Monday, February 28, 2011

Skinny Mini Cheesecakes

Probably my fav skinnified dessert to date! I was looking for a dessert to make for Steve for Valentines Day and looked up some no bake cheesecake recipes and then kind of made this one up from reading a couple. Sooo easy and sooo delicious! And there's two versions that I'm going to post, but you could do so many things with it!

Chocolate version:
1 8oz block reduced fat cream cheese, softened (you could prob even do fat free if you wanted to cut more, but I haven't tried it)
1 tub fat free cool whip, softened
Approx 1/4 cup splenda (you could do more or less depending on how sweet you like fact I didn't measure. I just poured little amounts in until it was the right sweetness for me)
Approx 2 tbs splenda brown sugar blend
1 tsp vanilla
2 packets diet hot cocoa (the 25 calorie kind)
1 sugar free dark chocolate bar, chopped (Trader Joe's has the best ones!)

With a hand or stand mixer, blend cream cheese with splendas. Add vanilla. Fold in cool whip. When the cool whip is incorporated, add in the hot cocoa powder and mix with a spatula, then fold in chopped chocolate. Evenly divide between 12 lined muffin tins and chill for about 2 hours. When you're ready to eat, top with fat free whipped cream and a drizzle of sugar free chocolate syrup! Or you can eat them with no topping because they are still delicious!


Follow exact same directions except swap the 2 packets of diet hot cocoa with approx 2 tbs (or to taste) or sugar free mocha mix.

Each cheesecake has about 140 calories. Yummmm! Enjoy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Skinny chocolate peanut butter muffins

I have been hard core craving pastries especially muffins lately for whatever reason and today I decided I needed to make it happen, so I got creative and I couldn't be more excited about the result! Here we go

*2/3 cup whole wheat flour
*2/3 cup rolled oats
*2/3 cup milled flax seed
*1 tbs baking powder
*Pinch salt
*1/4 cup peanut butter (I used to crunchy natural kind yummm)
*1/4 cup non fat plain greek yogurt
*1 tbs honey
*1 tbs molasses
*1 tbs splenda brown sugar
*1 tbs regular splenda
*1 tsp vanilla
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together flour, oats, flax, baking soda and salt. Cut in peanut butter and yogurt (I used a fork at first then just used my's easiest and the most fun!) until its combined but crumbly. Add remaining ingredients, and mix together. Bake about 12 minutes in greased or lined muffin tins. I had enough batter for 12 regulars and 8 minis.

A regular muffin comes in at about 90 calories, 4 g fat, 11 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2.5 g sugar and 3 g protein. A mini is half that. Yummmm. Top with some fat free whipped cream and a drizzle of sugar free chocolate syrup and you're still only looking at about 100 calories total. Enjoy!