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?
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
|Chilling time||3 hours|
|Total Time||40 minutes|
- 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.
- Blend the cottage cheese and yogurt until you have a smooth texture. Make sure there are no lumps!
- Add the remaining ingredients (except your toppings) and combine until everything is mixed in nicely.
- 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.
- Let your cheesecake cool completely, and then pop it in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
- Arrange your choice of toppings on your cheesecake and serve!
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.
- 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
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup granola
- 1/2 cup peach sliced
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 🙂