A typical cheesecake has approximately 18g of fat and 250 calories. It has almost 10g of saturated fat which can raise a person’s cholesterol. But it is possible to make a healthy cheesecake with the right recipe. The healthy cheesecake uses sugar-free cookie crust, nonfat yoghurt, and nonfat cream cheese unlike the common cheesecake. No sugar or butter is needed to make a smooth, creamy, and sweet cheesecake with a subtle vanilla flavor.
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- Cookie crust – 1 recipe of crushed-up sugar-free cookies
- Greek yoghurt – 2 cups of nonfat Greek yoghurt, preferably thick
- Granulated sweetener (half a cup) – a granulated sweetener with low carbs and calories
- Two eggs
- Cream cheese – a block of nonfat cream cheese
- Flour – quarter cup, used to thicken the filling
- Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
- Salt – quarter teaspoon
The crust is prepared and transfered into a spring-form pan. It is then refrigerated as the while the flour filling is prepared. The ingredients of the cheesecake filling are then added into a blender. They are Blended until smooth, then moved into a cake pan and until it is even at the top by spreading. The cheesecake is baked in an oven at 320F for approximately 45 minutes (Gershman). It is then removed from the oven to cool. It is refrigerated for about 4 hours to make it firm.
A cheesecake should always be stored in a refrigerator fully covered. One can freeze the cheesecake in a shallow container for more extended storage. Unlike a typical cheesecake, this one has 93 calories, 8g carbs, and only 4g of fat due to elimination of such questionable ingredients as sugar and butter. Instead, a sweetener is used to lower the carbs and calories, and it a healthier option than simple sugar. Butter is not used, because cookie crust already has some fat in it, and the cheese also has some fat, but the percentage is significantly lower. The healthy cheesecake is a low-fat, low sugar meal that can help meet the American Health Association (AHA) recommendation of consuming below 13g of saturated fat a day (Liew). The use of nonfat yoghurt and nonfat cream enables the cake to have less than 100 calories per serving.
Gershman, Jennifer. The 6 Worst Desserts for Your Health. RxWIKI. 2020. Web.
Liew, Arman. Heathy Cheesecake. The Big Man’s World. 2021. Web.