Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

An easy recipe for 128 calorie lightened-up chocolate chip cheesecake bars, sacrificing none of the creamy texture and flavor! 

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - you won't even know they're light! Only 128 calories each!

I’m currently suffering from a sugar hangover.

Let me rewind. Last night we went out for a friend’s surprise birthday party. Seth, the lucky man marrying this beauty, is turning 30 and we celebrated by renting part of a bar in Baltimore.

(Rowhouse in Federal Hill – go there for Sunday morning Chicken ‘n Waffles & Spicy Bloody Marys if you’re ever in the area and want some brunch.)

Kristen brought a buttercream-frosted cake to surprise Seth and I brought a peanut-butter-packed cookbook recipe that knocked some socks off. I ate a salad for dinner so I could enjoy a lot of dessert. It’s all about balance, folks.

Love these 128 calorie Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars. They don't even taste light!

I also brought these skinny chocolate chip cheesecake bars to the party. They look pretty diet-busting, right!? They certainly taste that way too.

These bars defy all sorts of baking science rules. They’re so rich-tasting, yet made with lightened-up, protein-packed ingredients. The cheesecake layer is ultra thick and undeniably creamy. I don’t even how it’s possible?! No one even knew they were lighter than regular cheesecake!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I am not one to sacrifice taste for lighter desserts, thus this creamy cheesecake bar was born. 🙂

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars. You won't even realize they're lightened-up!

So how can you make these ultra rad skinny cheesecake bars? (Yeah, rad.)

The recipe is quite similar to my Skinny Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars. You’ll need a few easy ingredients: 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 unbelievably creamy. I used nonfat plain Chobani Greek yogurt, but you can use low fat and/or a flavored kind like vanilla or even raspberry, honey, strawberry, etc. Using 2% Greek yogurt will give you an even creamier cheesecake bar.

Add some sweetness. 1/4 cup of sugar sweetens the bars. That’s only 1/4 cup of sugar sweetening 16 servings. Not too bad right? I tried my hand at using honey or maple syrup, but the bars did not set up properly. 1 teaspoon of added sugar per serving is heaven sent for cheesecake! (1 tsp does not include the sugar in the cream cheese, chocolate chips, yogurt or crust).

For the chocolate? I like to use mini chocolate chips because you get more chocolate in every bite. Always a good thing.

Mini Chocolate Chips

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

The crust is made from graham crackers and a touch of melted butter. I’ve tested the crust with melted coconut oil and it works wonderfully. So you have the option of either.

The bars only take 25 minutes in the oven. But then you have to wait for them to fully chill before digging in. Ugh, that’s probably the only thing I don’t like about cheesecake. Tests your patience! Especially when all you want is some dang dessert! What to do while you’re waiting: make these adorable DIY sparkle/jewel hair pins. How cute!

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars. You won't even realize they're lightened-up! Only 128 calories each.

So how do these cheesecake bars measure up? Only 128 calories each!

  • 5 sheets low fat Graham crackers = 350
  • 2 Tbsp butter = 200
  • 8 ounces light cream cheese = 560
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt = 105
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar = 194
  • 2 Tbsp flour = 56
  • 2 egg whites = 34
  • lemon juice = 0
  • vanilla extract = o
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips = 560

Do yourself a favor and stop reading. Set out your cream cheese to soften right now. Because you have got to try these simple lightened-up cheesecake bars! It’s been exactly 20 hours since I had one and life just isn’t the same…

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Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 16 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

An easy and delicious recipe for 128 calorie lightened-up chocolate chip cheesecake bars, sacrificing none of the creamy texture and flavor!


Ingredients

Crust

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

Filling

  • 8 ounces reduced fat brick-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature (do not use fat free)
  • 3/4 cup (185g) Greek yogurt*
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (16g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (85g) mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 8-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: 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.
  3. Make 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. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Remove the crust from the oven and spread filling on top. 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.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Store bars in a covered container for up to 7 days in the refrigerator; bars can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  2. Double Batch: Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13-inch pan, baking time will vary – about 45-55 minutes.
  3. Yogurt: I use Chobani 0% fat, plain. You can use low fat Greek yogurt instead. You can also use regular yogurt, plain or flavored, low fat or fat free.

Keywords: skinny chocolate chip cheesecake bars, skinny cheesecake bars

An easy recipe for 128 calorie lightened-up chocolate chip cheesecake bars, sacrificing none of the creamy texture and flavor!

254 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to try these Sally! If they are anything like your Skinny Raspberry Swirl cheesecake bars, you’ve got another winner! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the calorie breakdown of the recipe. I NEED treats but I also need to be accountable every day for what I eat…thank you for all of the recipes, the beautiful website and I’m looking forward to the book coming my way when it’s released!
    Happy New Year to you & Kevin!

    Debbi

    1. Thanks so much Debbi! What a very sweet comment, I truly appreciate it! I had to break down the calories for these because it’s just so crazy how creamy and thick they are – and yet only have a little over 100 calories each. Hope you try them!

  2. It’s amazing you got these puppies down to 128! That’s like….what I put in my coffee with flavored creamers. To think I could have one of these instead, that would be a welcome trade 🙂 Greek yog can do no wrong!

    I love the mini chips, too. In certain desserts, the mini size is just so perfect and they totally fit this dessert!

    1. I was so surprised reading the calorie count, Averie. And your coffee sounds a lot like mine! I recently tried the GS Cookie Thin Mint creamer. Words can’t describe.

  3. Nice job Sally!! I have made individual mini cheesecakes, but never a bar! I so have to try this recipe and I love that it is guilt-free!!

  4. Oh My – I am a big fan of the raspberry version, so I can’t wait to try this one! 128 kcal for cheesecake? Am I dreaming? These are way too perfect to be true… You’re the skinny dessert heroin, I tell you.
    Thanks for the recipe Sally! xx

  5. Thank you for this recipe Sally! I am never one to sacrifice taste for calories. I would much rather have it taste amazing and eat less than be so so and have more but these sounds so delicious still! I love that you used Greek Yogurt! Can’t wait to try!

    1. Liz, I simply couldn’t agree more with what you said about eating less of something truly decadent and amazing, as opposed to eating more of something “healthier” that tastes awful.

  6. I honestly don’t know how I read through all that, instead of just stopping, dropping everything, and making these. Girl, these look fan-freaking-tastic! I love the little trick of using a bit of Greek yogurt to set up the ingredients…I always wondered how to fix that when I make low fat cheesecakes. I don’t have any upcoming parties to bring these too though…
    more for me.

    1. Taylor, I had a feeling you’d love these cheesecake bars! I hope you try them. And yes, keep them all to yourself! Cut them up even smaller so you can have little bites every now and then. Just my little suggestion 🙂

  7. I love, love greek yogurt in cheesecake. These bars are fabulous Sally! And I’m in a sugar hangover too…and I can’t end it for at least another month, lol.

  8. I absolutely love cheesecake, but it always bothers me that it really isn’t so healthy. So this is a perfect solution – finding ways to make it a little healthier! I love that it has Greek yoghurt in it. It’s SO versatile. I often use it as a sour cream alternative.

  9. Wow, I can’t believe only 128 calories! That is amazing and they look so creamy and delish! Love your low cal recipes- thanks so much for sharing and hope your 2014 is off to a great start 😀

  10. Sally, you are so genius. I’m making these tomorrow for sure. Enjoyed your whole wheat banana pancakes for dinner last night. Wonder if I could get away with cheesecake for dinner tomorrow night?

  11. I love skinny cheesecake!! These bars looks awesome and I love that you used greek yogurt. I use that in pretty much everything I want to make healthier! These look great!

  12. These look divine! I’ve never attempted making cheesecake before since it seemed really difficult, but this looks like something I can do! I’ve been meaning to bake something to bring back to college for my friends, anyway. Thanks, Sally!

    1. Em, making one huge cheesecake takes a lot of work time and prep – these are just so much easier! Hope you try them.

  13. Oh these are amazing Sally!! I love the raspberry swirl version and cannot wait to try these. 128 calories?? You are a genius!!

  14. Gah- as usual, you’ve got me drooling! This skinny alternative sounds perfect after my chocolate and red wine overdose during Christmas! Haha! Can’t believe they’re only a little over 100 calories- and without using splenda or anything! Can’t wait to try them out!

    1. Hey if you can’t overdose on chocolate and red wine around the holidays, when can you?! Hope you give these cheesecake bars a try Andrea!

  15. I get you on the whole balance thing. I’m definitely going to have salad for all meals when I whip up a batch of this amazingness here!

  16. Loving these skinny cheesecake bars! I’m definitely in need of some skinny recipes after over indulging over Christmas! My skinny jeans are thanking you too 😀

    1. Haha Annie, me too. I had about 15 straight days of cookies. A lot of cookies! Doing things a little lighter this month for sure!

  17. Oh my goodness! These look fabulous. I totally don’t believe that they are so few calories but I will take it. Happy Happy Monday!

  18. I love your skinny recipes and am looking forward to more of them in your new cook book! (heck, I love ALL your recipesss!)

    1. Thanks so much Madison! I can’t wait for you to get my cookbook. You’ll have to let me know which recipes you make from it!

  19. I love cheesecake!! It makes me happy to be able to still eat recipes I love as part of a healthy lifestyle! Thanks Sally x

  20. I’m so happy you posted these up, because it’s my grandma’s birthday today and I’ve been scouring the internet for low-cal cheesecake (cheesecake is her favorite but she’s on a diet) – so glad I saw this in a Tweet!

  21. It’s mind-boggling to me that something like this that looks so rich and decadent could be so low-fat! Chocolate chip cheesecake has always been something at the back of my mind that I want to try! 😀

  22. Yummy!! This is just what we needed after all the holiday feasting we had! I’m going to try these for the hubby 😀

  23. I think Greek yogurt deserves its own award. Cheesecake is probably my all time favorite dessert and now I can have it with some health benefits! I would totally treat myself to seconds on these. They really do look like the real deal; so thick and creamy! And I love mini chocolate chips, you can’t go wrong with them. 🙂

      1. Made a lemon poppyseed version of this and it was delicious! The crust and the filling were amazing, both perfect textures. Had to add a little more sugar since I was omitting the chocolate chips and adding more lemon, but other than that, I made these as written and they are SO good! Thanks Sally!

  24. Greek yogurt is perfect for lightening up desserts! These cheesecake bars sound like the perfect way to get this new year off to a good start!

  25. I am screaming inside (at work)! These look delicious! LOVE cheesecake and chocolate. So happy they are only 128 calories. That means I can eat more, right?

  26. Yes! So much goodness going on here. Chocolate chip, cheesecake, and skinny?! Greek yogurt is magical. These are absolutely going on my list to make–I know a certain few people (meaning basically everyone) who would loooooove these. 🙂

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