Kristin Porter

Ingredient obsession: Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Looking for something mint-tinted, fun, and festive to serve for St. Patrick’s Day this year? Try these super-easy, no-bake Key Lime Cheesecake Bars!

I always like making a festive dish for the holidays and I thought a cooling, key lime-flavored treat would be just the ticket for St. Patrick’s Day this year. Not only is the color spot on, but the sweet-tart key lime flavor is absolutely delicious. I can’t seem to get enough citrus these days, so these bars definitely hit the spot.

This recipe for Key Lime Cheesecake Bars is really unique in that calls for whipped cottage cheese to not only provide a surprising boost of protein to the creamy dessert, but also help reduce the amount of cream cheese in the recipe to cut fat and calories. I am not mad at that!

Plus the recipe is incredibly easy. We’re talking assembled then popped into the fridge to chill and setup in under 15 minutes.

Start by whirring together graham crackers with a bit of sugar and melted butter in a food processor to create a thin graham cracker crust, which brings a crunchy-textured contrast to these smooth and fluffy bars. Press the crumbs into the bottom of an 8×8″ pan then stick in the fridge to harden while you prepare the filling.

Next, use the food processor to whip up the cheesecake filling, which is a mixture of fat-free cottage cheese and low-fat cream cheese. The original recipe calls for fat-free cream cheese, but I prefer the 1/3-less fat kind. It’s a personal choice every St. Patty’s Day reveler has got to make for themselves!

Whisk the filling into sugar-free, lime-flavored gelatin bloomed in boiling water until smooth, then fold in a container of light whipped topping.

Spoon the filling over the graham cracker crust, smooth the top, then cover and pop in the fridge for 8 hours, or overnight, to setup.

I was incredibly happy with how these Key Lime Cheesecake Bars came out! The signature cheesecake flavor with a key lime twist was ultra-luxurious, while the whipped cottage cheese and cream cheese gave the bars an awesome, fluffy texture. Very delicious. Very Spring.

Hope you enjoy these key-lime flavored treats too – and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Click here for the Key Lime Cheesecake Bars recipe >