Squash Cheesecake Bars

EatingWell


What's This?
Serving size 18
Total Time

Ingredients

9 low-fat graham crackers (4 1/2 ounce)½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking or steel-cut)2 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided¼ cup plus 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided2 Tbsp unsalted butter3 Tbsp nonfat cream cheese, at room temperature8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese½ cup squash puree2 large egg1 tsp vanilla extract½ tsp ground cinnamon¼ tsp salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray

2. Process graham crackers, oats, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 cup flour and butter in a food processor until finely ground. Add milk; pulse until completely moistened.

3. Transfer the graham cracker mixture to the prepared pan and evenly pat into the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, reduce oven temperature to 325°. Beat both cream cheeses and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy, scraping down the sides occasionally. Beat in squash puree until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Finally, beat in vanilla, cinnamon, salt and the remaining 3 tablespoons flour. Scrape the filling into the pan, spreading evenly over the crust.

5. Bake until set and the edges are light brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars.

 

To make your own squash puree, halve and seed one medium acorn or butternut squash. Place, cut-side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven until soft, about 50 minutes. Cool, then scrape out the flesh with a fork. Or simply use frozen (thawed) or canned squash puree. Find frozen squash puree near other vegetables in the freezer section and canned squash near the canned pumpkin.

Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 18 Total

  • Calories 146
  • Calories from fat 54
  • Total Fat 6gm 9%
  • Saturated Fat 3gm 15%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1gm
  • Sodium 209mg 9%
  • Total Carbohydrates 18gm 6%
  • Fiber 1gm 1%
  • Protein 5gm
  • Cholesterol 37mg 12%
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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Dessert, Cookie, Healthy, Cheese, Vegetable, Squash, American, Easy, Baking, Entertaining, Spring

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