yogurt Pineapple Bars

Summery squares. Lightened up with a cherry on top.

Refreshing, easy, and tropical Greek yogurt bars flavored with pineapple! Only 130 calories each! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Maybe it’s the feet (plural) of snow, high-speed blizzard winds, and frigid temperatures responsible for my summer/pineapple/sunshine cravings. Seasonally challenged, remember? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that I’m headed to St. Lucia this week.

YES!

My sister’s destination wedding kicks off on Wednesday! We’re headed down to tropical paradise for 5 magical days where we’ll disconnect from the world, let our phones run out of batteries, sip fruity umbrella drinks, stick our toes in the sand, stay up late, wake up early for the sunrise, lounge by the pool, toast the happy couple, and lather our pale selves in buckets of sunscreen.

(Before I forget– more Vermont pictures on my photography blog today!)

Refreshing, easy, and tropical Greek yogurt bars flavored with pineapple! Only 130 calories each! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Have you ever been to St. Lucia? This will be my second time. It’s perhaps THEE most serene, romantic, and relaxing place on the planet. Like, the second you step off the plane you feel all your worries and stress melt away. Or maybe that’s your forehead sweating because I remember that airport feeling like a sauna.

Since you can’t all join me on this beach getaway, I have the next best thing: a super light yet creamy, pineapple-infused Greek yogurt bar. Tip: slap on some sunscreen and wear sunglasses while eating to feel extra beachy.

Making them is a summer breeze. I channeled my recent Greek yogurt lemon bars, sprucing them up with a tropical makeover. Flavored with pineapple juice, topped with pineapple and cherries– frosty piña colada style. Scarfed them down because they’re only 130 calories each. I shared the recipe on Delish.com last week and decided I loved ’em too much not to share them here.

How to make 130 Calorie Greek Yogurt Pineapple Bars

I’ve been focusing on healthier eating this month both on my blog and in my personal life. Like most of us, I felt the need for a total reset on January 1. I blame overworking and lack of sleep, but I really think it was the 78,926 Christmas cookies. Earlier this month, I read that one of the key recommendations from the New Dietary Guidelines for a healthy eating pattern is to consume a variety of protein foods, including eggs, as they include other important nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids. I’m happy to share that Eggland’s Best eggs — with whom I proudly work AND what I use in my baking– provide more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E, three times more vitamin B12 and 38 percent more lutein than ordinary eggs. For today’s Greek yogurt bars, you’ll need 2 large Eggland’s Best eggs and 1 large EB yolk.

Refreshing, easy, and tropical Greek yogurt bars flavored with pineapple! Only 130 calories each! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

EB eggs are 1 of the 6 simple ingredients you’ll need for the filling. With so few ingredients, each one serves an important purpose. Eggs (yolks especially), Greek yogurt, and cream cheese help set the filling. Pineapple juice and vanilla extract flavor the filling. Sugar helps it taste good. But the Greek yogurt pineapple bars aren’t super sweet– keep that in mind when you take your first bite. I reduced the sugar from traditional cheesecake bar recipes to a scant 1/4 cup for the entire pan. That, plus the sweet pineapple juice, is plenty.

The reduction of sugar is actually pretty refreshing. Without all that unnecessary sugar, other flavors can shine through like tart Greek yogurt, tangy cream cheese, and pineapple. Real food, tasting really good. It’s the cherry on top. (Ha!!!)

I forgot to mention the crust! So the crust for today’s pineapple bars is the same I use for my skinny chocolate chip cheesecake bars. It’s a thinner crust, really only to cut down on butter and save calories. If calories aren’t your concern– try my regular graham cracker crust instead.

Refreshing, easy, and tropical Greek yogurt bars flavored with pineapple! Only 130 calories each! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Here’s a tip I learned after having the bars out for 500 hours shooting them: keep these chilled at all times. I find the longer the  bars sat out, the softer they got and eating with a fork is your only option. Which isn’t a bad thing! I actually savor cheesecake-y bars more if I eat with a fork rather than hand-to-mouth-stuffing-my-face. Both means of eating are perfectly acceptable though. Not judging.

130 Calorie Greek Yogurt Pineapple Bars

Summer bars. Lightened up with a cherry on top. Don't skip the chilling step-- these bars need to properly set in the refrigerator like traditional cheesecake.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 3/4 cup (85g) graham cracker crumbs (about 5-6 full sheet graham crackers)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted (or melted coconut oil)

Filling

  • 6 ounces (168g) brick-style light cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (181g) plain nonfat or low fat Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • 2 large Eggland's Best eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large Eggland's Best egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: top with cherries and pineapple slices when serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides to easily lift the bars out of the pan before cutting. Set aside.
  2. Make the crust: Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together in a medium bowl until combined. Evenly press crust into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Make the filling: In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese on high speed until completely smooth, about 1 minute. On medium-high speed, beat in yogurt until completely combined. Then beat in the eggs and egg yolk until combined. Finally, beat in the sugar, pineapple juice, and vanilla extract until everything is combined and no lumps remain.
  4. Pour filling onto the crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center of the bars no longer jiggles (remove from the oven and gently wiggle the pan to check). Allow the bars to cool at room temperature set on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 3-4 hours or even overnight.
  5. Once chilled, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares. For neat squares, I use a very sharp knife and wipe it clean with a paper towel after each cut. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  6. Make ahead tip: Prepare the bars 1-3 days in advance and store covered tightly in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bars can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Recipe Notes:

You will need 2 large eggs plus an additional egg yolk making a total of 3 egg yolks and 2 egg whites.

Room temperature dairy and eggs mix easily and more evenly into one another. I always recommend room temperature, especially cream cheese, when making these types of bars.

Using SparkRecipes calculator, these bars come out to 129 calories, 6g fat, 13g carbs, 4g protein each. This is using Philadelphia light cream cheese, FAGE nonfat plain Greek yogurt, Eggland's Best large eggs, Dole 100% pineapple juice, and Nabisco graham crackers.

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Have you been enjoying my healthier recipes lately? I’ve had a lot of fun exploring lighter dessert and dinner options the past month, but nothing’s keeping me from cupcakes, chocolate bark, doughnuts, and cake. All new recipes coming soon!

In the meantime, check out my recent trip to Vermont as well as my new Tumblr page. I just got the Tumblr page up and running last week and am slowly loading pictures, videos, and other cool stuff for all us baking addicts.

Eggland’s Best provided me with eggs to bring you this recipe.

Refreshing, easy, and tropical Greek yogurt bars flavored with pineapple! Only 130 calories each! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Refreshing, easy, and tropical Greek yogurt bars flavored with pineapple! Only 130 calories each! Recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com

47 comments

  1. these sound so light and summery! my mind can’t help but wander to pina coladas, and i’m thinking about subbing a tiny bit of the graham crackers out with shredded coconut.

  2. Oh my gosh these look amazing! After a binge weekend of carrot cake and peanut butter M&Ms (hubby’s Dirty 30 Bash) it is so refreshing to see a delicious treat that is not horribly destructive to your diet!

  3. These bars look so light, summery, and refreshing. I’ve never really tried pineapple flavored desserts, and I’d love to try these out.

  4. This recipe looks great Sally. By the way where is St Lucia? Carribeans?

    • Yep! In the Caribbean 🙂

    • St. Lucia is on my bucket list!!! And I LOVE Egglands Best Eggs, I get all weird about buying any other brand at the store. I actually eat 4 every morning scrambled with blueberries. Healthy and delicious! I totally know what you mean about January reset and think a low sugar pineapple dessert sounds perfect right now! A party in your mouth =) No plane ticket needed. 

  5. So summery! I really need that this time of year! 

  6. Sally! You’re lucky that you’re getting away during this super snowy time of year. St. Lucia sounds amazing. I love the flavors in this light bar! 🙂 Thank you for sharing. 🙂 

  7. You picked a great time to go. We’re trapped in endless feet of snow!
    These are very much wishful thinking. Nice and tropical!

  8. These look perfect Sally! <3 And I've been buying Eggland's Best for 3 years, ever since I started reading your blog…they really make a HUGE difference! 🙂

  9. Summery flavors sound perfect in the dead of winter. I like the way you think 🙂 Have a fabulous time in St. Lucia!

  10. This summery recipe brightened my day!  It sounds delicious, and I may just run to the grocery store today, so I can give it a try!  Have a wonderful trip to St. Lucia…it sounds heavenly!

  11. Oh my gosh, Sally, I LOVE PINEAPPLE!!!!! Like, almost as much as lemon. Maybe because it’s not done very often? And, I mean, it’s delicious. I am dying to make these immediately, but I want to add some coconut to the crust, or on top…oh, I’m so excited. I hope you have a wonderful trip!!

  12. Have a great trip Sally and thank you for leaving us with these yummy looking tropical bars! Can’t wait to try them!

  13. Wow, these look amazing… and super delicious. Wish I could sample one right now! 

    I have a question: what is the difference between regular flour (e.g. all-purpose) and cake flour? If I used all-purpose in a cake recipe that calls for cake flour, would it alter the recipe significantly? 

    • You can make your own by using 1 cup of all-purpose flour, removing 2 tablespoons and then replacing them with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.

    • Hey Hope! Cake flour is much lighter and has a lower protein percentage than all-purpose. Its lighter, more airy (aka NOT dense) texture is ideal for cakes and cupcakes.

  14. These pineapple looks soooo good! I can’t believe there’s just 130 calories! And I’m so jealous you get to visit St Lucia! Since I’ve never been, I’ll be dreaming of Hawaii while I savor these pineapple bars.

  15. I like desserts like this because they are creamy, cool and refreshing.

  16. I was going to make greek yogurt cheesecakes but I always forget it. This bars will send me straight to the kitchen. So yum!!!

  17. PINEAPPLES!!! My favorite fruit. Oh yes, I’m seasonally challenged too. 😉 These bars sound even better than the lemon blueberry ones. Have a great trip to St. Lucia!

  18. Wow, St. Lucia! I am so jelly!!! You will have such an amazing time 🙂 These bars look great, pineapples are one of my favorite fruits and paired with creamy greek yogurt, irresistible! 

  19. These look divine! Everything tastes better with a cherry on top, right? 😀

  20. Sally love that these bars are just 130 calories each and I love love greek yogurt- so these are so a MUST try on my list now!! Pinned!!

  21. Seeing as I’ve reached the ‘ice cream for breakfast’ level, I definitely need something a little bit healthier. And the winter is dragging on here in the UK, so I could do with some sunshine in my life! 

  22. If I wanted to make these ultra rich and decadent using full fat cream cheese and sour cream instead of light cream cheese and low fat or fat free greek yogurt, how much of each would I need to use? The same proportions: 6 oz. cream cheese and 3/4 cup sour cream?  Or would 12 oz. of full-fat cream cheese without sour cream be better?  Thank you for your help. 

    • You can use the same proportions, just use full fat cream cheese and full fat Greek yogurt or sour cream. Same bake time.

  23. I cannot take these seriously when I look outside and just see a WALL OF WHITE. You’re going to St. Lucia on Wednesday?!?! I may or may not be slightly upset over this unless you can take me with you. 😀 😀 😀

    ….Or I’ll just bake cookies and sob in my house while binge watching the Bachelor. haha

  24. I am loving your recently healthy recipes! Especially because I am on a diet right now! I plan on making these and the light lemon bars you recently posted. If you can come up with a lightened up brownie recipe, you might be making a miracle happen! ( I recently tried a lightened up brownie recipe from another website I shall not name… It was awful. It was like an egg soufflé of sorts that was not worth the eggs!)

    • Bridget, have you ever tried my skinny peanut butter swirl brownies? It’s an older recipe but worth trying out! I LOVE them. You can reduce the sugar (I do these days), use coconut sugar, or use 1/2 cup honey instead.

      • I have not tried those yet! They look delicious – definitely on my list of diet treats! Thank you for the reply and suggestion! Also I actually had a question – if I make the date and cashew crust with the pineapple bars, would it be a weird flavor combo? And am I able to bake the crust as if it were th graham cracker crust? Just an alternative option I was considering but may do the graham crust still 

      • I wouldn’t bake that cashew crust. I just don’t think the flavors would work very well either! How about grinding up some almonds and using half the amount of graham crumbs and half the almond crumbs? I feel like that should work!

  25. First of all these bars look perfect. Second, it is so refreshing to have pineapples in desserts. Whenever I try your recipe, I’ll make sure to use fresh pineapple juice to enjoy every bit to the maximum 🙂

  26. These look wonderful, and I love pineapple!  Do you think it would work if I also stirred some crushed pineapple into the batter? Or would it be too wet? 

    • Hi Sylvia! Too much liquid, unfortunately. If you do want to add some crushed pineapple, how about adding more cream cheese to thicken it up.

  27. I’ve never been to St. Lucia, but it’s been on my list ever since I saw a special where Paula Deen took a family vacation there! You’re so lucky that this is your second time! Hope you had a fabulous time and congrats to your sister!

  28. Can I replace juice with orange or cranberry juice?

  29. Hi Sally,

    I’ve been a huge fan of your blog for years! Just wanted to comment and say that I made these for a Memorial Day BBQ and they were FANTASTIC! The only change I made was using key lime juice instead of the pineapple juice, so I upped the sugar a teeny bit (75 g instead of 50 g). I also used greek yogurt cream cheese to add another extra boost of protein! My key lime pie loving father devoured them and said they were the best he’d ever had. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy option!

    Sarah

  30. I am planning to make these soon, and am considering using pineapple-flavored Greek yogurt instead of plain. The question is: will this result in pineapple overload? Hm…thoughts?

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