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Clean Eating Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Listen carefully now, because these three words are going to rock your world:

Cheesecake. For. Breakfast.

Not that I needed another excuse to have it for breakfast… you guys know that it is my favorite dessert ever, like – cheesecake should totally be a food group on its own. Who’s with me?

 


 

What I mean is that now you can have cheesecake first thing in the morning and not feel guilty about it. Creamy, luscious goodness that is also protein and calcium packed, low in sugar and unhealthy fats… I want to cry with joy.

Oh well, I might have.

Might.

 

 

You guys, Saturday was a rough day. Had to wake up super soon in order to go to math class – and that taking into account I had spent most of the previous night revising for my biochem exam… and um, yes, watching the new TWD chapter ((it’s so good, can’t wait for the next one!!)). So yeah, I was pretty tired, which obviously called for one cheesecake bar for breakfast… How else would I have got trough my terrible day?

Um hey, did I say “one cheesecake bar”? I meant three.

Or four, mind you.

They’re sooooooo good.

 

 

Confession time: I’m not usually a crust lover, like – why would you want to spend extra calories in the crust when you can have another serving of creamy goodness? I’ll never get it. But, BUT: this one is really delish. Amazing, I’d say. Nutty, sweet and with a carameles-que kick from those dates… It’s not like you can skip it.

 

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And the cheesecake itself is super creamy and luscious. You’d never tell is virtually fat-free and made with cottage cheese. It tastes like pure dairy goodness! I added some vanilla + honey + cinnamon to make the stuff even better. Oh, man – what a lovely flavor combo!

 

 

At last, you can top your bars with whatever floats your boat. These babies are a nice white canvas for any creation you have in mind. I decided to go with some fresh fruits, in order to add extra vitamins and boost the fiber content, but I reckon that jam, this healthy chocolate fudge sauce, skinny nutella, caramel sauce or chocolate syrup would be gorgeous here as well.

Just make sure that the fruit you’re using is ripe enough, as the bars are not overly sweet on its own. This is breakfast after all!

Although they’d probably make such great post-workout treats… or dinner. Not that that thought has crossed my mind or something…

 

Clean Eating Strawberry Cheesecake Bars
Yields 16
Creamy cheesecake bars that are high protein, low fat and free of refined sugars. Yes, cheesecake for breakfast exists!!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
6 hr 15 min
For the crust
  1. 12 medjool dates
  2. 100 grams brown rice cereal flakes (1 + 1/2 cup)
  3. 25 grams toasted hazelnuts (1/8 cup)
  4. 25 grams coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
For the cheesecake
  1. 750 grams low sodium fat free cottage cheese
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  3. 60 grams raw honey (3 tablespoons)
  4. a pinch of cinnamon
  5. 10 gelatin sheets + 3 tablespoons boiling water
Topping
  1. 100 grams fresh strawberries
Start by making the crust
  1. Soak pitted dates in water for 10 minutes.
  2. Add them to a food processor without the soaking water and pulse until broken.
  3. Add in cereal flakes and hazelnuts and pulse until a ball of dough is formed.
  4. Stir in melted coconut oil and pulse until incorporated to the ball.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and press crust until it covers the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
For the cheesecake
  1. Soak gelatine sheets in cold water for 10 minutes. You can make this while you're preparing the crust if you want.
  2. Add cottage cheese to a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy.
  3. Stir in honey, cinnamon and vanilla and pulse until combined.
  4. Make sure that this mixture is not cold. If it is, nuke it for 30 seconds or so, but not longer or it might curdle!
  5. Squeeze excess water from the gelatine sheets and disolve them in 3 tablespoons water. Whisk until this water + gelatine mixture is lump free. If you still have lumps, nuke it for 30 seconds until they are 100% dissolved.
  6. Stir in water mixture into the cheese one and whisk until fully combined. Make sure you mix really really well!
  7. Pour mixture on your prepared pan and leave in the fridge to set for at least 6 hours or better yet, overnight.
Notes
  1. My bars set in 3 hours... but if I were you I would let them chill for longer, just in case!
  2. These keep`well for days in the fridge, and can be frozen as well.
  3. You can get unsweetened cereal flakes in most health-food stores. If you use sweetened, that's fine as well. For gluten-free bars, use a gluten-free brand.
  4. Cornflakes would work too.
  5. Butter or Earth Balance work well in place of coconut oil if you don't have it.
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I’d like to apologize in advance for the fact that I won’t be able to be online too often next week. I have to take anothet biochem test on Tuesday and a math one on Thursday and they both scare the life out of me… so yeah, I’ll probably spend the next few days worrying about those tests and not baking as I’d love *sighs*. BUT the week after that, I’m getting some holidays… so prepare yourselves for what’s coming ;–)

Have a lovely week! <3

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76 Comments

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession February 23, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!!!! Your new blog design!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH HOW IT LOOKS!!!! And the cheesecake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why just breakfast! I think finishing off every meal with this beauty is IMPORTANT… {read Obligatory!} 😀 I’m loving how healthy it is! And allllllllll the besttttttttttt for your tests!!!!!! You’re gonna be SUPER AMAZING!!!!!!!! <3

    • Reply Consuelo February 23, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Awwwhhh thank you so much my friend!! Your comments always make my day ^^ Hope you’ve had such a terrific weekend! xx

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane February 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I LOVE the idea of a healthy cheesecake, Consuelo. It’s one of my favourite foods but of course it isn’t something you can eat everyday because it’s usually so naughty. I would definitely guiltlessly have a piece (or three) of this for breakfast. Especially like the date crust … fabulous idea!

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) February 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Good luck with your test! I love the light in these photos–beautiful! These cheesecake bars look fabulous too!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven February 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Cake for dinner? Never…haha you know that’s not true!!!

    Good luck on your test love! Almost there :)

  • Reply tohercore February 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I LOVE the idea of cheesecake for breakfast, yum! And the fact that its healthy and wont make you feel as though you started the day off on the wrong foot is a big plus. Will have to try these ones out – thanks :)

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor February 24, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Oh, my favorite! I could eat one of these for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I can’t get enough of strawberries and these look perfect!

  • Reply cheri February 24, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Oh my goodness, you can eat this for breakfast. I’m making this tomorrow. Thanks for sharing. Love this!

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen February 24, 2014 at 3:23 am

    LOVE this recipe, Consuelo! Lovely photography, too. Reminds me when I used to be on a low fat diet (when I could have dairy) and made my own yogurt cheese curd and added low fat cottage cheese. Your crust is so creative! Love, love, love this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl February 24, 2014 at 3:36 am

    I love the idea of clean eating and cheesecake bars, I can agree to this!

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments February 24, 2014 at 4:21 am

    These bars look delicious, Consuelo! I think I would eat 4 as well. :)

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen February 24, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Ok, you are officially and deliciously crazy. And, I love you for it. I sincerely do. Cheesecake for breakfast? Oh yes!!! My sistah – you can expect me to come visit for breakfast, ’cause I truly heart you for this… I really do. Pinned!

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Cheesecake for breakfast!! Say no more…I’m sold!! Love it!

  • Reply BrunchTimeBaker February 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

    The cheesecake recipe is clean and the photos are beyond amazing! I love the simplicity of both the recipe and photos.

  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life February 24, 2014 at 8:29 am

    CHEESECAKE. FOR. BREAKFAST. Whaaaaaat? Oh Consuelo, I can’t get over these. They’re so wonderfully delicious looking, I’m wishing it was the morning already! And good luck with your exams!

  • Reply Johlene February 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

    These look amazing Consuelo.. truth be told I´m more a crusty kinda girl but would not like it without any topping 😉 Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous recipes!!

  • Reply Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness February 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Cheesecake is also my life.
    Cheesecake for breakfast? My life x 1 billion!
    I love all your cottage cheese cheesecake creations, I need to try this thang out!
    And the dates in the crust? LOVELOVELOVE

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou February 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Great recipe Co, I could definitely use one of those bars this morning…you don’t happen to have some leftovers, by any chance, don’t you? 😉

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens February 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Consuelo, you are absolutely a cheesecake wizard! A guru! A knower of all the secrets of cheesecake! Yep, yep – you’ve worked your magic again! Brilliant! Pinning … of course! 😀

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hurray for dessert for breakfast!

  • Reply The Candid Kitchen (@thecandidktchn) February 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I can’t believe you don’t like crust!!! Say whaaaaaaa…..

  • Reply Jess February 24, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    The cheesecake bars look amazing, Consuelo! The cheesecake looks so creamy and light- I would definitely eat one for breakfast (especially on a Monday morning!). Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply josefinetm February 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I seriously get so happy each time I go to your blog. I really love the new layout!!! AND all the incredibly nice food.
    I’m SO with you. Cheesecake IS a food group on it’s own 😉 Having it for breakfast sounds just perfect. Yum! This is definitely a cake I HAVE to make SOON!

  • Reply Carmel Moments February 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Wow. That looks amazing with honey drizzle! You’re making me swoon…

  • Reply Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen February 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Cheesecake for breakfast??? Yeeees!! You are amazing! And your new blog design is just fabulous!!
    xox Amy

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker February 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I’m blown away by the photos let alone the fabulous recipe…. :-)

  • Reply Cindy February 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Looks delicious Consuelo! You are the cheesecake master! Always coming up with new and better ways to enjoy it 😀

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes February 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Oh my, this is dangerous but looks so darn good. Loving your photos as usual. Caving and buying cottage cheese! P.S. GOOD LUCK ON YOUR TESTS! I have holiday soon too!! 😀

  • Reply Shikha la mode February 25, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Uhm we might be soul mates – cheesecake is my favorite food of all time, and I wish i could eat it for breakfast everyday. Yuck that you had class on Saturday, but this looks amazinggggg!!

  • Reply Chocolate Shavings February 25, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Looks delish with the fresh strawberries on top!

  • Reply huntfortheverybest February 25, 2014 at 2:53 am

    wonderful healthy recipe!

  • Reply Mary Frances February 25, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Oh maaaah word … I cannot wait to get up tomorrow and make this. Good grief, Consuelo, how am I supposed to sleep, knowing I could be eating this!?! Love the crust, the filling, the topping! And your photos are so good in this post, you should be proud!

  • Reply Joel A. February 25, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Math class? arrg Bio Chem? Those I hate.

    Cheesecake? I’ll eat it anytime even for breakfast. These bars are really amazing. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Reply Craftynail February 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Great idea! I love cottage cheese so this is great!

  • Reply Joanne February 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I HAVE always wanted to eat cheesecake for breakfast…and these bars look pretty perfect! I love how healthful they are!

  • Reply Greg Urbano February 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    you had me with cheesecake for breakfast!!

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner February 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I’m a crust kinda girl…but I love cheesecake so it’s not really a fair game. 😉
    You are my kind of person…dessert for breakfast! Yes please. :) This looks delicious!

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes February 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    your ability to make healthy twists look positively divine never ceases to entertain/amaze me!! and umm these pictures are everything!

  • Reply caileejoy February 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Oh wow!! These look so delicious!! I can’t believe how healthy they are!! Cheesecake for breakfast sounds good to me!

  • Reply Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE February 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Ummm holy cow!! Love how you use unique ingredients..at least ingredients I’m not use to. Clean eating is the only way to go. Cheesecake for breakfast…I would say breakfast of champions! Thanks for another great recipe :)

  • Reply Gintare @Gourmantine February 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    These photos are so beautiful, love them! And I am always up for cheesecake, especially for breakfast. Funny because mine is also with cottage but baked, I will be trying your for sure once it is warmer :)

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite February 25, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Uhm, excuse me, I must have heard you wrong. I thought you said cheesecake for breakfast…

    Oh, wait, what?! You DID say cheesecake for breakfast?! You, my friend, are a healthy sweet genius!

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl February 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Drooooooooool…. these look amazing and I love how healthy they are – great recipe! And lovely photographs too!

  • Reply Denise Browning@From Brazil To You February 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Yes, please! I want several of these cheesecake bars for breakfast and as a snack as well… So yum!

  • Reply Kate@Diethood February 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Oh gurrrrl, these are beautiful!!! You can definitely count on my vote for making cheesecake its own food group! I looove this stuff!

  • Reply erinsilvius February 26, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Oh my goodness gracious. Dates in the crust and cottage cheese in the cheesecake?! So so smart. Totally pinning this. And your photos are gorgeous!

  • Reply Kelly February 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Clean cheesecake bars for breakfast? I would totally have 3 or 4 too – they look amazing Consuelo! The hazelnut/date crust sounds so good! Have a great week and good luck with your tests :)

  • Reply Yeste Lima February 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    He tenido que comprar algunos baberos más, voy a tenerte que pasar la factura porque tú eres la culpable de ese gasto, jaja

    Besos apretaos, Consuelo

  • Reply Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic February 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I am totally behind cheesecake for breakfast! I’m a crust lover, and this sounds extra special to me.

  • Reply blahnikbaker February 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Your photos are stunning my dear!! And this new blog design is just still wow-ing me!! I will do anything to get behind cheesecake for breakfast. I love the crust..I am a crust person and lately been loving nuts in my crust.

  • Reply Monica February 26, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    What lovely, bright pictures, Consuelo! Your strawberry cheesecake bars are beyond photogenic! : ) Love your clean, lightened up recipes!

  • Reply Natasha February 27, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Hi. These looks fantastic!

    I live in Australia and don’t think I’ve seen Brown Rice Cereal Flakes here? Could you suggest anything else to substitute it with? Thanks.

    • Reply Consuelo February 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you Natasha!
      You surely do! Any kind of breakfast cereal or cornflakes should work :–)

      • Reply Natasha March 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

        Ok, thanks. I will check out the shops : )

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen February 28, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Count me in for cheesecake for breakfast- or anything with strawberries :)

  • Reply Karen March 1, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Oh yum, I could have one of these bars three times a day and be happy. Of course, I know that I should only have one a day. :)

  • Reply Andrea Cole March 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Ok, so I would give a kidney or maybe my first born to have cheesecake for breakfast, or lunch or dinner….you get the idea. My question is, is there any substitute for the cottage cheese, something non-dairy. Can’t have the dairy unfortunately.

    • Reply Consuelo March 6, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Thank you Andrea!
      Unfortunately, I haven’t come up with a sucessful dairy-free idea yet :-(

      • Reply Melanie April 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

        tofu works well in vegan cheesecake recipes

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    I’m new to using gelatin….what the heck is a gelatin sheet?? Haha probably a dumb question but had to ask….is gelatin in envelopes the same thing or will it work?

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      It’s not the same thing, but they’re supposed to be interchangeable! However, I never work with that kind, so I cannot really tell you how to use those envelopes :( Hope you find the answer!
      And anyway, gelatine sheets should be near the gelatine envelopes in your local store xxx

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      Hi Martha!

      I’m not from the US so I have know idea on what Knox gelatine is… sorry! :( x

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