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Healthy, Protein-Rich Cheesecake

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?

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


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.


  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.

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

Monica is the PR and Outreach Manager and Fitness Lead at AlgaeCal. She’s an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, and has a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Monica pulls from her experience in athletics and health to contribute to AlgaeCal and has also been featured on myfitnesspal blog, Prevention, and Huffington Post.