Thursday, November 19, 2015

Friday Food: Pumpkin Pie Protein Cheesecake

This is one from Macro-Chef, the 16 year old whiz kid with all kinds of nutrition options.  His website it worth checking out for everything but this was a great holiday options for a recipe.

Rich and creamy pumpkin pie protein cheesecake with cinnamon crust. This healthy cheesecake is so warm and decadent you wouldn't think it is healthy.
Serves: 8 slices
  • 3 cups (85g) toasted oat cereal (Cheerios)
  • 5 tbsp. (70g) natural applesauce
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup granulated stevia
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling
  • 1 brick (226g) reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1½ cups (340g) vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 and ¼ cups (305g) pumpkin purée (not pie filling)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1½ scoops (50g) cinnamon whey protein powder (or vanilla)
  • ¼ cup granulated stevia or erythritol
  • ½ package (16g) sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Spray a 8 inch spring form pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Add all crust ingredients into a food processor. Blend until cereal is all broken up and it makes a crumbly crust texture. Press crust into a 8 inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Clean out food processor. Add cream cheese, Greek yogurt, pumpkin, and eggs. Blend until smooth. Add protein powder, stevia, pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Blend again until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times throughout the blending process.
  4. Pour batter on top of cooled crust. Smack bottom of pan against the counter a couple times gently to get out air bubbles.
  5. Fill a large baking dish with about ½-1 inch of water. Set cheesecake inside and bake for 50 minutes. Cover with foil and bake for another 20 minutes. Cheesecake will still seem soft and undercooked in the middle, but it will setup once cooled.
  6. Let completely cool then chill in the fried for 4-5 hours or overnight. Cut into 8 slices and enjoy!
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 200 Fat: 8 Carbohydrates: 21 Sugar: 6 Fiber: 4Protein: 14

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