Low-Calorie Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

A couple of weeks ago we had a family picnic to attend and I wanted to bring a healthy dessert to share.  I saw this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.  Here is the link for the original recipe.

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Low-Calorie Cheesecake Filled Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb large strawberries
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened (can use 1/3 less fat)
  • 6 Tbsp powdered sugar (3-4 for less sweet)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • graham cracker crumbs (1 graham cracker is sufficient)

Directions:

  1. After rinsing strawberries, cut the top and clean out with a paring knife. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
  3. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag (or ziploc with the corner cut off).
  4. Fill strawberries with cheesecake mixture.
  5. Once strawberries are filled, dip the top in graham cracker crumbs or sprinkle crumbs over the strawberries.
  6. Optional: Slice bottoms if you want them to stand upright

This was such a quick, easy recipe!  I used low-fat cream cheese and only 4 Tbsp of powdered sugar and they were sweet enough (everyone at the party agreed).  They were really good and I will definitely be making them to take to future summer parties.

I calculated the calories for each strawberry and it was around 18 calories per strawberry.  I am a dessert lover and struggle not to overindulge, but it was easy to practice portion control with these because the strawberries were so filling!

Wishing you a happy, healthy day!

~Blessings,

Jen