Treat yourself to the ultimate guilt-free dessert with our irresistibly delicious low-fat cherry cheesecake recipe. This delicious treat is made with a healthy amaretti cookie base that gives it a delicious touch of sophistication. The luxurious, creamy cheesecake filling is incredibly light and low in fat without compromising on taste. To make it even more heavenly, we carefully decorated it with a generous topping of sweet and tangy cherries, adding a touch of freshness and natural sweetness. Experience pure bliss with every bite of this divine low-fat cheesecake.
- 25g butter, melted
- 140g amaretti biscuits, crushed
- 3 sheets of leaf gelatin
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 2 x 250g cups of quark
- 250g can of ricotta
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g powdered sugar
- 400g fresh cherries, pitted
- 5 tbsp cherry jam
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Line the sides of a 20cm loose-bottomed round cake tin with baking paper.
- Stir the butter into two-thirds of the cookie crumbs, reserving the rest.
- Scatter the butter crumbs over the bottom of the mold and press down.
- Soak the gelatin in cold water for 5-10 minutes until soft.
- Heat the orange juice in a small pan or in the microwave until almost boiling.
- Squeeze out the excess gelatin water and then stir it into the juice to dissolve.
- Mix the quark, ricotta, vanilla and powdered sugar with an electric whisk until smooth.
- While the mixers are still running, pour in the juice mixture and stir.
- Pour the cheesecake mixture over the crumbs and smooth the top.
- Cover with cling film and chill overnight.
- For the topping, put the cherries with the orange peel and 100 ml water in a pan.
- Cover and cook for 15 minutes until the cherries are soft.
- Place a third of the cherries in a bowl and mash into a chunky compote with a potato masher.
- Return to the pan, add jam, cornmeal and 2 tablespoons water and stir.
- Cook until the sauce is thickened and zesty. If the sauce is too dry, add a splash of water.
- Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Just before serving, carefully remove the cheesecake from the pan and peel off the parchment.
- Sprinkle the remaining cookie crumbs and some cherry sauce on top.
- Serve in slices with the remaining cherry sauce.
Equipment and tools
To make this low-fat cherry cheesecake you will need the following equipment and tools:
- mixing bowl
- Springform pan for cakes
- Food processor or rolling pin
- Aluminum foil
This low-fat cherry cheesecake contains the following allergens:
- Milk (butter, quark, ricotta)
- Wheat (amaretti cookies, corn flour)
Please exercise caution if you or anyone consuming this dessert has allergies to these ingredients.
Storage and leftovers
If you have any leftovers of this low-fat cherry cheesecake, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To serve, simply remove from the fridge, slice and enjoy!
Note: The consistency of the cheesecake may change slightly after it cools, but it will still taste delicious.
Health Benefits of Low Fat Cherry Cheesecake
When it comes to indulging in a delicious dessert, many of us worry about the impact it might have on our health and our waistlines. However, with this low-fat cherry cheesecake recipe, you can satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty. Packed with healthier ingredients and numerous health benefits, this dessert is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to indulge consciously.
1. Reduced fat content
Traditional cheesecakes often contain large amounts of saturated fats, which can contribute to weight gain and increase the risk of heart disease. However, this low-fat cherry cheesecake recipe only uses 25g of melted butter, making the fat content significantly lower compared to its regular counterparts. Reducing the fat content allows you to enjoy this delicious dessert without compromising your health.
2. Digestive friendly ingredients
Using amaretti cookies in the crust not only adds a nice crunch but also aids digestion. These cookies are made from almonds, which are a good source of fiber and healthy fats. Fiber plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy digestive system, preventing constipation and promoting regular bowel movements. Incorporating fiber-rich ingredients like amaretti cookies into your desserts can support your overall digestive health.
3. Protein-rich cheesecake
In contrast to conventional cheesecakes, which are made exclusively from cream cheese, this low-fat version contains quark and ricotta. Quark is a type of skim milk cheese that is high in protein and low in fat. Ricotta cheese is also a great source of protein, making this cherry cheesecake a high-protein dessert option. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue and plays an important role in supporting muscle health.
4. Nutrient-rich cherries
Cherries are not only delicious but also a nutritious addition to this cheesecake. Fresh cherries are rich in important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are particularly rich in vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system and collagen production. Additionally, cherries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, which have been linked to various health benefits including reducing inflammation and supporting brain health.
5. Low calorie sweeteners
This low-fat cherry cheesecake uses powdered sugar and cherry jam as sweeteners, so you can enjoy a touch of sweetness without consuming excessive calories. Powdered sugar is used sparingly and the cherry jam adds a special flavor without the need for excessive sugar. By using these low-calorie sweeteners, you can still enjoy a delicious dessert while keeping your calorie intake under control.
6. Possible blood sugar control
The addition of cornmeal in this recipe could provide potential benefits in controlling blood sugar levels. Cornstarch is a starch that can help thicken cheesecake filling. Starch takes longer to digest, resulting in a slower release of glucose into the bloodstream. This slower release of glucose can potentially aid in blood sugar control, making this low-fat cherry cheesecake a suitable option for those with diabetes or those watching their sugar consumption.
Overall, this low-fat cherry cheesecake recipe offers a healthier twist on a classic dessert. By incorporating nutrient-dense ingredients and reducing the fat content, this dessert allows you to satisfy your dessert cravings without putting your health at risk. Try this recipe and enjoy it wisely!