This healthy cheesecake recipe is a long way from the low calorie, processed imitation ‘diet’ cheesecakes that big diet food brands make and trust me, I’ve tried most of them!
The problem is, cheesecake is naturally a very high calorie, high sugar treat food. When you try and make sugary puddings healthy, somewhere along the line flavour and texture get altered, and so manufacturers add all sorts of processed junk in a bid to make it taste authentic.
The result is often closer to plastic than food and not satisfying in any way at all.
So how do you make a healthy cheesecake that’s both nutritious and delicious?
Cheesecake is a popular desert with the fitness / IIFYM community because it has more balanced macros compared to high sugar or carb treats like chocolate or cookies.
So for people counting their carbs, protein and fat as well as calories, cheesecake contributes to all of them, meaning you don’t end up with the rest of the day being tinned tuna and broccoli, having used up all your ‘carb’ allowance.
But for people wanting to lose weight or not wanting to consume too many calories, cheesecake is still a very high calorie dessert, and certainly not usually thought of as a dieters’ best friend! Far from it, this great dessert is more likely to find itself languishing on various ‘banned’ lists!
Indulgent healthy cheesecake is possible. And here it is!
Well try this recipe and you’ll see it is possible after all! High carb sugary biscuits are replaced with crunchy nuts, and there is still an authentic cheesecake flavour from real cream cheese. But at just over 200 calories per portion, while being high protein and low sugar, you really can have your (cheese) cake and eat it!
Prepare this and you will understand this is no idle boast…
Banana Nut No Bake Cheesecake
200g mixed nuts
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. honey
50g coconut oil or butter
Spray Cooking oil to grease
6 gelatine leaves
2 tsp. honey
3 ripe bananas
2 tsp. vanilla extract
280g Light Cream Cheese
Whizz nuts in a processor into crumbs with the cinnamon, 2 tsp. of honey & melted coconut oil or butter.
Spray a 20cm cake tin with spray oil or cake release spray and press the base mixture in with the back of a spoon. Chill in the fridge for an hour.
Soak the gelatine in cold water for 5 minutes.
Drain the soaked gelatine, then mix with 3 tbsp. boiling water until smooth and blend in a processor with the cream cheese, bananas, vanilla, Quark and remaining honey.
Spoon the cheese mixture into the chilled base and return to the fridge for 3-4 hours or overnight.
The following day there is only one other thing left to do – get stuck in and don’t forget to share it with others to spread the good news! This will still feel like and indulgent treat, but you need not worry as it has the rare distinction of being healthy and guilt free!
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