Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Looking for a more wholesome sweet? Try these Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars, naturally sweetened with honey, and packed with sweet-tart lemon flavor.

Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Life as Mom

A few years I did a Whole 30 when I went without sugar, grain, and a bunch of other foods I had previously thought I couldn’t live without. I discovered that as much as I love sweets, I don’t think that sweets take very good care of me. Sure, they taste good, but they make me tired.

Since then, I’ve tried different strategies to curb the sweets that my family eats. I’m nowhere close to arriving. Hello! I still make my famous Lemon Meringue Pie at least once a year.

But, I’m working on it. I surprise myself when I can satisfy that late-night craving with a bowl of yogurt and fruit instead of a heaping pile of ice cream. And I’m working on swapping processed sugars for unprocessed when we can, though reducing the sweet overall is my end-game.

These Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars are a step in the right direction. While they do contain graham cracker crumbs, the filling is sweetened only with honey. I call that a win.

They have all the tasty awesomeness of cheesecake but in a much more realistic portion size. Serve the bars with fresh fruit to up the ante a bit and lean on Nature’s Candy instead of a pile of chocolate bars and caramel sauce. (Looking at you, Cheesecake Factory.)

Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Life as Mom

How I make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Track prices and shop the lowest store. This year I’ve paid more attention to which stores have the lowest prices. Where I live, ALDI and Costco have the best prices on lots of things we buy, so I try to buy them there if I can’t find a sale price elsewhere.
  • Stock up on sales. Cream cheese, honey, and graham crackers are the high ticket items, so I watch for sales and stock up when it’s a good price.

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Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Looking for a more wholesome sweet? Try these Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars, naturally sweetened with honey, and packed with sweet-tart lemon flavor.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cheesecake bars
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 183 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon honey
  • two 8-ounce packages light cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °.
  2. In a 9x13-inch pan, combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix well and pat into the pan to form a crust.
  3. Bake for ten minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
  4. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the remaining 1/2 cup honey and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Stir in the lemon juice, flour, and lemon zest.
  6. Pour mixture over the crust and bake for 35 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Chill before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 171mg7%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 276IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Honey Lemon Cheesecake Bars | Life as Mom

Originally published April 5, 2013. Updated August 22, 2017.

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  1. Susan says

    It looks good. If it is sweetened with honey, that is still a fast acting carbohydrate so that would make you tired just as sugar does for you so how would this be better? I am trying to understand how honey makes it better. My son loves honey products so I know he would like the flavor.

    • Becky says

      Honey is not as processed, and it is not as hard on the body as white/ brown sugar. As the Bible says, too much honey isn’t good (: but we’ve replaced white and brown sugar with honey and stevia in our home with great results in how we feel after eating dessert and sweet snacks.

    • For myself, I process honey totally differently than sugar. Sugar exhausts me, while honey gives me energy. You shouldn’t overdo it, but honey can be a great once in awhile treat!

  2. Lisa s says

    Thank you so much. We eat honey as our only sugar product so this rocks. To make it grain free I used coconut flour and replaced the graham crackers with almond meal. Yum!

  3. Kathy says

    Oh man! I wish I had seen this yesterday. I was looking for a cheesecake bar recipe. The one I ended up didn’t making didn’t set right. I’m pinning this so I will have it for next time.

  4. Amy says

    Yum – this sounds like a perfect late-summer (sniff, sniff) treat!

    • Lemons actually come in season in fall/winter, so we’re in luck. We can have them all year round!

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