Recipe: Faux Cheesecake

17 Oct

A couple days ago I posted my favorite breakfast recipe, Overnight Oats. Today I want to share my favorite nighttime treat, Faux Cheesecake.

I first saw this recipe in the South Beach Diet cookbook. I thought it sounded so gross, but then I tried it and my mind was changed. Over the years I have adapted the Faux Cheesecake recipe, and have created one that I love.

I must put a disclaimer on this recipe. This is NOT cheesecake. This does not taste like real cheesecake. Is a big fat cookie, ice cream or cupcakes better than this Faux Cheesecake? Absolutely. BUT this is an amazing alternative to dessert if you need a quick sweet fix and you’re trying to be healthy.


  • 1/4c Ricotta Cheese (I like part skim/low fat)
  • 1/2tsp honey
  • 1/2tsp Peanut Butter (use PB2 to save calories)
  • A dash of pure vanilla extract
  • A sprinkle of dark chocolate chips

Throw it all in a bowl, stir it up, and enjoy!

This recipe is roughly 200 calories, maybe a little less. The Ricotta cheese is great because it packs 14 grams of protein a serving, and it is only 60 calories a serving!

If you use PB2 instead of real peanut butter, and only a few chocolate chips, this snack would be close to 120 calories a serving. Pretty great for a bedtime snack!

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Hope you enjoy!!!



2 Responses to “Recipe: Faux Cheesecake”

  1. Hannah @ Sprints & Scones October 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    I had leftover ricotta in the fridge and tried this – SO yummy. It was rich enough that a little bit totally satisfied my sweet tooth. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Irene November 21, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I doubt you can get out of the Cheesecake Factory with less than 600 calories. What would you eat? Salad as a searttr. Sald as the main dish. And fruit salad as dessert. Really? The food in there is too good to eat stuff like that. So I think, if you decide to go there you should eat a cheesecake!

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