SKINNY LEMON CHEESECAKE BARS

yield: ABOUT 16 BARS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 4 HOURS (INCLUDING CHILL TIME)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (or Neufchâtel cheese), softened
  • 3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt (plain or lemon flavored)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (depending on how strong of a lemon flavor you want)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with foil with some overhang on the side.
  2.  In a bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until well-combined. Press the crumbs into the lined baking dish. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Set aside to make filling.
  3. Beat the softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl for about 1 minute. Beat in the yogurt, sugar, egg whites, and the flour for about 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and the vanilla extract. Pour the filling into the baking dish over the crust.
  4. Bake the bars for 20 minutes. Cover the pan with foil and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 25 minutes. Then store in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours before cutting.

Nutrition:

Nutrition (when cut into 16 squares): Calories: 103.5; Fat: 5.7 g; Protein: 3 g; Carbs: 10.3 g; Sugar: 6.8 g; 5 SmartPoints