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Better-for-you Brownie Cheesecake

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Enjoy this healthier version of a Shavuot staple. You will leave the table with a smile on your face yet feeling light. Where most cheesecakes are full of white flour, white sugar, and cream cheese, this cheesecake has better for you ingredients that will leave you able to have your cheesecake and eat it too!
Gluten-Free Brownie Crust:
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Gefen Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil or oil of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Cheesecake Filling:
  • 1 pound farmer cheese
  • 1 6-ounce container plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • about 1/3 cup Honey (see note)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice plus 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch (optional, but recommended to produce a firm texture)
Garnish:
  • Berry topping or fresh berries
Directions:
Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms (use a hand mixer if you’re not using a standing mixer). The batter will be a little thicker than a typical brownie batter.
  4. Spray an eight- or nine-inch round springform pan with oil. Pour in batter and spread with a spatula or back of a spoon.
  5. Parbake for 15 minutes on the center rack.
Filling

  1. With a hand blender, blend farmer cheese and yogurt. Add remaining ingredients and mix until a thin batter forms.
  2. Pour batter on top of cooled brownie layer. Bake for 50 minutes.
Note: For a sweeter cheesecake, adjust honey to 1⁄2 cup. If you have a "Full ‘N Free palette," decrease honey to 1/4 cup.
To Serve

Allow the cake to cool completely, then cover and refrigerate overnight before serving. Top with fresh berries or as desired.

Enjoy this healthier version of a Shavuot staple. You will leave the table with a smile on your face yet feeling light. Where most cheesecakes are full of white flour, white sugar, and cream cheese, this cheesecake has better for you ingredients that will leave you able to have your cheesecake and eat it too!

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