The holidays are my favorite time for baking. This year I decided to get a little creative! Siggi’s is one of my favorite yogurt brands. They have a plain 0% fat version which can be used in so many unexpected ways! Remember when I went to the Siggi’s cooking class? Well that inspired me to use some Siggi’s for these amazing Black Cherry Cheesecake Bars which are to die for. Siggi’s plain 0% yogurt has 5 grams of sugar, 150 calories and 28 grams of protein per serving! Each cheesecake bar has 11 grams of protein which isn’t bad for a holiday treat.
Black Cherry Cheesecake Bars
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 8 oz light cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup Siggi’s plain 0% yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup frozen cherries, thawed (juice reserved)
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Once those ingredients are mixed together add 1/2 cup melted butter and stir to coat. Press this mixture in the bottom of the lined baking dish. Cook for 10 minutes, let cool before adding cheesecake mixture. For the cheesecake, in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, combine cream cheese and yogurt until smooth. Add eggs, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, cinnamon and 2 tbsp of reserved cherry juice. Spread this mixture over the par-cooked crust. Evenly top mixture with cherries. In a small bowl, combine almond meal, walnuts, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 2 tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle this crumble over the top. Bake cheesecake bars for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center is set. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Number of servings: 9 | Serving size: 1 cheesecake bar
Calories: 400, total fat: 22 g, total carbohydrates: 41 g, dietary fiber: 4 g, sugars: 23 g, protein: 11 g
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