Becky wrote, “I got this recipe from a friend several years ago and have taken it to many get-togethers. They go quickly. After having some health problems, I was wondering if these delicious bars could be lightened.”
The team wanted to go after the fat first. Here’s why:
- 1 tablespoon butter = 11 g fat
- 4 ounces of cream cheese = 40 g fat
To keep fat-free cream cheese creamy and smooth while baking, a heavier cream cheese needs to be added. So they used a careful combination of reduced-fat and fat-free cream cheese to lower fat significantly.
By using egg substitute and removing just over a tablespoon of butter in the crust, they were able to save over 16 g of fat from each serving.
We hope you like Makeover Cheesecake Bars; we’re sure Becky will, too! “With many friends and relatives watching what they eat, it’ll be great to have something to take to get-togethers that I can feel good about!”
Tasty Tip: Considering all of the other changes, we kept regular granulated sugar in the filling to keep the flavor as close to the original as possible.