Healthier Holiday Recipe: Mini Cheesecakes

Eating healthier this holiday season has been made a little easier by our HealthWorks! dietitians. We created better-for-you versions of our favorite dishes. Try them out and let us know how they taste!

Recipe: Mini Cheesecakes
Makes 12 servings
Here’s a low fat, lower-in-sugar version of this dessert favorite.

For the Cheesecake:

  • 3 oz. low fat cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz. fat free cream cheese
  • 2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute
  • ½ cup sugar or sugar substitute

For the Topping:

  • 1 pint of drained, nonfat plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line muffin tins with 12 cupcake papers.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat the low fat and fat free cream cheeses until smooth. Add sugar/sugar substitute and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs/egg substitute and beat until smooth.
  4. Pour cheesecake mixture evenly into muffin tins. Bake for 15 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool 5-10 minutes.
  5. For the topping: mix yogurt, sugar or sugar substitute and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Top each cheesecake with topping, spread around evenly covering the entire top. Put back in oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Cool. Refrigerate two hours or overnight.
  8. Decorate with fruit.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 121 calories, 6 gm protein, 14 gm carbohydrates,4 gm fat, <1 gm fiber, 41 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium.

Shelly Frank, RD, LD

About the Author: Shelly Frank, RD, LD

Shelly Frank, RD, LD is a clinical dietitian with the Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the HealthWorks! programs within Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute. Shelly has been providing pediatric weight management services at Cincinnati Children’s for over 15 years.

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