Healthy, Protein-Rich Cheesecake

Recipes / March 22, 2019

Do you have a guilty treat that doesn’t exactly align with a bone-healthy diet?

For me, the biggest challenge is finding a dessert to satisfy my sweet cravings without feeling bad about it immediately afterward. So I made it my mission this month to find a sweet recipe that’s as good for your bones as it is for your taste buds. And I’m happy to announce that my mission was successful…

Introducing “Healthy, Protein-Rich Cheesecake!”

This delicious recipe replaces the more traditional cream cheese element 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*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Potassium 143mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 4.1%
* 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 Lam-Feist, BS

Comments
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

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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