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Strawberry Cheesecake Light Bites

Dear Diary,

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!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Candy Enriquez June 21, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Kami, I have no real idea what I’m doing, but I think I have sent your blog link to the Willard Ladies, otherwise known as the Stray Willard Wildcats. And, I’m not sure how to get your info to two who are not on Facebook. Could you ask Jennifer to forward one of our Ladies Night emails that has all of our email addresses so that you can invite all to join your blog, as I haven’t been able to track down your email address for them to reach you. All of us are still raving about your pork, salad, rice, and desserts! Thanks for helping Jennifer make Ladies Night such a joyful occasion.
    Candy

    • Reply Kamara Viau June 22, 2015 at 5:39 am

      Perfect! Thanks Candy and I will soon post the recipe for the Thai Spiced Cucumber Salad! So glad you and your friends had a night to remember and I was happy to contribute to it’s success!
      Kami

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