Introduction: Skinny Mint Cheesecake
Hello! Welcome to my skinny mint cheesecake Instructable. We recently had the Irish holiday, St. Patrick's day and my boyfriend and I celebrated it with corned beef and cabbage and finished it with a well rounded and delectable dessert! It being the spring season, we are kind of watching our waist line for the beach weather. However, we have an obsession for cheesecake and I just had to make this!
This Instructable is fast, very easy to make, and easy on the calories. It is also easy to eat because they are bite size cheesecakes! The fun part is putting them together into a four leaf clover. Creme de menthe is also used to give this skinny cheesecake a minty kick. Let's get started!
Step 1: Materials
Allow me make something clear. You do NOT need to make these green, you do not need to only celebrate these during St. Patrick's Day. This is simply a low calorie cheesecake recipe that you can make for any occasion. Dye them which ever color you feel like. Red, green, orange, blue?? Having a smurf party? Have at ya!
For the shape, I simply used left over silicone heart shapes from Valentines day to make this creation. If you do not have them, then use a regular cheesecake spring-form pan, however you won't be able to make cute little four leaf clovers! :,(
You will need basic baking equipment to make the Crust and the Filling.
- Silicone heart shapes
- mixing bowl
- 1/2 cup Goya chocolate cookie crumbles
- 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine
- 4 tablespoons green color Mint creme de menthe (for the green color)
- 2 eggs at room temp
- 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
- 8oz light cream cheese at room temp
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: melted chocolate for garnish
Step 2: Making Crust
For the Crust :
- 1/2 cup Goya chocolate cookie crumbles (you can use a mortar and pestle to crush them or HANDS)
- 2 tablespoons melted butter(or margarine)
You can use either chocolate gram cookies, or any type of chocolate cookie that crumbles easy. I used Goya chocolate cookies from the dollar store, they worked splendidly. And 2 tablespoons of melted butter (or margarine) if you want to go even lower calorie.
In a medium bowl melt the butter in the microwave. Then add your Goya chocolate cookie crumbles.Combine until you can ball it in your hands and it sticks together. Then it's ready.
Firmly pat the crust in the heart shaped silicone until you add your desirable crust layer. I like to go on the thick side.
PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees as you start your filling...
Step 3: For the Filling...
Bring out your blender. Start by scooping in the 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt.
Then add in your 8oz of cream cheese that should be at room temperature. This helps all the ingredients incorporate better. Blend until mixed.
Then add 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons of flour in the mixture. Continue blending.
Now add one, at room temperature, egg at a time until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Step 4: Finish by Stirring In
Finally. Add the 4 tablespoons of creme de menthe and 1 tsp vanilla extract in by hand. Stir until incorporated and you get a nice rich color.
The creme de menthe will smell amazing! Also to note there IS alcohol in the creme de menthe, but it will be cooked off in the cooking process for all you anti-alcohol hipsters out there. ;p
Step 5: Cook for 20 Minutes
Pour your batter on top of the crust you already packed in the silicone heart shapes. Your oven should have beeped by now at 325 degrees. Put your hearts in and bake about 20 minutes. If they crack it's OK, because you can melt chocolate and cover your little error! yay!
For me I simply melted semi-sweet chocolate from Ghirardelli in the microwave until it was drippy enough to top my cheesecake. Use a glass dish to melt the chocolate in or else the chocolate will melt right through a plastic one!! Victim right here, d-oh!
Step 6: 4 Leaf Clover of Luck!
After a few minutes of cooling the cheesecake, you can strategically place your hearts in the shape of a 4 leaf clover! The optional melted chocolate gives it extra flavor and goes so well with the mint in the cheesecake. Even though it melted through my dish I give it major thumbs up, haha! Now it's time to entertain your guests or your taste buds and not feel too guilty. Have a good one everyone! Recipe founded here.
Hello low calories, hello awesome flavor!