STRAWBERRY YOGURT BARS

Summertime means farmer’s markets and fresh fruit!  Today I am joining my friend Carol for a celebrate the summer hop! Please stick around to view everyone’s summer ideas. Today I  am sharing a  tangy strawberry yogurt bars summer dessert.

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STRAWBERRY YOGURT BARS

Strawberries are in season and taste amazing. I grabbed containers of strawberries and started my search for an easy strawberry dessert. I landed on a Strawberry Greek yogurt dessert that sounded perfect for the hot days in July and August.

Don’t these strawberries look amazing! I use these ceramic crates to store fresh fruits and veggies.

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STRAWBERRY GREEK YOGURT BARS

I went totally out of my comfort zone with these strawberry yogurt bars. In full disclosure, I do not love Greek yogurt. It is an acquired taste. But, I love to pair strawberries with the tangy so I thought, why not?

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If you are a follower of Everyday Edits you know that my recipes can go sideways faster than you can say Greek yogurt. I keep tabs on my recipes here.

Speaking of recipes the ingredient list is simple, but there are multiple steps to follow.

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These dessert bars start with a graham cracker and butter crust. Seriously, I could eat the crust with a spoon.

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Then there is the cheesecake base made with a combo of cream cheese and Greek yogurt. And, you know what?

I liked it. It tasted lighter and my stomach did not rebel against two blocks of cream cheese.

What tripped me up on this recipe is that from start to finish these bars were baked three times. Yep from the crust to the strawberry puree, I popped these bars in the oven three times. At times I thought I misread the recipe like last month’s snafu I shared in the Weekend Edit newsletter. 

STRAWBERRY YOGURT BARS RECIPE

CRUST

6 graham crackers, crushed or 3/4-1 cup graham cracker crumbs

3 tbsp. melted butter I used 4 tbsp butter to build a dense base

CHEESECAKE BAR BASE

1 block of cream cheese

1 cup plain or Greek yogurt

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg white

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp flour

pinch of salt

STRAWBERRY TOPPING

8 strawberries hulled

2 tbsp sugar

1 cup plain or Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp vanilla

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350

LINE 8X8 WITH PARCHMENT PAPER + SPRAY WITH COOKING SPRAY

PROCESS GRAHAM CRACKERS. IF USING  WHOLE GRAHAM CRACKERS PROCESS WITH MELTED BUTTER

FOLD THE GRAHAM CRACKER MIXTURE INTO THE PREPARED BAKING SHEET

PRESS WITH HANDS OR SPATULA . BAKE 5-7 MINUTES.

STRAWBERRY GREEK YOGURT DESSERT BARS

CRUST

  • 6 GRAHAM CRACKERS, CRUSHED (OR 3/4-1 CUP GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS)
  • 3 TBSP MELTED BUTTER (I USED 3-4 TBS BUTTER BECAUSE I WANTED DENSE BASE)

CHEESECAKE BAR BASE

  • 6 OZ CREAM CHEESE (I USED THE ENTIRE BLOCK)
  • 1 CUP PLAIN OR GREEK YOGURT
  • 1/3 CUP SUGAR
  • 1 EGG
  • 1 EGG WHITE
  • 1 1/2 TSP. VANILLA
  • 2 TBSP FLOUR
  • 1 PINCH OF SALT

STRAWBERRY TOPPING

  • 8 STRAWBERRIES ( HULLED)
  • 2 TBSP SUGAR (OPTIONAL DEPENDING ON SWEETNESS OF STRAWBERRIES)
  • 1 CUP PLAIN YOGURT (GREEK, PLAIN, NONFAT, ETC. )
  • 1/2 TSP VANILLA
  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350

  2. LINE AN 8X8 BAKING SHEET WITH PARCHMENT PAPER +SPRAY WITH COOKING SPRAY

  3. PROCESS GRAHAM CRACKERS WITH FOOD PROCESSOR IF USING WHOLE CRACKERS. ADD MELTED BUTTER. PROCESS AGAIN TO MIX.

  4. FOLD MIXTURE INTO BAKING DISH AND PRESS FIRMLY WITH HANDS OR SPATULA. BAK 5-7 MINUTES. REMOVE AND SET TO COOL

CHEESECAKE LAYER/FILLING

  1. CLEAN FOOD PROCESSOR AND ADD CREAM CHEESE, YOGURT, SUGAR, VANILLA, + SALT. PROCESS UNTIL SMOOTH. ADD EGG +EGG WHITE. ADD FLOUR AND PROCESS.

  2. POUR CHEESECAKE MIXTURE OVER THE COOLED CRUST + BAKE 25-30 MINUTES UNTIL SET IN MIDDLE (IT MIGHT JIGGLE A SMIDGE).

STRAWBERRY TOPPING

  1. REMOVE CHEESECAKE FROM THE OVEN+ POUR STRAWBERRY TOPPING OVER THE CHEESECAKE. IT SHOULD POOL OVER THE CHEESECAKE BASE. RETURN TO OVEN AND BAKE ABOUT 15-20 MINUTES.

  2. TRANSFER THE BAKING DISH TO WIRE RACK TO COOL. THEN PUT BARS IN FRIDGE TO CHILL +SET OVERNIGHT.

  3. CUT INTO 12 BARS (I CUT MINE IN HALF) AND ADD STRAWBERRY SLICE IF YOU LIKE.

  4. ** MY BASE LOOKED LIKE PEPTO BISMOL + I THINK IT'S BECAUSE I ADDED MORE STRAWBERRIES TO THE TOPPING.

Thank you for stopping by Everyday Edits. I would love it if you pinned this dessert for future reference!

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20 Comments

  1. I love Greek yogurt! Your bars look delicious, especially that pale pink fluffy top!

    1. Thank you Cindy! They are yummy and I am a newbie to Greek yogurt in my desserts!

  2. Your pictures are lovely and your bars look delish. I’ve pinned it and followed you on Pinterest!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  3. Yum, this looks so fluffy and delicious! And I don’t even like yogurt! I think I found our next party tray! Thank you for joining in. Pinned

  4. Julie Briones says:

    Looks like this would be a winner at my house! Yum!

  5. I love the idea of tangy and sweet paired together too! These yogurt bars look delicious, Laura! I’ve really enjoyed all the recipes and plan to try many of them, including yours.

  6. Laura, I love these bars. I’m not a yogurt person either, but it does add a nice, tangy flavor in baked goods. These look so pretty. You did a great job!!

  7. Yum! These sounds so good! I love any kind of strawberry recipe. I can’t wait to try this.

  8. Amazing looking, I have pinned this to try out
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  9. Such a lovely dessert Laura. We love strawberries. it looks so easy too. I am happy to feature your Strawberry Yogurt Bars at Love Your Creativity. Happy weekend.

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