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This lusciously rich, creamy protein cheesecake recipe is proof that dessert can be both healthy and decadent!

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I always love a good dessert that can double as breakfast. With around 350 calories, 14 grams of protein, and 6 grams net carbs per serving, this one fits the bill nicely.

But the best part is that it tastes like regular cheesecake! It’s rich with a creamy mouthfeel, and just sweet enough without being too sweet. You can enjoy it as-is, or serve it with fresh berries, caramel sauce, whipped cream, or anything you like on top of your cheesecake!

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Ingredients

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

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Crust Ingredients (Sugar Free and Gluten Free)

  • Almond flour – Almond flour is the base of this gluten free crust. We toast it for two reasons: 1) to develop its nutty flavor, and 2) to give it a golden color that’s similar to graham cracker crumbs.
  • Ground cinnamon – A hint of cinnamon makes this healthy crust reminiscent of regular cheesecake crust.
  • Salt – Salt makes sure our crust isn’t bland.
  • Unsalted butter – Butter adds richness and moisture so the toasted almond flour forms a crust. If you have salted butter, you can use that instead and omit the added salt.

Cheesecake Ingredients

  • Eggs – Eggs act as a binder and lend structure to help create the perfect cheesecake texture.
  • Greek yogurt – Use plain, unsweetened yogurt here so you can control how much sweetener you add. Greek yogurt is rich and creamy with a slightly tangy flavor that creates a balanced profile. And it really bumps up the protein, making this a dessert that’s worthy of breakfast!
  • Cottage cheese – We use a combination of Greek yogurt and cottage cheese to achieve the perfect flavor. Cottage cheese is a good source of protein and adds creamy texture without the tanginess of adding more Greek yogurt.
  • Pure vanilla extract – For flavor and aroma.
  • Granulated sweetener – You can use sugar or whatever your favorite granulated sweetener is (my favorite granulated keto sweetener is a monk fruit/allulose blend, which is available on Amazon).
  • Salt – We go light on the salt here because the other ingredients have salt. Just a little bit helps pull all the flavors together.
  • Cream cheese – This gives our cheesecake a classic flavor.

Can I Add Protein Powder to Cheesecake?

Yes, you can add protein powder to this cheesecake.

If you want to do so, use 1 scoop of your favorite unflavored or vanilla flavored protein powder. (Feel free to reduce the amount of added sweetener accordingly if your protein powder is sweet.)

However, I recommend making this recipe as-is first, without the addition of protein powder to see how you like it. It already packs 14 grams of protein per serving!

Instructions

Make the Crust

To start, preheat the oven to 325F. Line the bottom of a 6 to 7-inch springform pan with a piece of parchment paper trimmed to fit inside.

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  1. Add the almond flour to a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the almond flour is light golden and smells toasted, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the toasted almond flour, cinnamon, and salt to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the melted butter and stir to mix well.
  3. Add the mixture to the lined pan.
  4. Spread it evenly across the bottom, pressing it down to compact it in the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes.

Make the Filling and Bake the Cheesecake

Start by putting a kettle of water on to boil for the bain-marie (water bath).

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  1. While the crust bakes, add the eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, vanilla, sweetener, salt, and cream cheese to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Don’t over-process the mixture or it will get foamy.
  2. Place a piece of aluminum foil under the pan with the pre-baked crust, and wrap the foil up the sides of the pan. Put the pan into a 9-inch square baking dish or casserole dish. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pre-baked crust. Carefully pour the hot water into the square baking dish on the outside of the cheesecake pan so that the water comes about halfway or 3/4 up the sides of the cheesecake pan (this is the water bath).

Bake until the cheesecake is set along the outside but still wobbles in the center when you jiggle the pan, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Let the cheesecake cool (still in the water bath) to room temperature, about 2 hours. Remove it from the water bath (removing the foil on the bottom of the pan), and refrigerate until fully chilled, about 8 hours.

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Tips

  • I like my sweets on the less-sweet side and I enjoy the contrast of the slightly salty crust paired with the sweet, creamy filling. However, you have a die-hard sweet tooth, feel free to add up to 2 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener to the crust.
  • It can be tempting, but don’t skimp on the chill time. Both the flavor and texture of this cheesecake are better after it sets in the fridge for 8 hours.
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Special Diet Friendly

As written, this recipe is naturally gluten free. If you use a diabetic sweetener, it’s also low carb and keto friendly.

Variations

  • Skip the crust. Between you and me, my favorite version of this cheesecake is without the crust! Just make sure to line your pan with parchment paper so you don’t have any trouble removing it from the pan.
  • Nut butter swirl. To increase the protein even more, you can swirl in a generous dollop of your favorite nut butter into the batter right before baking. Peanut butter, almond butter, hazelnut butter (oooh, or Nutella!) would all be great.
  • Serve it saucy. Top it with your favorite fruit sauce (or even a spoonful of preserves), caramel, butterscotch, or hot fudge. One of my favorite cheesecake toppings is sugar free strawberry jam!
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Protein Cheesecake FAQs

Can I Make This Recipe Into Mini Cheesecakes?


Yes! To do so, use a regular-sized muffin tray. Line the wells with paper or silicone liners, and fill each 3/4 of the way full with batter. Bake at 325F until the mini cheesecakes are set along the outside, but jiggle just a touch in the center, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Note that there’s no need for a water bath if you’re making this into mini cheesecakes. However, if you want to help prevent cracking, you can fill a baking tray about halfway full with water and put in on the rack right below the cheesecakes as they cook.

Can I Use All Cottage Cheese to Make Cheesecake?


If you want to omit the Greek yogurt, you can increase the cottage cheese to 1 1/2 cups and add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.

However, keep the cream cheese the same. This is what makes this protein cheesecake taste like a regular cheesecake!

How Much Protein is in Cheesecake?


Each serving of this high protein cheesecake has a whopping 14 grams of protein.

Can I Make Cheesecake Without a Water Bath?


Yes, technically you can make cheesecake without a water bath. But using a water bath helps create the best cheesecake for a couple reasons…

Let’s start with the outside. If you don’t use a water bath, your cheesecake is more likely to crack or have an uneven surface instead of a smooth, flat top. And inside, the texture is more likely to have a lumpy, curdled mouthfeel instead of the velvety-smooth texture of cheesecake baked with a water bath.

If you don’t have pans for making a water bath, at least put a pan of hot water on the bottom rack of the oven to provide humidity as the cheesecake bakes.

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Protein Cheesecake Recipe

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Other Time10 hours
Servings: 6 servings
This lusciously rich, creamy protein cheesecake recipe is proof that dessert can be both healthy and decadent!

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Ingredients
 

Crust:

Cheesecake:

  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened Greek yogurt at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sweetener such as sugar or monk fruit/allulose blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature

Other:

  • Hot water for a water bath
  • Fresh berries such as raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries (optional; for serving)

Instructions
 

Make the Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 325F. Line the bottom of a 6 to 7-inch springform pan with a piece of parchment paper trimmed to fit inside.
  • Add the almond flour to a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the almond flour is light golden and smells toasted, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the toasted almond flour, cinnamon, and salt to a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the melted butter and stir to mix well.
  • Spread the almond flour mixture evenly in the bottom of the lined pan, pressing it down to compact it in the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.

Make the Filling:

  • While the crust bakes, add the eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, vanilla, sweetener, salt, and cream cheese to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Don’t over-process the mixture or it will get foamy.

Assemble and Bake:

  • Put a kettle of water on to boil.
  • Place a piece of aluminum foil under the pan with the pre-baked crust, and wrap the foil up the sides of the pan. Put the pan into a 9-inch square baking dish or casserole dish.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling into the pre-baked crust.
  • Carefully pour the hot water into the square baking dish on the outside of the cheesecake pan so that the water comes about halfway or 3/4 up the sides of the cheesecake pan (this is the water bath).
  • Bake until the cheesecake is set along the outside but still wobbles in the center when you jiggle the pan, about 35 to 40 minutes.

Chill:

  • Let the cheesecake cool (still in the water bath) to room temperature, about 2 hours. Remove it from the water bath (removing the foil on the bottom of the pan), and refrigerate until fully chilled, about 8 hours. (For the best texture and flavor, don't skip the chill time!)

Serve:

  • Cut the cheesecake into slices and serve with fresh berries if desired.

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Notes

  • Nutrition Information: The nutritional information for this recipe was calculated using a keto sweetener (granulated monk fruit/allulose blend). However, you can use regular granulated sugar if you prefer. Also, note that the nutritional information doesn’t include the optional berry topping.
  • Sweetener in the Crust: I like my sweets on the less-sweet side and I enjoy the contrast of the slightly salty crust paired with the sweet, creamy filling. However, if you have a die-hard sweet tooth, feel free to add up to 2 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener to the crust.
  • Net Carbs: 6g per serving if you use keto sweetener (each serving is 1/6 of the cheesecake)
  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 788IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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