Skinny Marble Cheesecake - A Family Feast

My husband Jack’s all-time favorite cheesecake flavor is marble – but we rarely find it on the dessert menu when we go out to dinner.  So for a while now, I’ve been promising to make him a homemade marble cheesecake!

But – we’ve also been trying to watch what we eat these days and are avoiding too many sweets as much as possible. The perfect solution: Skinny Marble Cheesecake!

Skinny Marble Cheesecake - A Family Feast

This skinny marble cheesecake is a great option for when you want a little something sweet – but you don’t want to totally ruin your diet!  Reduced fat cream cheese as well as fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt play a starring role in this recipe, helping to keep the calories in check while still giving it that distinctive cheesecake flavor.

I’ve calculated* this recipe to be around 160 calories per serving (excluding the optional garnish of whipped cream and shaved chocolate that we added for our photograph) – with 10 servings per cheesecake.

*Calorie calculations using My Fitness Pal.  Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste.

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Skinny Marble Cheesecake - A Family Feast

Skinny Marble Cheesecake

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

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Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • ¾ cup light graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon low-fat milk
  • Optional: Whipped cream or low-fat non-dairy whipped topping, for garnish
  • Optional: Chocolate shavings, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray the bottom of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the graham crackers and melted butter together and evenly press the crumbs into the bottom of the springform pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese on high until very smooth. Add sugar and vanilla and mix until well combined. Gradually mix in the yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice and flour – mixing just until combined but being careful not to over mix.
  4. Take 1/3 cup of the cream cheese mixture out of the mixing bowl and put it in a small bowl. Add the cocoa powder and milk to the small bowl and stir with a spoon until evenly combined.
  5. Carefully pour the original (non-chocolate) cream cheese mixture into the prepared springform pan, being careful to spread the filling evenly over the graham cracker crumbs without breaking up the crust. Spoon small dollops of the chocolate cream cheese mixture over the surface of the filling – then using a knife, gently swirl the chocolate into the filling, creating a marble effect.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (a 9-inch springform will take about 20 minutes; an 8-inch springform will take closer to 25 minutes) or until center is almost set. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place in the refrigerator to chill for 2-3 hours before serving.
  7. Optional: Garnish with whipped cream or low-fat non-dairy whipped topping and chocolate shavings. (Please note – this optional garnish will add extra calories!)

 

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  • Carol wrote:

    Did you really mean 1 tablespoon of vanilla?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Carol – If I remember correctly (it’s been a while since we made this) we did add that amount of vanilla extract to balance the tangy flavor of the Greek yogurt. If you’d like however, feel free to start with less and adjust to suit your tastes.

  • Kathy wrote:

    I love this Martha! I love how low calorie it is and how beautiful and tasty it looks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Kathy!

      • Karen Andersen wrote:

        OMG to die for 😀 YUMMY!!
        Could you please email me this so i can print it off
        http://www.afamilyfeast.com/skinny-marble-cheesecake/#_a5y_p=1278467 Luv

        • Martha wrote:

          Hi Karen – I so sorry for the problems printing but please try printing from our site again – I’ve just updated the recipe to a new format that should print for you now (our old recipe plugin doesn’t print in IE so we’re in the process of reformatting all of our older recipes). Sorry for the inconvenience but you should have no problems printing from the site now. Enjoy!

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