When it comes to weight loss, the first food people tend to cut out of their diets is dessert. However, if you have a huge sweet tooth like me, eliminating dessert completely will make you feel deprived and crave sweets even more! A better idea is to prepare desserts with ingredients that are nutrient-dense, which eliminates (or minimizes) the empty calories that can cause weight gain. With nutrient-dense ingredients, healthy desserts make you feel full and satisfied, aiding in your weight loss attempts versus sabotaging them.
One of my favorite desserts to 'healthify' is cheesecake. This recipe is so versatile you can tweak it to satisfy any craving. Needing dessert in the fall? Pumpkin cheesecake. Winter? Gingerbread or peppermint cheesecake. Summer? Any fruit you can imagine! With around 100 calories and 16 grams of protein per serving, you can eat this cheesecake all year round with ZERO GUILT.
This brings me to the flavor I could eat all day, every day: MOCHA. Combining the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee, this cheesecake is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up that is more satisfying than any drink you can buy at Starbuck's. Check out the recipe below and stay tuned for more 'healthified' desserts from All-Inspired Wellness!
Mocha Protein Cheesecake
Ingredients: (makes 8 servings)
Eggs | 2 whole
Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt | 1 1/4 cups
Nonfat cream cheese | 12 ounces, softened
Vanilla extract | 1 teaspoon
Black coffee, cold | 1/4 cup
Protein powder of choice (chocolate flavor encouraged) | 1/2 cup
Optional: Walden Farms Chocolate Syrup to drizzle on top, around 1/2 cup
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using an electric mixer on low, blend eggs, yogurt, and softened cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla extract, black coffee, and protein powder. Continue blending on low speed until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Lightly spritz a 6" springform pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour batter into pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, then lower the temperature to 200 degrees and continue cooking for an additional hour. Let cool in the refrigerator at least one hour (if you can wait that long) for optimal slicing. Once cooled, top with sugar-free chocolate syrup (optional) and dig in!
Nutrition Facts per slice: (varies depending on protein powder)
Fat (g): 1.5
Carbs (g): 8.6
Protein (g): 16
Customize this recipe by using 1/4 cup low-fat milk in the place of coffee and any flavor protein powder you desire!
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Recipe adapted from Built Lean.