We all love cheesecake, but sometimes it feels too indulgent. Well no need to fear! Today’s healthy recipe comes from Seattle’s King County, and it blends the tartness lemon, lime, and orange juice with the sweetness of brown sugar to create a balanced – and delectable – healthy eating dessert. Who says you can’t have your cheesecake and eat it too?
Makes 12 servings
Nonfat cooking spray
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
Ingredients for filling:
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 8-oz packages nonfat cream chesse
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/3 cup nonfat sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon gresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
1 teaspoon lime peel, grated
1 teaspoon orange peel, grated
3 eggs whites
1/4 cup sugar
1.Preheat oven to 300º F.
2.Prepare the crust: Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, mix crumbs, brown sugar and butter then firmly press mixture into bottom and 2 inches up the sides of the pan.
3.Prepare the filling: In a large sized mixing bowl, combine sugar and flour then add vanilla, cream cheese, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Add milk, sour cream, citrus juices and peels and beat until smooth.
4.In a separate mixing bowl, using clean and dry beaters, beat egg whites at room temperature at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg white mixture with cream cheese mixture.
5.Pour into prepared crust and bake at 300º F for 1 hour or until set. Remove from oven and let completely cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight.
6.Sprinkle with grated lemon, lime and orange zest before serving (optional.)