Skinny Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

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I love cheesecake! And it is no secret here on the blog. It is such an awesome dessert. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love cheesecake? It is one of the hardest things for me to give up when I am watching what I eat. I had a dream last night that I was eating my favorite cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory. I was so sad when I woke up and it wasn’t real. I have to still have my cheesecake fix when I watch what I eat. That is why I love making these Skinny Mini Cheesecakes, or this raspberry swirl cheesecake. And now my new favorite are these Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars!

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I am also a huge lover of peanut butter. So when you combine peanut butter and cheesecake together on a chocolate graham cracker crust I am in heaven. I talked about little victories in my post on Friday. By swapping out some ingredients for better for you ones that is a total victory! And it makes eating healthier throughout the year easier to do. You would never guess that these bars had greek yogurt and lower fat cream cheese inside. And it cuts down on the calories significantly. Oh yeah. These bars are no bake! They are easy to throw together and a dessert that the entire family will love!

Recipe adapted from Food Network

Skinny Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 12 Bars

A healthier no bake way to have cheesecake while watching what you eat!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bar recipes, bars, peanut butter cheesecake bars

Ingredients

  • 9 sheets chocolate graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels melted

Filling:

  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy all-natural
  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts chopped
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips melted for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8 inch pan with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. In a food processor add the graham crackers and pulse until fine crumbs. Add the melted butter. Pulse again until the crumbs are coated in butter. Add the melted chocolate and pulse again until it is the texture of very wet sand. Press into the bottom of the 8x8 inch pan. Pop into the fridge while making the filling.

To make the filling:

  1. Add the cream cheese, peanut butter, greek yogurt, and powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Pour on top of the chocolate crust and spread evenly.
  2. Top with peanuts and drizzle with melted chocolate. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 251mg7%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 149IU3%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I “made” these, except instead of making the crust, I just sandwiched the filling into chocolate graham crackers. Very tasty.

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