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I should call these Less Added Sugar Salted Brown Sugar Cheesecake Bars, short cut cheesecake bars. I was originally going to make Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars to bring to a neighbor’s birthday party. There were three components; the crust, the filling and a caramel topping. There are some days that is just too daunting. Besides the fact that the bars needed to cool, rest and be refrigerated. I don’t have 8 hours to set aside for cheesecake bars. OK, it really isn’t 8 hours of hands on work, but in my state of mind that morning it was overwhelming.
My husband was away on a golf weekend, having a blast. My little one had a friend sleepover the night before. The three of us were playing twister all night. Feel free to laugh out loud at the thought of that. I am fairly limber, but man my body cannot bend and twist in all directions anymore. I’ll tell you Twister can be quite a workout at this age. They stayed up late and were up early. Ugh!
Plus I have just started to get to the age where we can no longer make the house cool enough for me. I would happily sleep in the Arctic in an ice bath. I’ve even started drinking water with ice in it. Ice, in my water? I hate ice in water, but oh that cold, wet liquid feels so good. So you get the idea. For my sanity and those around me, the caramel sauce was gone. Luckily I had grabbed the SPLENDA® Brown Sugar and thought that would be a nice change. I love the marble look it gives the top of the cheesecake bars. Plus it cuts some of the sugar and calories. Let’s face it, cheesecake is usually fattening.
With SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, the cheesecake wasn’t too sweet; it was just right. I kept the little salt sprinkle. My little one was quite happy to help me out and salt each bar. Look at that cute little hand. What a good little helper she can be. The change from caramel to brown sugar cut off about 2 hours of work. Less Sugar Added Salted Brown Sugar Cheesecake Bars are really simple. Now one mistake I made, because I was lazy, was not to cook them in a water bath. I usually do and don’t have a problem with the cheesecake cracking. These babies cracked. Luckily when I cut them into squares, it really wasn’t overly noticeable. So don’t be lazy, put the baking dish into a water bath.
SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend is fantastic for baked goodies and cakes. These are perfect for a birthday party or a picnic. Who wouldn’t want a little sweet treat? Plus you won’t have to be stuck in the kitchen all day making them. Find out more about SPLENDA® Sweetener and the many different ways to help you reduce sugar on Sweet Swaps. Check them out. Be sure to ask for SPLENDA® at coffee shops and restaurants. Sometimes the little yellow packets on the table are only pretending to be SPLENDA® and not the real thing.
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Less Added Sugar Salted Brown Sugar Cheesecake Bars
- 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 4 tbsp . unsalted butter , melted
- 2 large egg white
- 4 packages of Greek yogurt cream cheese , softened
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar , divided
- 1 cup 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp . vanilla
- Flaky sea salt
Preheat oven to 350•. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with foil then spray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, mix together ingredients for crust.
Pour into the baking dish and firmly press into the bottom of the baking dish.
Bake for 10 minutes then cool completely.
Lower oven to 250•.
In a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth.
Add eggs, one at a time, being well after each egg.
Slowly beat in 6 tbsp. SPLENDA® Brown Sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
Pour batter into the pan.
Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp. SPLENDA® Brown Sugar.
Place baking dish into a larger baking dish and fill half way up with hot water.
Bake for one hour. Then turn oven off and leave door ajar for another hour.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Pull foil out of baking dish to remove cheesecake.
Place on a cutting board and slice into 24 pieces.
Sprinkle each piece with a tiny amount of sea salt.
I calculated 7 Weight Watcher smart points.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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