Cheater Cheesecake: 3-Ingredient Healthy Alternative to Cheesecake

Cheater Cheesecake: you’re just 2 minutes and 3 ingredients away from a delicious alternative to a piece of calorie-laden, high-fat cheesecake!

If you love cheesecake, but hate all the fat and calories that go along with it, you’re going to love this quick and easy Cheater Cheesecake recipe!  It takes all of 2 minutes to put together, it’s a much healthier alternative to cheesecake itself, and it contains 3 very simple ingredients.


cheater cheese cake - 2 minute alternative to cheesecake


Let me tell you about the inspiration behind this 2 minute “Cheater Cheesecake”.  Every Saturday, I invite kid-bloggers from all over the globe to share a favourite post or two on my facebook page. If you haven’t popped over there on a Saturday, you really must!  We had over 30 GORGEOUS arts, crafts, activities and recipes linked up there yesterday! And if you’re a blogger, feel free to pop over next weekend and share a kid-friendly post with us!

Yesterday, one post that jumped out at me, was this gorgeous Canada Day/Fourth of July dessert from Glittering Muffins.


Canada Day/Fourth of July cake by Glittering Muffins

Doesn’t it look divine?  Perfect for a summer family BBQ or Potluck!

Well, today, my hubby and I figured we’d better go out and get some fresh, field Strawberries before the season ended, so we came home with a couple of baskets-full, and I put together this super-easy, super-quick dessert for us tonight.

It was amazing!  I had Valerie’s recipe in mind, but I didn’t have cool whip or graham crackers so I improvised with what I had on hand, and the results were delicious!  I’m a sucker for cheesecake.  It’s my all-time favourite dessert EVER, and that’s what this dessert reminded me of, but it was a lighter, more refreshing version.  Lower in fat and calories, but really, REALLY good!

For my Cheater Cheesecake, I used:


ingredients for cheater cheesecake

  • vanilla yogurt
  • strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • “Dad’s” oatmeal cookies, crushed (1.5 cookies per bowl)

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That’s IT!  I scooped some yogurt into some cute, little parfait bowls, dropped in a handful of whole blueberries and raspberries and a few sliced strawberries, sprinkled it all with the crushed oatmeal cookies (which I’d placed in a sandwich bag and crushed with my hand).  Then I finished with a couple more berries.

cheater cheesecake - quick, easy, healthy dessert

How easy is that?  And it was CRAAAZY good.  And such a healthy alternative to real cheesecake.  I would actually serve these to company.  And you can bet I’ll be making them a few more times for us before the rest of the strawberries are gone!

How about some more delicious dessert recipes to really get you drooling?

Black Forest Trifle

Best Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin Chip Cookies

Big, Soft Ginger Cookies

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (bread machine)

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    • happyhooligans says

      I didn’t calculate, Becky. There’s your fruit, and then of course the calories that are in whatever cookie and yogurt you choose to use.

  1. Ashley says

    Using Greek yogurt would even make it a high protein snack! I have similar to this as an afternoon snack most days, but I never thought to add cookie crumbles. Sounds amazing!

  2. Michelle McClintock says

    It looks like a McDonald’s yogurt parfait. How do you get the cheesecake flavor? If it’s made with yogurt and nothing to make the cheesecake flavor, it can’t be called a substitute for cheesecake. I doubt I could get my brother to eat it because he only likes yogurt when it’s like soft ice cream.

    • happyhooligans says

      Hi Michelle! Feel free to call it whatever you’d like to if you make it. Curious to know what you mean by “soft like ice cream” Do you mean frozen yogurt? I’ll bet that would be delicious served like this.

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