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Caramel Cheesecake

A low point Caramel Cheesecake made with Greek yogurt makes for guilt-free sweet dessert.

Makes 8 servings 

How did this Low Point Cheesecake came to be?

Creamy rich cheesecake has always been a favorite of mine. In fact instead of birthday cake-I always prefer having cheesecake as my birthday dessert.  I just love the  rich, decadent dense, smooth, and creamy consistency it has.

 After being a WW ( Weight Watchers) member for so many years,  I was determined to create a cheesecake recipe that would curb my craving for cheesecake without having to use my weekly points for.  I needed an alternative to the full fat cheesecake that I could enjoy weekly rather than on special occasions.  I created this Low Point Cheesecake recipe just a few months after the Freestyle Program announced the new zero point foods which included eggs and non fat plain Greek yogurt. I spent months developing what I feel is the BEST alternative to cheesecake you’ll find that is low in points.  To keep it low in points-I deicide to make it crustless. Now, you can add a crust if you desire. But-what I really love about this cheesecake recipe is that it’s low in calories, low in points, but high in protein, and makes for a delicious guilt free dessert.

What Ingredients do I use to make this Cheesecake?

  • Non Fat Greek Yogurt:The non fat Greek yogurt is the main ingredient for this cheesecake. It is used as a cream cheese substitute that is usually found in a classic cheesecake recipe. I recommend using a thick non fat Greek yogurt-Fage or Chobani are both great brands. They are super thick-which is exactly what you want. The thicker the yogurt, the better the texture will be for this cheesecakes. The one thing to keep in mind is that all yogurt contains whey.

Have you have ever opened a container of yogurt and have notice a thin layer of clear liquid is sitting on top?  That liquid is known as whey. Whey is rich in milk-protein and can also contain some of the milk’s nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D. Since yogurt tends to carry a lot of whey, you may notice the whey sitting on top of the cheesecake after it has chilled in the fridge for 12 hours. Let me reassure you..this is normal..and that “whey” or liquid will eventually evaporate after a few days. You can place a sheet of parchment paper over the top of the cheesecake which will help absorb some of the whey. 

  • Sugar Free Pudding:The sugar free pudding is used as a thickening agent and gives these low point cheesecake flavor. The non fat Greek Yogurt and the sugar free pudding are used as an alternative for cream cheese that is used to make the full fat cheesecakes. When the pudding is combined with the non fat Greek Yogurt and eggs it makes the texture nice and thick. You may substitute the sugar free Jell-o pudding for regular. The point value may vary with this substitution.
  • Eggs:These low point cheesecakes rely on eggs for their thickening power. Thickening will occur when raw egg proteins unwind and link together, which is what happens when eggs cook. If you are watching your cholesterol; you may substitute the whole eggs for egg whites, but you’ll need 6 egg whites instead of 3 whole eggs.
  • Sweetener: For this cheesecake I use Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener to sweeten the cheesecake. This is my recommended sugar substitute. Lakanto MonkFruit Sweetener is a zero glycemic, zero calorie and all natural sugar substitute. It is by far the best tasting sugar alternative and has zero aftertaste or gritty texture like some of the sugar alternatives have.
Lakanto Classic Sweetener
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What do I bake my cheesecake in?

 I use this 9-inch Springform pan.  You can also use a 9-inch pie dish.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs or 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute 
  • 3 cups plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 (1oz) small box instant sugar free/fat free cheesecake flavor pudding.
  • 1 Tbsp caramel extract
  • 3 Tbsp sugar substitute ( I prefer Lakanto )
    •  I recommend a granulated sugar substitute, if the sugar substitute is not granulated it tends to give a gritty texture to the cheesecake.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl add eggs, sugar substitute and extract & mix well using a wire whisk.
  3. Then add yogurt, & dry pudding, mix well.
  4. Pour into a lightly greased with non stick cooking spray pie dish or springform pan. I used a 9 inch springform pan.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. ( It may look jiggly but once it’s chilled, it will set.)
  6. Let it cool for about 15-20 min before covering it with plastic wrap
  7. Let it chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Tips:

  1. It can take up to 12 hours for the texture and flavor to completely set in. The longer it chills the better it tastes.
  2. Store in refrigerator on a paper plate & cover with a paper towel and then plastic wrap to help absorb moisture for up to a week.
  3. Freeze for up to a month in an airtight container
  4. Toppings are extra points. I added 1 Tbsp smuckers sugar free caramel syrup and fat free Reddi Whip for one additional point.

 

Makes 8 servings 

1-2 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

Click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload. Be sure to edit the recipe with any ingredients that you use that are different. The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan.

The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder

Yield: 4 slices

Caramel Cheesecake

Caramel Cheesecake

A Low Point Ceesecake made with Greek yogurt makes for guilt-free sweet dessert.

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs or 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute
  • 3 cups plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 (1 oz.) small box instant sugar free/fat free cheesecake flavor pudding.
  • 1 Tbsp caramel extract
  • 3 Tbsp sugar substitute such as Lakanto Monkfruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl add eggs, sugar substitute and extract & mix well using a wire whisk. Then add yogurt, & dry pudding, mix well.
  3. Pour into a lightly greased with non stick cooking spray pie dish or springform pan.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes
  5. Let it cool for about 15-20 min before covering it with plastic wrap
  6. Let it chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Makes 8 servings 

1-2 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

  1. It may look jiggly but once it’s chilled, it will set. Let it cool for about 15-20 min before covering it with plastic wrap and let it chill overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. It's recommended to chill overnight before eating. It can take up to 12 hours for the texture and flavor to completely set in.
  3. The longer it chills the better it tastes.
  4. Toppings are extra points.
  5. I added 1 Tbsp Smuckers sugar free caramel syrup and fat free Reddi Whip for one additional point.
  6. Freeze for up to a month in an airtight container

Smartpoints: GREEN: 1 SmartPoint per serving if using 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute or 2 SmartPoints if using 3 whole eggs BLUE: Zero SmartPoints per serving PURPLE: Zero SmartPoints per serving

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 7gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

The point values and nutritional information is estimated and figured based off the brand of ingredients I used for the recipe using the WW app and can vary depending on ingredients used.

Tina Warfield

Wednesday 28th of October 2020

This sounds delicious. I made your pumpkin cheesecake and its good. I was wondering if you ever thought about making a caramel apple cheesecake or apple spice cheesecake. I know I'm going to be trying some of these other cheesecake recipes.

marie johson

Saturday 8th of February 2020

Cheese cake i always my favorite. Can't wait to try this recipe :) Thanks love

Tamara

Monday 6th of January 2020

Hi Lindsay, I'm just switching to Green. If I start using liquid egg substitute does it need to be all whites egg substitute or any kind of egg substitute like even the kind with yolk in it?

Tamara Grinwis

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

is it still zero points for the blue plan if you have 1/4 of the entire cheesecake, like it used to be zero points for 1 with 8 servings and 1 point for 4 servings.

Lindsay Kehl

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Hi Tamara

Yes, if you are following the BLUE or PUEPLE plan- 1/4th of the cheesecake would be 1 SmartPoint

Yvonne

Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Hi thanks again for all your great recipes. It has helped me stay on track. I made the cheesecake yesterday afternoon. The taste is wonderful but the texture is to “fluffy”. I made it in the instant pot like the #17 one. Do you think that was the problem? I also got the sugar you recommended. Thanks total game changer.

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