High-protein cheesecake recipe

Who says you can't have your cheesecake and eat extra protein too?

If you're trying to pack in the protein to build lean muscle, you don't have to eat only salmon, chicken and other meats. Aside from the prep work to make your high-protein meals tasty, you might actually be craving something sweet. So, skip dinner altogether and go straight to dessert. Here's our recipe for a sumptuous, high-protein, almost-healthy cheesecake to get your sweet fix while staying on track with your diet plan:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon date paste or nut butter
  • 1/2 cup of fat free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake (vanilla)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk, any kind
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener
  • Fruit toppings, if desired

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and prepare a 9-inch spring form cake pan by lining it with parchment paper, or use 10 liners in a cupcake tin for miniature cheesecakes.
  2. Combine the almond meal, almond milk and date paste in a bowl. Use a spoon to press the crust mixture into the cake pan or lined tins.
  3. In a mixer, blend the cream cheese, cottage cheese and milk until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes, and then add the eggs.
  4. Blend in the VeganSmart All-in-One Nutritional Shake (vanilla) and sweetener until the mixture is silky smooth. Mix all ingredients for about 1 minute.
  5. Pour the filling into the pan and bake the cheesecake for about 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. The cheesecake is done when the top looks set but it jiggles a bit in the middle. Don't worry – it will set as it cools!
  7. After it rests, serve with your favorite whipped cream and berries or other fruits.

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