Are you looking for a healthy treat to bring to this weekend’s 4th of July celebration? Raspberries provide potassium, which is essential to heart function, and proven to lower blood pressure. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids which help prevent stroke and heart disease, and the mineral manganese is necessary for healthy bones, skin and helps regulate blood sugar. Try these Skinny Raspberry Mojito Cheesecake Bars that are only 130 calories per bar!
6 oz. of Driscoll raspberries
2 tablespoon of water
1 teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of arrowroot
1/2 teaspoon of lime zest
Graham Cracker Crust:
3/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons of diced fresh mint
Lime Cheesecake Filling:
8 oz. of cream cheese, softened
6 oz. of plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of lime juice
zest from one lime
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon of arrowroot
Preheat oven to 350.
In a small saucepan, add water, honey, arrowroot, and lime zest. Stir and bring to a boil.
Add fresh Driscoll raspberries. Reduce to simmer and simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and place in refrigerator to cool.
Grease a 8×8 pan using cooking spray. (I also line my pan with parchment paper for easy removal of the cheesecake bars – optional)
In a small bowl, add graham crackers, melted coconut oil, and fresh mint. Mix until mixture is slightly wet. Pour graham crackers in prepared pan and press into bottom for the crust.
In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract using a hand mixer. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Add in Greek yogurt, lime juice, lime zest, egg whites, and arrowroot. Blend until combined – be sure not to over blend.
Pour cheesecake mixture over graham cracker crust – smooth out so the cheesecake mixture is even.
Pour raspberry sauce on top of cheesecake mixture, using a knife pull knife through raspberry mixture to create a swirl.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, place in refrigerator let cool for 30 minutes. Serve.
Serving Size: 1 bar
Saturated Fat: 5g
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