Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

April 13, 2008

Cheesecake is one of my very favorite desserts. I like just about every kind under the sun. So when I saw these cheesecake bars on Joelen’s Tasty Tools Round Up, I knew I wanted to try them. These turned out absolutely amazing. Very light and creamy. It’s a really surprising combination of flavors with the buttery graham cracker crust, lemony filling, and sweet and fruity topping. Thanks to Stephanie for posting these yummy cheesecake bars!

Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbs coconut flour or all-purpose flour
2 Tbs turbinado sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 Tbs canola oil
1 Tbs water
Cooking spray

Filling:
1 cup 2% low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup (2 oz) block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 Tbs grated lemon rind
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs pineapple juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of salt
3/4 cup egg substitute (I used 3 eggs. 1 egg=1/4 cup egg substitute)

Remaining Ingredients:
1 cup chopped free pineapple
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
2. To prepare crust, combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Add butter, oil, and water; toss well. Press mixture onto the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
3. To prepare filling, place cottage cheese and next 7 ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add egg substitute, and process until blended. Spread cheese mixture over cooled crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 33 minutes or until set. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Refrigerate 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled. Top with pineapple and coconut.
4. Cut into 16 bars (or slices) and enjoy!

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5 Responses to “Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Elly Says:

    Ooooh these look SO good. I definitely need to give these a try.

  2. Erin Says:

    Yum, these look so good! I’ll have to make these- I know plenty of people who would love these!

  3. Amber Says:

    These look excellent!!

  4. Carrie Says:

    These caught my eye too, I will have to make these soon.

  5. NEO Says:

    Looks good even for cheesecake. 😛


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