Protein Packed Cheesecake

As part of Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for a free dozen of eggs. Eggland’s Best is my “go-to” brand because the eggs have four times more Vitamin D and over three times more Omega-3 compared to ordinary eggs. And the 6 grams of protein (per egg) and B-vitamins help me recover more quickly from tough runs. The other night I created a low fat, protein packed cheesecake and while the dessert was chilling, I even snuck in a nighttime run!

Eggland's is the Best

The main component in this dish is strained yogurt – the end result is very similar to greek yogurt!

I lined a colander with 6 flattened out coffee filters and then I placed the colander inside a large mixing bowl. Next I spooned the yogurt into the colander and let it drain overnight in the fridge.

strained yogurt

My 32 oz ($2.99) container of Whole Foods brand plain non-fat yogurt yielded about 2 cups of strained yogurt. Plus a cup of whey – I’m saving this to use in cooking/baking because it’s packed with nutrients.

Strained yogurt

Protein Packed Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter (4 Tbs), melted
  • 1 cup whole-wheat graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups of strained non-fat yogurt (from a 32 oz. tub)
  • 2 8-oz containers of non-fat cream cheese
  • 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites, lightly beaten (Eggland’s Best brand)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and place a pan of water on the bottom shelf of the oven (this will provide a humid baking environment for the cheesecake)
  • Mix together the butter and the graham cracker crumbs, press mixture firmly into the bottom of an 9-inch springform cake pan, refrigerate while you prepare the filling
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and sugar
  • Gently fold in the eggs, yogurt, flour, and vanilla
  • Pour the filling into the springform cake pan and bake the cheesecake on the top shelf of the oven for about 50-60 minutes. Don’t open the door until the 50 minutes are up!
  • Turn off the oven and allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven with the door ajar for about 30 minutes.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Add chocolate chips or raspberry jam as garnish!

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cheesecake

Nutritional stats per serving (cheesecake yields about 10 slices): 230 calories, 10.5 grams of protein, and 5.5  grams of fat.

  • i LOVE protein cheesecake! this recipe is a little similar to mine~ but i would love to try this one because new recipes are always fun. thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica

    I did not know that the eggland’s best eggs were so nutritionally superior to other eggs. I will have to give them a try!

  • Yum! That sounds decadent and reasonably healthy

  • holy crap that is genius! seriously. i LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! and i also love the fact you keep the whey – how do you use it in baking? the liquid kind of skeeved me out, so i would love ideas of things to use it for!

  • Oh my gosh my husband is going to LOVE you!!

  • This is genius! I was totally lazy and used my eggs in fried rice and pad thai. Should have gone for CHEESECAKE

  • Oh my goodness!! this is going on the “must make ASAP” list!!!

  • Genius, my friend. This looks really good!

  • Looks SO GOOD!!!

  • Sweet mother of pearl with a cherry on top, that looks delicious!

  • That looks yummy – did it taste as good as it looks? And holy wow – packed with protein!

  • Yum I love cheesecake 🙂 Thick yogurt gives it good texture too.

  • What a pretty cheesecake! I’m sure the yogurt makes it nice and tart… I want.

  • That cheesecake looks and sounds amazing! I will definitely be using that recipe for Valentines 🙂

  • that looks so good! you are way more domestic than me, girl!

  • wayne

    I’ve been searching for a protein cheesecake recipe every since I misplaced mine. From a magazine years ago, I had one for a chocolate as well as vanilla cheesecake. I learned that the longer I strained my yogart (up to 3 days) the firmer the cream cheese came out. I’ll experiment with cocoa as well. Thanks for the recipe!

  • i just leave munching and eating cheesecakes, they are tasty and yummy,;.

  • i’d love to munch those very big cheesecakes, they are really tasty and sweet~`.

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