Can You Really Have Your Cake and Eat it Too with Less Calories?

Calories, calories…..ugh. . I LOVE food but I HATE my clothes fitting tight so I have to keep those suckers under control. When I came across the Light Brownie Cheesecake Bars post from Shirley over at Motivated Mommy I had to do a double take. Were the words brownie, cheesecake and light all used in the same title? Really??? This sounds too good to be true.


On Shirley’s Recipes to Try Pinterest board she had this temping pin:


I look at this pin and start to drool a little. Sorry was that TMI?


Shirley may not drool like I do when she sees sweets, but this is how she describes her fondness for them: “I love sweets, I have a sweet tooth and brownies are my favorite. When I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. Getting a brownie and cheesecake in one I was in heaven. LOL!!”


The pin linked her to a recipe from Becky over at Becky BakesWhoa! Hold on a minute, Shirley didn’t just jump right in and make these. She has been on a weight loss journey so in order to make this fit into her lifestyle, she tweaked it a bit.  Instead of using regular cream cheese and sour cream in her recipe, she substituted them with lighter versions.  Since it can alter the taste, doing this with recipes can be risky.


Let’s see how it turned out for her:


She gathered all of her ingredients and made the brownie batter according to the directions on the box. Then she spread about half of the batter into a greased 9X13 pan.


After she mixed the sugar and light cream cheese together, she beat in each one of the 3 eggs separately and finished it up with the light sour cream and vanilla. She spread it over the layer of brownie batter in the pan and topped it off with the remaining brownie batter.


After baking at 375 for 45min she let them chill overnight to set. This part would be tough for me; I have no patience to wait when it comes to baked goods.


It looks like Shirley’s patience paid off. In the picture, it looks like the cheesecake part set up very nicely. I could take a bite right now!


But the real question is how did they taste? Did the light ingredient substitutions work out? Shirley put it this way, “I cannot begin to tell you how delicious this desert was, I could not stop eating it.”  


Shirley says this recipe is worthy of 4 pins




She ran the recipe through a calorie counter and found that each brownie had 153 calories. I see all of those 100 calorie snacks in the grocery store but I’d much rather have something that is fresh baked. She took half the batch to her office and they were a hit there too. Hmmm, I’ll have to keep these in mind for my next office potluck. For all of the sweet details check out Shirley’s blog.


This past week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Shirley about blogging, Pinterest and her family. I’d like to thank her for sharing her pictures and her precious time with me. When she’s not performing magic with baked goods in the kitchen, she’s full time working busy mom of 2 married to a super supportive man. She is motivated to lose weight, complete projects around her house and care for her family and you can read about it at Motivated Mommy of Two (*update* Site is now down). If you go by her blog, please let her know Cynthia at Oh So Pinteresting says “Hi”.



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