Thursday, 14 February 2013

"Healthified" Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Recipe by LiveBetterAmerica 

57% less fat • 61% less sat fat • 37% fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. Tempt your tastebuds with a chocolaty cheesecake that's easier on the waistline, once in a while. 

Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 2 hrs 25 min Servings: 12 servings
Ingredients for Cheesecakes:
  • 12 foil baking cups
  • 12 thin chocolate wafer cookies (from 9-oz package), crushed (2/3 cup)
  • 12 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufch√Ętel), softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 oz bittersweet or semisweet baking chocolate, melted
  • Topping
  • 1/3 cup fat-free hot fudge topping
  • Fresh raspberries, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Place foil baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups. With back of spoon, firmly press slightly less than 1 tablespoon cookie crumbs in bottom of each foil cup.
  2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in cocoa. Beat in whole egg and egg white until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate. Divide cheese mixture evenly among crumb-lined foil cups.
  3. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on cooling rack 15 minutes. Remove cheesecakes from pan; cool 15 minutes longer. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
  4. To serve, carefully remove foil baking cups. Spread fudge topping on cheesecakes. Garnish with raspberries. Store cheesecakes covered in refrigerator.
Tips & Techniques:  What is "Healthified"?
We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the original.

When tested with fat-free cream cheese, the cheesecakes had poor texture and bland flavour. If you try fat-free cream cheese, we suggest using 4 oz fat-free cream cheese and 8 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese for best results.

If fudge topping is too thick to spread, place in small microwavable bowl and microwave on High for 15 to 30 seconds or until spreadable.

Cheesecake freezes beautifully! Wrap airtight and freeze up to 5 months. Thaw in the original wrapping in the fridge 2 to 4 hours.