Don't tell Derek I made him a healthy cheesecake for his birthday... but I totally did.
Sorry I'm not sorry!
Despite this being a lightened-up cheesecake, it just might be the best I've ever made! I used two blocks of normal cream cheese, two blocks of neufchâtel, and one cup of Chobani Non-fat Plain Greek yogurt. WINNER! This is a really creamy cheesecake, and with a thick raspberry swirl throughout, you just can't go wrong.
I bought the Chobani with the intent to make a lighter creamy pasta sauce, which I think I'll do today, but in a stroke of genius decided it had to go into the cheesecake, too! Totally worth it, healthy, delicious, and creamy. Highly recommended!
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus butter for pan
- 12 graham crackers
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp coarse salt
- 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 16 oz neufchâtel cheese, room temperature
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup Chobani non-fat plain Greek yogurt, room temperature
- 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375 F, and liberally butter a 9" springform pan.
- In a food processor, blend the crackers until fully ground. Add the ¼ cup sugar, plus salt, and blend to combine. Add the melted butter, blend to combine.
- Press the graham cracker mixture into the prepared pan and halfway up the sides. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden-brown.
- When the crust is done, remove from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 F.
- In a stand-mixer, cream the cream cheese and neufchâtel together until very smooth.
- Add the sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until incorporated.
- Mix in the Greek yogurt until smooth.
- Pour the batter into the prepared crust.
- With a fork, mash the raspberries into a pulp. Add the 2 tablespoon sugar and mix until smooth.
- Transfer the raspberries to a pastry bag, put the tip halfway down into the batter of the cheesecake, and pipe the raspberries around the entire cheesecake under the surface. Use a knife to lightly swirl the raspberries into the batter.
- Bake for 75-85 minutes, until the edges are set and the center is still slightly jiggly.
- Let the cake cool for two hours at room temperature before refrigerating overnight.
- If desired, top the cheesecake with whipped cream and extra raspberries.