Jan 31, 2013

Skinny Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake



Cheesecake squares, lightened up with yogurt and light cream cheese, baked on a chocolate graham cracker crust drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with fresh raspberries.

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, you NEED to make this cheesecake!


A few years ago I first attempted my first cheesecake with yogurt, and since then I never looked back. I adapted this from my very popular Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake with chocolate in mind, of course.

And since I always second guess myself when making skinny desserts, I gave this to some of my family members who couldn't give a darn about calories or fat, and they loved it! So, if you need an idea for Valentine's Day (or any day) give this dessert a try.


And just an FYI, if you need a fabulous breakfast idea, we LOVE these heart shaped chocolate chip banana pancakes!


If you want to make a super easy 2-ingredient dessert... chocolate covered strawberries always impress!


And if you're a bread pudding lover like myself, and don't mind splurging a few extra calories, I love this Dark Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding!


PS- Fabulous fork says it all... dessert first! You can find this on Etsy, From Such A Time Designs.


Skinny Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 9 • Size: 1 square • Old Pts: 4 pts • Weight Watchers Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 150 • Fat: 7.5 g • Protein: 5 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Sugar: 10 g
Sodium: 57.5 mg

Ingredients:
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup (50g) crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tbsp light butter, softened
  • 8 oz package reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 oz Baker's semi-sweet dipping chocolate
  • 18 raspberries

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter with a fork until mixed through. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.

Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. Gradually beat in fat free yogurt, egg whites and flour., do not over beat. Pour over graham cracker crust.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature then chill a few hours in the refrigerator.


Cut the cake into 9 slices. Melt the chocolate in the mircowave, 30 seconds at a time until melted, careful not to burn. Use a spatula to drizzle the chocolate all over the top of the cheesecake. Top each piece with 2 raspberries and enjoy!

99 comments :

  1. This looks amazing! I don't know if I can wait until Valentine's Day to make it.

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    1. Superbowl dessert perhaps? :)

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    2. This will definitely be happening for the Super Bowl since I'm in charge of desserts!

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    1. Adding??? It made the top of mine. LOL

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  3. This looks amazing! Thanks for all the delicious dessert recipes!

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  4. Looks amazing! I already got the ingredients for the Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins though lol guess it'll have to wait till next week :( but I can't WAIT to try it :D

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  5. Your recipes always look AMAZING. Can't wait to give this a try! BTW, I made your turkey lettuce tacos last week for the boyfriend & he loved it. :)

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  6. I want to try this, but with strawberries. :D

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  7. Would a sugar substitute work?

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  8. Definitely making this for me & my roommates on Singles' Awareness Day! :D <3

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  9. Could you use plain instead of vanilla yogurt?

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  10. This looks sooooo good! but any ideas how to reduce the points a little more? For me personally, 4 points is a little much for this. I wish it were 2 or even 3 points....

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  11. Actually, I just calculated, if you use Fat Free cream cheese instead of 1/3 fat, it reduces it to 2 points.. do you think it would be ok with fat free cream cheese?

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    1. I personally don't like fat free cream cheese.

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    2. I don't either so I wouldn't substitute personally.

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  12. i LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! I'm am American living abroad and the weight watchers food here just doesn't do it for me. You satisfy all of my "home" cravings.

    I can't find fat free greek yogurt here sadly (3.5 is the lowest). Is it ok to use reduced fat regular yogurt, or would it be too runny?
    -jennifer

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    1. Dear Jennifer its Alex, If you like you can make your own yogurt, its not that hard.
      just in few times you will got the secret.
      make your own yogurt with Low Fat Milk at home.

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  13. Looks incredible - I'm going to make this on the weekend for a day of drinking wine and eating great food with my girlfriends!

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  14. You make my life Gina! If it weren't for you weight loss would REALLY suck. You keep creating and I'll keep eating. Deal?

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  15. I need to make all of these ASAP!

    I am a new reader and made your Chicken Enchiladas the other night. They were absolutely delicious and my husband keeps asking when we're having them again!

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  16. This looks great.

    But I'm not sure "maked" is a word... perhaps made would be correct?

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    1. thanks for catching the typo, it was baked.

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  17. Gina,

    Where can you find chocolate graham crackers? I only have found regular honey or cinnamon graham crackers...

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    1. I find them in the supermarket.

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    2. I couldn't find chocolate graham crackers at the supermarket either. Found chocolate Teddy Grahams though, so I'll use those.

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  18. This looks great! pinned ;) ...& that fork is fabulous!!!
    Thanks for sharing :*)

    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  19. Just gave me an idea for Valentine's Day dessert :)

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  20. All of them looks amazing..I am adding my list to make them..Thanks for sharing tehese beatiful recipes..

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  21. I literally LIVE for your site! Everything I eat is from your blog and I've lost 22 pounds in under a month. You're better than weight watchers, which I ended my online subscription to when I found this site. I've directed everyone trying to keep their weight down to this site.

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  22. I have a binder FULL of your recipes and we use them most nights of the week! I saw this one and immediately thought, hmm, my sister-in-law would love this. Not an hour later I had the link from her in my inbox asking me to make it for her birthday in a couple of weeks! Thanks for all the yumminess and thanks for helping me make healthy food that my kids love! (They devoured the skinny enchiladas last night!)

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    1. I made this for sis-in-law's birthday tonight as promised and WOW...it was amazing! Instead of the dipping chocolate, we used dark chocolate Velata fondue and it was to die for. Definitely making this again.

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  23. I love these Gina! Would love to see them baked in cupcake tins (preferably heart shaped) for an adorable mini treat.

    Great share! xx

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  24. Can I admit that I don't even like cheesecake but I'm mesmerized by this. It's looks beautiful and sounds so nice and light. I'll have to make it a try one day...I know plenty of people who'd love to try it. Happy Friday!

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  25. Oooh, loving this cheesecake! It sounds delicious and is so pretty. I loved that you used Greek yogurt too! Great idea. :)

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  26. You area a goddess! A very healthy goddess!!! Thanks so much for all you do. These recipes are awesome!

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  27. I love this website so much! I am bringing these to my next Book Club! Also, I have been making one of your soups each week for my mom and mom-in-law as a thank you for watching my sons during the week when I work....They have loved everything! Thanks so much!!!

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  28. This is such a great cheesecake recipe, Gina! I'd love to try it sometime soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Tried to save this recipe to my recipe box. Got this message: Oops. It looks like we had some trouble saving this recipe...
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    Don't understand what any of this message means.

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  30. Thanks so much Gina for all the recipes! Keep up the great (and hard) work! Have a great weekend! =)

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  31. Sally Renna2/1/13, 9:31 PM

    Just made these for tomorrows dessert at my brothers house, can't wait to try them, thanks for all you do!!

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  32. Can't wait to make these for my superbowl party! YUM! Do you think it would work to bake them as little mini cheesecake cupcakes? Would it change the baking time?

    Your website is amazing, Gina! I'm down 21 pounds since November and I owe each one of them to you! Thanks for all of your hard work to keep us all looking good!

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  33. Making this today. Looks amazing. I couldn`t find chocolate graham crackers today(What is going on supermarket!?) so I got teddy grahams in chocolate. Crush Crush Crush! This is going to be delish and amazing. Thanks, Gina!

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  34. Yum, I've got this in the oven right now! I don't have raspberries so I am going to try bananas instead. :)

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    1. Couldn't wait for it to chill, we ate it at room temperature...OMG amazing!!!

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  35. Where did you find that Dessert First fork?!? That is too cute!!

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  36. Made these tonight to take to a casual dinner at friends' house. Everyone loved them, and I even forgot the raspberries. I doubled the recipe and used 1/2 reduced fat and 1/2 nonfat cream cheese. Thanks for yet another winner, Gina!

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  37. I am going to make these today for Super Bowl dessert time. They look fantastic! I love your recipes, Gina, and have lost 48 lbs since joining Weight Watchers and using your wonderful ideas. Thanks for all your hard work.

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  38. Does it fall out of the easily? How do you get it out without breaking it? HELP!

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    1. Typo there, should've said "fall out of the pan"

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  39. I made it for the Superbowl. Mine don't look as pretty but they look darn good. Mine cracked a little on top. They taste delicious! I will make them again and again!

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  40. ... I made this tonight and it was a hit!!!! My boyfriend only likes plain cheesecake, so I was sure I would have to take in to work for my coworkers... No such chance, as he says it delicious!!!... I made a round one, as my square tin was more than 8 inches long and the mixture wasnt' enough for that size tin... I am definitely making it again for valentines day! As usual Gina, you rock with recipes! Everything I cook these days comes off your site!! Keep up the great work!

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  41. hi gina
    from australia I love your site but we dont have graham crackers here ...what are they and what could I use in place of them ...thanks

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    1. You could use choc tiny teddies, or Arnotts choc ripple biscuits. For plain graham crackers I've substituted Marie biscuits, or a mix of Marie biscuits and gingersnaps. I nearly always bring graham crackers back from Canada! If you really want the real thing you could try USA Foods in Melbourne (online store).

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  42. This looks positively wonderful! And that fork! :)

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  43. Made these for a superbowl party..........WOW. So So So delicious!!!

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  44. I made mine in a cupcake tin, so that they'd be easily portioned. And WOW! Everyone loved them at our Superbowl Party! I will definitely make them again!

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  45. I have them baking as I write this! I actually added about 5 raspberries to the cream cheese mixture. I hope it turns out! Lol!!

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  46. LOVED these!!! So delicious and pretty to look at! They were my dessert for our Super Bowl party and were a hit. Between those and your Baked Mozzarella cheese sticks...I was a happy girl!

    ~Ilissa

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  48. Hi Gina - Absolutely LOVE your blog! I'm a health freak but a foodie and your recipes inspire me to cook.

    Question - can you recommend a substitute for eggs? Or will it just not set without it?

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  49. A healthy and delicious recipe, thanks. Looks great too.

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  50. This was my birthday dessert last night. Light and delicious!!!

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  51. This looks absolutely fantastic and the pictures are gorgeous! Can't wait to try it!

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  52. These were WONDERFUL! My daughter (9) and I love cheesecake. We ate these and had zero guilt. :) My next try is to use lemon Chobani yogurt for a lemon cheesecake, with a honey graham cracker crust. Making today! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  53. yummy! I topped mine with strawberries since they were on sale. Such a good snack and they look so pretty!

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  54. What about making these without any crust in cupcake tin (using silicone liners) and adding the cocoa powder into the batter?
    Would that work...??

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  55. Would liquid egg whites work? I know sometimes it's just not the same in a recipe...

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  56. Love these recipes! I will definitely have to pick one...or all for Valentines day!!

    ♥ Angel
    www.shapeup.wakeup.blogspot.com

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  57. Made this tonight using fat free cream cheese and used rasberry chiobani yogurt, it was fantastic!

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  58. I love myself too much to deal with body shaming and hate.

    Hopefully this Valentine's Day you'll learn to love yourself, too.

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  59. Wow! This makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. I will definitely be making this! Thanks!

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  60. I'm making this for my coworkers ! I have been on WW for about a month and I've been using a ton of your recipes.. I've lost 20 pounds so far ! My grocery store doesn't have chocolate graham crackers, so I crushed up a ton of Teddy Grahams in the chocolate flavor. Also had to pound them very fine for it to coat the bottom of the pan! Thanks for the recipes :D

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  61. The entire pictures look awesome. I especially like the heart shape of banana and chocolate covered strawberries.

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  62. I made this for my husband last night as an early Valentines treat for after our son went to bed. AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!!!!! We had some red wine with it and I actually got it to look just like the picture on here! I think he now loves this website more than I do!!!

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  63. Separate foods are also given point values. Based on Weight Watcher's meal program, a certain individual is given a particular criterion for every day which will help him get a lower or just within his range as a way to lose weight.
    Thanks.
    Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes

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  64. Oh my god, i love the dessert-fork :D

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  65. Made this for Valentine's Day for my hubby but used strawberries (cut into heart shape) and white chocolate drizzle...to die for! My hubby wanted to eat them all! :) Thanks, love your site, Gina!!!!

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  66. just popped this in the oven. Used a ready made crust however, put in recipe builder on WW and with 10 servings per cheesecake its still 4 points. It was also super easy. I hope it tastes as good as I plan on it tasting!!

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  67. I just made this. It was absolutely amazing. It doesn't taste skinny at all :)

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  68. Oh man, this looks so delicious!

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  69. I made this cheesecake for desert tonight and was pleasantly surprised! it was really good, and I don't feel guilty for indulging at all, thank you!

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  70. Along with your chicken pot pie soup, I made this for dessert since we had a snow storm and it tasted delish!! I love that its only 150 calories, no guilt involved! Thanks for taking the time to post such wonderful recipes. I make your recipes 2-3 times a week.

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  71. Gina where can I buy that fork and your spoon that has writting on it too!!
    I love them!!

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  72. Weight Watchers, however, seeks to not merely assist folks control just how much food they eat, but what sorts of food they are consuming. Food made from Weight Watchers recipes will be each wholesome, delicious, filling, and assist the dieter lose weight and control their appetite.
    Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes
    Thanks

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  73. Made this today for a luncheon, but doubled the filling portion to get the feeling of "full fat" cheesecake. Sooooo delicious, will for sure be adding to my arsenal of crowd favorites. Thanks for all your inspiration on good food that happens to be light and delicious!! I'm a huge fan.

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  74. Made this today for a luncheon, but doubled the filling portion to get the feeling of "full fat" cheesecake. Sooooo delicious, will for sure be adding to my arsenal of crowd favorites. Thanks for all your inspiration on good food that happens to be light and delicious!! I'm a huge fan.

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  75. Made this today for a luncheon, but doubled the filling portion to get the feeling of "full fat" cheesecake. Sooooo delicious, will for sure be adding to my arsenal of crowd favorites. Thanks for all your inspiration on good food that happens to be light and delicious!! I'm a huge fan.

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  76. I made this for Valentine's Day and my mom, grandma and Nana all requested that I make it for Mother's Day brunch tomorrow! This cheesecake is so delicious! It's rich and satisfying but you don't feel sick afterward!

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  77. can i use whole eggs instead of egg whites? i never have anything to do with egg yolks when i separate an egg.

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  78. This didn't turn well at all... It was too thick to pour in the dish, and it resulted in a very uneven cheesecake. Frankly there was hardly enough batter to cover the whole pan too. Any idea what could have gone wrong? I'm sure it will still be delicious, but not presentable at all.

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