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Lemon Cheesecake

A Low Point Cheesecake made with Greek yogurt, eggs, and sugar free pudding mix 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 Zero 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 so 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 other variations of this cheesecake can I make?

Once I had the base of this cheesecake recipe created I knew the possibilities were endless….from there I began to create all sorts of flavors…if you have’t tried it..may I suggest starting with these flavors:

White Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

White Chocolatier Cheesecake 

Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake

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 substitute.
  • 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 Monkfuit 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.

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What could I use for a low point crust?

Want to add a crust to this cheesecake? May I suggest using my Lightened Up Graham Cracker Crust is perfect. It’s only 4 PersonalPoints per serving and adds a delicious graham cracker taste to the cheesecake.

You can find the recipe here.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs or 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute
  • 3-5 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt yogurt ( I recommend using Chobani or Fage and you can use up to 5 cups for thicker slices)
  • 1 small box instant Jell-o sugar free/fat free lemon, or vanilla pudding
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp zero point white granulated 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
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract (optional) 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl add eggs, extract, lemon juice, sugar substitute.
  3. Add yogurt and dry pudding, mix well using a wire whisk. 
  4. Pour into a lightly greased with non stick cooking spray pie dish or springform pan. I use a 9 inch springform pan.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Let it cool for about 15-20 minutes before covering it with plastic wrap. 
  7. Let it chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Tips:

  • 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.
  • It’s recommended to chill overnight before eating.
  • It can take up to 12 hours for the texture and flavor to completely set in.
  • The longer it chills the better it tastes.
  • It is best to mix the ingredients by hand using a hand whisk. That way the yogurt stays nice and thick.
  • I recommend using a thick non fat Greek yogurt such as: Chobani or Fage. There is a big difference in how the cheesecake sets when you use a thicker yogurt.
  • You can substitute regular instant pudding mix for the sugar free pudding mix. The point value would vary depending on the flavor you use.

Makes 8 slices

1-3 PersonalPoints™ per slice* 

 *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: 8

Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake

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

Author: thepounddropper.com

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs or 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute
  • 3 cups* nonfat plain Greek yogurt ( I recommend using Chobani or Fage)
  • 1 small box instant sugar free/fat free cheesecake, lemon, or vanilla pudding.
  • 3 Tbsp zero point white granulated sugar substitute
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl add eggs, extract, lemon juice, sugar substitute.
  3. Add yogurt and dry pudding, mix well using a wire whisk. 
  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.
  6. Let it cool for about 15-20 minutes before covering it with plastic wrap. 
  7. Let it chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Tips:

  • 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.
  • It's recommended to chill overnight before eating.
  • It can take up to 12 hours for the texture and flavor to completely set in. The longer it chills the better it tastes.
  • It is best to mix the ingredients by hand using a hand whisk. That way the yogurt stays nice and thick. 
  • I recommend using a thick non fat Greek yogurt such as: Chobani or Fage. There is a big difference in how the cheesecake sets when you use a thicker yogurt. *You may use up to 5 cups for thicker slices.

Makes 8 servings 

1-3 PersonalPoints™ per serving*


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

Notes

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

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 87Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 83mgSodium 162mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 12g

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.

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Melanie Sumski

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

Can't wait to try this! Can I make this in a cake pan?

Pam

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Hi Lindsay! I don’t usually leave reviews but felt I had to this time. This was AWESOME!!! My husband gave it his stamp of approval and I have promised to make him a butterscotch version. You are awesome- thank you for giving us your time and recipes! You have made our WW journey so much easier!! ❤️❤️

Sofía Hernandez

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Taste so good that I started eating it before putting it in the fridge I used 1 box of jello sugar free cheesecake, and added 1/2 cup of cream cheese and 1 Tbsp of Capella NY Cheesecake flavor. Publix brand fat free yogurt is not the best but is what I had, next time I’ll use great value. Thanks!!!

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