Fantastically swirled chocolate chai Greek yogurt cheesecake bars are the last word fall dessert. With about 20 minutes of hands-on time, they’re straightforward to make, too.
With a crunchy chocolate graham cracker crust, easy cheesecake filling, and deeply spiced chocolate chai swirl, there’s a lot to like about these cheesecake bars.
Whereas they might look fancy, that is such a easy dessert recipe. We make the most of the meals processor for each the crust and the cheesecake filling – we examined this recipe with out it, however for the creamiest cheesecake bars, a meals processor (or high-speed blender) actually is critical.
Whereas the crust bakes within the oven, whip up the creamy filling, set some apart to show right into a chocolate chai model, swirl the 2 collectively, and bake. The flavors mingle whereas the bars chill, and we love them straight from the fridge! These cheesecake bars are straightforward to whip up for a mid-week deal with but spectacular for any vacation celebration (a enjoyable pie different for Thanksgiving!).
What You Want for these Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars
There are 3 components to those creamy cheesecake bars. Right here’s what you want for every:
Graham Cracker Crust
The bottom of those cheesecake bars is a chocolate graham cracker crust made with graham crackers, butter, and cocoa powder. After we examined this recipe, including somewhat little bit of cocoa powder actually introduced out the chocolate chai taste of the cheesecake swirl.
The bottom of those swirled cheesecake bars comes along with cream cheese (ensure you are utilizing the block-style cream cheese), plain Greek yogurt (as a substitute of bitter cream), pure maple syrup for somewhat sweetness, an egg white to assist all the pieces bind collectively, and a splash of vanilla for taste.
Chocolate Chai Swirl
We’ll reserve somewhat little bit of the cheesecake base to combine along with melted chocolate chips, coconut oil, and chai spices. That is layered on high of the cheesecake base to create the beautiful swirl!
Substitutions for Cheesecake Bars
There are a couple of straightforward methods to customise these Greek yogurt cheesecake bars:
Crust: As a substitute of a standard chocolate graham cracker crust, merely omit the cocoa powder or make these cheesecake bars with a gingersnap cookie crust or a shortbread crust. For a gingersnap cookie crust (most fall taste!!), observe the crust directions in our pumpkin cheesecake bars recipe. For a shortbread crust, observe the crust directions in our apple pie bars recipe.
Spices: Use any or all the spices we embrace within the recipe (or use 1 teaspoon of our chai spice combine as a substitute). Don’t like ginger? Depart it out! Love cinnamon? Add much more! Omit the spices utterly for chocolate swirled cheesecake bars.
Pumpkin Spice: Change all the spices on this recipe with 1 teaspoon of our home made pumpkin pie spice for chocolate pumpkin spice Greek yogurt cheesecake bars.
swirling cheesecake bars
Creating a beautiful swirl on high of cheesecake bars (or any cheesecake!) is simpler than you assume. Listed here are a couple of suggestions:
- You want two colours of cheesecake combination for a easy swirl design. Put aside 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the white cheesecake combination and set it apart. Differentiate this reserved combination by including melted chocolate, spices, and so forth. to it earlier than swirling it into the plain combination.
- Create a checkerboard with the darker cheesecake combination and use a toothpick to swirl the colours collectively.
- Have enjoyable with it! If it’s not excellent, don’t fear – it would nonetheless style nice.
Do cheesecake bars should be refrigerated?
Sure, cheesecake bars should be refrigerated. This helps them arrange so that they slice into neat squares and retains them contemporary.
How lengthy do you have to wait to chop cheesecake bars?
For neat squares, wait till the bars are utterly chilled by means of. This normally takes about an hour of cool time at room temperature and one other 2 hours within the fridge. When you use a metallic pan, you possibly can velocity issues up by inserting the pan of bars within the fridge 20 minutes after taking them out of the oven. When you used a glass or ceramic pan, let the bars cool utterly at room temperature earlier than refrigerating to keep away from the pan breaking from the temperature change.
Cheesecake bars have to sit back earlier than serving in any case, so do your self a favor and make these bars forward of when you want to serve them. After cooling utterly, tightly cowl the pan of bars with plastic wrap and refrigerate for as much as 2 days earlier than slicing and serving. When you have any leftover cheesecake bars, retailer in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 5 days.
Freezing Cheesecake Bars
These swirled cheesecake bars freeze splendidly. As soon as absolutely cooled, reduce the pan of cheesecake bars into squares, place in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze till absolutely frozen. Take away the bars from the freezer, wrap individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to stop freezer burn, and place into freezer-safe container. Freeze for as much as 3 months.
Scrumptious as a day snack or for dessert, serve these chocolate chai Greek yogurt cheesecake bars straight from the fridge as-is, or for somewhat one thing further, high them with a dollop of whipped cream, drizzle of chocolate sauce, sprinkle of sea salt or chai spices, or chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Chai Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars
Sink your enamel into these decadent Chocolate Chai Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Bars. They’re actually the right fall dessert!
Prepare dinner:40 minutes
- 9 graham crackers full sheets
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter* chilly
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Chocolate Chai Swirl
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon chai spices 1/4 teaspoon floor ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon floor allspice, 1/8 teaspoon floor cardamom, 1/8 teaspoon floor nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon floor cloves
For the Crust
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8×8-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Put aside.
Place the graham crackers, butter, and cocoa powder right into a meals processor. Course of all the pieces collectively till the combination turns right into a crumble, about 3-4 minutes.
Switch the graham cracker crumb combination into the ready pan. Use your fingers or a spatula to tightly press it into an excellent layer within the backside of the pan.
Bake the crust for 7 minutes. Take away from the oven and put aside.
For the Cheesecake
Whereas the crust bakes, wash and dry the meals processor. Add the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup to the meals processor. Mix till easy. Scrape the edges of the bowl with a spatula and add the egg white and vanilla. Mix till easy.
Take away 1/2 cup of the cream cheese combination from the meals processor and put aside.
Pour the remaining cream cheese combination (within the meals processor) onto the crust. Use a spatula to unfold it in an excellent layer. Put aside.
For the Chocolate Chai Swirl
Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil right into a microwave secure bowl. Microwave in intervals of 10 seconds, stirring in between every, till the chocolate chips are melted.
Add the 1/2 cup of reserved cheesecake batter, melted chocolate chips, and all the chai spices to the meals processor. Mix till easy.
On high of the layer of plain cheesecake, create a checkerboard design (horizontal and vertical strains) with the chocolate chai cheesecake combination. Don’t fret if the strains should not excellent!
Use a toothpick to swirl the chocolate cheesecake combination and plain cheesecake combination collectively to create a marble high.
Bake for 25-Half-hour.
Take away bars from the oven and let cool utterly at room temperature. As soon as cool, switch to the fridge and chill for a minimum of 2 hours earlier than slicing into bars.
Suggestions & Notes
- Storage: Retailer any leftover cheesecake bars in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 5 days.
- Freezing Directions: As soon as absolutely cooled, reduce the pan of bars into squares, place in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze till absolutely frozen. Take away the bars from the freezer, wrap individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and place into freezer-safe container. Freeze for as much as 3 months.
- Butter: For finest outcomes, use chilly butter within the crust. Hardened coconut oil additionally works!
Energy: 254kcal Carbohydrates: 17g Protein: 4g Fats: 18g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g
Pictures: photographs taken on this submit are by Erin from The Wood Skillet.