Okay so I know I say this about almost every recipe but I MEAN IT this time: this may be my favorite recipe yet!
I am a huge cheesecake lover. Like, huge. On my 21st birthday all I wanted was a slice of the Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory (which I did get and did eat every last bite of - a cheat day that was well worth it).
So since I have ALWAYS loved cheesecake (I mean, who doesn't), I wanted to try to create a healthy version using greek yogurt as the base ingredient. Greek yogurt was the first thing that came to my mind to use in place of the cream cheese/sour cream that is typically used in cheesecake because it has a very similar consistency, tastes sweet and creamy, is lower in fat and sugar, and packed with protein.
I am SO excited about how this turned out, because you can make so many flavor variations of this recipe using the same "base" ingredients and adding whatever you are craving. I think a peanut butter blast flavor may be coming in the near future! Since I am pretty much always in the mood for chocolate, I figured this double chocolate cheesecake would be a good place to start. Not to mention: unsweetened cocoa powder has SO many health benefits. When eaten in such a natural state, cocoa is loaded with antioxidants, can help improve your focus, and is loaded with fiber (which will help with digestion).
So, more about the ingredients: there are only 5 in the filling. FIVE! Greek yogurt, egg whites, protein powder (I use Unico Nutrition's vanilla milkshake flavor - you can use the discount code "BOWERS20" to get 20% off on www.uniconutrition.com), unsweetened cocoa powder, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. When I was creating this recipe, I wanted to try and keep it as simple as possible to make sure the flavor and consistency of the greek yogurt would stick with the cheesecake throughout the whole baking process.
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The great thing about this healthy version: you make it exactly like you would a normal cheesecake. It can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week and the freezer for 2-3 weeks. I absolutely love to make this cheesecake at the beginning of the week and eat a slice for breakfast! Yes, cheesecake for breakfast.
With macros like these, I have no problem eating a slice of this for breakfast. When cut into 12 portions, each slice only has 97.5 calories, 5 grams of sugar, and 9.5 grams of protein. Compared to a slice of my favorite Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, which has roughly 1,640 calories and 150 grams of sugar... and yes that is ONE slice!
You do not have to give up your favorite foods to live a healthy lifestyle. It's all about getting creative and finding ways to make your cheat day foods into healthy sources of fuel you can eat every day! Check out the recipe below.
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