Not all holiday desserts have to be loaded with calories. These lightened up Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Ganache let you indulge in a sweet treat without all the regret!
I have a love hate relationship with the holiday baking season. I love to bake and I especially love to bake for other people. It relaxes me and makes me happy to be able to make something sweet and beautiful for family and friends. Baking and I get along as long as I don’t have a dozen cookies, a pie or a cake sitting in my kitchen staring at me for too long. You see the problem is I LOVE dessert and if it’s in my kitchen it starts calling my name. The next thing I know I have a cookie in one hand and a piece of cake in the other and a pile of guilt an hour later. My self-control lacks strength when pretty desserts are within my reach, I’m sure some of you can relate.
Luckily, this holiday season I’ve created these lighter Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Ganache and felt virtually no guilt after devouring one! You see the thing is, I have a secret weapon in these bars and its name is Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend!
Zing™ Baking Blend is made with stevia leaf extract and pure cane sugar and has only 5 calories per serving. It’s made without artificial ingredients and bakes just like sugar only fewer calories. A dessert with less calories that tastes as good as these vanilla bean cheesecake bars is something I can get behind!
Along with the Zing™ Baking Blend cutting out some of the calories, I’ve also replaced a portion of the cream cheese with plain non-fat Greek yogurt. The yogurt adds an amazing creaminess to the bars! The bars are loaded with vanilla flavor, which comes from either a vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste, whichever is more convenient for you. Using a vanilla bean instead of just the extract give you a more intense vanilla flavor, plus those gorgeous black specks! The final flourish on these bars is the dark chocolate ganache drizzled over the top. It adds just enough chocolate flavor without overpowering the vanilla bean cheesecake. If you’re in need of a slimmer dessert to sink your teeth into this holiday, then you have to treat yourself to one of these vanilla bean cheesecake bars with chocolate ganache!
For more information, recipes and to find out where you can buy Zing™ Baking Blend visit their website.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.