These Healthy Oreo Bars are made with an Oreo crust but the filling is made with soaked cashews and yogurt, making these slightly lighter than traditional Oreo desserts.
Is there such a thing? HEALTHY Oreo bars?! I don’t know… All I know is that these bars are made with soaked cashews, which is definitely healthier than cream cheese, so we’re rolling with it.
I went to a friend’s bachelorette party this past weekend in Deep Creek, Md and it was SO much fun, but I could not get my act together Sunday in order to get this post up yesterday, so here it is one day later than planned. I normally try to share healthy—like, actually healthy—recipes earlier in the week, but recently I’ve been on the dessert train, so dessert it is. Sorry not sorry!
Tell me: what’s your go-to store bought cookie? Like a guilty pleasure? PLEASE tell me Oreos are on your list. Top 3, maybe? Before giving up chocolate, Oreos were probably my number one pick. I don’t eat them often, but I still really love them. Also—I can still eat 1-2 bites of something chocolate and be ok headache-wise, but if I eat an entire chocolate chip cookie I’ll get a headache. ….never take eating chocolate for granted 😀
These healthy Oreo bars can be made with regular Oreos (obviously) or with those look alike Oreos that Whole Foods sells, which is what I used. I believe they’re called sandwich cremes and they’re basically the same thing. Regardless, that’s what the base of these bars is made with: crushed Oreos.
The filing is made with soaked cashews, a little yogurt and more crushed Oreos of course. So yeah, the term “healthy” is used loosely, but I do think these are better for you than traditional Oreo bars.
If you’re looking for your new guilty pleasure or simply a fun way to use Oreos, give these healthy Oreo bars a shot and tag @thealmondeater on Instagram!Print
Healthy Oreo Bars
These healthy Oreo bars are made with an Oreo crust and the filling is made with cashews and yogurt, making these slightly more guilt-free than regular Oreo-based desserts.
for the crust:
- 20 Oreo cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted or dairy free butter, melted
for the filling:
- 2 heaping cups soaked cashews, rinsed
- 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- 1/4 cup plain or soy-based yogurt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Oreos, crushed
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- To make the crust: combine Oreos and butter in a food processor until all the Oreos are broken up. Press crust into the bottom of your baking dish.
- Add all of the filling ingredients EXCEPT for the Oreos to your food processor or your blender (I prefer my blender for this) and blend until mixture is smooth. If you’re having trouble blending it, add more milk 1 tbsp at a time.
- Pour mixture into a bowl, then stir in the crushed Oreos by hand. Pour filling over top of Oreo crust, using a spatula to smooth it out. Sprinkle with extra Oreo crumbs.
- Place baking dish in the refrigerator and refrigerate until bars have set, at least 3 hours.
- Cut and enjoy!