I truly believe that almost any recipe should be able to be made healthier and you should not have to forgo flavor. Now some things, like the infamous Salsa Verde Sour Cream Enchiladas, are not meant to be anything but the equivalent of rubbing butter directly onto your thighs. However some things like Cheesecake, can be made in under 200 calories. And better yet, can be made just for two, so there are no leftovers. And even better then all that, cheesecake can be made ass friendly without losing any flavor…which is really all that matters.
This Raspberry Almond Cheesecake For Two was awesome. And I don’t like to go bragging, wait–who am I kidding, holy crap Batman! I made a “diet” cheesecake that was so delicious Jorge ate 75% of it! Which is seriously amazing since the man can walk by all the Peeps and Cadbury Eggs at the grocery store without even batting an eye…while I stand there having to wipe the drool off my chin. Which, by the way, I really wish Easter would go ahead and be over so I could make it through the store without having a meltdown from Cadbury Egg desires. One cool thing about this cheesecake, it is easily adapted to any tastes or flavors! The Almond Raspberry combo was absolutely delicious and helped to make it feel more decadent, but you could easily change it to your favorite flavor. It is the perfect size for two, but can easily be made into individual portions for a party…or if you had an extra bad day, you could serve it just for one person. 😉 I plan on making this again and again and again….and again.
Recipe note: If adapting this recipe to another flavor, make sure to stay true to the 1 to 2 ratio with the cream cheese and Greek yogurt.
You will need:
2 low fat honey graham craker, crushed
4 oz fat free cream cheese, room temperature (or low fat, for a few more calories)
2 oz Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 tablespoons sugar free raspberry preserves
1/2 cup raspberries
Cream together cream cheese and Greek yogurt until well combined. Mix in almond extract and powdered sugar until well combined. Layer cream cheese mixture on top of the graham cracker layer.
Top cream cheese layer with raspberry preserves. This may look a little messy, but no worries, just go ahead and cover up any mess with a layer of the fresh raspberries.
Lastly sprinkle with any remaining crumbs of graham crackers and refrigerate for 1 hour before eating (or up to 24 hours).
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 198 Fat: 0.9 Carb: 38.5 Fiber: 2.6 Protein: 11
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 5 points
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