Maple Walnut Cheesecake Protein Bars

by Kristine on December 1, 2014

in Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Protein Bars, Recipes, Snacks

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Hope you’re all having a great start to the week! Before I get into this post, I wanted to let you know there’s a great GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post, so be sure to scroll down and enter. Its open to WORLDWIDE, and its for my absolutely favorite stevia brand, NuNaturals!  They were kind enough to offer a great giveaway so you can make some healthier holiday treats and snacks.

Ok, now back to the recipe. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know how much I love this greek yogurt cheesecake. Its got that cheesecake-like texture, but there’s actually no cream cheese in it at all!  Lactose tends to bother my tummy, so cream cheese is not a great option for me. I love this recipe as it feels like I’m eating cheesecake, but my tummy (and waistline) are much happier. I make one of these healthy cheesecake creations almost weekly and enjoy a couple of bars a day as a snack! (Yep, I said snack!). Most afternoons, I’ll have a couple pieces with a cup of tea. 2 pieces of this cheesecake is only 14 grams of carbs, and packed with 14 grams of protein! Gotta love that! If you’d like to see all the flavors of greek yogurt cheesecake I’ve created, scroll down closer to the bottom of this post. The list is getting long. These maple walnut cheesecake protein bars are another great addition to the collection.

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With winter upon us, I wanted a winter-ish flavor. I love the combo of maple and walnut, so I thought it would be a delicious combo, and it is. I recommend using a sugar-free maple syrup to keep the sugars low. But if that’s not a concern for you, then real maple syrup would be delicious as well. I also boost the flavor even more by adding maple extract, but if you have a hard time finding that in your grocery store, you can totally leave it out.

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I hope you give it a try very soon. I love when you report back and let me know how you like it!

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Below the contest, you’ll see the recipe 🙂

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Other healthy greek yogurt cheesecake recipes:

Cheesecake Protein Bars (the original)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Protein Bars
Key Lime Cheesecake Protein Bars
Coconut Cheesecake Protein Bars
Lemon Cheesecake Protein Bars
Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars

Maple Walnut Cheesecake Protein Bars
 
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Cheesecake made healthy as its made with greek yogurt, not cream cheese.
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Recipe type: Snack
Yield: 16 squares
Ingredients
For the Cheesecake Filling
  • 2 cups non-fat greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (I used Nature's Hollow Sugar-Free Maple) *could sub for real maple syrup but nutrition will change
  • 1 tsp maple extract (found in baking aisle)
  • 2 Tbsp gluten-free flour (if not gluten free use all-purpose)
For the Crust
  • ½ cup gluten-free graham cracker crumbs (could also use gluten-free cookie crumbs)
  • ¼ cup walnut flour (ground walnuts)
  • ½ cup whey protein, vanilla (could also use extra cookie crumbs). I used Jamie Eason's Lean Body For Her
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds (or ground flax)
  • 4 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil), melted
  • 30 drops vanilla stevia (I used NuNaturals) *optional, but I like it on the sweeter side
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl (or stand mixer with paddle attachment), whisk the eggs, add in the greek yogurt, maple syrup and maple extract and whisk until smooth. Then, add flour a little at a time, whisking after each addition.
  3. Once the cheesecake filling is whisked until smooth, set aside
  4. Next, start the base. Mist or lightly oil an 8x8 pan.
  5. In a bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, walnut flour, chia seeds, whey protein and liquid stevia (if using).
  6. Once dry ingredients combined, drizzle in the melted butter and stir until its all combined.
  7. Press the graham crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the 8x8 square pan. Ensure you pack it down firmly.
  8. Then pour over the cheesecake filling and spread it around so its even.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for approx. 45-48 minutes
  10. When its done, it will just start to go golden around the edges, and won't jiggle when wiggled slightly. If it still seems too liquidy in the middle, bake for a few minutes longer.
  11. Allow to cool completely. Then put into the fridge and allow to chill completely. It will take 2+ hours to completely chill in the fridge.
  12. Keep stored in the fridge with tin foil over top of the pan, or cut into bars, and transfer to a container.
Notes
*Optional* Glaze: Icing sugar mixed with maple syrup, then topped with walnut crumbs. Not included in nutrition.
Nutrition
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 99 Fat: 5.5 g Saturated fat: 2.2 g Carbs: 6.7 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 66 mg Fiber: 1.1 g Protein: 7 g

 

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I'm Kristine Fretwell, busy mom of 2 little girls, author, blogger, and former pro fitness competitor. I love almost any kind of cookie, anything coconut or pumpkin flavored, and Thai food. A perfect day for me is enjoying my family, getting to the gym, and whipping up a new healthy recipe. I've got a collection of over 300 healthy recipes, and other tidbits like fitness and health tips. My recipes have been featured on websites such as Huffington Post, Savvy Mom, Shape and Skinny Scoop.
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  • Amy

    what great flavors – would love to try these!

  • Summer

    I love nunaturals. Would love to try there newest products!!

  • Erin

    Can these bars be frozen? Thx!

  • Erin

    I love nunaturals!! No aftertaste. So good in everything daily.

  • Hayley

    I never have but would love to try!!

  • Nichelle

    Never tried baking with stevia but I’ve heard a lot of good things 🙂 can’t wait to try it!

  • Tre Lahman

    Would love to win this! I enjoy your recipes so much!!

  • http://www.ericaberman.ca Erica Berman

    I love stevia and use it everyday! NuNaturals products are awesome…I just wish they were easier to find in stores in Canada.

  • Jennifer Chorazy

    Can’t wait to make these! I love all your cheesecake recipes. Hopefully I get to try NuNaturals. I’ve never had that brand before!

  • Carolyn

    I bake with Stevia all the time! Love it!!

  • Amy

    These look so good! Can’t wait to try the recipe! 🙂

  • Kim Lanctot

    Sounds delish! Can’t wait to try this recipe! num num!!

  • Stacey

    I bake with stevia quite a bit – I usually cut it with sugar though as it tends to be a bit bitter.

  • Heather

    I’ve baked quite a bit with stevia, usually the baking stevia, although I have found that I usually have to use way less of it than a lot of recipes call for.

  • Jordan Dunne

    I’ve baked with stevia before, but only the kind that measures 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sugar. I’d love to test of some liquid stevia in baking. Nunaturals is my favorite brand of stevia!

  • jeanne

    I have baked with stevia before but I still need to try out this brand!

  • casey

    I bake with stevia all of the time. I’ve learned how to measure and my recipes are never too sweet.

  • emily__lynn

    I use stevia regularly, but I’ve never baked with it!

  • Stephanie Stella

    These sound amazing. I haven’t had a chance to bake with Stevia before but I am looking forward to it!

  • Tara

    I haven’t baked with Stevia yet but I have used the drops to make your “better than store bought” protein bars! I love using Stevia and have been looking for an excuse to use it in my baking – especially with all this holiday baking 🙂

  • Tiz

    I never tried stevia before, so this will be a great opportunity 🙂

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