Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Tricky little things these skinny strawberry cheesecake brownies are being only 115 calories and 4 grams of fat each. I’ll let that sink in.

Packed with all the richness of a full fat brownie they don’t taste the least bit low-calorie or low-fat. That’s the tricky part.

One of the many things I love about them is they don’t require any weird ingredients like you sometimes find with low calorie recipes, only wholesome ones you can feel good about eating and probably have on hand right now for an impromptu baking session.

The brownie base is Jillian Michael’s recipe that I make all the time. Usually when I’ve overindulged on desserts but my overactive sweet tooth demands yet more.

The brownies are sweetened with honey rather than sugar and need only 1/2 cup flour – white wheat flour. If you don’t have white wheat you can use gluten free baking mix, all-purpose or even whole wheat. I’ve tried them all with good results.

The strawberry cheesecake part of the brownie is made of low-fat cream cheese mixed with a bit of egg white, honey and low-fat sour cream swirled into the brownie batter with reduced sugar strawberry preserves. You can use raspberry or another flavor, if you like, or omit the preserves altogether and simply make cheesecake brownies. That are anything but simple.

These bake up moist and fudgy with a texture just like everyday fatty brownies! The cream cheese strawberry swirl is reminiscent of a cheesecake with a tart, fruity bite that is downright dreamy with the chocolate.

Feed these to your family. Feed them to your friends. Hide some for yourself. They will never, ever guess they are low-fat or low-calorie. If they do you can come back and yell at me.

In the nicest way possible. Please.

Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 34 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Calories per serving: 115 calories per square

Fat per serving: 4 grams of fat

Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

Low-calorie, low-fat brownies with all the richness of a normal brownie and without any weird ingredients.


2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unbleached white whole-wheat flour*
1/4 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon egg whites
1/2 cup reduced sugar strawberry preserves (I like Smucker's)
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment and spray with olive oil.
  2. Measure the honey into a deep-sided small bowl and microwave on high power 45 seconds.
  3. Whisk in the cocoa powder and let cool.
  4. Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  5. In a separate, large bowl whisk the applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla together until well combined. Whisk in the cooled honey-cocoa mixture until smooth. Add the flour mixture and stir until all the flour is incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread out evenly.
  7. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, honey and egg whites to a bowl and beat on medium speed 2 minutes until creamy and smooth.
  8. Drop by the teaspoonful over the brownies then do the same with the preserves. Using a butter knife lightly swirl the cream cheese and preserves together (don't overswirl). Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  9. Bake 28 - 34 minutes until the middle is set and firm. Cool on wire racks then refrigerate at least an hour (2 or 3 is better) before cutting. Use the parchment to remove the brownies to a cutting board. Slice into 16 squares with a chef's knife, wiping clean after each cut. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days.


Adapted from Jillian Michaels

*Or all-purpose, whole wheat or gluten-free baking mix.

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved. No copying or duplication of any content (including photos) without the express written permission from the owner of this website.

Subscribe Here

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner



  1. Mary R says

    I had a little trouble with the recipe. I’m a skilled baker, so I measured everything precisely and followed all the directions to the letter (except I left out the chocolate chips). My oven temperature was spot on, but the brownies took almost 45 minutes to bake until the middle was set. When I went to cut them, I’d discovered that all the cream cheese and jam sank to the bottom and that the bottom of all the brownies were soggy! They’re certainly tasty enough, but I can’t get over these soggy bottoms. Any ideas what went wrong?

    • says

      Hi Mary! I don’t know what you might of done wrong! It sounds like your cream cheese was just too heavy or maybe you over swirled it into the batter too much? You beat the cream cheese first – to get it light and fluffy? But then you say you cut down on the preserves so that doesn’t really make sense – that would make the topping lighter. It doesn’t really sound like you did a thing wrong that I can see. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you! Thanks for giving them a go!

  2. says

    Nom nom nom. Looks so tasty, it can’t be skinny!
    Strawberry brownies are sooo tasty. I first got a taste of such a thing when my friend made Trader Joe’s Guilt-free brownies using strawberry yogurt. Like a fudgy cake version of chocolate covered strawberries! So tasty. I may have to try this out, but I’ll probably use coconut oil and Smart Balance instead of the applesauce to reduce the sugar content a little and add a little healthy fats.

  3. says

    I’m not sure which part of this brownies sounds better, the brownie, the cheese cake, or the strawberry. I think I am going to have to do some serious research on these to find out :) Thanks for another yummy recipe, Reeni.

  4. says

    I wouldn’t have thought that these are low calorie and low fat if you hadn’t told anything! These look fantastic unlike most of low calorie desserts! Noone feels guilty when eating these. However, I might feel guilty because I’m afraid I will hide most of it to myself!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *