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Updated on March 8, 2010
Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Calorie Counting? No Problem!

Many of us these days count calories. I know it can be frustrating finding great desserts that fits the bill. I know its hard being on a diet knowing you are so limited on the dessert department. Well, not anymore! I am going to share some recipes that you can fit into your lifestyle and eating them never felt so good! Lets turn dessert into the best time of the day again.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars



  • 1 box single-layer yellow cake mix (9 oz)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chilled light butter, shredded
  • 1 egg white


  • 1 tub light cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 can fat-free sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tsp finely shredded lemon peel


Crust - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 13'' x 9'' baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray. In a blender, combine cake mix, walnuts, butter, and egg white blend until crumbly. Press into your nonstick baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Do Not turn off the oven.

Filling - In a large bowl, using a hand held mixer set on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly beat in milk, lemon juice, egg, and lemon peel. Pour onto partially baked crust, smoothing the surface of the filling. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Check for doness with a toothpick. Insert toothpick in the middle, if pick comes out clean, then its done. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Yields: 36 bars

~95 calories ~ 3 grams of fat per serving~

Applesauce Brownies


  • 7 tbsp flour (all purpose)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa (sweetened hershey's powder)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar (domino)
  • 8 tbsp applesauce (sweetened)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Combine flour, cocoa and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl whisk egg whites, whole egg, sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Mix together your dry ingredients into your wet. Be careful not to over mix. Spray a nonstick cooking spray in a 8 inch pan. Pour ingredients into pan. Smooth until even. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Yields: 16 servings.

~71 calories ~ 1 gram of fat per serving~

Strawberry Sherbet


  • 1 pkg (3 oz) sugar free strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg sweetened frozen strawberries


Blend first 2 ingredients at low speed in blender until dissolved. Add rest of ingredients to blender container , blend until mixed. Freeze in two 4 cup freezer trays. Break into chunks. Beat smooth in chilled bowl. Return to trays. Freeze. Garnish with sliced strawberries. Yields: 8

~Calories 60 ~ less then .5 gram of fat per serving.~

Chocolate-Peanut Meringue Kisses


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • nonstick cooking spray


In a large bowl , mix with a hand held mixer, beat egg whites and vanilla on medium speed till soft peaks form (tips curl). Slowly add half of the sugar, beating on medium speed till stiff peaks form. (tips stand straight). Stir together remaining sugar and cocoa powder, gently fold into beaten egg whites till well combined. Fold in peanuts. Spray a cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Drop mixture by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Bake 325 degrees for about 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Yields: 24 cookies

~28 calories ~ less than 1 gram of fat per serving.~

Raspberry Streusel Bars


  • 1 cup kelloggs all bran cereal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red raspberry preserves
  • 1 tsp confectioners sugar


In a medium size bowl, combine all bran cereal, flours, brown sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon. In a blender, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water. Mixture will be crumbly. Set aside 1 cup of mixture. With the back of a spoon, press remaining mixture firmly into the bottom of a greased 9 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Spread raspberry preserves evenly over cereal mixture in bottom of pan. Sprinkle the 1 cup of mixture that you set aside on top. Bake 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Let cool. Dust lightly with confectioners sugar. Yields 24 bars ( 2 x 1 1/4 inch )

~ 90 calories ~ 2 grams of fat per serving ~


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      cam  7 years ago

      this website is sick

      hey hey :) lol i like cheese cheeky volvic

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      Sweetkisses9187 8 years ago from Essex, Maryland

      Thanks! These recipes are very good and great if your watching what you eat, or even if you aren't they are a healthier alternative and many times people don't even know. : )

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      Faye Constantino 8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent recipes, I had been looking for the lemon bar one that uses cake mix! it was a huge hit when I made it, but I lost the darn copy. Thanks for putting it here. I must try the chocolate meringue cookies too, I've only ever made the white ones, forget what they called them. I am pleased to see calorie and fat counts as that was not on any of my recipes.

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      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      These are great recipes. I will definitly be trying the chocolate peanut ones, they look good.