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Makes: 14 servingsIngredients
1/2 cup crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup fat-free milk
2 8-ounce packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 8-ounce package fat-free cream cheese, softened
8 ounces fat-free sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
Nutrition facts per serving (1 slice): 216 calories, 17g carbohydrate, 13g fat (7g saturated), 1g fiberMake Dessert More Diet-Friendly
Toss the Eggs
Most cheesecake recipes call for eggs, but using gelatin as a binding agent cuts calories and fat, says Marisa Moore, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokesperson. Bonus: No baking makes this dessert a cinch.
Trim the Fat
The average slice packs 38 grams of fat (22 of them saturated). We cut two-thirds of the fat but didn't nix it altogether, because it delivers that classic creamy, silky texture.
Raise the Bar
"Bittersweet chocolate has less sugar and more antioxidants than milk chocolate," Moore says. Its disease-fighting nutrients help decrease plaque buildup in your arteries and may improve blood pressure.
Top It Off
To create perfect curls, run a vegetable peeler along the edge of a chocolate bar. For a bigger antioxidant boost, Moore suggests using a small mesh strainer to dust the cake with cocoa powder before serving.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, March 2010.