Enjoy lightened-up Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake for your holiday celebrations or any time of the year!
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The holiday season is a joyous time to share many celebrations with family, friends and coworkers. And with the endless parties and gatherings comes a LOT of food and sweets (hello Christmas cookies). Sticking to health and nutrition goals during this time is challenging to say the least. To make it a bit easier, I love to makeover traditional holiday favorites and this year I created a Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake that’s lower in calories and sugar than a traditional cheesecake!
Healthy choices don’t have to be boring. With a balanced variety of delicious choices, Dannon Light & Fit has better-for-you options that also fit your active lifestyle. In fact, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend increasing intake of nutrient-dense foods, such as fat-free or low-fat dairy products, like yogurt. Yogurt is nutrient-dense, and many yogurts are a good source of protein and calcium. Greek yogurts typically contain more protein than regular yogurts. So what better way to enjoy yogurt than as part of your dessert?
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This deliciously lightened-up Strawberry Greek Yogurt Cheesecake features Light & Fit Original Greek Strawberry Cheesecake Nonfat Yogurt as a substitute for part of the cream cheese. I also chose to include spoonable monk fruit (or stevia) vs granulated sugar to lower the total sugar content per serving. The best part? You don’t need to wait for a holiday to enjoy this dessert 🙂
- nonstick cooking spray
- 4 sheets honey graham crackers (16 crackers)
- 2 ½ 8 oz bars (20 oz) 1/3 less fat cream cheese (Neufchatel cheese)
- 5.3 oz cup Light & Fit Original Greek Strawberry Cheesecake Nonfat Yogurt
- 1 cup egg substitute
- ½ cup spoonable monk fruit or stevia, 1:1 cup for cup measure
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup fat free sour cream
- 4 cups unsweetened frozen strawberries, defrosted (20 oz bag)
- 1 teaspoon spoonable monk fruit or stevia (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- Juice of ½ lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
- 1 oz crushed almonds (about ¼ cup)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place graham crackers in a zipper bag and crush with the back of a spoon or rolling pin.
- Cover the bottom of a Springform pan with aluminum foil. Spray the bottom and sides of the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Press graham crackers into bottom of pan and set aside.
- Add first 8 oz bar of cream cheese and ¼ cup egg substitute to a food processor and blend.
- Repeat with another bar of cream cheese and ¼ cup egg substitute.
- Add the remaining 4 oz cream cheese, Greek yogurt and ¼ cup egg substitute and blend.
- Add the last ¼ cup egg beaters, monk fruit/stevia, and vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into Springform pan (I used 9.5 inches) and bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Remove from oven, spread sour cream on top and return to oven for 10-15 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and let cool on wire rack.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- While cheesecake is cooking, prepare the topping:
- Separate defrosted strawberries from their juice.
- In a small saucepan add strawberry juice, 1 teaspoon monk fruit/stevia, corn starch and lemon juice and cook until thick over medium heat.
- If strawberries are whole, first slice them in half and add them to the juice mix once thickened.
- Transfer to a dish, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To serve:
- Remove the outer ring of the pan and place cheesecake on a serving plate. Top with strawberries and sliced almonds.
-Make sure the sweetener you choose is cup for cup equal measure for sugar. Some brands are about twice as sweet as sugar, so you would need less.
-I chose to only add 1 teaspoon of sweetener to the strawberries because I don’t prefer my fruit syrupy sweet. Taste them and add more if you like.
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Do you have a favorite lightened up holiday dessert recipe? Please share it with all of us in the comments!
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