Mini Lowfat Blackberry Cheesecake Bites

Mini Blackberry Cheesecake Bites ... Whether you have fresh or frozen blackberries, this is the perfect way to use them up. Sweet little morsels of deliciousness that you won't feel guilty about // Happy Food Healthy Life #lowfat #dessert #berries

So there’s this thing I do. I pay very little mind to what’s going on when it comes to seasonal ingredients and blogging. I know you guys are all chomping at the bit for fall flavors. Pumpkin Spice, Apple Cinnamon, and Warm Casserole recipes. I get it, and don’t you worry, they will be here. But the truth of the matter is that I have berries left to use up. So I’m not rushing things.

Two weeks ago, we attended my niece’s birthday party, and it always seems tradition that on her birthday, we all take turns filling up bowls of fresh blackberries off the bush to take home. There were so many that were just ready for pickin’. The only problem was that most of them were being guarded by a ginormous ugly spider. I decided I didn’t want to be this spider’s next meal, so I kept my distance and just picked what I could from one side of the bush.

Besides, it’s still summer, right? We beg and beg for these days, and although I know the nights and mornings are a bit cooler, I’m just not rushing my way into fall. Yes, I’m ready for it, but if I have summer ingredients to use, it’s just going to happen. I don’t follow rules. {story of my life really…} 

So let’s dive into these little morsels. First of all, you can fit a whole bite in your mouth at once, so it’s okay to eat about 5-8 in one sitting. Okay, but really. We’re all about moderation and listening to our bodies, right? Right. The reality is that these are perfect to just have one or two after dinner to satisfy your sweet tooth. What do I love most about these cheesecake bites? I used one part lowfat cream cheese to two parts fat free Greek yogurt. Freakin’ awesome, don’tcha think? That means you’re not going to feel nearly as guilty about eating one or two for dessert.

Also, they are super simple to make. I put mine in a silicone brownie bites pan, but you could always use mini muffin tins or something else along those lines. If you’re not using silicone, you would just want to be sure you used a paper liner, a non-stick pan, or non-stick cooking spray. So let’s get to it!

Mini Blackberry Cheesecake Bites ... Whether you have fresh or frozen blackberries, this is the perfect way to use them up. Sweet little morsels of deliciousness that you won't feel guilty about // Happy Food Healthy Life #lowfat #dessert #berries

Mini Lowfat Blackberry Cheesecake Bites

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Ingredients

    For Crust:
  • 16 graham cracker squares
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • For Cheesecake Filling:
  • 4 ounces low fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounces fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For Blackberry Swirl:
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) blackberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven for 350 degrees F
  2. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers to crumbs. (Of course, you could also put graham crackers in a ziploc back and pound with a rolling pin.) Pour melted butter into graham cracker crumbs and combine together until crumbs are able to be pressed together and stick to one another.
  3. Press graham cracker mixture into a silicone brownie bite pan, lined cupcake tin, or non-stick sprayed cupcake pan. You only need a thin layer in each bite, so the amount will vary depending on the size of bite you are making. My brownie bite pan required about a teaspoon and a half of crumbs for each bite. Set pan aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine berries, water, and sugar, and simmer on medium-high heat. Stir occasionally, and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until mixture thickens. You'll want to keep an eye on it, as it may thicken sooner than this. Once it's a jelly-like consistency, remove from heat and set aside.
  5. For the cheesecake mixture, combine cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and sugar in a medium sized bowl and mix until completely combined. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing completely between each one.
  6. Once mixed, drop about a Tablespoon (if using brownie bite size, like I did) on top of graham cracker crusts. When finished, add about a 1/2 a teaspoon of blackberry mixture into the cheesecake and swirl with a toothpick.
  7. Bake at 350 for about 15-18 minutes, or until cheesecake is mostly solid. Let cool completely before removing from pan. Once mostly cool, you can place in the refrigerator overnight to finish setting.
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Mini Blackberry Cheesecake Bites ... Whether you have fresh or frozen blackberries, this is the perfect way to use them up. Sweet little morsels of deliciousness that you won't feel guilty about // Happy Food Healthy Life #lowfat #dessert #berries

Now the question is, what shall I do with the last of the fresh peaches before they go bad? This may not be the final summer recipe here!

Comments

  1. says

    These sound so good and since they have all of that healthier stuff I wouldn’t feel bad about eating them. I’m like you though. I cook whatever I want, no matter what the season.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Yup – forget all those bloggy “rules” right?? 😉 I mean, I’ve got peaches on the blog tomorrow hehe. Although I did “autumn” them up a bit just to comply a little bit

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Christie, you’ve got to! I had no idea you could sub in greek yogurt for the majority of the cream cheese and still have amazing results. I’ll be honest – you cannot tell the difference at all. It is definitely not lacking in any way. Your daughter will not be disappointed. Let me know how you like it!!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      haha Rachel, you totally made me laugh. Yes, dreams can come true with this dessert 🙂

  2. Katie says

    When it says 16 Graham cracks squares, is it the entire Graham cracker, half a cracker (because it’s square) or 4 whole crackers because each portion is 4 pieces. I’m probably over thinking this!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Valid question, Katie. It’s the portion that makes a square. So half a full cracker. I wrote it this way because I’ve seen graham crackers packaged both as big rectangles and in half the size, the squares. This recipe calls for 16 squares. If it still doesn’t make sense, I can draw a picture hehe.

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