Healthy, Low-Calorie, Delicious Cheesecake Bites

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 24, 2013

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Cheesecake is one of the husband’s absolute favorite desserts.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cheesecake? I could eat the buttery, crumbly, graham cracker crust by itself it’s so good. And the luscious, rich, creamy filling is just so… dreamy.

I’m totally craving cheesecake this holiday season. And it’s likely to appear on the dinner table at one of the many Christmas/holiday dinners we’re going to in the next week or so. But a slice of the usual variety can run as high as 710 calories and 29 grams of fat! Once in a while, as an indulgence, that’s fine.

But I also wanted to create a lightened up version without losing any of the flavor of the original recipe — because why should cheesecake be only a “once in a while indulgence”?

So this holiday season, my gift to you is this absolutely delicious, skinny, perfectly portioned, 107 calorie Cheesecake Recipe. You’ll never have to feel guilty about eating cheesecake ever again!

The Ingredients

My recipe was originally featured on WomensHealth.com

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers (about 7 graham crackers)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 8 oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 egg

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The Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350° F, and line a muffin tin with liners. Combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter in a small bowl.

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Step 2: Tightly pack 1 tsp of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup, and press down firmly (this will be the crust).

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Step 3: Combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar, orange zest, and egg in a food processor, and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer.)

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Step 4: Put about 2 Tbsp of the cheesecake mixture in each muffin cup (it should fill the cupcake liners about halfway).

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Step 5: Bake for 25 minutes, or until the center is almost set (you can put a toothpick in the center of one mini cheesecake and see if it comes out almost completely clean to test this).

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Step 6: Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

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Step 7: Garnish with crushed graham crackers (about 1/4 tsp to 1/2  tsp per mini cheesecake).

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These little bites of heaven are so amazing, you won’t believe they’re a 100 calorie dessert. And since these are made in full size cupcake tins (vs. mini cupcake tins), each cheesecake is actually pretty satisfying and a substantial treat.

Happy holidays everyone!

Healthy, Low-Calorie Cheesecake Bites

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 mini cheesecake

Calories per serving: 106.9

Fat per serving: 6.6g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (1 mini cheesecake): 106.9 Calories; 6.6g Fat (3.8g Saturated); 8.6g Carbs; 5.3g Sugar; 88.4mg Sodium; 0.1g Fiber; 3.5g Protein

Ingredients

    For the crust
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers (about 7 graham crackers)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • For the filling
  • 8 oz low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F, and line a muffin tin with liners. Combine crushed graham crackers and melted butter in a small bowl.
  2. Tightly pack 1 tsp of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup, and press down firmly (this will be the crust).
  3. Combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, sugar, orange zest, and egg in a food processor, and blend until smooth. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can do this in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer.)
  4. Put about 2 Tbsp of the cheesecake mixture in each muffin cup (it should fill the cupcake liners about halfway).
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the center is almost set (you can put a toothpick in the center of one mini cheesecake and see if it comes out almost completely clean to test this).
  6. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  7. Garnish with crushed graham crackers (about 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp per mini cheesecake).
http://pickyeaterblog.com/healthy-low-calorie-delicious-cheesecake-bites/

 

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley December 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I love these cakes…I like to serve them with some fresh strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries with the crumbs on top of those.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Oooh yes!! Fresh berries on top of these little cakes would be absolutely divine 🙂 Thanks Shirley!

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal December 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

Ohh this looks just fabulous!
Merry Christmas to you and yours, love.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

Aw thanks so much Kammie!! I hope you had a great Christmas too!

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Shabnam December 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

wow. Thanks a lot. I love the idea. I will make these lovely cheese cakes next weekend. I’m sure my husband will love them.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Great! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

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Shuchie December 30, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Great recipe! Very light and hits the dessert spot.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 31, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Shuchie! So glad you liked it!

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Gergana Micova January 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Great idea! Any way to reduce the fat content and perhaps omit some of the dairy?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 3, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Thanks Gergana! To your questions — I don’t have a good vegan cheesecake recipe unfortunately, so I don’t have any good suggestions on omitting the dairy and still having it taste like cheesecake :/ For the fat content — you can use 2 egg whites in place of the 1 whole egg, and you can try using less butter for the crust (although I’m not sure how well it would stick together). Hope that helps!

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Andrea January 5, 2014 at 1:24 pm

These were amazing!!! I am not a huge fan of cheesecake, but I had a craving for it last night, so I made these. They are rich and creamy, but also so light and fluffy (which I love in cheesecake, I don’t like heavy cheesecake) and not too sweet! Thank you for sharing, they were just delicious!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hooray!! So so happy to hear you liked these Andrea 🙂 I’m with you — light and fluffy cheesecake is the best!

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Jayshree January 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Hi Anjali,
Looks so good.
I love your blog and recipes!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Thanks so much Jayshree! Let me know if you end up trying it!

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Tracey January 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

I’d love to make this as a whole cheesecake..would it change the cooking time?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

It might change the cooking time slightly but not by that much (e.g. you might need 5 minutes longer in the oven). I’d try baking it for 20-25 minutes and checking it at that point, and adjusting the cooking time as needed. Hope that helps!

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Tracey January 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Thank you!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 8, 2014 at 11:20 pm

No problem! Let me know if you have to change the recipe at all to make it a whole cheesecake vs. cheesecake bites!

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Tracey January 9, 2014 at 4:32 am

ok!

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Shabnam January 18, 2014 at 1:55 am

At last I made these lovely cheesecake bites yesterday. They were awsome. My husband ate all of them. He told me to thank you a lot.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Oh that’s so great!! I’m so glad both you and your husband liked this recipe. Thanks for letting me know Shabnam!

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Frajes January 19, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Hi Anjali, every time I check out your blog I leave hungry. What’s the reason behind that? Haha

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Haha! That is awesome 🙂 I’ll take that as a compliment Frajes!

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michael January 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Your cheesecake looks delicious! I love cheesecake so I make them all the time, all flavors and different crust but they are not a skinny at all!

Michael 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Haha! Yes this is definitely a lighter version than most traditional recipes 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how it stacks up against the recipes you make at home!

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Porcelina February 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

OMG!! Cheesecake is the OH’s absolute favourite, it makes him go a bit squiffy. I will try these on him, though I can’t guarantee he’ll stop at one! x

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Haha! Awesome 🙂 Even if he eats more than one, it’s still much healthier than eating a whole piece of regular cheesecake! Enjoy!!

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Mary March 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I made these last night and they were a big hit. Thank you!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Woohoo!! I’m so glad you liked this recipe Mary!

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 8, 2014 at 9:33 am

Well since these are mini and it’s holiday season.. I might as well eat 2 or 3.. hehehehe. These would be great for a holiday party!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Haha! Love it – especially because 2 or 3 will still be lower in calories than a regular piece of cheesecake 🙂 Hope you like this recipe Pamela!

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Sally December 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

Yum! I’ll definitely have to try these!

xo,
Sally

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Sally! Enjoy!

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pam (Sidewalk Shoes) December 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

I love individual desserts!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Me too! 🙂

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Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy December 8, 2014 at 11:33 am

These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Thanks Marjorie! I’m sure you will love this recipe if you try it!

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Pam @ House of Hawthornes December 8, 2014 at 11:37 am

These look amazing! I love cheesecake, but so do my hips 🙂 These will be perfect for my holiday party!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Woohoo! Thanks Pam – let me know how your guests like them!

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Anna December 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

These sound delicious! I especially love that the recipe is simple but can probably fool others into thinking otherwise 😉 With temptation around every corner during the holiday season, these sound like a verrrry good idea. Definitely pinning these for my next get-together!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater December 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Aw thanks Anna! And yes — this recipe is a great way to fool people into thinking they’re eating something decadent because it really does taste great! Let me know how these turn out when you make them! 🙂

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