The Deen Bros. Lighter Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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The Deen Bros. Lighter Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

The Deen Bros. Lighter Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping

168 Fewer Calories
13 g Less Fat

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 (8-ounce) packages fat-free cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Granny Smith apples, cored and finely chopped

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 cup fat-free caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil, allowing the foil to extend over the rim of the pan by 2 inches. Spray the foil with nonstick spray. 

Pulse the flour, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor until combined. Add the butter and pulse until crumbly. Transfer the mixture to the baking pan, pressing firmly to form an even layer. Bake until the crust is set, about15 minutes. Transfer to a rack.

Meanwhile, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in the sugar until blended. Beat in the egg, egg white, and vanilla until combined. Pour the filling evenly over the warm crust. Sprinkle the chopped apples evenly over the filling.

To make the topping, using a fork, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, oil, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a small bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the chopped apples. Bake until the filling is set and the topping is lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a rack. Drizzle with the caramel sauce. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Lift out using the foil as handles. Cut into 24 bars.

Servings: 24
Prep Time: 20 min
Bake: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

Per Serving (1 bar): 178 Cal; 5 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 3 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 26 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 12 g Sugar; 14 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 216 mg Sodium; 21 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of The Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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I am a big fan of Paula Deen and her family. I read everything I can get my hands on about all of you. Since I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I would like to know if there is a recipe book with all of Bobby's light recipies.

By Joyce Gibson on January 31, 2013


I see you have wonderful recipes if I could may I have recipes from you guys please so I can lose more weight..I see you lose alot and you look wonderful..your mother is beautiful and I think you guys are so handsome and I just want to look great for a guy some day.. I went through a rough divorce and I just want to fine love again..I think some day I will..thank you for your help..Teri

By Teri on July 14, 2012


Hello, A big Thank you for Bobby taking out a few calories & Fat in his Mom's recipes. I work at a Physical Therapy office & we girls are trying to lose some weight. We would like to know if Bobby could include the nutrition facts on his recipes. It would help us count our daily calories or points if doing Weight Watches. You are doing such a wonderful thing to help your Mom stay healthy. God Speed ahead! I Watch Paula & Bobby every show. I have a DVR & it gets recorded everyday. Hugs & Love from Virginia, Brenda

By Brenda on March 20, 2012


I can't wait to try this recipe.

By robinlynn1962 on November 30, 2011


Hi Cindy, You could use whole wheat pastry flour, white whole wheat flour, or 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1 cup of regular whole wheat flour. Hope this helps!

By Jonathan Able on October 20, 2011


I think you could lighten this up even more if you used half-white and half-wheat flour. Wheat flour alone can be too dense, so I usually mix the two flours together. Smart balance butter is another option if you want to reduce the fat from the butter. This sounds delish and easy to make and I am not a baker.

By Therese on October 10, 2011


Dad would love it

By Anonymous on October 09, 2011


I have watched you for along time and just love you and your boys.You are one sweet person. I like the new healthy recipes you all are making,because I am on a restricted diet. Sincerely, Gloria Frazier

By Gloria Frazier on October 06, 2011


I wish there was a way for you to taste my greens, I wish you could watch me make them and then taste them. I love the way you cook, it's like my Mom always with love. Have a great day.

By RAVANDA TERRY on October 05, 2011



By RAVANDA TERRY on October 05, 2011


I think you are very disrespectful to call your new cookbook, Southern Cooking Bible. There is only one Bible and it is not used for cooking!! Please have some reverence for God.

By Marsha Bowman on October 05, 2011


I've gone on a low fat diet with more whole grains. I was wondering if you could substitute whole wheat flour instead of the white flour in this recipe? Thanks!

By Cindy Yialouris on October 05, 2011


I have chosen to make the original recipe for my groups fruit project. I attend LE Cole culinaire in Memphis. So I look to you Paula for inspiration. Thanks!

By Latoya Gilbert on October 05, 2011


I'd love the bake the Lighter Carmel Apple Cheesecake but when my husband saw the old-fashioned rolled oats, he told me he would not eat it. Please tell me what I can use for a substitute for the oats. This has been my problem for a long time. Thank you

By Sandra Piechota on October 04, 2011


I love that the boys are trying to eat healthier. Thanks to Bobby and Jamie for remaking their Mom's delicious recipes into a lighter version. They are still delish but better for us. Please keep this up, guys. You are doing us all of favor.

By Sandi Brust on October 04, 2011


By maureen on October 04, 2011


Love Ya Rae Lynn

By Jeanette on October 04, 2011

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