Cherry-Almond Cheesecake Bars

By Jeanette Terry

The natural sweetness of dried cherries combined with the richness of cream cheese will make this less-than-15g-of-carbs treat an instant favorite.

Cherry-Almond Cheesecake Bars
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar or 1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar substitute*

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 2 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute* equivalent to 1/3 cup

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cherries

  • 10 tablespoons fat free frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional)

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, and almonds. using a mixer, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Gradually add egg, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in cherries. Spread cream cheese mixture over partially baked crust.

  3. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until cream cheese layer is set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours before serving.

  4. Cut into bars to serve. Garnish individual servings with dessert topping and/or almonds, if desired. Store in refrigerator.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
20
Calories
141
Protein
4g
Carbohydrate
14g
Fat total
8g
Cholesterol
23g
Dietary Fiber total
1g
Sugar total
8g

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6 replies

ohneclue
ohneclue 2014-11-06 19:17:13 -0600 Report

Good for anonymous catching the fact that the "10 tablespoons fat free frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)" is really loaded with calories and sugar. Everyone always thinks it is a free food because of how the labeling is constructed. It ALWAYS has carbs/sugars even for 1 TBSP!!!

Carmelulu
Carmelulu 2014-07-29 20:37:03 -0500 Report

Even the picture is from a round cake. I also see asterisks by the sugar substitutes but that should indicate some additional info…don't see any. Looks great, so I'll get my trusty carb book and figure the real carb/cal totals.

peggy587
peggy587 2013-10-31 19:12:59 -0500 Report

An 8x8 pan supposedly makes 20 servings?! Never known anyone who has only one square inch of cake. Think I'll try it with almond flour in the crust, and chopped frozen cherries instead. Using sugar substitutes should also help bring down the carbs, even if I cut the cake into 10 or 12 pieces instead of 20.

rmtwbsm
rmtwbsm 2013-10-31 17:51:02 -0500 Report

recipe calls for sugar or sugar substitute in two instances. is the nutritional info for sugar or sub? this stuff is really important, guys.