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Healthy Classic Cheesecake

Just like how I developed a liking for the taste of dark chocolate after my milk-chocolate-obsessed childhood, I developed a liking love for cheesecake.  I used to hate the creamy texture and tangy flavor…  I preferred all things baked and uber sweet such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies, frosting straight from the tub, and ice cream.  I also preferred all things chocolate.  But I’ve changed and for the better.

I now crave cheesecake just as much as I crave chocolate.  Probably because now I know that cheesecake can actually be healthy.

Scratch that.

I’m probably infatuated with it because it can be healthy and balanced and taste oh my goodness ahhhmazing.  I hope I’m making sense.  If not, I’m sorry, I’m just a little cheesecake happy right now.  Aka, picture me with that cream-cheesy-goodness smeared all over my face……

I am so pleased with the result of this cheesecake, and apparently so is everyone else I shared it with!

Two bites later, I regretted sharing it at all.  Because I kinda wanted to keep it all to myself…

This is a simple, yet satisfyingly indulgent dessert that doesn’t need any frills to please, all it needs is a crust, a filling and fruit topping!  My mother, a cheesecake hoarder/maniac fanatic, even said this tasted like the real deal:

“It has the perfect level of sweetness, a slight tang, and rich and creamy texture.  Everything a cheesecake should have!”


Healthy Classic Cheesecake - Naughty or Nice Cookbook: The ULTIMATE Healthy Dessert Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

Classic Cheesecake - Naughty or Nice Cookbook: The ULTIMATE Healthy Dessert Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits
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Healthy Classic Cheesecake

Servings: 1 9" cheesecake



Recipe Notes

I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing Naughty or Nice.  But, I understand not having a recipe here can be frustrating.  So, I'll meet you halfway...  how does that sound?  I'll show you all the ingredients I use in the recipe.  That way, you can determine on your own whether or not the cookbook is for you!
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Classic Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice = 1/10th of recipe)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 350mg15%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Calcium 150mg15%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cheesecake

Not bad, not bad!  Especially for a super rich, thick, and decadent slice of heaven.  With a whopping 14g of protein and zero added sugar, it’s impossible to feel bad about indulging in a slice.  Or two.  😉



With love and good eats,


– Jess


14 comments on “Healthy Classic Cheesecake”


  2. I completely second you on the not so fond of cheesecake childhood replaced by a cheesecake loving adulthood! and this recipe looks diviinnnneeee! very tempting indeed 🙂

  3. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  4. Looks so good!

    I was just wondering, could you omit the protein powder or substitute it with anything else?

    • I would recommend using the protein powder, since I’ve never tried this without it, but you can try doubling the arrowroot starch (to 32g or 1/4 cup) and add an egg (or 2 egg whites). Because the protein powder provides flavor and sweetness, you will need to increase the vanilla to 1 tsp and stevia to 3/4 tsp.

      Hope these adjustments work for you! Let me know if they do 🙂


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  7. oh wow, cheesecake is another favorite. I make cheesecake all the time but I don’t make it skinny. 🙂
    I like your web site, lots of good recipes and pictures too! 😉

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  10. hi. could i replace the agave nectar with glucose syrup? and could i omit or replace whey protien powder and arrowroot starch?

    • palakh jain-
      You can replace the agave with any other liquid sweetener you like, whether it be honey, pure maple syrup, brown rice syrup or glucose syrup. I haven’t tried replacing the protein powder in this recipe, but I would recommend using 2 whole eggs instead of the 2 scoops of protein powder. I think any excess starch might cause the cheesecake to be cake-like.
      I hope you like the cheesecake! 😀

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