This past weekend, we met up with some good friends and enjoyed a beautiful California day along with fresh squeezed lime margaritas and some BBQ eats. I was tasked with bringing dessert and immediately went to my stash of pinned treats for some ideas on my Pinterest board. I rarely make recipes as they are written, and I often look at several versions based around a similar idea, then pull together my own take based on nutrition value, overall calorie content and taste.
Strawberries are fresh and sweet right now in sunny Southern California, so I decided it was high time I made my version of Strawberry Cheesecake Bites. They were a huge hit at our friends house with adults and kids alike. It’s a win-win recipe since each little morsel has only about 25 calories and all the goodness strawberries have to offer.
Typical cheesecake is too heavy and rich for me and with the amount of calories it packs, it’s a meal in and of itself. These bites are a better ratio of fruit to cheesecake, which keeps it nice and light. It’s a perfect portion controlled, finger food dessert that few can resist. The bonus is that you don’t have to resist and no diet plan will be completely blown if you have more than just one!
Strawberry Cheesecake Light Bites
- 2 – 1 lb containers of strawberries
- 8 ounces light cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2-3 sheets chocolate graham crackers, crushed fine
Wash and slice off tops of strawberries (2 containers will yield approximately 28-32 strawberries depending on size). Place strawberries flat side down on a tray and slice through tip twice in a crisscross pattern. In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar; blend with a hand held mixer and place in a quart sized plastic baggie or pastry bag. Dip flat side of each strawberry in water and then in crushed graham crackers. Snip off a corner of the baggie and pipe the cream cheese mixture into the center of each strawberry. Sprinkle the remaining crushed graham crackers over the top of the strawberries and enjoy!