Healthy Cheesecake Recipe (high protein, sugar free, gluten free)

Healthy Cheesecake

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Single, married, dating, whatever your relationship status is, this Healthy Cheesecake is going to be delicious and you are going to enjoy it  🙂

Creamy, tangy, smooth and sweet.  It’s everything you would expect from a cheesecake, except this one is guilt-free!  Trust me, you’d never suspect it, though.

Healthy Cheesecake Recipe - Desserts With Benefits

The perfect bite.

This Healthy Cheesecake is so rich, so thick, so decadent, so sinful tasting…  but it’s totally sinless!

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Healthy New York 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 New York 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

Can you believe a generous slice of cheesecake has only 320 calories, plus a whopping 14g of protein?!  Heck yes!

And don’t you worry about eating an extra slice.  You’re still an angel  😉

Feel free to make whatever pie crust you like.  I prefer graham cracker crusts, but I’ve also made an animal cracker crust in my Key Lime Cheesecake, and sometimes make a gingersnap crust when I make Pumpkin Pie.

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Be happy.

Live fully.

Feel naughty, eat nice.


– Jess


35 comments on “Healthy Cheesecake”

  1. This is actually incredible looking like I want to be your friend NOW

  2. Do you think you could recommend a specific brand for the fat-free cream cheese, or maybe an alternative ingredient? The major brands of fat-free cream cheese actually have a ton of artificial ingredients and additives like carageenan which I don’t really see as healthy to eat.

  3. This looks so good!! Awesome recipe 🙂

  4. This looks so sinfully delicious, and the fact that it’s guilt free makes it so much better!

  5. Oh my goodness, this looks incredible! I would be so thrilled to make this and tell people it was healthy!

  6. Beautiful cheese cake! I love Greek yogurt cheesecake, they are much lighter and fluffier than the heavy cream cheese ones. Not to mention the calories… Gorgeous photos too 🙂

  7. Just wanted to let you know that your blog always inspires me! I used your cheesecake graham crust recipe as inspiration for the pumpkin cheese pie I made yesterday. I had to give you a plug in my blog ( for all the wonderful, tasty, and nutritious things you post! As always, thanks for the inspiration and feasts for mine eyes! Keep writing!

  8. Truthfully, I’ve never had New York Cheesecake and don’t actually think I’d like it. But this recipe looks so great (I can’t believe it’s healthy) that I just might try it. Yum!!!

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  10. great looking cake, simple to make but I would use cream cheese and yogurt with some fat its not healthy without any fat, body needs fat it has nutrients.

  11. OMG I want to make this. for the 1/4 tsp Lemon Flavor can I change it with squeeze lemon?

    “16g (2 tbs) Arrowroot Starch” is there any substitute for this? I dont mind some fats 🙂

    Thank You

    • dessertswithbenefits

      You can try replacing the lemon flavor with about 2-3 tbs of lemon juice… don’t add too much otherwise the cheesecake won’t set. I haven’t tried this cheesecake without the starch, maybe you can replace it with more protein powder!
      Good luck, hope you like the recipe 🙂

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  15. Hello, this looks the great. However, I see you use agave as a sweetener. Agave is synonymous with high fructose corn syrup and is highly processed. What is your opinion on this and do you have any alternatives? Honey, molasses, maple syrup?

  16. Hello! Thanks for your site, it’s pretty amazing!

    I was wondering, does the protein powder contribute anything other than protein content to the recipe? I don’t have it on hand and was wondering whether i can leave that part out. Thanks!

    • Many cheesecake recipes require starch in the filling because it provides the cheesecake with some texture and a little bit of lift. The protein powder does a similar thing, except it adds protein and some flavor too 🙂 If you don’t have protein powder, I would recommend increasing the starch to 1/4 cup, the vanilla extract to 1 tsp and the stevia extract by about 10-20 drops. I haven’t tried this, but I’m sure it will work out just fine 🙂
      Hope you like the cheesecake!

  17. Hi Jess,

    Just made this yum! I reduced crust by 1/3. If your readers can’t find arrowroot, tapioca flour works great as well. Question for you, would this benefit from some egg whites? I always have them on hand. Just to give it a little lift? It’s dense and I wouldn’t mind the extra calories/protein of egg whites.5 stars

    • Trish-
      YAY I’m so glad you got to try the recipe!!
      I’m not sure why it was gloppy… perhaps it needed a little bit more time in the oven?
      And egg whites can be added no problem! You could probably use around 3-4? If you try that out, I hope you like it 🙂

  18. Kajsa Eriksson

    Hi Jessica 🙂
    I’m a sixteen year old girl from Sweden. At first i want to thank you for all your amazing recipes. Because they really are AMAZING!

    I have both casein and whey protein powder at home, but since this recipe just calls for “protein powder”, I wonder which one to use…
    Whey protein.. . or am i right? Thanks! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, I’m glad you like the recipes!! Sorry about the confusion. I used whey protein powder in this cheesecake. I’ll add “whey” to the recipe 🙂
      I hope you like the cheesecake!

  19. Kajsa Eriksson

    Was commenting from my phone and didn’t see the link to the protein powder you use, but now i could see it. Whey was it… 🙂

  20. can fat free ricotta cheese be used for this? or fat free cottage cheese?

  21. Do u think I could use all purpose flour instead of arrowroot? Also is the protein powder optional?

    • I’m pretty sure flour can substitute the arrowroot starch, but if you have corn starch on hand, I’d recommend that instead.
      As for the protein powder, it’s not optional… you may be able to replace it with 2 eggs though. I haven’t tried that though. I hope these substitutions work out for you! 😀

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