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 of cheesecake…  I preferred all things baked such as cakes, cupcakes and cookies.  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 cheesecake because it can be healthy and balanced and taste oh my goodness ahhhmazing.  I’m sorry, I’m just a little cheesecake happy right now.  Aka, picture me with this Healthy Classic Cheesecake all over my face……

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

I am so pleased with the result of this dessert, and apparently so is everyone else I shared it with.  Two bites later, I regretted sharing it at all…  because I kinda wanted 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 real cheesecake:

“It has the perfect level of sweetness, a slight tang, and rich and creamy texture.”  -Momma

Everything a cheesecake should have!

9" cheesecake

Healthy Classic Cheesecake

Healthy Classic Cheesecake


  • Graham Crackers (recipe also in the cookbook)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Salt
  • Natural Butter Flavor
  • Organic Neufchâtel Cream Cheese
  • Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • Organic Egg White
  • Lemon Juice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Liquid Stevia Extract
  • Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (OR Eggs for a protein powder-free version)


You can find the full recipe and instructions in the Naughty or Nice Cookbook!


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!

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

12 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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