100% Whole Grain Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

100% whole grain strawberry cheesecake brownies made healthier – and there’s no added fat!

100% Whole Grain Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies | texanerin.com

When Jessica posted these skinny fudgy brownies the other day, I knew I had to make them.

But I wanted a strawberry cheesecake topping to jazz them up for Valentine’s Day. I did some googling and had to giggle when Jessica’s strawberry cheesecake brownies popped up in the results. I thought it’d be a good move to combine the two.

And this was a very, very good idea. They’re not gooey like I normally prefer my brownies, but fudgy is good. And fudgy with cheesecake topping is more than acceptable! They were fantastic and I can’t wait to try the brownies with different fillings and toppings.

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies made healthier! No added fat and made with Greek yogurt | texanerin.com

A half cup of Greek yogurt replaces all the fat (okay, I’m not counting the tiny bit in the egg, flour, etc.) in the brownies and there’s another whole cup in the cheesecake topping. We only have 10% fat “Greek style” yogurt over here, which makes me want to cry, but for those of you in North America, this results in a pretty darn low fat brownie!

You can use any type of jam or fruit sauce on top. On one half, I used some leftover-from-the-summer strawberry jam I fished out from the fridge. And while I was rooting around in there, I found some of my strawberry sauce. Yay! I’m no good at marbling, swirling, whatever it is, so I just covered one side with the sauce. And I think I preferred it that way. More strawberry sauce is always good!

100% Whole Wheat Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies - with no added fat! | texanerin.com

The only downside is that it’s not as pretty.

And aww… would you look at that?! The night I made these, Mr. T was going to a late evening movie with a friend, who is a girl, and I thought I might as well make him a brownie heart to take his “date.” ;)

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies - 100% whole grain and no added fat! | texanerin.com

But then I ate it. Muahaha. I decided that only I should be receiving chocolate hearts from him and… he refused to take it. More strawberry cheesecake brownies for me.

So what are you all doing for Valentine’s Day? I know a lot of people dislike it but I think it’s fun. It’s an excellent excuse for the men out there to make their ladies dinner. So. That’s what we’ll be doing. :)

100% Whole Grain Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

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100% Whole Grain Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies
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  • Yield: 24 brownies

Ingredients

    Strawberry Cheesecake Topping:

  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Brownies:

  • ½ cup (60 grams) whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons unrefined or coconut sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips, optional
  • Berry Topping:

  • ¼ - ½ cup berry jam or sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line an 8x8in pan with parchment paper or spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. To make the cheesecake topping, beat together the cream cheese, eggs, and sugar until creamy. Beat in the the vanilla and then slowly add in the Greek yogurt. Set this aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until combined. Do not over mix!
  4. Spread the batter evenly into the pan and then pour on the cheesecake batter. Try to distribute it evenly.
  5. You can either completely cover the cheesecake filling with strawberry sauce or jam, or you can cover the cheesecake with teaspoons of jam, leaving about a centimeter between each jam-blob, and then use a knife to create swirls.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Lower the heat to 325°F / 162°C and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • If you live in Europe, you probably don't have bricks of cream cheese like in the US. If you only have the spreadable type meant for toast, drain the content of a 300 gram container with a cheesecloth or a kitchen towel until it's thicker, like the consistency of the American stuff. Just wring it out. It should be 225 grams when you're done.

Adapted from Skinny Fudgy Brownies and Dark Chocolate Drizzled Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

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  • Candis says
    September 11, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    If you want to make this into a 9×13 pan would you double the cheesecake recipe?

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    • Erin replies to Candis
      September 11, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

      Yes, I’d double everything. :) Hope you’ll enjoy them!

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  • Stephany Brisco
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    April 14, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

    Made these. They were GREAT! For the topping I just mashed strawberries and added it after they were baked. I noticed though I had to cook mine a lot longer in the second half, about 40 minutes instead of 20. But at the lower temp the brownies didn’t burn or over bake. It all turned out GREAT!! Love your recipe!!! Thanks you!

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    • Erin replies to Stephany Brisco
      April 17, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

      I’m so happy that you liked the brownies! I like your idea of just mashing strawberries and adding them on afterwards. :) I guess I should make these again and see what’s up with the baking time. Thanks for letting me know! And thanks so much for the feedback and sorry for the slow reply. :)

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  • Sori
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    March 21, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

    How are these supposed to look when done? I baked it for the said amount of time, but they’re still so jiggly. will they harden as they cool or should I put the brownies back in for longer? they look and smell divine already, I can’t wait to taste. Also, I made mine dairy free using coconut greek yogurt,daiya cream cheese, and almond milk.

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    • Erin replies to Sori
      March 21, 2014 @ 11:22 pm

      They’ll harden as they cool! The middle should just be a little jiggly. If the edges are still jiggly, put them back in. Love your DF adaptation! I hope you’ll enjoy them. :)

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  • karla rivera
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    February 12, 2014 @ 12:33 am

    you believe I can do it in cupcakes?

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    • Erin replies to karla rivera
      February 12, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

      I don’t see why not. Just don’t fill them up completely like cupcakes. Fill it only about as thick as the brownie batter would be in the pan. So maybe 3/4″? I’m just guessing here! Good luck. :)

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  • sandy says
    December 24, 2013 @ 6:44 am

    I’ve read the instructions but what I don’t understand is do you bake them seperatly or together?

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    • Erin replies to sandy
      December 24, 2013 @ 9:02 am

      You bake them together! Look at step 4. You pour the brownie batter into the pan and then you immediately pour on the cheesecake mix on top of that. Then bake. Good luck! :)

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  • carol says
    August 5, 2013 @ 5:27 am

    Could you use cherry pie filling on the top instead? My kids don’t like strawberries, but everyone here loves cherries.

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    • Erin replies to carol
      August 5, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

      I think that would be amazing! Let me know how it comes out. :)

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  • Raquel says
    August 2, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    I was going to make my own jam by just mashing up fresh strawberries. Will they be affected by the heat in the oven ?

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    • Erin replies to Raquel
      August 2, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

      That should work fine! I also used homemade jam and it was no problem. :) Hope you enjoy the brownies!

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  • Neelia says
    July 4, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    I made these last night. Turned out absolutely delicious! I made them with a boxed brownie mix, otherwise I flowed the directions to the tee. I would suggest baking them longer as they are not quit done through and through. Still absolutely amazing none the less! Will def make these again. Very easy. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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    • Erin replies to Neelia
      July 5, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

      I’m so happy that it worked out for you! A boxed mix certainly cuts down on the preparation. I like that! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the brownies and that you’re even going to make them again (that’s like music to my ears ;)) Thanks a bunch for the feedback!

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  • Linda says
    July 2, 2013 @ 1:19 am

    I made these with a few alterations. I used my favorite boxed brownie mix as the base. Ghirardelli Doubke Chocolate (I know not the healthy alternative!) , and 2 containers of Fage 2% or 0% 5.3 oz Greek Yogurt with Cherry (or whatever fruit topping you like). I added the two containers of yogurt into the cheese mixture, then used the cherry from the yogurt as the topping. I dropped the fruit topping on by 1/2 teaspoons then swirled with a knife. I also used reduced fat cream cheese. turned out great! Needed to cook longer than stated.

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    • Erin replies to Linda
      July 2, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

      Wow, I’m super impressed by your changes! And that it came out well. That’s awesome. :) Thanks a bunch for the feedback! I’m so happy to hear that you liked it. :)

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  • Lorrie says
    July 1, 2013 @ 4:09 am

    I would love one of these with a giant glass of moo juice! Have you tried to make this recipe gluten free?

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    • Erin replies to Lorrie
      July 1, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

      Moo juice? Hehe. :) I haven’t tried to make this recipe gluten-free but what if you used this as a base for the chocolate part?

      http://www.texanerin.com/2013/03/gluten-free-chocolate-peanut-butter-brownies.html

      The peanut butter in this recipe is only in the topping. It’s GF and nice and chocolatey. :)

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      • Lorrie replies to Erin
        July 1, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

        Moo juice is milk. Hahaha Thank you for this gluten free switch!! I will try it & let you know!! Happy 4th of July from Lubbock!!

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        • Erin replies to Lorrie
          July 1, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

          Haha. :D It’s just the first time I’d heard it. Will definitely adopt moo juice into my vocab. I hope you’ll enjoy the brownies! And happy baking from Berlin. :D

      • Jo replies to Erin
        July 27, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

        Bob’s Red Mill has an awesome Gluten Free Brownie Mix, I bake in a 9 X 9 square pan instead of 9 X 13 and they are thick, moist and delicious. Made these at Summer Camp for the GF kids and one of them actually cried tears of joy over them.

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  • Dave @ Fit Chef Chicago says
    June 18, 2013 @ 5:13 am

    Great post and photos! Sounds delicious!

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  • Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion says
    May 28, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    Wow, do these look amazing or what!

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  • Anthea L says
    May 27, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    omg i’m super happy when i landed on your blog – this is a wonderful filled with amazing desserts! I’ll have to try out some of the recipes here during the weekend!

    I would really appreciate it if you’d check out my latest outfit post :)
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    • Erin replies to Anthea L
      May 28, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      I hope you’ll enjoy the recipes! Let me know how they come out. :)

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  • Lysa
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    May 15, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    Such a beautiful cake but I really wonder why you wanted to give Mr. T this heart to bring to his date… :-)

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    • Erin replies to Lysa
      May 17, 2013 @ 9:32 am

      Thanks! And haha… I just wanted to tease him a little. ;)

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  • patricia says
    March 24, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Erin, do you have any idea what the nutritional info is in comparison to regular brownies?

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    • Erin replies to patricia
      March 24, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

      I'm not really sure but you can go here and use their recipe analyzer. I used to use it all the time but you might have to sign up! http://caloriecount.about.com

      But to answer you, they're much lower in fat for sure. Also in sugar, although brownies are never "low sugar." And these are much higher in fiber and protein. So, in my opinion, much more "healthy" than regular ones. :)

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  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
    February 18, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Oh my goodness, these looks so good. And I love that they are whole grain!

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  • JulieD says
    February 16, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    I love the combination of brownie and strawberry cheesecake!! Pretty much genius!!

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  • Simply Tia says
    February 14, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    I am ALL over these! Great combination of flavors! They look truly decadent.

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  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
    February 14, 2013 @ 3:54 am

    Okay, these are amazing. That fudgey looking brownie is calling my name!!

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  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    February 14, 2013 @ 2:55 am

    Yum! This sounds so good. Strawberry, cheesecake, brownie.. all of everything I want in one, plus it's healthy? Amazing.

    If you can't find fat free yogurt, you can strain any yogurt to make it greek style :)

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    • Erin replies to Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies
      February 14, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

      I've done that in the past but then I have tons of stinky kitchen towels. The towels don't get washed that often so it gets annoying. But I suppose it's better than buying the expensive 10% stuff! Thanks for the reminder. :)

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  • Min says
    February 13, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    What a wonderful recipe! I LOVE brownies and healthier ones? even better! I'm not a huge fan of cheesecake but my husband is so this is perfect for the both of us ;) I'm saving this recipe! And it's nice to meet another fellow Texan! I live in Austin.

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    • Erin replies to Min
      February 14, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

      Hi, fellow Texan! I went to UT and loved it there. :) I haven't made the brownies without the cheesecake topping yet but I imagine they'd still be good without. Or you can just pick off the cheesecake and give it to your husband. That sounds like fun. ;)

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  • A Pearl In The Making says
    February 13, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    If I'm reading this write you actually cook it with the jam on top, right?

    Also, I don't have any whole wheat do you think unbleached white flour would work?

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    • Erin replies to A Pearl In The Making
      February 13, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

      Yup! That's correct.

      White flour would be great, too. Let me know how they come out! :)

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  • Carla Walker says
    February 13, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    Ugh I see you get just as many spam comments as I do too =/ But these brownies look oh so to die for! The little heart one is super cute! I cant believe how fresh those strawberries are! I cant wait to get my hands on some :D

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    • Erin replies to Carla Walker
      February 13, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

      Someone is attacking this post with spam. They have been for the last few hours. I think I've deleted about 20 from the same person. :( So I've changed the settings so that I have to moderate the comments first. I'm about to go to sleep and don't want to wake up to find 141 spammy comments on here.

      Anyway, thanks! I can't wait for strawberries, either. :)

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  • Annie @ Annie's Noms says
    February 13, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I love brownies and cheesecake and strawberries!!! These look amazing and love the fact these are wholewheat too! :)

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  • Kamila Gornia says
    February 13, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    I love cheesecake.
    I love strawberries.
    I LOVE CHOCOLATE!

    Needless to say this is amazing.
    I'll be sharing this on my blog tomorrow.
    Love!

    http://www.sensualappealblog.com

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    • Erin replies to Kamila Gornia
      February 13, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

      Ooh! I can't wait to see. :D And thank you! I love your enthusiasm, as always. :)

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  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    February 13, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    The strawberry sauce looks perfect on top of these and I love the heart shaped brownie! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  • Becca says
    February 13, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    So. Many. Brownie. Recipes this week! Ahhh. These do look pretty darn good to me though :)

    As for me I will be going to my 8am math class, be bored for about 2 hours while I wait for my next class, and then spend three hours in Chemistry Lab and then proceed to freak out over a math quiz I have on Friday in which I have no idea how to do, such a romantic I am, huh? Haha. Oh well.

    Happy almost Valentine's Day! <3

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    • Erin replies to Becca
      February 13, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

      Aww. I didn't know. :( I thought I was doing well to get up a chocolatey + strawberry recipe up! Tomorrow sounds really boring for you. That stinks! I will be at home all day cleaning so it's not that much better, is it? Anyway, happy almost Valentine's Day to you, too!

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  • Anna {Hidden Ponies} says
    February 13, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    Great idea to combine these, they sound deeelicious!

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  • Caroline @ chocolate and carrots says
    February 13, 2013 @ 2:07 am

    Fudgy goodness! These look fantastic! :D Oh, and I totally would have eaten the heart brownie too. No way is my husband going out with another woman! ;-)

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    • Erin replies to Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
      February 13, 2013 @ 7:49 am

      Haha. I should have explained more! This friend actually asked me if I wanted to go to a movie she already had two tickets for. I didn't want to go so I told Mr. T he should go, despite thinking it was slightly weird. But she's a really good, old friend of his so… I guess it shouldn't be weird. :)

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    February 12, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    This is a combination of all things delicious! Great recipe!

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