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Most of us females these days know all about the deprivation that staying or getting in shape calls for, so did I.

Forget about trying to keep holding down the lid on your cravings, living a sweet life is not an illusion, being a “well fed and watered girl” is such a better place to be...

Reap the benefits of home made Stevia sweetened treats no matter where you are on your personal body image journey as I share with you my life as a Fit and Fed Girl that has found some peace with food and hopefully inspire you to join me and enjoy the road ahead.

No matter what the foodture brings!

MK xx

No added fat baked cheese cake – no base needed.

No added fat baked cheese cakes –heart

Awesome! This cheesecake recipe saves you calories without compromising the classic flavour.

Now, as you can see – I am not an expert in avoiding a cracking cheese cake. Mine usually crack and that’s ok with me – I am not entering a cheese cake beauty contest – I just want to eat it.

I know there is a lot of info out there to help you make the perfect cheese cake, so help is available if you don’t like the rustic home-made look. You can always cover the cracks up by decorating the well cooled cake with fresh fruit – adding another dimension.

What I like best about my cheese cake is that I know that it does not contain any nasty ingredients that could jeopardise my diet goals. As you already know from my Super light dark Cocoa/ Chocolate mousse post, I don’t want any unhealthy fats in my food.

So I stripped an already lower calorie no-base cheese cake recipe, where you already save on all the added fat and sugar by excluding the fatty biscuit crust. I use Quark in my recipe – it is great for replacing butter in any recipe – it only has 0.2% fat and 12g protein per 100g so it ticks all the boxes in terms of diet friendliness.

The great thing is, it still tastes just like cheese cake and has a great light fluffy texture without the calories from fat and sugar.

It is delicious warm or cold; even after a couple of days – if you can keep your hands off for that long.

As you know from the Oat bites, I am a fan of halving the recipe after putting the basic ingredients together to make a dried fruit free option for my husband – this time he got a plain version instead.

No fat cheese cake without base one plain one with dried figs

I did not have any raisins left so I used dried figs in the recipe below, you could use any dried fruit you have to hand, or even chopped chocolate – as you have guessed I would use the 100% version to avoid the sugar. Maybe I’ll try a cocoa version next time.

Vanilla Pudding Powder

Ruf Vanille Pudding Powder

If you want to add a bit more standing power to you cake, you can add in Vanilla Pudding powder – I use the one from Ruf. – but since you may not have any at hand I did the samples in the image without this and it works fine – leaving it out makes it a little lighter.

Makes a 9 inch/ 23cm round cake

Prep time: 10min

Baking time: approx. 50min in 170 degree Celsius preheated oven


You need:

  • 150g Semolina
  • 4 medium Eggs (separated)
  • 1000g Quark
  • juice of one small Lemon
  • 1/2cup – Raisins or chopped dried fruit (you can use less if you want to save more calories)
  • 1 teesp Backing powder
  • Vanilla flavouring to taste
  • 3-5 knife-tips Stevia-sweet 90% powder dissolved in 1 table spoons hot water

Note: getting the sweetness to the desired level is a matter of trial and error, the best thing is to start with a smaller amount of whatever Stevia you have on hand, it can be ready-use, liquid or tabs (need to be dissolved too), adding more is easier than diluting – you could end up with a huge amount of treat -Don’t have any Stevia yet? – you can always use normal sweetener products until you are set up.

Instructions:

Start by beating the egg whites until they form soft peaks. (I always do this first when my beaters are still clean, giving me the best chance to get the egg white stiff)

Put the egg yolks and the Quark in a big bowl and mix on high setting until creamy.

Dissolve the Stevia-sweet 90% in the hot water and mix it with the lemon juice, make sure it is dissolved ok and add into Quark egg yolk mix. Add any favouring you might want to use now.

Combine the Semolina and the baking powder – add into the Quark cream – mix well.

Next fold the egg whites into the mix taking care not to beat out the air, check that sweetness is ok for your liking – if necessary, add some more.

Pour the mixture into a well greased baking dish – apparently if you run a knife through the batter in an “S” shape it helps get rid of the air bubbles that are one reason you get cracking.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, keeping an eye on it to ensure the top and sides don’t burn. Turn cake during baking to get an even gold colour. If the cake starts to go brown on the top too early in the cooking process, reduce the oven temperature slightly. To check if the cake is done I touch the centre looking if it feels like the underneath is done. I also check with a knitting needle just in case, if it’s clean after poking in and pulling out, it’s cooked through.

Remove from the oven set aside to cool before serving.

Any leftovers keep well in an airtight container in the fridge allowing you to enjoy more later on.

Here’s the calorie count based on 12pcs:

1pcs Plain: approx. 123.5 kcals
1pcs with Raisins: approx. 141.58 kcals

Now get cracking making your own cheese cake that is all that is cracked up to be.

Why not send me images of your cracking cheese cake?

MK xx

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3 comments to No added fat baked cheese cake – no base needed.

  • Rose Nicarry

    Clever entry about yummy diet friendly cheese cake « stevia-sweet brbr Which is why I personally keep coming back and viewing http://blog.stevia-sweet.co.uk/2011/01/23/no-added-fat-baked-cheese-cake-%E2%80%93-no-base-needed each and every day.

  • Petros

    I like the site, having just found it; however, I am surprised that you “avoid” butter… butter and coconut oil (saturated fats) are some of the healthiest fats to cook with and their proteins are stable at high temperatures meaning they are perfect to bake/fry with and won’t oxidise in our bodies.

    I look forward to taking some of you’re recipes and adapting them 🙂

    ps. in case you’re interested http://www.undergroundwellness.com is a brilliant blog/vlog/radio podcast site 🙂

    • MK

      Petros – thanks for your comment. The main reason why I avoid fat in my recipes is to show that it is actually possible to make nice treats without the use of butter or cream.
      Due to the nature of treats they are usually eaten in addition to any normal meals consumed, my recipes are all about damage control without losing the essence of the treat itself.
      As a fitness instructor I know how hard it is to get in shape; when working hard to lose excess weight every calorie counts which ever food it comes from. Fat in general has a high density of calories per gram, so when adding it to recipes calorie density goes up considerably with every gram used.
      Most of my clients find the hardest thing when working for weight loss are cravings for sweets – so did I. Thus when adjusting to a new healthy way of eating my key advise is to keep treats on the menu and keep enjoying food, it’s not the enemy – it’s fuel for life.
      It has been proven that this helps a great deal when aiming to achieve permanent weight loss since there is no feeling of having missed out and then wanting to make up for lost opportunities

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