Sunday, February 12, 2012

Healthy Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Low fat, low sugar (if you want) and low carb.  And pretty tasty (tastier if you opt for real sugar, I'll admit).  I made these for my boyfriend and I- started out with one batch and then split it to add real sugar to half and Splenda to the other half.  You can chose to go either way. :-)

What you need:
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese
2-3 ounces 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese
2 ounces lowfat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons amaretto  (or maybe a teaspoon of vanilla- I just like the amaretto flavor in general)
teeny pinch of salt
1 egg
1/3 cup cocoa powder
EITHER: 1/2 cup sugar OR 10-12 packets Splenda (or try using more or less, to taste)
About 20 mini phyllo  pastry shells (I used Athens brand)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.  Blend together the two cream cheeses and yogurt until smooth.  Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  Fill the phyllo shells with the mixture and bake for 20 minutes, or until mostly firm to the touch.  The sugar ones look a bit shinier, and the Splenda ones were completely dry on top.

Let cool and store in the refrigerator.  Top with some whipped cream and enjoy!

Other ideas to try with these: stir some mini chocolate chips into the batter, try making a peanut butter filling/ layer, add a dollop of low-sugar jam (like the all fruit kind, no added sweetener) on top....

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