You know that feeling when you’re snuggled up on the sofa on a Friday night after a long week and a sudden sweet craving hits you? You search your freezer, fridge and cupboards but nothing appeals. You've been there, right? Well that's exactly where I was last weekend and these healthy microwave cheesecakes for 2 is exactly what I did about it!
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Although I love brownies (especially these 85 calorie brownies!), I see brownies more like a snack dessert than a real dessert. My ultimate favourite dessert dessert is cheesecake. Without a doubt. My heart wanted a great big slice of the best ever healthy cheesecake, but I knew that would take hours and hours to be ready. And I was not willing to wait that long.
We make all kinds of cakes and cookies in the microwave. So why not a cheesecake? I slightly modified my go-to cheesecake recipe, whacked it in the microwave and a couple of hours later I was tucking into something that looked and tasted exactly like a traditional cheesecake, but took a fraction of the work or time!
If you're a bit of a kitchen whizz, you might be saying: "Nicola, if you wanted a quick cheesecake, why didn't you just make a no-bake cheesecake?" Which is totally valid. But you really can't compare a baked cheesecake to a no-bake cheesecake, can you? Baked cheesecakes have the most delicious light, fluffy and springy texture. While no-bake cheesecakes just...don't.
I topped my healthy microwave cheesecakes for 2 with a mix of red berries I pulled out of the freezer. I didn't defrost them (Not because I'm a lazy so-and-so. I'm not. I swear!) because I absolutely adore the texture of frozen berries. If that makes me weird, then you've obviously never topped a bowl of steaming hot chocolate oatmeal with frozen, tart raspberries. You're missing out on life.
Before you rush into the kitchen and start whipping up some healthy microwave cheesecakes, I need to give you a tip about the kitchen equipment you use. You've got to make sure there's at least a 0.5 inch (or 1cm) gap between the cheesecake topping and the top of your ramekin.
These babies seriously puff up in the microwave and if you don't have that gap, they're going to spill over the top and make a big mess in your microwave. No fun for anyone. These are the ramekins I use and they're the perfect size. they're also oven-safe so you can use them for all kinds of cooking and baking projects.
What will you top your healthy microwave cheesecakes for 2 with?
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- 2 Graham crackers/Digestive biscuits (use GF Graham crackers/Digestive biscuits for low FODMAP)
- ½ tablespoon butter
- 3.5oz/100g low-fat cream cheese (use lactose-free cream cheese for low FODMAP)
- 2 tablespoons fat-free sugar-free yoghurt (use lactose-free yoghurt for low FODMAP)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 medium egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Crush the Graham crackers/Digestive biscuits into crumbs in a food processor or by hand with a mortar and pestle.
- Place the butter in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on full for 30 seconds, until melted. Pour in the crushed Graham Crackers/Digestive biscuits and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed.
- Evenly divide the mixture between 2 greased ramekins and push down to form a base. Microwave on full for 1 minute until puffy.
- In another small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, yoghurt, sugar, egg white, vanilla extract and lemon juice until light and fluffy. Evenly divide the mixture between the two ramekins. Leave at least a 0.5 inch/1cm gap from the top because the cheesecakes will puff up when cooking.
- Cook the cheesecakes in the microwave for 3 minutes, until the edges are set and the centre is still slightly wobbly. Leave to cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge for at least 4 hours to chill.
Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm
This looks awesome and easy! Pinned it and can't wait to try it!
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
This is pure genius! Totally pinned, I can't wait to make it.
Zachary and Sarah @ HHG
I love cheesecake! The normal recipes always make too much for my husband and I though cause they're so rich. This will be perfect!
Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
So cute! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.
The only thing stopping me from constantly eating cheesecake is that it's too hard to make...you just made it too easy!
Oh, how I know that Friday night feeling all too well!! But I seem to have that feeling every day of the week! 🙂
I'd love to invite you to share this recipe at my link party ~ Mom's Test Meal Mondays! This week is all about desserts so please feel free to link any other recipes you may have too!!
Have a great Monday!
Microwave cheesecake??? Awesome! I can't wait to try this! I love cheesecake and the quicker I can make it the better! So glad I found you blog... I am your newest follower! If you ever have a chance come check out mine!
This recipe could be dangerous for the waistline!
I love this idea! I am always look for quick and easy small serving desserts.
I would love for you to share this at Mealtime Monday!
love the quick cheesecake idea
whirl + whisk
I love recipes like this! I usually only want enough of a dessert that I am not left eating forever. It's sad to get tired of a dessert... but this is such a quick and easy recipe (and yummy I bet), thanks for sharing!
I just loooooooove this idea and definitely going to use it
I'm pinning this
OMGOSH! Gonna hafta try this! Thanks for sharing! PINNED!
I can't wait to try this!
Oh wow, this looks super yummy! I love cheesecake and this would be so easy. I would love to have you link it up at my linky party
This looks interesting. There are only two of us at home too and I don't like a lot of desserts sitting around - too tempting but an occasional treat like this sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.
Simply Designing with Ashley Phipps
Thanks so much for linking up at my link party last week!
I am going to feature you on my blog!
Have a great day!
Sounds great, but could you clue me in where the powdered sugar is added?! I read the recipe several times, saw the ingredient but not it's placement in the directions! I'm guessing with the cream cheese but just checking before I give it a shot! Thanks for the share!
Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box
Hi! Glad you want to try the recipe out. I love it! You're right - the powdered sugar goes in with the cream cheese. You can see it in step 2, but I've only said 'sugar', not 'powdered sugar' - I think that's where the confusion came in. Thanks for pointing it out - I'll change it now! 🙂
I made this last night and it did not turn out, but wasn’t bad tasting. Going to try again today. I used honey vanilla yogurt and left out the vanilla. Thinking maybe I didn’t whip up the filling enough as well. Also, I only see granulated sugar so what’s this talk about powdered sugar???
I updated the recipe, so there's no powdered sugar in it now - only granulated 🙂
Really sorry to hear it didn't work out for you first time! How was your second attempt?
Thanks for the quick response! Former FCS (Home Economics educator) was just double checking I hadn't missed it!
That is completely awesome. Can't wait to try them out (:
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This looks fantastic! I love cheesecake but rarely eat it. First of all, a regular recipe makes just too much for me and my little family. Second, I hate to buy just one piece. Thank you! I will pin this!
Yummy! I love quick and easy recipes like this. I can't wait to try it out! Thanks for joining the Monday Funday Link Party!
Laura@Baking in Pyjamas
What a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!
I'm a huge fan of no bake cheesecakes, but have never thought to do a cheesecake in the microwave. That's genius!
Thanks so much, Jenna! It turns out so much better than you'd think!