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Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Bars

Lightened Up Chocolate Cheesecake Bars – the perfect healthy dessert for both chocolate lovers and cheesecake lovers!

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Bars - Ingredients: 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 2/3 cup yogurt, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp... Full recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/08/18/chocolate-mousse-cheesecake-bars/ @choccoveredkt

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These extra light & creamy cheesecake bars combine two of my favorite desserts.

To lighten up the original recipe, I secretly swapped 2/3 cup of cream cheese for yogurt this time, cutting the fat and calories without sacrificing any of the richness or creaminess.

Surprisingly, absolutely no one even noticed a difference!

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I made the recipe for a friend’s rooftop party, and two full batches were completely gone within the first hour, before half the guests had even arrived.

Rooftop parties are one of my favorite things about summer in Washington, D.C. The weather will cool down a little at night, and pretty much any rooftop in the city boasts an incredible view, whether it’s of the Capitol, the White House, or the Washington Monument.

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Three years after my decision to move here, I’ve never regretted it for a second.

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Above is an iphone photo of the cheesecake bars at the party, along with a batch of my original Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars.

I thought it might be fun to show the chocolate mousse cheesecake bars in “real life” as opposed to just in a photoshoot setting. This is how they looked after being packaged up and transported to the party – not too bad!

Please excuse the less-than-beautiful serving plates. Real life is messy.

Besides being easy to transport, the cheesecake bars are also quite simple to make: You just combine the ingredients in a blender, smooth the filling into a pan, and put them in the oven.

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I like to add a second pan of water on the very bottom rack of the oven, because it adds moisture, which keeps the tops of the cheesecake bars from cracking. But even if you forget the water—which I’ve done before—they still taste just as good!

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I used a simple graham cracker crust here, which I’ve written into the instructions of the recipe, but you can substitute your favorite crust if you prefer or use my Healthy Chocolate Pie Crust.

It also works if you want to make them crustless, although they are a little more delicate that way and should probably be eaten with a fork.

Chocolate Cheesecake Bars - Ingredients: 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 2/3 cup yogurt, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp... Full recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2016/08/18/chocolate-mousse-cheesecake-bars/ @choccoveredkt

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Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Bars

Adapted from Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake Bars

Total Time: 30m
Yield: 9-16 bars
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz coconut butter OR cream cheese, such as tj vegan
  • 2/3 cup plain yogurt, such as coconutmilk yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar or maple syrup, honey, or xylitol for sugar-free
  • pinch uncut stevia OR 1 additional tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot (omit if using coconut butter)
  • chocolate chips as desired

Instructions

*If using coconut butter instead of the cream cheese, there’s no need to bake. Just combine all ingredients, smooth into a pan–with or without a crust–and chill until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Fill a large baking pan about halfway up with water. Place it on the oven’s lower rack. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment. Beat all ingredients (except chips) in a blender, food processor, or hand blender just until smooth. (Overbeating introduces air bubbles that could burst and cause cracking.) Stir in chocolate chips now, or save them for later if you prefer. (Optional crust: process 5 graham cracker sheets with about 2 tbsp oil, then spread in the lined pan. Or use any of the crust recipes mentioned earlier in this post.) Spread batter into pan, and place on the center rack, above the water pan. Bake 25 minutes, then do not open the oven, but turn the heat off and let sit an additional 5 minutes. This helps the cheesecake cool gradually so it doesn’t crack. Take out the still-undercooked bars. Let cool at room temperature 1 hour. Then refrigerate overnight, during which time they will firm up quite a bit. Slice into bars the next day, wiping the knife between cuts. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in a covered container.

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Published on August 18, 2016

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    • Julie Dove says

      She mentioned coconutmilk yogurt (try Coconut Dream or So Delicious). Or you can use Silk soy or almond, Almond Dream, or any nondairy yogurt from Whole Foods.

  1. Nina says

    Sorry, I forgot to add how much I love the oatmeal cupcakes to go. I make a batch and then individually wrap them. I can grab one each morning, heat it in the microwave for a minute, and enjoy a healthy breakfast. Yum.

    • A H says

      Did you use exact recipe ingredients? No mis-measurement? I’ve not had any problems with making these, the many times I’ve done so. Maybe check Katie’s FAQ at the top of her blog for other suggestions.

  2. Mama E says

    I have to say that my family does not like all of your recipes (even I did not lik ethe chickpea brownies, but my chickens did ;0), but we do like many, if not most of them (you know, kids & guys sometimes need more convincing ;0).

    That said, THIS recipe is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

    We didn’t have yogurt so we used sour cream w/ a little water added to thin it out to yogurt consistency & also added a tad more sugar to take the edge of tartness off. We made a double batch in a 9×13 dish & we polished it off in a few days.. we have a large family, but still… these were TOO GOOD not to devour ;0).

  3. Mele Pearl says

    Is it possible to substitute all of the nondairy cream cheese for coconut yogurt instead for this recipe? I’ve seen the ingredients in nondairy cream cheese, and they contain a lot of toxic chemicals. Is there even something else besides coconut yogurt that can be a substitute for the nondairy cream cheese? Ever since I went vegan and organic, I’ve been missing cheesecake. This would really help me out.

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