Have Your Cake & Eat It Too

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Smooth, creamy, and indulgent. What could I be talking about other than CHEESECAKE?! Some consider it the ultimate dessert. Others enjoy its versatility. On this week’s blog, it is the center of our attention!

photo credit: Janitors Fancy food

As you have seen thus far in our blogging series, we are focused on helping you to keep a balance as you maintain your healthy lifestyle goals. We want to give you a variety of recipes that will help you feel less like you are depriving yourself and more like you are improving the fuel that you give your body. What’s more, we want it to taste good, too!

So if you were thinking you would never enjoy a dessert again, you thought wrong! We searched high and low to find the perfect cheesecake recipe to share with you and FINALLY, we found it! We wanted a list of ingredients that were pure AND a recipe that was free of a large amount of sugar substitutes and low in calories to help you stick to your daily calorie goals.

This recipe, from Healthy Sweet Eats, yields 5 individual mini cheesecakes. We love that the portion is already set for you AND, you can tailor each cheesecake to multiple preferences by changing up the toppings. Let’s get into it!

INGREDIENTS

8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1 ½ teaspoons granulated stevia (Can also use liquid stevia)

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon pure almond extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners. Spray liners with non-stick spray.
  3. Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth, then beat in the eggs and remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared muffin tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheesecakes start to puff up but are still loose in the center.
  5. Cool to room temperature and then chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours prior to serving.

You can top each cheesecake as desired or serve plain.

photo credit: Janitors Gelatin cheesecake

Here are some topping ideas:

1. Toasted, unsweetened coconut

2. Cacao nibs

3. Fresh berries

4. Chopped nuts

 

Each mini cheesecake, plain, has only 187 calories, only 2 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein! For full nutritional information or to add to your MyFitnessPal food diary, search for ELMM- Mini Cheesecake.

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