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Bite it! HG's Too-Good Turtle Cheesecake
HG's Too-Good Turtle Cheesecake

Yes, Please-Cake!

Today's recipe has nothing to do with hard-shelled reptiles. The turtles that inspired this amazing cheesecake are the gooey, chocolatey, nutty candies that are usually really high in fat and calories. Yes, THOSE turtles. Are you ready for this?

Ingredients:
Cheesecake
16 oz. fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar (or HG Alternative)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. (about 3/4 cup) fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt (like the kind by Chobani), room temperature
3 large egg whites or 1/2 cup liquid egg whites, room temperature
2 tbsp. lemon juice, room temperature
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Topping
1 sheet (4 crackers) chocolate graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cup fat-free or light caramel dip (like the kinds by Marzetti)
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" springform cake pan with nonstick spray.

Set out all cheesecake ingredients. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. With an electric mixer set to medium speed, beat until smooth, 1 - 2 minutes. Continuing to beat the mixture, gradually add yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, and flour. Beat until thoroughly mixed, about 2 minutes.

Evenly pour mixture into the cake pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake until firm, 40 - 45 minutes.

Once cheesecake has completely cooled, evenly top with crushed graham crackers. Drizzle with caramel dip and sprinkle with pecans.

Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Release springform, slice, and dig in!

MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 slice (1/8th of recipe)
Calories: 213
Fat: 4.5g
Sodium: 420mg
Carbs: 32g
Fiber: 0.5g
Sugars: 24g
Protein: 12g

PointsPlus® value 6*

HG Heads-Up: Be sure that the cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites, and lemon juice are at room temperature. This will help to prevent cracks in your cheesecake.

HG Alternative: Cut calories and sugar by using an equal amount of Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated) in place of the sugar. Then each serving will have 170 calories, 20g carbs, 12g sugars, and a PointsPlus® value of 4*.

Fight it! Turtle Cheesecake, Average
Turtle Cheesecake, Average

Hurdle This Turtle

Cheesecake is typically both very delicious and completely fattening. Same goes for turtles (the candy kind, that is). Put them together, and things get scary. The thought alone makes our blood curdle. Eat too much of the stuff, and you could end up in a girdle, just like your aunt Myrtle. (Alright, enough words that rhyme with turtle.) You get the picture -- a slice of this dessert is bad news. Like, nearly-700-calories-and-more-than-40g-fat bad. Enter our cheesecake. All other cheesecakes better run and hide because this recipe is crazy-delicious and loaded with tasty toppings -- chocolate chips, gooey caramel, nuts, and more. Yet, somehow, it's 100 percent guilt-free. What can we say? When it comes to thinking up delicious low-calorie desserts, our imagination is pretty... fertile. (Sorry!)

Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories: 671
Fat: 43g
Sodium: 425mg
Carbs: 66g
Fiber: 1.5g
Sugars: 43g
Protein: 9.5g

PointsPlus
® value 19*

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