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Healthy, Low-Calorie, Delicious Cheesecake Bites

healthy low calorie cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of the husband’s absolute favorite desserts.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cheesecake? I could eat the buttery, crumbly, graham cracker crust by itself it’s so good. And the luscious, rich, creamy filling is just so… dreamy.

I’m totally craving cheesecake this holiday season. And it’s likely to appear on the dinner table at one of the many Christmas/holiday dinners we’re going to in the next week or so. But a slice of the usual variety can run as high as 710 calories and 29 grams of fat! Once in a while, as an indulgence, that’s fine.

But I also wanted to create a lightened up version without losing any of the flavor of the original recipe — because why should cheesecake be only a “once in a while indulgence”?

So this holiday season, my gift to you is this absolutely delicious, skinny, perfectly portioned, 107 calorie Cheesecake Recipe. You’ll never have to feel guilty about eating cheesecake ever again!

The Ingredients

My recipe was originally featured on WomensHealth.com

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers (about 7 graham crackers)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 8 oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 egg

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The Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350° F, and line a muffin tin with liners. Combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter in a small bowl.

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Step 2: Tightly pack 1 tsp of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup, and press down firmly (this will be the crust).

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Step 3: Combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar, orange zest, and egg in a food processor, and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer.)

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Step 4: Put about 2 Tbsp of the cheesecake mixture in each muffin cup (it should fill the cupcake liners about halfway).

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Step 5: Bake for 25 minutes, or until the center is almost set (you can put a toothpick in the center of one mini cheesecake and see if it comes out almost completely clean to test this).

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Step 6: Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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Step 7: Garnish with crushed graham crackers (about 1/4 tsp to 1/2  tsp per mini cheesecake).

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These little bites of heaven are so amazing, you won’t believe they’re a 100 calorie dessert. And since these are made in full size cupcake tins (vs. mini cupcake tins), each cheesecake is actually pretty satisfying and a substantial treat.

Happy holidays everyone!

Healthy, Low-Calorie Cheesecake Bites

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 mini cheesecake

Calories per serving: 106.9

Fat per serving: 6.6g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (1 mini cheesecake): 106.9 Calories; 6.6g Fat (3.8g Saturated); 8.6g Carbs; 5.3g Sugar; 88.4mg Sodium; 0.1g Fiber; 3.5g Protein

Ingredients

    For the crust
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers (about 7 graham crackers)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
    For the filling
  • 8 oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F, and line a muffin tin with liners. Combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter in a small bowl.
  2. Tightly pack 1 tsp of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup, and press down firmly (this will be the crust).
  3. Combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar, orange zest, and egg in a food processor, and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer.)
  4. Put about 2 Tbsp of the cheesecake mixture in each muffin cup (it should fill the cupcake liners about halfway).
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the center is almost set (you can put a toothpick in the center of one mini cheesecake and see if it comes out almost completely clean to test this).
  6. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  7. Garnish with crushed graham crackers (about 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp per mini cheesecake).
https://www.pickyeaterblog.com/healthy-low-calorie-delicious-cheesecake-bites/

 

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43 responses to “Healthy, Low-Calorie, Delicious Cheesecake Bites”

  1. I love these cakes…I like to serve them with some fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries with the crumbs on top of those.

    • Thanks Gergana! To your questions — I don’t have a good vegan cheesecake recipe unfortunately, so I don’t have any good suggestions on omitting the dairy and still having it taste like cheesecake :/ For the fat content — you can use 2 egg whites in place of the 1 whole egg, and you can try using less butter for the crust (although I’m not sure how well it would stick together). Hope that helps!

  2. These were amazing!!! I am not a huge fan of cheesecake, but I had a craving for it last night, so I made these. They are rich and creamy, but also so light and fluffy (which I love in cheesecake, I don’t like heavy cheesecake) and not too sweet! Thank you for sharing, they were just delicious!

    • Hooray!! So so happy to hear you liked these Andrea 🙂 I’m with you — light and fluffy cheesecake is the best!

    • It might change the cooking time slightly but not by that much (e.g. you might need 5 minutes longer in the oven). I’d try baking it for 20-25 minutes and checking it at that point, and adjusting the cooking time as needed. Hope that helps!

    • Oh that’s so great!! I’m so glad both you and your husband liked this recipe. Thanks for letting me know Shabnam!

  3. Your cheesecake looks delicious! I love cheesecake so I make them all the time, all flavors and different crust but they are not a skinny at all!

    Michael 🙂

    • Haha! Yes this is definitely a lighter version than most traditional recipes 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how it stacks up against the recipes you make at home!

    • Haha! Awesome 🙂 Even if he eats more than one, it’s still much healthier than eating a whole piece of regular cheesecake! Enjoy!!

    • Haha! Love it – especially because 2 or 3 will still be lower in calories than a regular piece of cheesecake 🙂 Hope you like this recipe Pamela!

  4. These sound delicious! I especially love that the recipe is simple but can probably fool others into thinking otherwise 😉 With temptation around every corner during the holiday season, these sound like a verrrry good idea. Definitely pinning these for my next get-together!

    • Aw thanks Anna! And yes — this recipe is a great way to fool people into thinking they’re eating something decadent because it really does taste great! Let me know how these turn out when you make them! 🙂

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