Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Creamy peanut butter cheesecake on an oreo crust topped with melted chocolate – these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are rich and delicious, but are actually skinnier than the real thing!

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My blogger friends and I are celebrating our love for cheesecake today since it is NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY!  At the bottom of this post are links for 70 different cheesecake recipes. Whoa. That’s a lot of cream cheese right there! The brilliant idea of getting all of us together to celebrate came from the lovely Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking!  If you’ve never seen her blog, definitely check it out!  She is constantly posting amazing food that is also easy to make!

My recipe for our cheesecake celebration is Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars – and as an added bonus, they are skinny! Ok kind of skinny. I will explain…


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

I’m so happy that Roxana invited me to her cheesecake party because, well, I’ve never actually made cheesecake!  I dabbled with it when I made these brownies and these muffins.  But the real deal?  Never attempted it.  So I decided to take baby steps for my first cheesecake and make chocolate peanut butter cheesecake bars.  And you probably won’t believe these from looking at these creamy delicious bars, but they are actually SKINNY!  I didn’t feel right putting skinny in the title because they aren’t totally low calorie.  I mean there are still oreos in the crust, peanut butter in the cheesecake, and chocolate on top.

But instead of full fat cream cheese and tons of eggs and sugar like most cheesecakes have, I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt, plus 1 egg and only 1/3 cup sugar.

So compared to what they could be, they are skinny.  Can we call them partially skinny cheesecake bars?  Half skinny?  Medium skinny? Well whatever we call them, they are lighter than a standard cheesecake bar, but they still taste incredibly rich, creamy, and delicious!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

The crust is made of crushed oreos mixed with a little butter and peanut butter, so right off the bat you know these are going to be good!

Next is the cheesecake layer. It is so creamy thanks to the greek yogurt and the 1/3 less fat cream cheese, and a half cup of peanut butter makes it rich and nutty. I like to use crunchy for the texture, but you can definitely use creamy.

Then I topped the bars with a very thin layer of chocolate and then a little swirl made from melted peanut butter chips.

So we have peanut butter in the crust. Peanut butter in the filling. And peanut butter in the topping. I would say we have a peanut butter lovers dream cheesecake bars right here!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Creamy peanut butter cheesecake on an oreo crust topped with melted chocolate - these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are rich and delicious, but are actually skinnier than the real thing!

Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 20 oreos
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake
  • 1 8 oz brick of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 5.3 oz container Greek yogurt, at room temperature (I used Chobani 0%)
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter, at room temperature (I used JIF)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Topping
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8"x8" pan with a long, thick strip of foil, letting the ends hang over the edges. This will create a sling to remove the cooked bars. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. For the Crust
  3. Process the oreos in a food processor until they become fine crumbs. Mix the oreo crumbs with the butter and peanut butter. Press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 6 minutes.
  4. For the Cheesecake
  5. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and yogurt until well combined. Add the peanut butter and egg and beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in the sugar until smooth. Mix in the flour and the vanilla. Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the oreo crust. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the cheesecake is set. Let the cheesecake cool for an hour.
  6. For the Topping
  7. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl (heat for 30 seconds, then stir. heat for 10 seconds then stir. continue this process until fully melted). Spread the melted chocolate on top of the cheesecake. Place the pan in the refrigerator for about an hour, until the chocolate is set. Then melt the peanut butter chips (same method as the chocolate chips) and drizzle the melted peanut butter chips on top of the chocolate.
  8. Return the bars to the refrigerator until the topping is firm. Remove bars from the pan using the foil sling. Cut into pieces and serve.
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And now for all of my fellow cheesecake lovers out there, I present 70 different cheesecake recipes! Prepare to drool…
Baked Cheesecakes:

No Bake Cheesecakes:

Cheesecake Beverages:

Cheesecake Cookies and Bars:

Cheesecake Desserts and Treats:

Frozen Cheesecakes and Treats:

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Comments

    • says

      Thank you so much, Taylor!! I’m kind of embarrassed about my lack of cheesecake making in the past, but I am definitely going to make up for it going forward!

  1. says

    This was my first time making cheesecake too! Yay for us cheesecake newbies! Yours look absolutely gorgeous and I bet taste amazing, congrats =)

  2. says

    Cate!!! You’re killing me, smalls. Choc & PB is the best flavour combo evaaaaaah and these bars look like absolute perfection. I love that thick Oreo crust (my favourite part of cheesecake). How did you get your layers and slices so beautiful? I’m in awe. And I’m hungry. Since these are skinnier, I’ll take at least six bars and call it dinner ;)

    • says

      Love our mutual love for the Sandlot!!! Hahaha. I couldn’t agree more – crust is the best part of cheesecake! Thank you so much for the sweet comment!! Oh and I cut the bars when they were cold and used a very sharp knife!

  3. says

    You’d never guess that these were a lightened up version! But I’m happy for an excuse to go back for seconds as I love the chocolate-peanut butter combo!

    • says

      Chelsea you are so sweet! I was actually worried my PB decoration looked weird, haha! Thank you for pinning!! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  4. says

    Beautiful job with these! Haha, Greek yogurt totally makes these healthy :) Peanut butter has healthy fats and protein right? I love that this can still be an indulgent treat with some sneaky sub ins. Pinned!

    • says

      Joanne we have the same love for chocolate and peanut butter! I wish I could share these with you so that I don’t eat them all….

  5. says

    I’m so glad you decided to join us as we celebrate cheesecake day and stepped out of your comfort zone by making your first cheesecake! And a very irresistible one! Peanut butter and chocolate is right up my alley and since you say they are sort of skinny, i’ll grab a few!

    • says

      Thank you so much for hosting, Roxana! I absolutely loved celebrating with you, and venturing into the land of cheesecake! I think there will be many more in my future!

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