Creamy, sweet, gooey and chewy – these cheesecake bars are a real winner in the texture and flavor department! Lightened up and packed with protein to keep you feeling satisfied, all the while keeping that sweet tooth happy!
When it comes to Lucky Charms, there are three different types of people: those who don’t like them, those who only eat the marshmallows, and those who enjoy the cereal pieces and marshmallows alike. I fall into the later group. Personally, I think the cereal pieces are still freaking delicious. Sure they are no Lucky Charms marshmallows, but they have the perfect amount of sweetness and such an amazing crunch! They are so good in milk. And so good WITH the marshmallows.
I didn’t get the chance to enjoy Lucky Charms quite as much as my childhood self would have liked growing up because I had a younger brother, if that doesn’t explain things enough. A younger brother who was (still is) one of those Lucky Charms people who ONLY like the marshmallows. And he would literally go through the box the first week we got some and eat all the marshmallows out, leaving just the cereal behind, every. single. time. Then we would just have a box of Lucky Charms cereal chilling in the pantry until it got stale and mom threw it away. Kind of like we how we always had more toaster strudels than icing packets because the icing packets would just disappear. 🙄
Lucky for me, Simon is one of those people that likes both the cereal and the marshmallows, so I never have to worry about those precious marshmallows mysteriously disappearing. Unless of course, I start go ham on all the Lucky Charms themed recipes and continue to just use the marshmallows, like I did for this one. 😆
- Fat free cream cheese
- Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- Vanilla extract
- Zero-calorie sweetener
- Crescent roll dough
- Lucky Charms
- Protein powder – I recommend a whey + casein blend. I used PEScience’s cake pop which has an amazing yellow cake mix flavor and bakes well. For all PEScience products, you can use code LaurenFitFoodie to save 15%.
Where do you find fat free cream cheese?
This is one of the questions I get asked most often! Depending on where you’re at in the US, this might be difficult to find. I’ve heard of Harris Teeter, Walmart, Kroger, and HEB all carrying it. I WISH it was more widespread.
If you have trouble tracking it down, you can always just use 1/3 fat cream cheese. I know this isn’t ideal for some of you, but it only adds a couple grams of fat and these bars are 100% worth it. Trust me 😉 If you do decide to use the 1/3 fat cream cheese, I’ve included the nutrition facts for that version in the recipe card below as well!
As always, if you try, tag me on Instagram (@LaurenFitFoodie) because I love seeing your yummy recreations!
- 4 oz crescent rolls (4 rolls)
- 8 oz (224g) fat-free cream cheese
- 3/4 cup (170g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp clear vanilla extract
- 1 scoop (31g) vanilla or cake pop protein powder
- 1/4 cup zero-calorie sweetener
- 1/4 cup (7g) Lucky Charm marshmallows - about 25 pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line a 9x9" baking dish with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Using your hands, press the dough into the bottom and sides of the dish.
- In a medium sized bowl, add the cream cheese, yogurt, egg, vanilla, protein powder, and sweetener. Using a hand mixer, beat until smooth.
- Add half of the marshmallows to the mixture and fold in with a spoon, then pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the crescent rolls.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheesecake bars start to become golden brown.
- Let cool completely then add remaining marshmallows (it's important to let them cool all the way so the marshmallows don't melt). Store bars in fridge for a couple of hours before slicing. Then enjoy!
MFP entry: Lauren Fit Foodie Lucky Charm Cheesecake Bars
If using 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese instead:
- Nutrition: 156 calories 11C | 8F | 8P
- MFP entry for this one: Lauren Fit Foodie Lucky Charm Cheesecake Bars with Reduced Fat
Bars are best the next day after being chilled and allowing the textures and flavors to come together.
Keep bars stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Nutrition InformationServing Size 1 bar (60g)
Amount Per Serving Calories 121Total Fat 3gCarbohydrates 14gProtein 10g