I wanted to try and come up with a cheesecake which was low in syns but avoided the use of artificial sweeteners as I am trying to restrict their use, mainly because my kids eat pretty much everything I cook and I don’t want them having any foods that contain them. Not only that, but I find they can leave a horrible aftertaste at times, especially in baked goods.
This cheesecake was a success, the quality and taste is so much better when you use real sugar, we all knew that anyway, but tend to avoid using sugar because we fear everything will be high in syns. Not anymore, a slice of this cheesecake is still low enough in syns to be well within your daily allowance.
This recipe is Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly
Slimming Eats Recipe
Green – 6 syns per slice
Extra Easy – 6 syns per slice
Original – 6 syns per slice
If you would prefer a bigger slice of this, cutting the cheesecake into 6, will work out as 8 syns a slice.
You could try replacing the sugar with sweetener if you prefer to bring the syns right down, but I can’t guarantee the flavour or quality of the cheesecake to be the same.
- 375g of Quark
- 300g of fat free cottage cheese (blended till smooth)
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup (100g) of sugar (19.5 syns)
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (cornflour) (1.5 syns)
- vanilla pod
- 1 tsp of vanilla essence
- little zest from a fresh lemon
- 11 Oreo cookies (26 syns)
Preheat oven to 180c or 350f (gas mark 4)
Grease a spring form pan.
Chop 10 Oreo’s into quarters and roughly line the bottom of the spring form pan with the Oreo pieces.
Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs.
Scrap the seeds from the vanilla pod and add to a large bowl along with the quark, cottage cheese, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract, little zest from a lemon and the cornstarch.
Whisk until all ingredients are well combined
In another bowl whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
Fold this into the rest of the mixture.
Pour this on top of the Oreo pieces in the springform pan and gently tap the sides, so the mixture is evenly distributed in the pan
Place in the oven and bake for approx 35 mins. When cooked the cheesecake will be slightly golden around the edges. You can gently place a skewer in the centre just to make sure the middle is not too wet still.
Leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar.
Once cooled you can then place in the fridge to chill before slicing.
Once ready to serve. Get the remaining Oreo cookie and crush roughly with a knife and sprinkle this on the top.
The recipe above has been calculated for Slimming World, however for those of you following the Weight Watchers plan or another calorie controlled type diet. Below is the approx nutritional information:
Approx NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
⅛ of the cheesecake
Michelle Wall Was Stonebanks says
that looks yummy
I totally agree with the sweetner issue- My children eat everything I cook too-Rarely make them anything different-if we have curry they have curry (even from little, just made it milder) and they now have a wide variety of tastes and not many issues of them being fussy eaters and only eating chicken nuggets etc! If I use a lot of sweetner in recipes I get a headache after eating the food. Will definately be using this recipe and also as a base for other cheesecakes such as lime or blueberry. Thankyou.
Vicky Harris says
Thank you so much for this! I also avoid sweetners so it's great to see this sw friendly cheesecake recipe without - will definatley give it a go!
Fatty Von Choc says
Oh my.... that looks delicious! I can't wait to see more recipes using less sweetener from you. I get rather paranoid about it with my little one too, she's two years old now and is pretty much eating whatever we eat, so will be lovely to start baking things that she can enjoy with us!
I live in the Middle East and cannot find Quark anywhere 🙁 So I made this cheesecake using fat free yogurt (same amount as quark). I baked for the same time and temperature, then an extra 20 minutes on 120 Celsius. It turned out pretty good!
Tried this recipe out as had 4 friends coming for dinner 1 of which is also doing slimming world. Went down a treat! Everyone was amazed it was diet friendly. My partner took some into work and I've had requests to send him in with more. Totally worth 6 syns!
Melanie Anne Ross says
Made this yesterday and will be making it on a regular basis, it's absolutely gorgeous... hard to stop myself from going in for another slice 🙂
Nicky Turner-Sterling says
you can buy american cup system very cheaply from eBay. I bought a set, so that I didnt have to keep converting 🙂
I've just made this. I was very excited to try it, but unfortunately it tastes quite eggy and a little quiche-like. I used 100g of sweetner not 100g of sugar. Could this be why? Shame...I hate the taste of eggs. Any tips greatly appreciated 🙂
If I did want to use sweetener instead of sugar to make this recipe (haven't bought sugar in two years now) should I use 1/2 a cup or 100g? Because obviously sweetener weighs a lot less than sugar.
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
Hi Christina it will depend on the sweetener you use, some are the same volume to sugar and some aren't, it should say on the packaging how to convert, usually.
Absolutely delicious, I used “half sugar with Stevia” so it worked out at 4.5 syns a slice.