Healthy, Protein-Rich Cheesecake

Recipes / March 22, 2019

This delicious recipe replaces the more traditional cream cheese element of a cheesecake with a mixture of cottage cheese and Greek yogurt to pack a real bone health punch!

There’s a generous serving of calcium and magnesium in each slice. But the real star of the show here is protein. If you’re a regular reader of the AlgaeCal blog, you’ll know that protein is involved in calcium absorption and keeps your muscles nice and strong too. You can read all about why that’s important on our “Everything You Need to Know About Protein and Bone Health” page.

The best thing about this cheesecake though? There are only 2 tablespoons of sugar in the entire recipe (not counting the natural sugar from any toppings)! Plus, it’s super easy to make– as you’ll see in the video below– and your options for customization are nearly endless! Fruits, nuts, granola, fresh herbs… which will you try first?

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Healthy, Protein-Rich Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chilling time 3 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 130 kcal

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and grease a springform pan. A 6-inch pan is preferable, but if you don’t have one, you can use a larger pan and double the recipe.
  2. Blend the cottage cheese and yogurt until you have a smooth texture. Make sure there are no lumps!
  3. Add the remaining ingredients (except your toppings) and combine until everything is mixed in nicely.
  4. Pour your mixture into the pan and bake for 30 minutes. You’re looking for a smooth but solid cheesecake. It should jiggle a little, but shouldn’t be too loose.
  5. Let your cheesecake cool completely, and then pop it in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  6.  Arrange your choice of toppings on your cheesecake and serve!

Recipe Notes

Get creative with your toppings! You can try fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, granola (try our gluten-free, cinnamon granola recipe here) and much more.

Ingredients

Main cheesecake

  • 1 cup cottage cheese 2%
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg large
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of a lemon

Optional Toppings

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup peach sliced
Nutrition Facts
Healthy, Protein-Rich Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Healthy Cheesecake Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoy this recipe! The slices may be a little thinner than a regular cheesecake, but it’s just as delicious and you don’t need to feel guilty about this one.

When it comes to toppings, I used peaches, blueberries and granola in the video here. But it’s totally easy to customize the cheesecake to your specific tastes! So experiment with different combinations to find your all-time favorite.

I’d love to hear how your cheesecake turns out! And I’m always on the lookout for other bone-healthy sweet dishes, so feel free to share any you might have in the comments section below 🙂

Author: Monica Straith, BS

Comments
Susan
Susan

Would the recipe taste or bake differently if I used Cassava flour instead of almond flour?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Susan!

Cassava flour has a more neutral/mild taste compared to almond flour. We haven’t tried substituting it into this recipe, but you should be able to do so in a 1:1 ratio using the same directions.

Let us know how it turns out! 🙂

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Shannon H Gallagher
Shannon H Gallagher

This was delicious and easy.
Even had all of the ingredients.

Made strawberry topping.

Yum 😋

Thank you

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

So great to hear that, Shannon! The strawberry topping sounds delicious 😋

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Judy McCartt dickson
Judy McCartt dickson

I made this today and was really surprised how much like Real cheese Cake it tasted.. it was a tasty not too sweet, but very good dessert as is. I did not even use
Fruit. Will definitely make it again and double the recipe.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

So glad to hear you enjoyed this bone-healthy cheesecake, Judy!

Feel free to try out some of our other recipes here. 😀

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Carla
Carla

Want to try this, sounds so good. I don’t have almond flour , can I use any other flour?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Carla, no worries!

You can substitute all-purpose flour in a 1:1 ratio 🙂

Hope you enjoy this delicious cheesecake!

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Loretta
Loretta

This really sounds like a great cheese cake recipe.

Can I use raw coconut flour in place of the almond flour? If so will it still be the same measurement?

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Loretta!

We haven’t tried substituting coconut flour for almond flour. Coconut flour absorbs a lot more moisture, so it’s typically substituted in a 1:3 ratio to almond flour (you’d use half a tablespoon in this recipe). If you prefer, you can also use all-purpose flour and it would be the same measurement (1.5 tablespoons).

Let us know which you decide to try and how it turns out! 😀

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Paula Symonds
Paula Symonds

To the person who doesn’t eat inflammatory foods. A little treat on the rare occasion will not break your bones. I began taking AlgaeCal Plus and Stontium Boost 10 years ago. In that time I still eat yogurt everyday and have the occasional egg. I also no longer have low bone density. I run 3 miles 5 times a week and exercise and addition hour each evening. I feel great and not one knows how old I am.

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

We are SO happy you are doing well, Paula! Keep up the great work ❤️

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Suzanne
Suzanne

Did u use regular flour? I hate to buy a bag of almond flour.

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

Hi Suzanne!

Yes, you can substitute all-purpose flour for the almond flour 🙂

Let us know how your cheesecake turns out!

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Kathryn Burcham
Kathryn Burcham

Just made this — WONDERFUL! Haven’t had any cheesecake for a while due to the high sugar content, this one was fabulous! Thanks for sharing.!

Megan AlgaeCal
Megan AlgaeCal

So glad you enjoyed it as much as we did, Kathryn!!

We hope you’ll try some of our other bone-healthy recipes here. 🙂

-Megan @ AlgaeCal

Sandra
Sandra

Dairy products and eggs are inflammatory foods, so not a good recipe even if substituting something else for the sugar. Eating inflammatory foods is not good for the bones or anything else.

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

Thanks for your feedback, Sandra! We have an in-depth blog post exploring the relationship between milk and osteoporosis if you’re interested. Feel free to check it out here 😊

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Donna
Donna

Sandra, I agree.
Also, if eating a healthy Whole Foods, plant based diet, it would not include dairy. But it does look and sound good. Most of America does not have a clue about real nutrition.

Irene Belcher
Irene Belcher

I greatly appreciate your sharing these delicious recipes with us. Now I can eat sweets without feeling guilty. They taste like or better than the ones that are filled with unhealthy sugars and fats.
It’s been hard for me to figure out what to eat. These recipes give me more options. Thanks again!

Blaire AlgaeCal
Blaire AlgaeCal

So happy to hear that, Irene! You absolutely can enjoy this yummy dessert guilt-free 😀

– Blaire @ AlgaeCal

Virginia Naeve
Virginia Naeve

Delicious! My husband asked me to make it again! No guilt.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Love that! Thanks for sharing, Virginia 😊

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Crystal
Crystal

How to change this out to be dairy-free?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Crystal,

You can click here for a dairy-free cheesecake recipe that has lots of good reviews! 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Gerri Campbell
Gerri Campbell

My husband and I really enjoyed this dessert..
Very satisfying and easy to make!!

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

So glad you both enjoyed it, Gerri! 😀

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Sara jones
Sara jones

I have a big sweet tooth. My hubby too. Can’t wait to make this cheesecake and many others. Thanks

Linda
Linda

Thanks for this recipe. I am anxious to try it. The serving size seems extremely small (1/6th of a 6″ round pan) but still a nice treat. Could I substitute Stevia or maple syrup for the sugar? I plan to purée some raspberries for the topping.

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Linda,

Feel free to cut larger slices if you’re craving a little more! 😉 You can definitely use a sugar alternative — click here for a guide on sugar substitutes for baking. Enjoy!

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

Kat
Kat

I must have missed something … what size or weight is one serving? Thanks!

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hey Kat! If you split up the cheesecake into 6 slices each serving will be about 130 kcal.

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

cat dillon
cat dillon

So many ways to make this recipe shine without using sugar.

Why not use alternative , like yacon or stevia?

And forgo the granola (sugar) and top with nuts or cacao nibs?

Jenna AlgaeCal
Jenna AlgaeCal

Hi Cat,

You can absolutely use a sugar alternative if you prefer! We used granola with no added sugar, but it’s a great idea to mix up the toppings with nuts or cacao nibs. 🙂

– Jenna @ AlgaeCal

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