100 Calorie Berry CheesecakesI’d been scouting around for just the right dessert to share for Fourth of July. Something delicious, pretty, and so easy you could be out enjoying the holiday instead of in your kitchen fussing over pastry. Then, like a minor miracle, into my inbox came a recipe from Snack Girl, who sends me healthy snacking tidbits everyday, for an 87 calorie cheesecake.

87 calories? For cheesecake?


I figured the recipe had to be polluted with all sorts of laboratory-engineered, impossible-to-pronounce ingredients. But that’s not Snack Girl’s style. And alas, the list of ingredients could be recited by any first grader (minus the Neufchatel cheese, unless they’re a French first grader, that is).

The key is relying on low fat dairy products for the filling, using a small cookie for the crust, and keeping the portions petite. Right up my alley. So we gave it a whirl. The cheesecakes were so easy, even a “just turned nine year old” could do the job.

And she did:

So pull your ingredients together, grab a kid or two, and get baking. It will take you 10 minutes, tops. Even the littlest among you can help with the decorating.

Below you’ll find the recipe, with one minor tweak. I used gingersnaps instead of Nilla wafers. My version pops the calories up to 99 each, but adds a little layer of flavor that goes just right with all those colorful berries, fruits that seem tailor made for the Fourth of July.


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  1. Pamela
    06.28.2012 at 5:54 AM #

    wonderful…picture of GG is sweet.

  2. siew wei
    06.28.2012 at 7:23 AM #

    may i know is it okay if i substitute cottage cheese completely for Neufchatel cheese?

    • katiemorford
      06.28.2012 at 9:22 AM #

      Hi there

      I don’t think the texture would be quite right without the Neufchatel cheese.


  3. 07.01.2012 at 7:53 AM #

    I thought about ginger snaps – because they are round and yummy. Now I will try them! Thanks for the article.

    • katiemorford
      07.01.2012 at 10:58 AM #

      Thanks for the terrific recipe!


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