Today is National Cheesecake Day! At least according to the Kraft people – who may or may not have a vested interest in such a day. But any excuse for a cheesecake, I say!
People often think that dessert is the first thing to go for those who are watching carbs, calories or otherwise eating healthy. The old “if it is fun, tasty, or pleasurable then it must be bad for you” theory. Not true. The occasional indulgence in a truly decadent dessert will not hurt if you fill your plate with healthy food the rest of the time. Nor is it true that desserts are to be ignored on a regular basis. Some decadent looking desserts use ingredients that have reduced carbs, calories or whatever else you are watching. Some desserts are healthy on their own and others bring a spark of taste that makes a meal complete. Didn’t know the dessert issue was so complex, did you?
Here is a cheesecake dessert that is not complex. Very simple with three ingredients. A blank slate for whatever garnish you choose. Or not. You can put it into a graham cracker crust. Or not. You can see I chose the chocolate garnish, no crust option. I like to divide this cheesecake into ramekins shown because they come with lids and I can save half the dessert for another meal very easily. Dividing it into individual containers also provides automatic portion control. The chocolate garnish is simply a Dove Dark or Hershey’s Dark Bliss shaved with a sharp knife over the top of the cheesecake. This dessert does need to be made a couple of hours ahead of time, but it is quick and easy.
If you’d like another basic cheesecake take a look at this Crockpot Cheesecake.Happy Cheesecake Day!
This recipe was featured on Chatty Chics and Petite Hermine.
- 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
- 1½ cups milk
- 1 package sugar free pudding mix, cheesecake or vanilla flavor
- 1 ready made graham cracker crust OR make graham cracker crust using favorite recipe
- Garnish, as chocolate, fresh strawberries or raspberries
- Whip cream cheese in medium mixing bowl with mixer until there are no lumps.
- Add milk, about a quarter cup at a time, and beat until milk is incorporated. Mixture will be liquid.
- Add pudding and beat until mixture begins to thicken well.
- Turn into crust or serving container and chill for at least two hours.
- Garnish before serving.
- Makes 6 servings. Approximately 9 carbs per serving.
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