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Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars {Clean Eating}

In a perfect world, Mondays would include obscene amounts of cheesecake first thing in the morning.

Better yet – in a perfect world, Mondays wouldn’t exist. Especially Mondays before a biochem exam, which are obviously the worst kind of Mondays ever. I mean, those call for cheesecake, cookies, cooffee, naps and ice-cream – am I right or am I right?

But what do I get? A HIIT workout. And cold oatmeal. Followed by 8 hours of class with no time for siesta.

 

Clean Eating Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars: free of refined sugars and high in protein!

 

((If this post was a book with pictures here there would be one of me crying because Mondays are stupid))

And what could make Mondays better, you ask? Obviously, those national holidays where Monday is part of the weekend too, duh.

And then cheesecake. For breakfast. Without the guilt.

 

Clean Eating Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars: free of refined sugars and high in protein!

 

Can I have a colective “AAAWHHH YEEEEEEEAHHHHHH”?

AW

YEAH

Do you guys remember my recipe for Clean Eating Cheesecake Bars? Those were an absolute hit and you guys seem to like that recipe so much, so I thought I would make them again just for you.

“Just for you” means actually “just for me”, but let’s keep thinking I’m all that nice of a person ha.

 

Clean Eating Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars: free of refined sugars and high in protein!

 

You know that I love love love those cheesecake bars, but let me tell you that this version is 19784234 times better, as it involves lemons. Don’t you adore all lemony things? I know I do.  From now on this is going to be a lemon appreciation blog, because it is spring, and spring calls for lemons AND I do adore lemons so it makes all perfect sense.

Yessss. Do you know how many kilos of lemons I bought this past week? A lot. I don’t even know myself, but it is probably a three digit number.

I don’t have a problem with them, why would you think so??

 

Clean Eating Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars: free of refined sugars and high in protein!

 

Anyway, apart from my obsession with lemons, there are lots of things I need to tell you:

a) MAKE THESE BARS. 

Lemony, sweet and tart and flavored with the goodness of honey – you want them and you know it.

Super creamy and mousse-like – seriously, some people cannot believe there’s no cream in these.

And they’re healthy too! 100% clean eating approved, free of refined sugars and pretty high in protein and calcium. Like, if these babies don’t make your Mondays better, I don’t know what will.

 

Clean Eating Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars: free of refined sugars and high in protein!

 

Despite the fact that these are super duper healthy, they taste nothing like it. I had my sugar-loving friends to taste them and they really liked these bars, which means that you and all your friends will love them too. Mhm oh unless they dislike lemons, that is. Because these babies are only for die-hard lemon fans.

Are you a true lemon lover? If you are, I just hope that you don’t live near me, since I’ve pretty much made our local store run out of lemons…………. Stay tuned for more lemony goodness!

 

Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars
Serves 16
Lemony, tart, sweet, creamy and 100% amazing: you won't believe these are clean eating approved!
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For the crust
  1. 12 medjool dates
  2. 100 grams brown rice cereal flakes (1 + 1/2 cup)
  3. 25 grams toasted almonds (1/8 cup)
  4. 25 grams coconut oil (2 tablespoons)
For the filling
  1. 750 grams low fat cottage cheese
  2. 250 grams 2% greek yogurt
  3. 150 grams raw honey (7 tbsp.)
  4. juice and zest from two small lemons
  5. 10 gelatine sheets
For the lemon curd
  1. 2 large egg yolks
  2. juice and zest from 2 lemons
  3. 120 grams raw honey (6 tbsp.)
  4. 1/2 tbsp. arrowroot powder
  5. 2 tbsp. butter
Start by making the curd
  1. Warm lemon juice and honey until disolved.
  2. Whisk egg yolks in a bowl.
  3. Slowly pour lemon juice mixture on the egg yolks. Don't stop whisking the yolks while you pour the liquid.
  4. Bring mixture back to heat and stir in arrowroot powder. Whisk until dissolved.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil until it thickens. Remove from heat and add butter cut into small pieces. Whisk to disolve.
  6. Let curd cool. It will thicken even more.
For the crust
  1. Soak dates in water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add dates (without the water) to a food processor and pulse until blended. Stir in almonds and pulse until broken down. Stir in cereal flakes and pulse until mixed. Stir in melted coconut oil and pulse once more.
  3. Press crust into a 9x13 pan lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
For the bars
  1. Soak gelatine sheets in cold water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Blend cottage cheese until smooth.
  3. Stir in greek yogurt, lemon juice and zest and honey and whisk until combined. DO NOT USE A BLENDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR FOR THIS.
  4. Dissolve gelatin in 2 tbsp. boiling water and add it to the cottage cheese mixture. MAKE SURE YOU COMBINE BOTH REALLY WELL TO AVOID LUMPS.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan and let it chill for at least 5-6 hours (overnight is best!)
  6. Once it has set, top with lemon curd and extra fruit if desired.
Notes
  1. Arrowroot powder acts like cornstarch. You can use that if you want.
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My apologies for the fact that you haven’t seen me around you lovely blogs lately. As you may have guessed, I have another biochem exam coming up on Tuesday and they take the life out of me ahhh so much to study :( And then there’s this philosophy exam on Friday, so it’s not as if I had lots of time to blog lately. Sorry guys, I’ll try to catch up on blog reading/commenting next weekend.

I hope your week is a good one and you get to enjoy some cheesecake. I mean, that grants you an awesome week, doesn’t it?

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53 Comments

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes March 30, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Beautiful cheesecake! And it’s okay, we understand about the distance – good luck on your exams!!

  • Reply Jess March 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    These cheesecake bars look amazing, Consuelo! Love lemon curd so, so much- really tangy and sweet! Good luck with your exams :)

  • Reply movita beaucoup March 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    These are all kinds of awesome. ALL KINDS.

  • Reply blahnikbaker March 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I love your cheesecakes!! Always look so delicious and creamy. The lemon layer on this is going to be my favorite. Good luck with the exams :)

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl March 31, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I need to investigate brown rice cereal flakes more because this crust looks amazing!

  • Reply Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! March 31, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Whoa – I am in love with every single one of your pictures, Consuelo! These cheesecake bars are to die for! Hope you’re having a great Monday ahead and good luck on your exams!!

  • Reply Mary Frances March 31, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Wishing you the best on the exam! I think it should become a law that Mondays require cheesecake. Goodness knows Mondays needs it! Your photos are gorgeous!

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 31, 2014 at 4:12 am

    You know how much I adore creamy lemony treats, don’t you?;) Thank you for making our “case of the Mondays” so much easier to face with these healthier lemon cheesecake bars. Gorgeous and no guilt involved whatsoever! Good luck on your exams!

  • Reply Alyssa March 31, 2014 at 4:46 am

    I need these bars in my life, ASAP! The crust sounds so interesting (in a good way), and the lemon layer? Drool. I can’t believe they’re lightened up! Good luck with your exams, Consuelo. :)

  • Reply cheri March 31, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Wow! These really are healthy! will have to make these. Love lemons! Sorry Mondays are so tuff, eight hours is a lot.

  • Reply danguole March 31, 2014 at 6:03 am

    My lemon-loving, Mondays-hating heart says yes! Yes to these. I love how wholesome and healthy they are too! Gorgeous photos, also.

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens March 31, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Oh, Consuelo! You sure do know how to conjure up images of a perfect world! No Mondays, and mornings that involve insane amounts of cheesecake?!?!? Count me in! These are gorgeous little bars, and I just can’t wait to show this recipe to my little son – he adores both lemon desserts and cheesecake … I think you might be his new hero!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Carmel Moments March 31, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Wow! Your photos are stunning. These looks beautiful! Love the lemon!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou March 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I hate Mondays too (I mean, who doesn’t?) but with one of those amazing bars I’m pretty sure I could turn this day around…

  • Reply Dolega March 31, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Esta me la guardo.
    Besazo

  • Reply josefinetm March 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I hate Mondays!! A LOT. And exams definitely don’t make them any better. Good luck on your exam btw!
    I seriously have to make your healthy cheesecake! I’ve been wanting to ever since you posted the last recipe on it. So, I just texted my dad and asks if he could pick up some cottage cheese on his way home ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely March 31, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Mondays are the worst. Eff you Monday! But these lemon curd cheesecake bars should make everything all better. Good luck on your exam!

  • Reply steworastory March 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    HIT workouts in the morning? Impressed! Hope you rocked that exam! It’s my hubby’s birthday this week and I think I need to make him these healthy cheesecake bars for breakfastโ€ฆ..

  • Reply Ashley March 31, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    These bars sound so so good Consuelo! And I love the light in your photos – it’s gorgeous! Good luck with all the studying!

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite March 31, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I’m seriously impressed with how you can transform all those ingredients into something so decadent! You’ve got some serious skills!

  • Reply Amy March 31, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I love cheesecake and I love lemon! Plus the strawberry garnish takes it over the top. I’d love one of these right now :) I can’t believe they’re healthy!

  • Reply Norma | Allspice and nutmeg April 1, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Lovely photos and I want to make this now. It’s hard to believe they are healthy!

  • Reply Johlene April 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    These photos are stunning!! I have to make these in the summer, they are perfect! Have a great week xoxo

  • Reply Joanne April 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    It’s true. Mondays that started with cheesecake would be WAY BETTER MONDAYS. Let’s make this a weekly thing. Love these!!

  • Reply Monica April 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I definitely love all things lemon and I’m so with you about Mondays. For ages and ages, I didn’t give up the idea of mandatory 3-day weekends every week. haha. These definitely would cheer a girl up. : )

  • Reply mayihavethatrecipe April 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Love lemons and I absolutely love, love this recipe! You always manage to make desserts look so decadent that you would never know they are healthy. You pictures are beautiful!

  • Reply Monet April 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Oh wow! Pinning and sharing and making. These look just too good to be true! Thank you for sharing such a light and inspired recipe.

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes April 1, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Cheesecake and clean eating in the same sentence??!! This is amazing!!

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com April 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Consuelo – you have outdone yourself – these bars sound absolutely divine!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen April 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    These are gorgeous! I’m a huge fan of all things lemon. Love desserts that are sweet and tart. Hope your exam went well :)

  • Reply Cindy April 2, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Girl, you have got cheesecake mastered! These look delicious! I love lemon curd, mix that with cheesecake and I’m in heaven!! P.S. Your photos are fantastic. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen April 2, 2014 at 2:52 am

    You make me LOL Consuelo!!! “rrom now on this is going to be a lemon appreciation blog”. My husband is going to love this, because he loves everything lemon! BTW, your photos are beautiful!!! Swoon!

  • Reply Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron April 2, 2014 at 4:22 am

    Gorgeous photos, Consuelo! These clean-eating cheesecake bars look absolutely amazing! Can’t believe how healthy they are! Aw yeah! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments April 2, 2014 at 4:34 am

    These are gorgeous! I love the colors in those photos, and the bars look equally delicious!

  • Reply Juliana April 2, 2014 at 4:50 am

    These cheesecake bars with lemon curd look awesome, love the combination of flavors and yes, the pictures are very inviting.
    Have a great week Consuelo ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply bakerbynature April 2, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Omg! That first photo will be in my dreams tonight!!!

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane April 2, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Hmmm … you’ve got me thinking now, Consuelo, because my hubby just bought a TON of lemons and I need something to do with them. Pinning!
    P.S. Brain food for your exam!!

  • Reply Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking April 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I love cheesecake, but topped with lemon curd and strawberries, I bet it’s irresistible! These look incredibly good, Consuelo. Love your photography, too!

  • Reply erinsilvius April 2, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Awww yeaaaaah. Jaw dropped. These look amazing. So so yummy. And I agree with Georgia, your photos are stunning! xoxo

  • Reply Aimee / WallflowerGirl.co.uk April 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Aw yeah girl!! Amazing recipe, great ingredients and and gorgeous photos!

  • Reply Allie BakingAMoment April 3, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Sorry you are having such a rough week! But at least you have cheesecake to soothe you… These look fantastic! Pinning ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven April 3, 2014 at 4:38 am

    You know I love all things lemon!

  • Reply Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking April 3, 2014 at 7:03 am

    I *do* love all things lemon! These look fabulous! I’m especially glad you posted these again because I missed the first variety! And cheers to eliminating Mondays! {but then wouldn’t that make Tuesday the new Monday?}

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon April 3, 2014 at 7:46 am

    These look so gorgeous :) I’m so obsessed with strawberries at the moment! What a great combination!

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker April 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Goodness me! Look at these beauties. I need to make cheesecake ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck with the exams!!

  • Reply Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} April 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Did I really just read, “cheesecake” and “clean eating” in the same title? Sign me up. That’s my kind of clean eating. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner April 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Haha, I agree, Mondays are stupid! I think this cheesecake would brighten any day. :) Yum.

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