“Resized” Holiday Cheesecake

Our taste buds love it, but our waist lines hate it: cheesecake. However, there are smarter ways to enjoy this treat. By using fat-free or reduced fat versions of the fattiest cheesecake ingredients, you can cut the calories by half without sacrificing taste.

                               

Conventional Cheesecake Recipe: 1/12 of the cake=533 calories, 36 gm. fat
“Resized” Cheesecake Recipe: 1/12 of the cake=250 calories, 10 gm. fat

15 graham crackers, crushed
1 tablespoon butter, melted
4 (8) ounce packages or containers fat-free cream cheese
1 cup sugar
¾ cup skim milk
3 eggs
1 cup fat free sour cream
¼ cup flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix the crushed graham crackers with the tablespoon of melted butter. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the springform pan.

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Then blend in the milk and eggs one at a time mixing just enough to thoroughly incorporate into the mixture. Add the fat-free sour cream, vanilla, and flour and mix until smooth. Pour the filling into the springform pan.

Bake for one hour. Turn oven off and let cheesecake begin cooling in the oven for an additional 30 minutes before taking out of the oven. Cool thoroughly prior to serving. Consider topping each wedge with strawberries, raspberries, fresh mint, or a dollop of whipped cream. One serving is 1/12 of the cake.

By using the slimmed down versions of ingredients in recipes such as this, the only factors being affected are the total fat content and calories per serving. Enjoy this slimmed down cheesecake without guilt! Happy holidays and happy new year!