These light Chocolate Cheesecakes are made with cottage cheese instead of cream cheese, so they are lower in fat and high in protein! Smooth and rich and fudgy!
So I haven’t strayed too far from my goal to eat a little healthier this month, and I’ve been on the hunt for some lighter recipes that sacrifice no flavor.
You should know, though, that I’m not a salad person. I will probably never post a salad recipe, because I would never taste test it for you. I also rarely even have lettuce in my house.
I’m not saying that being anti-salad is a good thing — I’m just setting things straight so you understand where this thing is going.
I want healthier, lower calorie options of the foods I want to eat to begin with. And since I’m the kind of person who has to hide vegetables in her own meals, I’m probably not going to give you a plate full for dinner (though I have plenty of delicious comfort food meals Under 500 calories).
Again, not saying there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just not my style.
Chocolate? That’s more my style.
And cheesecake? Yes please.
I’m kind of a cheesecake fanatic. Which you probably don’t know because I so rarely share a cheesecake recipe.
I’m not gonna lie, I totally got this recipe from Martha Stewart. Cause Martha knows what she’s doing.
I changed a few things: I left out the crust (because who really cares about the crust?), I left out the espresso (but you could easily add it back in), and I changed the cooking method and temperature a bit. We were totally blown away by the results.
I had made a cheesecake from cottage cheese a few times before, but it’s been so long I have no idea which recipes I had tried or how it was done. But it was something I knew I wanted to try this month, so that I could have something totally decadent that was still pretty healthy.
Now, you should know that I don’t like cottage cheese. Like, at all. Unless it’s pureed. I use pureed cottage cheese in cheesecakes or other desserts and pastas — I find it’s mostly a texture thing. If you find you’re not sure about this recipe because of the cottage cheese, I promise you would never know the difference.
The cheesecakes are the perfect size for a sweet treat after dinner. You can top them any way you like — the light whipped topping is included in the nutritional information but the rest is up to you. To keep them on the lighter side, fresh fruit is always a great option and pairs so well with chocolate. You can go a little more extravagant and top with caramel or chocolate sauce, crushed candies or cookies or sprinkles or chocolate shavings. The options are really endless!
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Light Chocolate Cheesecakes
- 2 cups nonfat cottage cheese
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups light whipped topping
- Optional garnishes: fresh berries or other
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- To a blender or food processor, add the cottage cheese and puree until completely smooth (it MUST be 100% smooth — be sure to scrape down the sides and puree again until every kernel has been processed).
- Add the eggs, powdered sugar, cocoa, flour and vanilla and process until completely smooth.
- Pour into 12 muffin cups: I used individual silicone muffin cups and they worked marvelously. They are flexible so the cheesecakes pop out so easily. You could also use a regular muffin pan, well-greased, or try paper liners.
- Bake at 325 for 22 minutes, until center is just set. Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating for at least 3-4 hours. Carefully remove from muffin cups.
- Garnish as desired.
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Oh man these are light!! That will be the death of me. I always love chocolate and raspberries.
Haha, let’s just call it “health food” 🙂
Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says
It’s okay that your not a salad person. I’m not a fish person, so there won’t ever be any fish on my site unless my hubby requests it. 🙂 These look delicious! I love the idea of using cottage cheese! Brilliant!! Pinned!
Haha, thanks Cyndi! I’m not a big seafood person either, but I don’t mind it every once in a while 🙂
These look absolutely delicious! I love that you made then a little more health friendly!
Shashi at Runninsrilankan says
Woa – Am so craving chocolate right now!
These are adorable – and look totally sinful even though they are not!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I don’t know if I’ve ever met a non-salad person before in my life. . at least you’re upfront about it, which I love. . well, you and my husband, the non-salad lovers . . you’re totally making up for it (because I love salads) by posting these fabulous light chocolate cheesecakes!!! Wow!! 2 cups nonfat cottage cheese huh?! I gotta try this!!!
Haha, thanks Alice! I love potato salad, fruit salad and taco salad…. So I’m not a total hater!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I have a weakness for cheesecake and these little chocolate cups look amazing! I love that you used cottage cheese too.
Thanks Ashley! Cheesecake is one of my weaknesses too!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
These chocolate cheesecakes look incredible, Ashley! I would have never guessed they were light! Love that you used cottage cheese, I have some leftover in the fridge and had no idea what to do with it and these cheesecakes sound perfect! I love the berries on top too!
Thanks Kelley! Cottage cheese is the perfect substitute, even though I hate it in its original form. Lol
Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says
Oooh, a lighter version of cheesecake? And chocolate cheesecake at that?! Yay, can’t wait to try this one. I’m always up for a lighter dessert that still tastes decadent. And I love chocolate cheesecake!
Thanks Stacey! You can never go wrong with cheesecake!
Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron says
These are so cute!! As a fellow cottage cheese-hater, I will totally trust you that you can’t tell it’s in there 😉 Love these!
Haha, I wouldn’t lie to you about that Denise!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
Reading down the ingredients list and looking at the pictures, you’d never believe these decadent cheesecakes are so healthy! Totally love this 🙂
Christina @ Bake with Christina says
How yummy looking! So creamy and chocolatey – I love it! Pinned 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Cottage cheese in cheesecake? Love it, Ashley! These look so cute, too!
Mini. Light. Chocolate. Cheesecakes? Yes, yes, yes and yes! Please. These are adorable. Love them!
I can’t wait to try these! Which lite whipped topping did you use?
Ashley Fehr says
You can use whichever you enjoy!
Kelley @ Chef Savvy says
Love that you lightened up the cheesecake and used smaller portions. Love desserts I won’t feel guilty about eating!
Haha, the best kind Kelley!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
That is so neat that these are made with cottage cheese! Way fewer calories than cream cheese. I have all the ingredients for this in my house right now! Can’t wait to whip these little cuties up.
Cottage cheese cheesecake is one of my favorite “healthy” desserts! So full of protein and creamy and delicious!
I’ve never made a cheesecake with cottage cheese! These look so chocolatey and creamy, it’s hard to believe they’re light. Sounds good to me, and pinned! 🙂
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
I’m not a huge salad person either but I do love me a cheesecake. This is perfection!
Haha, the best kind of health food I think!
Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says
Wow those look so decadent for being light! I love that you used non-fat cottage cheese – I eat that stuff like it’s going out of style and I love it’s flavor and how much protein it has! So…. now I can consider these cheesecakes a source of protein, right?? 🙂 Thank you for sparing us from salad recipes. I am also not a salad person! Hehe. Thanks for sharing!
Haha, any time Sarah! I’m pretty sure you will never find a salad recipe here, unless it’s fruit salad, or potato salad, Lol.
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
These are gorgeous Ashley! Love the berries to top it off. Mmm…
Have a great week girl!
Shut the front door! These are light? You should not have told me that because now I’ll just end up eating more! They look so good!
Haha, I have to admit, I don’t know if I ever stopped at one…. but even if you eat two they’re still a really reasonable dessert 😉