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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

 

"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can't remember what they are."
-Matt Lauer (on NBC's Today Show)

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This dessert has fewer calories and less fat than a Kit Kat bar.

Chocolate is Good For You!

Aside from being delicious, chocolate is generally thought of as being bad for you. While it does contain fat, its fats are the less harmful ones, stearic and oleic fats, and they don't cause a rise in blood cholesterol levels. Because it is made from a plant, it contains some beneficial substances associated with other foods of plant origin. There are small amounts of copper, zinc, iron and magnesium, along with polyphenols (chemicals that have been implicated in research studies as providing potential health benefits).

Both cocoa powder and chocolate are derived from a bean that's high in flavonoids (known antioxidants). As with other antioxidants, flavonoids have been associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk.

It seems that unsweetened powdered cocoa contains the highest quantity of these antioxidants, followed by dark chocolate and then milk chocolate. The more diluted the finished cocoa, the less flavonoids in each serving. According to one research study, a 40 gram serving (about the size of a standard chocolate candy bar) of milk chocolate contains about 400 milligrams of antioxidants. This is equal to a typical serving of red wine, which has also been recommended for its flavonoid content.


 

Chocolate Cheesecake



Servings = 12 | Serving size =1/12 cake

Cooking Time = 240 Minutes

Keeps 48 60 hours tightly covered. Serve with a fork and a smile. Note that active cooking time does not include chilling time.

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 cheesecake recipe.

10 Famous brand chocolate wafers
8 squares low-fat graham crackers
2 Tbsp Dutch process cocoa
2 Tbsp Granulated Stevia or Splenda
1 Tbsp canola oil
3 1/2 ounces bittersweet baker's chocolate
2 Tbsp instant coffee granules
2 Tbsp water
1 8 ounce block non-fat cream cheese
1 8 ounce block reduced-fat cream cheese
1 cup non-fat sour cream
1 cup 1% cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups Stevia or Splenda
3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa
1 4 oz. carton egg substitute
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3 egg whites

Chocolate Cheesecake recipe from Dr. Gourmet
This recipe requires a 9 inch springform pan and 18 inch wide aluminum foil.

Remove the sides from the springform pan and place the bottom of the pan 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 and then press the foil against the inside of the pan. The end 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. Preheat the oven to 300F.

While the water bath is heating, place the chocolate wafers, graham crackers, 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa, and 2 tablespoons Splenda in a food processor and process until fine crumbs.

Slowly drizzle in the canola oil until it is well blended into the crumbs. Place the crumb mixture in the springform pan and gently press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan.

Place the coffee granules and 2 tablespoons water in a double boiler over high heat (or a pyrex bowl set over a pot of boiling water). Add the chocolate and stir while it melts slowly.

When the chocolate sauce is smooth, remove from the heat and place in food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade. Add the non-fat cream cheese, reduced-fat cream cheese, non-fat sour cream, 1% cottage cheese, Splenda, 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa, egg substitute, vanilla extract and salt. Process until smooth.

In a copper bowl whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold in the batter from the food processor into the egg whites until well blended.

Pour the batter into the springform pan. Place the pan in the water bath and cook for one hour. Turn off the oven and remove the water bath. Return the cheesecake to the oven and allow it to sit for 2 hours in the oven as it cools.

Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1 slice (1/12 pie)

Servings = 12

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 210 Calories from Fat 98
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 6%
    Saturated Fat 6g 28%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 500mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
    Sugars 7g  
Protein 13g  
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 16% Iron 17%
Vitamin K 3 mcg Potassium 453 mg
Magnesium 69 mg