Monday, September 02, 2013

Sugar-Free Cheesecake.. with Chia!

Today's recipe is based on a concept that has been with me since my low-carb fatbusting days: low-fat cheese (or yogurt) + protein powder. I used to eat it several times a day, but then gave up dairy for a while to heal my arthritis.

Now dairy is back in my diet a few times a week with no ill effects, and I've been experimenting.

The first thing you need to know is that the cheesecake part of this creation is quite a loose concept and you can just go ahead and use whichever cheesecake recipe you prefer, with or without a base (these had none).

Here are some that have worked well for me in the past:

When it comes to cheesecake, the world is your recipe book.  Somewhere within the 31 million Google indexed entries for 'cheesecake', there is surely one for you. If not, you have bigger issues than we have time to discuss here. ;)

What was in my "cheesecake" this time:

  • 200g low-fat ricotta
  • 200g quark
  • 5 scoops (so about 120g) Sana Vanilla WPC
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Erythritol

I simply processed this until smooth and divided into five cappuccino cups.

The topping is what it's all about.
  • One cup of frozen berries (or fresh - that would work too)
  • 1 tbsp Water
  • 2 tbsp Erythritol
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • Opt: 1/4 tsp stevia (if you want it really sweet - I didn't bother with this)
Put everything in a saucepan on the stovetop and let it simmer on very low heat until it forms a kind of jelly.

Let this cool a bit. It will firm up.

Divide the topping over the cheesecakes and pop them all in the fridge. These are better eaten on the same day.

If you've got a favourite cheesecake recipe, please link it up in the comments. I'm quite keen to find a vegan or coconut based 'paleo' one.

That would be just the thing to start the week: a Monday mission. More cheesecake.  That sounds worthy.


  1. Ooooooo, where do you get your quark from, Sara? Looks amazeness!

    1. I use the Karikaas Quark
      It seems to be in the New World and Fresh Choice supermarkets. ;)


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