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Plain Jane Cheesecake

A Zero Point Cheesecake made with Greek yogurt, eggs, and sugar free pudding mix makes for guilt-free sweet dessert.

Servings: Makes 8 servings 

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

 

How did this Zero 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 ZERO 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, zero 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 

 

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 would be 2 point per slice, if sliced into 10 servings. 

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. If you are following the WW GREEN plan you may substitute the 3 eggs for 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute which lowers the point value per serving. 

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 Smartpoints per serving and adds a delicious graham cracker taste to the cheesecake. 

You can find the recipe HERE.

 

What do I use to bake my cheesecake in?:

 I use this 9-inch Springform pan.  A 9-inch pie dish would work as well.

 

How do I make this Zero Point Plain Jane Cheesecake?

You’ll start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together 3 eggs, sugar substitute and extract in a large mixing bowl.

Then add dry pudding followed by the non fat plain Greek yogurt.

Whisk until well combined.

Pour into a lightly greased with non stick cooking spray 9-inch pie dish or springform pan

Bake for 30 minutes. ( It may look jiggly but once it’s chilled, it will set.)

Let it cool for about 15-20 minutes before covering it with plastic wrap.

Let it chill overnight in the refrigerator.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs or 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute 
  • 3 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt or nonfat plain yogurt (for thicker slices use 5 cups)
  • 1  (1 oz.) small box instant sugar free/fat free cheesecake or vanilla pudding
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp sugar substitute ( I use prefer Lakanto Monkfruit Classic Sweetener ) 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 9-inch pie dish or 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 minutes before covering it with plastic wrap
  7. Let it chill overnight in the refrigerator.
     
Tips:
    1. I recommend mixing the cheesecake by hand rather than a mixer. That way the yogurt stays nice and thick.
    2. You can substitute regular instant pudding mix for the sugar free pudding mix. The servings for that is: 10 servings /  2 points per serving.
    3. It can take up to 12 hours for the texture and flavor to completely set in. The longer it chills the better it tastes.
    4. Chill in the refrigerator overnight in the springform pan.
    5. Cover with a paper towel and then plastic wrap to help absorb moisture for up to a week.
    6. Freeze for up to a month in an airtight container
    7. Toppings are extra points.
    8. If you make 8 slices each slice is technically 1/2 Smartpoint on the BLUE and PURPLE plan. The WW app will at times round it up to 1 SmartPoint and other times the app will round it down to Zero Smartpoint. You can chose to track the points how you see fit.

Servings: Makes 8 servings 

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

 

Are you looking low point crust for this my cheesecakes?

One of my Instagram bestie, Danielle, from theunfrostedcupcake.com has a 1 SmartPoint Brownie recipe-which makes for the perfect crust. 

37 Calorie Brownies:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup zero point white granulated sweetener  ( I use Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Line a 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with non stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix for about 1 minute, until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish for about 15 minutes. 
  5. Let them cool completely before adding cheesecake batter. 

 

 

After the brownies have cooled, spread cheesecake batter over cooled brownies. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Let the cheesecake sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes and then chill overnight. 

Picture by @mrsj2925

 

Yield: 8 slices

Plain Jane Cheesecake

Plain Jane Cheesecake

A zero point cheesecake made with Greek yogurt makes for guilt-free sweet dessert

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

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs or 3/4 cup liquid egg substitute 
  • 3 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt or nonfat plain yogurt ( for thicker slices use 5 cups)
  • 1  (1 oz.) small box instant sugar free/fat free cheesecake or vanilla pudding.
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. white granulated sugar substitute

Instructions

  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 9-inch pie dish or 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.

Servings: Makes 8 servings 

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

Notes

  1. I recommend mixing the cheesecake by hand rather than a mixer. That way the yogurt stays nice and thick.
  2. You can substitute regular instant pudding mix for the sugar free pudding mix. The servings for that is: 10 servings / 2 points per serving.
  3. It can take up to 12 hours for the texture and flavor to completely set in. The longer it chills the better it tastes.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator overnight in the springform pan.
  5. Cover with a paper towel and then plastic wrap to help absorb moisture for up to a week.
  6. Freeze for up to a month in an airtight container
  7. Toppings are extra points.
  8. If you make 8 slices; each slice is technically 1/2 point on the BLUE and PURPLE plan. The WW app will at times round it up to 1 smartpoint and other times the app will round it down to 0 freestyle smart point. You can chose to track the points how you see fit.

37 Calorie Brownie Crust:

Ingredients:

3/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup zero point white granulated sweetener  ( I use Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener)
1 egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp baking powder 
pinch of salt


Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Line a 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray with non stick cooking spray.
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix for about 1 minute, until smooth.
Pour batter into prepared baking dish for about 15 minutes. 
Let them cool completely before adding cheesecake batter.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 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.

Jody

Saturday 25th of September 2021

I'm wondering about a lemon cheesecake. I think there is sugar free pudding, but I also have lemon extract in the cupboard and wonder if 1 TBLSP of lemon extract would be too much. Anybody make a lemon one?

Julia

Sunday 25th of July 2021

Thanks for this, I did a key lime with 1/3 cup bottled juice and extra sweeetner and only 1teaspoon vanilla so it’s 0 points each serving..it was great, I may bake it a bit longer next time. Hope these don’t cause a gain but I’m staying within my points…just so great and easy in a pie dish.

Debbie

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

How much extra sweetener did you use?

becki

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

Thanks. Sounds good. I made it according to recipe the first time. Very good. I will make it again.

Becki

Monday 19th of July 2021

Could you add fruit to the cheesecake before baking it?

Lindsay Kehl

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

HI Becki

YES, if you wanted you can mix fruit in the batter before baking it..you could also swirl in sugar free preserves before cooking it as well, for a variety of flavor combinations.

Janelle

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

My husband loves this cheesecake, but I'm pretty possessive of it!!!

Carolyn

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Have you (or anyone else) made this using Jell-O gelatin instead of pudding? I want to try making a raspberry version but pudding doesn't come in raspberry....lol.

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