Sweet Potato – Pecan Cheesecake! — Diabetic Friendly!

Try this on for size — this may be the best sugar-free, high fiber, gluten free, high protein, reasonably carb’d recipe I’ve ever made. And it is sooooo yummy…. Holy crap. There will be variations on this theme but here’s the basic recipe:
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2 tsp(s), cinnamon, ground
0.50 tsp(s), Salt
2 tsp, Vanilla Extract
0.75 cup, Chopped pecans

80 grams, “Just Like Sugar for Baking” sugar substitute
1.25 cup, Farmers Market Sweet Potato Puree
2 containers (8 oz ea.), Cream Cheese (Light)
2 Eggs

Let the cream cheese and eggs come to room temp so they will mix well. combine eggs, sweet potato puree (or pumpkin), vanilla, Just Like Sugar, salt, cinnamon and mix until smooth. Gradually add cream cheese and mix until smooth and well blended.

Grease a pyrex baking pan (about 7″x9″) and spread pecans on the bottom of the pan.

Pour cream cheese mixture into the greased pan (or muffin cups) over the pecans, and bake in a hot oven/ with a water-bath at 400 for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 300 and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes, until firm. (time will depend on the size of the dish — a smaller pan will take longer.)

Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Cover and refrigerate (or scoop out into single serving dishes to chill.)
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8 x 1/2c portions: 235 calories each
17g fat
328mg sodium
20g total carbs
11g fiber carbs
7g sugar carbs
7g protein
(and half a day’s Vitamin A because of the sweet potato)

Triple-Berry Mini Cheesecakes–Gluten Free (Recipe from Betty Crocker) + Alternatives

Triple-Berry Mini Cheesecakes (Gluten Free) Recipe from Betty Crocker.

The link above will take you to BC’s website for this recipe.

Here are the details from that recipe:

Crust
1 1/2 cups Cinnamon Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal, crushed to 1 cup
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
Filling
1 package (8 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free strawberry yogurt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Topping
2 cups fresh berries (such as sliced strawberries, raspberries and/or blueberries)
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Now — Here’s what I’d change, and the reasons why.

I’m perfectly willing to go with Chex cereal to see what it tastes like.  We’re not a gluten-free house — but okay.  Since they’re using butter and sugar to doll up the cereal, it can only be the “gluten-free” part of this equation that they’re relying on for a healthier label.

Likewise, the topping of berries and chocolate sounds good.  I’m all for putting berries and chocolate on just about anything.

My big problem is with substituting Yoplait FAT FREE Strawberry yogurt for 3/5 of the cream cheese (which they’ve already traded out with Neufchatal — the lower fat version of cream cheese.)  Yoplait FAT FREE anything amounts to fat-free pudding/jello that’s gone a bit tart.  Why not opt for low-fat, unflavored Greek yogurt and get the benefits of the living yogurt along with the tartness.  Or better yet — have real yogurt (instead of Yoplait jello) for breakfast, and actually use cream cheese in the cheesecake?  This is a useless change, simply to take the opportunity to insert a brand name into the recipe for advertising purposes.

Yoplait Yoplait Yoplait.  There.  Is everybody satisfied?  How about we get Dustin Hoffman to say it in his Rainman-voice, the way he publicized K-Mart in that movie.  K-Mart sucks.   Ha.  Yoplait sucks.  Haha.

If you’re going to make them mini — that is, fitting in a cup-cake cup.  And if you’re going to get rid of the graham cracker crust.  And if you’re going to use Neufchatal instead of cream cheese.  Well — that still sounds pretty close to cheesecake.

But when you start substituting name-brand geletinized imitation yogurt with no living yogurt bacteria, and even less taste and adding corn starch to try and make it thick like the thing you’re imitating — then why not forget calling it cheese cake at all and just call it

“Tasteless, Low fat, Gluten-free
Substitute for the Real Dessert
You Don’t Exercise Enough to Get Away With Eating,
or Society Won’t Let You Enjoy
Without Tremendous Episodes of Self-Flagelating Guilt”

and be done with it.

Mmm-mmm Good!