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I am currently working on a Master's Degree in Nutrition and requirements for Registered Dietician R.D. I plan to run my first full marathon in 2009. This blog is about everything I learn, eat, and do along the way. Cheers!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mocha Swirl Light Cheesecake

This was a recipe in Southern Living's Best Cakes and Pies Ever, special edition magazine. One of my student's mother's gave it to me during Teacher Appreciation Week, one of the best gifts aside from teaching a student with autism, was this magazine!

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Original recipe is here: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1176228
and calls for a mocha sauce, which after tasting the cheesecake seems highly unnecessary because of the coffee and baking chocolate, it is a super mocha flavor anyway.

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Original Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers (about 18)
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 (8-oz.) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coffee liquor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 (1-oz.) bittersweet baking chocolate squares

B-Healthy Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed honey graham crackers (about 18 )
  • 1/3 cup Smart Balance Butter, melted
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 4 (8-oz.) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened ( 2 Fat Free, 2 with 1/3 less)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 Eggs, 2 Egg Whites
  • 3 (1-oz.) bittersweet baking chocolate squares ( We only used 3- I would use 2 next time, not 4 my gosh!)

  • Get -It- Made:

    1. Stir together crushed graham crackers and melted butter; press mixture into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray.

    2. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

    3. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add liqueur, vanilla, and coffee granules, beating at low speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition.

    4. Remove and reserve 1 cup cream cheese mixture. Pour remaining batter into prepared crust.

    5. Microwave chocolate in a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl 1 minute or until melted, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir reserved 1 cup cream cheese mixture into melted chocolate, blending well. (Mixture will be thick.) Spoon mixture in lines on top of batter in pan; gently swirl with a knife.

    6. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until almost set. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven, with door closed, 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven, and gently run a knife around outer edge of cheesecake to loosen from sides of pan. (Do not remove sides of pan.) Cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

    7. Remove sides of springform pan.

    Nutritional Information ( I adapted this for ours based on the original recipe's. This is just a good estimate, not exact. It does not include the mocha sauce in the original recipe showed online since we did not make it because it was so rich without it! Whipped cream would be much better!)

    (makes 10 servings, each serving provides approx.)
    20 g ( about 8 g saturated, 5 g unsaturated)
    15 g
    31 g
    68mg ( from 131 original!)

    After pouring most of the batter into the pan, on top of the crust

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    After globbing:

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    After swirling...

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    After baking at 325 for (55 minutes in regular oven, we did 30 in the convection), and sitting for 30 minutes:
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    ( oh my-please excuse the no make up and pj's!)

    my slice for EATING!

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    Yes I portioned out the cheesecake because I wanted to get a good idea of what 1/10th aka 360 calories was! I just lightly drew half the cake with a knife, then 1/2 that. That quarter would be 2.5 servings so then I drew three lines for that- meaning I had slightly less than a 1/10th if you are interested! I am not so much interested in the calories, but it is easy enough to give you a good idea that you are eating 360 calories with 40% of it from fat. Not super healthy- but the taste &texture was highly comparable to The Factory, which has slices at 900 calories + .

    My personal opinion is bias- I don't like cheesecake anywhere near as much most other desserts. However, it was incredibly rich ( love rich dessert) and dense- so I was content. My mom and dad LOVED it!! They are both BIG cheesecake fans! Hence why we made it, my mom just bought a nice springform pan!


    HangryPants said...

    How do you swirl? I never do it correctly.

    I am not much of a cheesecake person either, but I made a lighter version over Thankskgiving and liked it so much more than other heavier versions.

    aussirish said...

    hi i came across your blog and had to comment..i love it!! the reciepes are awesome and this one looks really yummy!!

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    B_Hlthy said...

    HangryHeather- I globbed as shown then used a knife to push it all around- almost like frosting a cake but as if you didn't want to cover as much, Then take the knife and make lines across.

    Hi Aussirish!! It is so nice to hear you enjoy the blog! It was very yummy indeed. Hope ot hear from you often.

    Oh good description VeggieGirl!

    Melissa said...

    Okay, that cheesecake looks SINFULLY delicious and dangerous! :)

    Jessica said...

    love that you changed the recipes around, I'm really enjoying your philosphy on food and life!

    strongandhealthy said...

    Holy cheesecake! That looks soooooo delicious!

    B_Hlthy said...

    Hello and Wecome Melissa and Jessica!! thank you so much for your comments, I really appreciate them and its so nice to know others are enjoying my blog and recipe changes! I think this cheesecake is great for a rich, semi-healthy divine dessert! luscious!

    S&H- You are delicious! haha :-)

    lighterportions said...

    Why does this look like the tastiest thing I have ever seen?! I was completely full only a minute ago but magically after seeing those cheesecake pictures, my stomach is itching for some of that right about now.

    Madison Song said...

    I LOVE CHEESECAKE! and this looks awesome!!! great job =D

    Dori said...

    I LOVE IT. I need it. My favorite texture for food and desserts is mush - and this looks like delicious mush!

    B_Hlthy said...

    lighterportions & dori: welcome! I am glad you like the recipe! Wow- it was fun to make- and the swirling makes it look SO appealing! It was delicious- mush or not!

    Mads: love to you as always!