Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries

I’m sorry to all of you cheesecake lovers out there but I don’t think it’s possible to pack more saturated fat, refined sugar, and calories into one dessert. I admit, this recipe does not produce a Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, but I think you will enjoy this lighter, simpler version and you won’t feel like curling up on the couch after eating it. I just may have found a way for you to have your cheesecake and eat it too (couldn’t resist).

Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Cake

  • 2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries (sliced)

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, add the oats, coconut, walnuts, butter and 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Process until well blended. Spray a spring form pan, or pie dish, with cooking spray. Spread crust ingredients in the bottom of the pan or dish, press down with back of a spoon until evenly spread out. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Wipe out the food processor and the add ricotta cheese, flour, eggs, syrup, sugar and vanilla. Process until smooth and creamy. Pour the cheese mixture on top of baked crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow cake to cool on wire rack then top with sliced strawberries. You could use any berry (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a combination of all of them).

Nutrition Note: A slice of strawberry cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory weighs in at 730 calories and 29 grams of saturated fat (2 days worth). Using part-skim ricotta cheese and skipping the cream cheese gives this cheesecake a much lighter edge. You’ll also get extra protein, less sugar, an oatmeal crust and almost a serving of fruit so you could eat this dessert for breakfast.

JudyMatusky.com

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