Here’s another great finger-food/snack recipe just right for Game Day!
One of the hardest things about the first few weeks transitioning into the Low Carb Lifestyle is breaking the sugar craving (for me, anyway). Which means that I try to stay away from anything remotely dessert-like.
But now that I’m into the third week—and because I had a great result at my weigh-in last week—I decided it wouldn’t hurt to add a “no-no” into my meal plan for this week. Yes, in my OneNote notebook for my meal plans and recipes, I have a tab labeled NoNos:
I consciously named the tab that because, even though I’m only using it for recipes that fit into the low-carb lifestyle, psychologically I need to have those things which fulfill the cravings for the “forbidden”—for the “bad” food. Thus, NoNos.
I found this recipe on Pinterest.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons granulated Splenda or other sugar substitute
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350°F (toaster oven: 400°F). Muffin tin with six paper liners. (A half-size muffin tin is perfect, because it fits in the toaster oven!)
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and blend (I used one beater head on my hand mixer) until smooth. Divide batter evenly into the six paper-lined wells in the muffin tin. Lift the pan by the sides and tap the bottom on the counter top a couple of times to release any air that might be trapped under/in the batter.
Bake 20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick/skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Remove “muffins” from pan* and let cool to room temperature on counter. Once completely cooled, they are ready to eat. Store in the refrigerator.
Makes 6 Mini Cheesecakes
Nutritional Info (entire recipe):
The original website where I got this recipe says these are 2.6 carbs each, but I plugged all the ingredients into FitDay, and came out with 1.6. If you’re really worried about it, count it at the higher carb count.
*I suggest removing them from the pan to let them cool, because mine were very soggy on the bottom, likely from “sweating” inside the muffin tin while they cooled. They will puff up and look nice and fluffy and full when you remove them from the oven. They will shrink considerably once they cool.
Next time I make these (oh, yes, I bought two things of cream cheese when I put the ingredients for this on my list!), I’ll probably increase the Splenda by a 1/2 Tablespoon. Or I’ll wait until I can get out to Costco to get a big bag of frozen berries so that I can have something to top it with. Just plain like this, it didn’t quite satisfy my need for a NoNo. I also probably should have let mine cook just a little longer—that may have helped with the moisture issue I experienced, too.