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Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

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Healthy Lemon Cheesecake Bars

I just love any excuse to eat cheesecake for breakfast. Especially these lemon berry cheesecake bars.

I know, I know. Breakfast is supposed to have good for you stuff. Like yogurt. Or oatmeal. Or fruit. Boring-ish stuff.

Guess what.

You ready?

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

These lemon berry cheesecake bars have all of that! The fruit is a given (lemon, berry) but there’s also Greek yogurt, plenty of whole grain oats, and no sugar in this recipe. So, these cheesecake bars are actually as healthy as they are light, bright, and delicious.

Thank goodness. After a week of eating jalapeno popper stuffed burgers I’m ready for some healthy eats as we head into the holiday weekend. When I will inevitably eat more stuffed burgers or buffalo chicken sandwiches.

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

It’s about balance, you know?

Plus, my toddler loves these. Ever since she started to eat solid she has loved lemon everything. This really doesn’t surprise me. After all, when I was pregnant, my first craving was lemon EVERYTHING. I used to make my poor husband drive me around to six different Italian ice stands to find one that sold lemon ice. I carried Lemonheads everywhere. It was one of the only tastes I could stand aside from Thai spicy everything.

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

So naturally, one day when we were out to eat with Gramps, she reached for a slice of lemon and started to suck on it. Rather than spit it out, she kept going, stopping every so often to make a crinkled up face and then flash us a huge smile. Now when we go out to eat, I always ask for a plate of lemons for her. She is normally content to eat them while we wait. And it generally prevents her from say- running around the restaurant wreaking havoc on my sanity and the sanity of the other patrons.

Desperate times clearly call for lemons. Or at least lemon berry cheesecake bars. These solve the problem of having her feed her breakfast to the dog.

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

The bars have a lightly citrus flavor and an explosion of berry taste paired with creamy, light cheesecake. The berry swirled cheesecake sits on top of an oatmeal crust that has a lightly sweet, nutty flavor. Perfect for breakfast. Or if you prefer a light dessert.

You know, if cheesecake for breakfast isn’t your thing.

Serves 12

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the crust
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Stevia
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • For the cheesecake filling
  • 1 3/4 cup fat free ricotta
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Stevia
  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 2 tbs honey
  • zest of half a lemon
  • For the berry swirl
  • 3 cups mixed berries
  • 2/3 cup Stevia
  • 1 tbs honey
  • zest of half a lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating, in a large bowl mix together all of your crust ingredients. With a large spoon, stir until combined without over mixing.
  2. Spray a 7x11 glass casserole dish with cooking spray. Press the crust ingredients into the bottom of the dish. Spread the crust fairly thin. You will have just enough to cover the bottom of the dish. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crust is set.
  3. While the crust is baking, cook your berries, 2/3 cup of Stevia, honey and lemon zest over medium heat in a medium sized pot. Cook until the mixture starts to boil. Let simmer for a few minutes until the mixture and smash the berries with a potato masher and remove from heat. If you prefer a smoother texture, pour berry swirl into a blend and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat together your eggs, ricotta, yogurt, vanilla, Stevia, lemon zest, and honey. Pour this mixture right on top of your crust, once it comes out of the oven.
  5. On top of the cheese mixture, spoon rows of your berry jam.
  6. When you have your entire cheesecake covered with rows of jam, swirl them with a fork so the jam makes pretty twirly designs.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheesecake is set.
  8. Let cool on the counter for at least an hour and then refrigerate for another hour before cutting.
Recipe Type: breakfast or dessert

Notes

*Use gluten free oats if desired

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17 Comments

  1. Leslie

    Yum, I’m almost drooling right now. I love the taste of berries and lemon. Then again, I’m a sucker for anything lemon.

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    • jfletcher

      The taste of lemons and berries is just so fresh! Perfect for late spring and summer!

      Reply
  2. Ana

    Wow! This looks amazing and healthy too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have pinned your post for my reference!

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  3. Chocolate Mama Loves Vanilla

    WHAT!? You just rocked my world with this recipe!! Saving this and sharing this! These look so beautiful and are perfect for the blueberry picking I will be doing this year!! YES! Ty Ty Ty!!

    Reply
  4. Agnes

    This sounds delicious! I wouldn’t be able to eat it for breakfast but its something I would love to treat myself to every now an then. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • jfletcher

      I totally eat this for breakfast because it feels like a treat but is actually so good for you! Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
    • jfletcher

      Love lemon and any berry together. It’s so perfect for spring and summer.

      Reply
    • jfletcher

      Just the generic store brand. I made it with Stevia to accommodate for a diabetic that would be enjoying these. If you’d prefer, substitute sugar.

      Reply

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