Low sugar ‘healthy’ cheese cake

Had a piece of chocolate cake topped with raspberries in a cafe and wanted to make a healthier chocolate and raspberry alternative. I looked for sugar free and low sugar cheese cake recipes and couldn’t find one I liked so I made one up with some of the elements of different recipes I had read. It turned out really yummy.

I stared out by blending a packet of hazelnuts with a tablespoon of melted butter and a teaspoon of sugar to make the base.  In hind site I dont think the sugar was necessary and i might try a nut better next time.

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Had to change the pan I was using as this one was too big..

For the topping I blended a pot of Quark, half a tub of low fat cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of icing sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 150g high quality dark chocolate. I would leave out the sugar next time.

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Spread the toppin on the base, was quite thick already. And put in the fridge to set.

 

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When it was set I decorated with raspberries. I think it could go well with other soft fruit too.

 

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Not super healthy because of the chocolate but so rich and delicious you only needed a very small piece at a time to get a good hit and still really creamy despite the low fat cheese alternatives.

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Lots of bananas to use up and one or two raspberries

Had lots of bananas to use us which often happens here as we’re not fast enough banana eaters, mostly due to only 2 of 5 family members being  in the banana eating team!

Luckily 4 out of 5 will eat banana related baked goods so we have a lot of banana bread, this one was a Mary Berry recipe:

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But we still had more banana and I wanted something to take to my sister in law who’s a new mummy when we went to meet our niece for the first time found this recipe for sugar free banana and date flapjacks http://www.mumsnet.com/food/recipe/259-Sugar-free-banana-and-date-flapjacks its a bit different to other flapjack recipes because it doesn’t require melting in a saucepan first:

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Just mix together the banana and dates then add the dry ingredients

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And bake

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Failed to remember all the cakes when setting out for our visit so the family ate up the banana bread and the the muffins and this went to breastfeeding support group and was enjoyed although it was a little dry for my taste, going to experiment with the recipe and see if I can improve it next time I have banana to use up.

At the request of the no banana brigade I also made some chocolate cupcakes with raspberries in half of them (not everyone eat raspberries they like to keep me on my toes)  using this recipe http://rebeccabakescakes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/week-41-chocolate-raspberry-muffins.html

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Lovely easy to mix batter

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Raspberries on top

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Lesson learned don’t overfill when you’re going to add fruit too. Very yummy if not all that healthy.