Nutella Cheesecake Bars | confections of a dietitian

A few months ago, a coworker of mine requested I bring something with Nutella for a small get together we were having. Not wanting to pass up an excuse to bake, I willingly obliged. There was only one problem. I didn’t have many quick recipes in my repertoire that included this delicious hazelnut, chocolate spread.

It didn’t take much brainstorming for me to become fixated on the idea of Nutella cheesecake bars. I love changing anything from its primary form into a bar, like cookies, pies or cakes, because it’s so much faster. Usually, one type of batter gets dumped into a pan, bakes all at once in the oven and, once it’s done, you can cut it into as many individual servings as you need. It’s the perfect option for baking in a pinch, or in my case, after a long day at work.

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Anyways, back to these Nutella cheesecake bars. The combination of a chocolate crust, cheesecake filling hinted with Nutella and a rich Nutella swirl is divine. The cheesecake base is tangy, which balances out the huge globs of Nutella swirled throughout. The chocolate crust is a perfect match, adding another level of chocolaty-ness (yes, these are so good they require making up a word). If you don’t want as much chocolate flavor, you can make the crust with graham crackers, like the original recipe, but I’m of the opinion that, the more chocolate, the better.

My coworkers were very glad we had a small get together and they could all take a few bars home. I even got to keep some for myself. And now, all of my friends back in the U.S. who were drooling over the Instagram picture of these many months ago, can make them too. You’re welcome.

Nutella Cheesecake Bars | confections of a dietitian