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A delicious, no-bake, low-fat St Patrick's Day dessert: Key lime cheesecake bars

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When it comes to making a special dessert for St. Patrick's Day, something green probably comes immediately to mind. It's easy to cheat and use food coloring to achieve this effect, whether in the batter, the frosting, or the garnish. However, what a treat it would be if the dessert could be naturally green. Here's one that actually is: Key Lime Cheesecake Bars.

The bonus? They are both delicious and low fat!

With only 150 calories per serving, these dazzling bars are great for serving a large crowd that may include dieters. For example, an office party, a potluck dinner, or a large gathering (both formal and informal). For specific nutritional information, please see below.

A takeoff of the widely popular pie recipe, this top-rated, no-bake version uses a graham cracker crust plus a filling that's light, creamy, and tangy.

Even though this recipe is only four steps and takes a mere 30 minutes to prepare, it must be made well ahead of serving since it requires 8 to 24 hours to chill.

So be ready to impress your guests with this lovely dessert. And after you've wowed them, be prepared for requests that you make it for other special occasions throughout the year besides St. Patrick's Day!

KEY LIME CHEESECAKE BARS
Makes 9 servings
Recipe adapted from BHG

Ingredients:

6 squares low-fat honey graham crackers, finely crushed (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 teaspoon sugar
1 (4-ounce) package sugar-free low-calorie lime-flavored gelatin
3/4 cup boiling water
1 (16-ounce) container fat-free cottage cheese (or 1-3/4 cups)
1 (8-ounce) container fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped dessert topping, thawed
Fresh key limes or limes, cut in wedges (optional)

Directions:

  1. In small bowl combine graham crackers, margarine, and sugar. Press crumb mixture in the bottom of a 2-quart square baking dish. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  2. In large bowl combine gelatin and water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Set aside.
  3. In blender or food processor combine cottage cheese and cream cheese. Cover and blend or process until smooth, stopping several times to scrape down sides. Whisk 1/2 cup of the cottage cheese mixture into the gelatin mixture. Whisk in remaining cottage cheese mixture until smooth. Fold in whipped dessert topping. Spoon filling over chilled crumb mixture.
  4. Cover and refrigerate 8 to 24 hours or until filling is firm. To serve, cut in squares. Top with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts: 147 kcal cal.; 3 g Fat, total; 4 mg chol.; 1 g sat. fat; 17 g carb.; 1 g Monosaturated fat; 1 g Polyunsaturated fat; 0 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 10 g pro.; 0 mg iron; 71 mg calcium; 437 IU vit. A; 0 mg Riboflavin; 0 mg Niacin; 0 mg Thiamin; 0 µg Cobalamin (Vit. B12); 410 mg sodium; 0 mg Pyridoxine (Vit. B6); 12 µg Folate; 86 mg Potassium; 0 mg vit. C; Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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