When I think of a Thanksgiving feast and how full I usually am after the main course is served, I can always find room for some dessert. Always. And we all know desserts aren’t always the most calorie-friendly. Well, they can be. But you don’t have to sacrifice flavor.
Enter: the Delicious, Nutritious Pumpkin Cheesecake (dramatic music plays in the background).
This is a recipe that I had been playing around with for a couple of months. I’ve been on a Greek Yogurt kick lately because it’s packed with probiotics, protein, and nutrients. I’ve used it for sweet dishes and savory dishes alike. But I had mixed it with some Fat-free, Sugar-Free Vanilla pudding mix and PB2 peanut butter mix one night. My jaw hit the floor. Thick, rich, sweet (but not too sweet), filling, and packed with nutrients but not calories. So when out at the grocery store, I picked up some canned pumpkin, thinking of diabolical ways to make an incredibly awesome dessert for Thanksgiving.
The best part: making this incredibly awesome, diabolically delicious and nutritious dessert takes like…8 minutes. No joke. It took me about 8 minutes to make the filling and put it in the pie crust.
Now, that’s where you have a couple of options; you can make a pie crust from scratch or just buy one, pre-made. The choice is yours. I decided to try my hand at making a Brown Rice Flour pie crust. Because I’m an overachiever. Well, kind of. The crust tasted fine but my lack of patience and skill made the appearance of the crust lacking eye appeal, so to speak. None the less, delicious it was.
So, enough babbling on my end. Here’s the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake:
Ingredients for 8 servings in standard Pie pan
- 3 cups Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 3 packets Fat-free, Sugar-free Vanilla pudding mix
- 1-15 oz can Pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
- Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon, fork, hand-mixer, etc. for 5 minutes until the mixture will stick to an up-side-down spoon.
- Place mixture in pie crust and spread evenly.
Here’s a short video showing the consistency and just how amazing and similar it is to cheesecake. Yum.
Nutrition Facts per serving (minus pie crust)
- 108 Calories
- Fat – 0 grams
- Carbs – 22 grams
- Fiber – 3 grams
- Sugar – 8.5 grams
- Protein – 5 grams
BOOM, there it is. Delicious, Nutritious Pumpkin Cheesecake to end your Thanksgiving feast. This tastes just like the real thing too folks. So give it a try and let me know what you think.