Hungry Girl: The (Healthier) Oreo Cheesecake of Your Dreams

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Cheesecake is hard to resist. Add Oreos, and the idea of resistance is practically futile. Luckily, a cookie-studded slice of this won’t break the calorie bank—go ahead and indulge!

Oreo Cheesecake Dream Cake
Serves 8

½ cup reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups light/low-fat ricotta cheese
½ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
½ cup (about 4 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. natural calorie-free granulated sweetener, two times as sweet as sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 ½ tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
10 Oreo Thins (original flavor)

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9″ springform cake pan with nonstick spray. Wrap foil around the bottom of the pan to prevent condensation from dripping into the oven.
2. In a large bowl, stir cream cheese until smooth. Add ricotta cheese. With an electric mixer set to medium speed, beat until smooth, 1 – 2 minutes. Continue to beat while gradually adding all remaining ingredients except Oreo Thins.
3. Beat until smooth, another 1 – 2 minutes.
4. Break 7 Oreo Thins into pieces (or roughly chop). Gently fold into the cheesecake mixture. Evenly pour mixture into the cake pan.
5. Bake until firm and light golden brown, about 50 minutes.
6. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours.
7. Crush or finely chop remaining 3 Oreo Thins, and sprinkle over cheesecake.
8. Release springform, and slice.

HG FYI: If substituting a no-calorie granulated sweetener that measures cup-for-cup like sugar instead of one twice as sweet, double the amount called for in this recipe.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Cool time: 1 hour
Chill time: 3 hours

Nutritional information: ⅛th of cake: 169 calories, 7.5g total fat (4g sat fat), 314mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 8g sugars, 10.5g protein

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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