Protein Packed Pumpkin Cheesecake

And here ya go!
My new bedtime snack.  I am leaning out for the next 4 weeks so I can see all these muscles I’ve built (heehee), so my pancake isn’t gonna cut it for late night snacking.  I tried this and I wanted to eat the whole pan!  Amazing!  {Pin it, share it, the world should know! hahaha}

Don’t fret – it isn’t overwhelmingly pumpkin OR cheesecake-y, just perfect! pumpkin cheese cake

3 egg whites
8 oz fat free cream cheese
1.5 cup fat free cottage cheese
1 15oz can pumpkin (pure pumpkin)
3 scoop vanilla protein powder (make sure it’s a flavor you love)
.5 cup equivalent to sugar of sweetener (I use xylitol)
1 tsp vanilla extract
optional cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
*at 8 servings (which admittedly are pretty big!) this was 125 cal, 18 protein, 10 carb, 1 fat – not to mention the vitamin A and calcium!*

Oven to 350.  Combine ingredients in blender**.  Spray a 9×13 dish with non stick spray.  Pour batter, bake for 30-40 min (til toothpick comes out mostly clean).  Great warm but they set better after they are chilled :)   Store in fridge.
**my blender sucks – so I may need the food processor next or a nice gift blender from a blog reader???  :) You really do need a blender, not a mixer, to liquify the cream cheese and cottage cheese**

Many options with this recipe -

  • In the big dish it took mine a while to cook in the middle.  I will try them in a muffin tin next time but no idea how many muffins it will make – don’t want them too full, it puffs up.  Don’t bake as long if you do this.
  • Put into a crust for a guiltless pie! (Tgiving is around the corner!)
  • It did not have a particularly overwhelming pumpkin taste so if I am in the mood for pumpkin I might double that part and maybe add a little more egg to make sure it doesn’t get runny.
  • If you do want it more cheesecakey you might add more cream cheese.
  • Want to try with sweet potatoes but then I think I am adding back in carbs that I may not want…

**UPDATE, I just made a batch with no sweetener (xylitol or otherwise) and I thought it tasted just fine!  My puppy was happy too since she could have a bite (or 12) – that girl loves her sweet potatoes and can smell them a mile away – the pumpkin smells a lot like that**


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