Stripes help zebras to protect themselves from predators in the wild. Likewise, the stripes in this low-carb cheesecake with zebra stripes help us to protect ourselves from predatory extra kilos from sinking their teeth into our flesh.
I realized that I have not shared many healthy baking recipes recently, so I thought I bring back the healthy twist to sweet goodies with a tasty bang.
This recipe became a new household item in our family, since my daughter recently discovered the joy of hosting princess parties for which she loves to serve ‘coffee and cake’. She gets a kick out of it, if I provide her with some real cake for the occasion. No real coffee though as that would be parental suicide. Part of the joy of parenting is to create something fun. Since you also don’t want to overload your mini-mes with sugar, healthy ideas are always a good path to pursue.
This is why this low-carb cheesecake with zebra stripes is such a total winner. It’s creamy, it’s tasty, it’s rich in protein, it’s not stuffed to the max with sugar, but still sweet thanks to honey.
Low-carb cheesecake with zebra stripes at a glance
- Servings: 8
- Calories per serving: 240 kcal
- Preparation time: 20 min
- Baking time in the oven: 20 min
- Total time from start to finish: 40 min
- 18 ounces (510 grams) of ricotta cheese or quark (what is quark?)
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of vanilla flavored instant pudding powder (e.g. this one by Jell-O)
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder / baking cacao
How to prepare low-carb cheesecake with zebra stripes
Step 1: Prepare a round cake mold with baking paper or butter it
Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 180 degrees Celsius.
Step 3: Add the ricotta cheese (or quark) to a large bowl and add the instant pudding powder to it. Whisk it until well blended. Then mix in the eggs and the honey. Voilà: the base for your low-carb cheesecake with zebra stripes is already done.
Step 4: Split the dough for your low-carb cheesecake with zebra stripes into two parts of 1/3 and 2/3.
Step 5: Add the cacao to the bowl larger share of the dough and mix it in.
Step 6: Now it’s time to give the zebra its stripes: Place two tablespoons of white dough in the middle of the cake mold. Then drizzle two tablespoons of the brown dough right in the center of the white dough. This will push the white dough further out as the brown dough forms a circle in the middle. Then add the next two tablespoons of the white dough. Thereby the dough spreads even further to the edge of the cake mold all while forming white and brown rings that spread from the center. When the dough has reached the edge of the cake mold, continue to proceed by only adding one tablespoon of dough with each round as that makes the cheesecake rings slimmer and thus prettier the closer we get to the center.
Step 7: Bake the low-carb cheesecake with zebra stripes in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Then poke a stick into the dough to see if it’s done. It’s ready to come out of the oven, if the stick comes out clean. If it’s not, give it an extra 5 minutes.
The beautiful thing about any cheesecake (besides the fact that they do not need ANY fuss or decoration) is that you can eat it while it’s still warm. In fact, I would go so far and say it takes even better when it’s still got the heat of the oven in it. It makes the texture somehow even creamier than when it’s cold.
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