Skinny Apple Cheesecake Bars

Skinny Apple Cheesecake Bars

Skinny cheesecake bars are topped with cinnamon baked apples for the ultimate Fall treat. Get this healthy dessert recipe now.

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You’ll never believe how creamy these skinny apple cheesecake bars are!

If you haven’t tried them yet, my light and Lemony Cheesecake Bars, are one of the best dessert recipes on the blog. In fact, they’re one of my all time favorite cheeseake recipes – and that’s saying something!

Just like the original recipe, these apple-topped cheesecake bars taste sinfully creamy and tangy, yet are deceptively low in calories, fat, and sugar.

As it isn’t Fall without a good apple dessert, I topped my go-to cheesecake base with a simple cinnamon apple topping and swapped out the base with traditional graham crackers.

Holding a skinny apple cheesecake bar

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • So creamy and perfectly tangy.
  • Made with Greek yogurt and light cream cheese for a Fall treat that’s less than 200 calories.
  • Topped with cinnamon-baked apples for the ultimate Fall treat.
  • Kid-friendly and dinner-party tested and approved!
Skinny apple cheesecake bars

Ingredients used to make skinny apple cheesecake bars

  • Cinnamon graham cracker crumbs: To infuse a little more cinnamon, I used cinnamon graham crackers. However, you can also use regular graham crackers instead.
  • Butter: I used salted butter. However, you can use unsalted, just be sure to add a pinch of salt in the crust mixture.
  • Reduced fat cream cheese: To help lighten these up, I use a block of 1/3 less fat cream cheese. Trust me, these bars are still every bit rich and creamy!
  • Low-fat Greek yogurt: The other secrete to making these healthier is low-fat Greek yogurt. For a slightly richer consistency you can use whole fat Greek yogurt. I don’t recommend fat-free as the filling can get a tad watery.
  • Sugar: I use raw can sugar, but regular granulated sugar will work too.
  • Flour: Just a little flour is needed to help thicken the filling. I usually use all-purpose, but I’ve also had good success with white whole wheat flour.
  • Egg whites: The final trick for lightening these up is to use egg whites rather than a whole egg. Rather than throwing out the yolks, you can whisk them with a pinch of salt and freeze to use in scrambled eggs or another recipe.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh is best, but bottled lemon juice will work too.
  • Vanilla extract: Just a splash of pure vanilla extract adds a little more sweetness and depth of flavor.
  • Diced baked apple topping: Recipe below.

How to make the healthy cinnamon baked apple topping

You have two options:

  1. Make the baked apple topping ahead of time.
  2. Bake the diced apples while the cheesecake bars set in the fridge This way you’ll have a nice contrast between the hot apple topping and cold cheesecake.

To make the topping, all you have to do is dice 1-2 apples, toss in cinnamon and a little avocado oil, then bake in a 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

>>Have leftover apple topping? Use them in these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats!

Skinny apple cheesecake bars

Tips for making skinny apple cheesecake bars

  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper to make removing the bars easier. Make sure the parchment paper hangs over two sides of the pan so you can just lift the bars out.
  • Skinny apple cheesecake bars taste best after sitting in the fridge overnight.
  • If you make your apple topping in advance, you can heat it up in the microwave before adding to the cheesecake bars if you want that contrast of hot and cold.

More lightened up desserts

Skinny Cheesecake Bars with Baked Apple Topping

Skinny cheesecake bars are topped with cinnamon baked apples for the ultimate Fall treat. Get this healthy dessert recipe now.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chill3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Apple Dessert Recipe, Healthy Cheesecake Bars, HEalthy Fall Dessert, Skinny Cheesecake Bars
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 175kcal
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs about 6 full sheets
  • 2 tablespoons melted salted butter
  • 8- oz block 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • ¾ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt can use 2% or whole fat
  • ¼ cup raw cane sugar can use regular white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced baked apples recipe in post

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Place graham crackers in food processor and pulse until small crumbs form.
  • Combine crumbs and melted butter in a small mixing bowl, then press mixture into baking pan.
  • Place crust in oven and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove crust from oven and make filling while crust cools off a bit.
  • Using a mixer, beat softened cream cheese until nice and smooth. Add in Greek yogurt, flour, sugar, and egg whites. Beat until creamy, it took me about 2.5 minutes.
  • Add in vanilla extract and lemon juice. Beat for an additional 30 seconds to combine.
  • Pour filling evenly over prepared crust and place in oven for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, place foil over cheesecake to prevent it from getting too brown. Cook an additional 3-5 minutes, or until set.
  • Remove cheesecake from oven and place in fridge for at least 3 hours.
  • For the topping, you can either bake the apples before or immediately after baking the cheesecake, and serve the whole dessert chilled. Or, you can bake the apples just before serving the cheesecake for a hot apple topping (my preference).
  • Slice cooled cheesecake into 12 bars, top with apples (if not baked in) and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition per bar (including topping): 175 calories, 5 g saturated fat, 16 g carbohydrate, 9 g sugar, 6 g protein

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