Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes {Gluten Free + Low fat}

No one would know that these quick and easy Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes are low fat and under 200 calories!

Skinny Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes {Gluten Free + Low fat}  - Food Faith Fitness

I made a very important life decision this weekend you guys.

I decided that a life that doesn’t include cheesecake on a regular basis, is a life that I do not want to be a part of.

In fact, my one and only New Years resolution is to eat my way through every flavour (spell check will forever hate my Canadian-ness) of Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake by the end of 2014.  No joke.

But then my brain went all annoying and did that thing that I hate when it does, but doesn’t happen very often, and went all logical on me. It said, “but your skinny jeans might not be so skinny if you adopt that think-age Taylor.”

Good thing I wear leggings 99% of the time.

Ha! Take that brain.

Skinny Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes {Gluten Free + Low fat}  - Food Faith Fitness

But really, you know how I counteracted my little thinker friend? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.  BRING IT ON.  You know, the only way to change your thoughts is to show ‘em who is boss….right? Yes.

So begins the journey to healthy-cheesecake-that-I-can-eat-on-a-weekly-daily?-basis-a-go-go-land. And, you guys, I am reallyreallyreally excited to share these little dudes with you. Except they are probably more like dudettes because, ummm, look at them. If those don’t make your eye get the smilies, I don’t know how to help you.

Skinny Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes {Gluten Free + Low fat}  - Food Faith Fitness

I have a confession. I kiiinda cheated a wee bit with this recipe because I enlisted the help of Momma FFF.  When I was growing up, I LOVED when my parental units had company over. I mean, that actual part where I had to sit around with a bunch of boring old people sucked, but I knew that it meant that Mom would make this cheesecake. This was her staple fancy dinner party dessert and I totally blame it for my cheesecake obsession. This bad boy is super easy as it requires no crust, which also makes it gluten free, and it has taste up to its eyeballs. If it had eyeballs I guess. Whatever, it’s yummy. You understand what I am saying.  But, probably not.

Moving on.

I knew that this would be the gateway cheesecake to the previously mentioned healthy-cheesecake-that-I-can-eat-on-a-weekly-daily?-basis-a-go-go-land, but it needed a little bit of health-i-fication. Hi reduced fat cream cheese, Greek yogurt and no calorie sweetener. Side note: I used Splenda here, because I don’t think a little bit of it is going to hurt anyone but, if you don’t like it, use whatever you want! Or, just use sugar. They just won’t be as “skinny.” And another note, don’t use fat-free cream cheese, use reduced-fat.  I tried to make them even skinnier with fat-free and it was much too watery. The cheesecakes looked like they were from the dinosaur era due to the massive crater-age and sink-age that happened in the center of them.  Apparently I have dinosaurs on my brain lately.

Skinny Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes {Gluten Free + Low fat}  - Food Faith Fitness

I don’t even know.

You know what else? Someone told me that there is this special holiday coming up where love and dessert eat-age is encouraged. These are perfect for that.

And, if like me, your stance on the aforementioned holiday is “I can tell my hubby that I love him everyday AND I really like cheesecake” it means that these must be perfect for every day right?

Right.

P.s These are under 200 calories each.

Skinny Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes {Gluten Free + Low fat}  - Food Faith Fitness

Cheesecakee’rydayyy.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Skinny Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 1 8 oz Pkg Reduced fat cream cheese (don't use fat-free), softened
  • ¼ cup +1 tbsp Splenda or zero calorie sweetener of choice (or sugar)
  • ½ tsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 3 oz Bakers white chocolate (3 squares)
  • ¼ cup +2 Tbsp Fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Large egg white
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • For the topping:
  • ½ Cup Fat-free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Splenda, or zero calorie sweetner of choice (or sugar)
  • For the white chocolate strawberry hearts:
  • ¼ cup White chocolate chips
  • Strawberry jam
  • Fat free half and half (or milk)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 6 muffins tins with muffin lines.
  2. Beat cream cheese, Splenda and lemon juice until blended and smooth.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a large bowl in 20 second intervals in the microwave, stiring between each interval, until melted.
  4. Add the melted chocolate, Greek yogurt, egg white and vanilla into the cream cheese mixture and beat until well blended.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the 6 muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheesecake feels just set
  6. While the cheesecake bakes, it's time to make the topping.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt and Splenda.
  8. Once the cheesecake has baked until just set, divide the topping evenly among each and spread it over the top gently.
  9. Turn the oven temperature down to 250 and bake for 5 minutes more, until the topping feels just set.
  10. Let the cheesecakes cool completely and then refrigerate over night or for at least 5 hours.
  11. If you want to make the hearts:
  12. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  13. Melt the white chocolate in 20 second intervals in the microwave, stiring between each interval, until melted.
  14. Stir in as much strawberry jam as you want to reach the desired shade of pink.
  15. If the mixture becomes to thick, thin it with a splash of fat free half and half or milk.
  16. Spoon the melted chocolate into a pastry bag (or just use a plastic sandwich bag and cut one of the corner tips off) and pipe hearts onto the parchment paper.
  17. Freeze until hard, about 5-10 minutes, and stick on top of each cheesecake.
  18. Devour!

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Comments

  1. says

    Baaahahaha! I love that your NYR includes adding more cheesecake to your life instead of subtracting it! These mini treats are taking my taste buds for a whirly woo! Mom’s are amazing when it comes to baking missions and it looks like the two of you ladies hit a home run with these cutie pies! MMM! Happy Monday!

  2. says

    Haha – I so love that your “one and only new year resolution” led you to making these “eat one a week cheesecakes”! These are adorable not to mention totally decadent looking – and seeing they are healthy and all – skinny jeans won’t be any less snug if I sneak a couple or 3 of these right?! :)
    Thanks for sharing this AMAZINGNESS with us!

  3. says

    Wow. These are skinny? You would never no looking at them! I know. My brain does the same thing. I say, “Well, I’m just gonna indulge and not care.” But there I am caring as usual. Constant and push and pull.
    That sounds like a great plan though. Eating through every cheesecake flavor. Can I come along? :)

  4. Colleen says

    These are wayyyyy prettier than I ever made mine, and I am sure they are just as delicious!! This recipe is so rich and dense and creamy, all things needed in cheesecake heaven! Awesome job Tatey <3

  5. says

    You must have been reading my mind — a life without cheesecake (or chocolate) just isn’t worth living! I love how adorable your little desserts look; the heart on top is such a picture-perfect touch. They’re almost too cute to eat! ;) I’ve found that when baking cheesecakes with fat-free cream cheese, a little flour or cornstarch really helps them thicken and not turn out watery. I already pinned these and can’t wait to see what other cheesecakes you come up with!!

    • Tate says

      Haha only almost cute enough though right ;)
      I tried it was fat-free and flour as well, but my hubby said it seemed to grainy! Feel free to give it a whirl though :)
      Don’t worry, I’ve got a few more cheesecake related items for ya girl! Thanks for the sweet words and the pin! :)

  6. says

    Taylor these are seriously so cute! You styled your photos way cute and I am in love with the individual cheesecake stands! Where did you find those?1 Also the chocolate drizzle and heart on top is the best! Loving this. And I totally agree, a life without cheesecake is not one I want to be a part of!

  7. says

    I’m 100% supportive of regular cheesecake consumption, and even more so that they’re skinny! These little guys look too cute and I bet they taste fab! And the strawberry and white chocolate hearts are just the…strawberry (?) on top! :)

  8. says

    1) Flavour – I had no idea you were from Canada!
    2) Try every flavor of cheesecake at the factory in ’14? Now that’s a great resolution! Let me know how it goes!
    3) These are under 200 calories each?!?!?!!?! Oh my. Need this immediately! (especially since the cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory are like 1200 calories each!)

    • Tate says

      1) Born and raised, been in your country less than a tear!
      2) I will keep you updated!
      3)I KNOW RIGHT, one slice is a meal! Thanks Chris! :)

  9. says

    “I decided that a life that doesn’t include cheesecake on a regular basis, is a life that I do not want to be a part of.” Seriously, you’re a girl after my own heartttt!! :) And these cheesecakes are the bomb.com! I want them all!

  10. says

    The words “cheesecake” and “skinny” in the same sentence make my day! These look so darn good. And too cute to eat. Almost. ALMOST. I’d totally eat a couple (and yes by “a couple” I mean “a dozen”) of these right now. These are awesome Taylor! xx

  11. Nicole says

    This is so cute and I can’t wait to make it for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day! Just one question – what did you use for the chocolate drizzle on top? I can’t seem to find it in the instructions. Thank you!

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