creamy cake batter cheesecake layered over a birthday cake oreo crust… these healthified cheesecake bars are to die for!
while this dessert isn’t necessarily “healthy” for you, it tastes like heaven and is a lot better for you than your average cheesecake. my husband said to think of it as a sale…it’s like 40% off the original price! :)
the unhealthy part is undoubtedly the oreos. there is no way around it. my obsession began about a year ago, when oreo came out with a birthday cake oreo in honor of their 100th birthday.
it was heavenly. i made the most incredible funfetti oreo-stuffed cookies and didn’t even have a blog (at the time) to post my recipe and show it off! haha! then the birthday oreos disappeared. gone. off the shelves. (a bitter-sweet moment as far as my diet goes!)
fast forward to a few days ago as i was aimlessly wandering through the aisles of the grocery store…i saw them. the cake-batter oreos are back! my mind started dancing with visions of a funfetti oreo crust made with these oreos and coconut oil.
i added both cake-batter protein powder (which is totally optional-or you can substitute vanilla protein powder) and a little bit of funfetti cake mix…then topped it off with sprinkles, of course!! i usually use coconut sugar in my desserts, but i used organic white sugar in this one to make sure it didn’t effect the white color of the cheesecake.
these might just be the best cheesecake bars i’ve ever tried. seriously.
when i got home from the grocery store and started mixing ingredients, i decided to take a minute and google a few different baking methods for my cheesecake bars so i didn’t mess this up. while i realized i may not have been the first one to come up with a cake batter cheesecake, i’m pretty sure this birthday-oreo crust is unmarked territory. i’ve never had cake-batter cheesecake until now, and after tasting these i wouldn’t want my crust any other way!
i borrowed my baking method from erika at the teenage taste. she gives her cheesecake dish a “bath” in hot water while it’s baking…it worked fantastically well.
side note: these turned out so well, i’m planning on adding blue food coloring to the cheesecake batter and remaking these bars for an upcoming baby shower!