This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.
Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.
This is NOT a low sodium recipe.
GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.
"Have your cheesecake and eat it too."
-Morgan Ladd Harlan, Muse
The quote above says it all. This is real (and healthy) cheesecake, made light and fluffy by the whipped egg whites and creamy by the blended cottage cheese and Neufchâtel.
I have used most varieties of Graham crackers but have found the Nabisco Low-fat Honey Grahams and Keebler Low-fat Honey Grahams to be very good. The primary reason I use the low-fat version is not as much because of lower calories and fat but because the low-fat versions are drier and make for a crispier crust. (Less calories is an added bonus though.)
The ready made crusts that you will find in the baking section at the grocery have an amazing amount of fat and calories in them and they don't taste all that great. Best to leave them on the shelf.
Servings = 12 | Serving size =1/12 pie
Cooking Time = 240 Minutes
This keeps fairly well for a couple days, but the fresher the better.
Note: Because of the lack of complete reporting on nutrition information for Graham Crackers I am not able to give complete information on some nutrients in this healthy cheesecake recipe.
|16||squares low-fat graham crackers|
|1 large||egg white (for the crust)|
|8 ounces||non-fat cream cheese (block)|
|8 ounces||reduced-fat cream cheese (block)|
|1 cup||non-fat sour cream|
|1 cup||1% cottage cheese|
|1 cup||Granulated Stevia or Splenda|
|1 tsp||pure vanilla extract|
|1/4 cup||fresh lemon juice|
|1||4 oz. carton egg substitute|
|3||egg whites (for the filling)|
This recipe requires a springform pan and 18" wide aluminum foil.
Preheat the oven to 300°F.
Remove the sides from the springform pan and place the pan bottom on top of two 18 inch square sheets of aluminum foil. Fold the edges of the foil into a loose cone shape so that the sides of the pan can be slipped down over the top. Close the sides of the pan around the bottom and then press the foil against the inside of the sides of the pan. The result will be the foil outside the pan on the bottom and inside the pan on the sides.
Fill a large roasting pan with about 1 1/2 inches of water and place in the oven.
Place the graham crackers in food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until they are fine crumbs. Drizzle in the honey through the top of the food processor until well blended into the crumbs then stop the food processor.
In a small mixing bowl gently whisk the first egg white until it is frothy. Place the cracker crumbs in the egg whites and blend together with a fork. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the springform pan. Place the pan in the oven and cook for ten minutes. Remove from the oven.
While the crust is cooling, place the non-fat cream cheese, reduced-fat cream cheese, non-fat sour cream, 1% cottage cheese, Splenda, vanilla extract, lemon juice, egg substitute and salt in a clean food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade. Process until smooth.
In a copper bowl, whisk the 3 remaining egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold in the batter from the food processor until well blended.
Pour the batter into the springform pan. Place the pan in the heated water bath and bake for one hour. Turn off the oven and remove the water bath from the oven. Return just the cheesecake (without the water bath) to the warm oven and allow to sit for 2 hours in the oven as it cools.
Chill for at least four hours before serving.
Serving size = one-twelfth cake
Servings = 12
Amount Per Serving
|Calories 154||Calories from Fat 36|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 4g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10%|
|Monounsaturated Fat g|
|Trans Fat g|
|Total Carbohydrates 17g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||1%|
|Vitamin A 18%||Vitamin C 4%|
|Calcium 20%||Iron 3%|
|Vitamin K mcg||Potassium mg|