Take One Protein Cheesecake

I’m an amateur cheesecaker so this is Take One. See, I grew up passionately HATING cheesecake. Places like the Cheesecake Factory always seemed so cool to me except when it came time to order dessert and I couldn’t muster the idea of ordering cheesecake.

Sure, they looked unbelievably scrumptious and I knew their popularity rested on their being ‘heavenly’ but the idea of cheesecake? No gracias.

This all changed a few months ago though, when I discovered Protein Cheesecake. I’ve seen protein cheesecakes before and I have made some kind of strange approximations but this is my first serious attempt.


psyllium husks
1 small tub 0% Total Yogurt
34g vanilla whey
122g liquid egg whites
12g coconut flour

20g hazelnuts
1 fat medjool date
20g hemp protein powder
3g cocoa
almond milk (splash)


1. Mixed and wisked the filling.

2. Mixed the base, adding a bit of almond milk until it formed a thick dry-ish paste. Put the filling on the base.

3. Baked at ‘low heat’ for approximately 30 minutes? Boom. 

Macros per Serving: N/A

Very nice tasting but I think it needed to be creamier (I blame the whey but maybe I think actually cooked it too long). The base though, I really, really, liked. Maybe next time maybe I can throw in some yolk so it sticks together better but flavor wise, halla. Overall, for Take One, it was fine but I welcome your advice about how to improve this since I bet someone reading this has a way superior recipe. I’m all ‘ears’ ;-)

UPDATE – After coming back from the gym, I polished off the whole cake which had been sitting in the fridge for a couple of hours and I have got to say that it was AMAZING! Wow. WOW! The base was solid and mmmmm!!!! :-)))))

Comments for This Entry

  • thefitwriter

    Quark? Cottage cheese? I”m not sure!

    BTW love your recipes and your inventiveness – made your BCAA jelly last week, so delish! Thanks for experimenting, so we don’t have to ;)

    May 29, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply to this comment

  • anna

    :-) yay!!!! BCAA jelly rocks no? And yes!! quark 10000%! i cant believe i didn’t think about quark because everytime i think about cheesecake (which ok isn’t too often but it does cross my mind) i think about quark hahaha so much better than yogurt!! a lot thicker and creamier and well, more cheesecakey indeed. It’s on my list for Take Two Cheesecake for sure, cheers :-)

    May 29, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply to this comment

  • Juliet

    I have a recipe for fake cheese cake I made up eons ago that worked really well and was much simpler. You could probably modify it to improve it since you’re super good at these things!

    Yup, just went back to the blog archives for it. I made it in individual portions but you could scale it up no probz: http://heyjoob.com/2010/07/14/blueberryavocado-cheesecake/

    A suggestion for texture as well: traditionally cheesecake is not baked straight in a pan, but actually in a pan in a water bath. Perhaps that will help!

    May 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Anonymous

    I want to do it! I’ve been trying to make a cheesecake lately, but the results weren’t great.
    I wonder how big is the yogurt tab?

    D. (somehow i can’t sign in???)

    May 30, 2011 at 6:18 am | Reply to this comment

  • anna

    I used a small one, you know, one of the 170g ones :-)

    May 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply to this comment

  • anna

    Juliet, thank you for your recipe! AVOCADO!!?!? wow!!!!! NEVER would have thought about it, love it!I had no idea about the water bath, see? I’m a total cheesecake amateur, will have to do it properly asap and your recipe sounds delish :-D

    May 30, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply to this comment

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