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HG's Vanilla Crème Pumpkin Cheesecake
HG's Vanilla Crème Pumpkin Cheesecake

The Great Pumpkin!
We're year-round pumpkin freaks, but fall is when all the "normal" people celebrate the fat orange squash. Check out this recipe. It's SO great!

HG Heads Up! You'll need a springform pie pan for this recipe. You can usually find 'em cheapie-cheap at any supermarket, or click here to order one online.

Ingredients:

For Crust
2 cups Fiber One Original bran cereal, ground to a breadcrumb-like consistency in a blender or food processor
1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Smart Balance Light or Brummel & Brown), melted & mixed with 2 tbsp. water
3 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 tsp. cinnamon

For Filling
32 oz. fat-free cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/4 cup light brown sugar (not packed)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

For Topping
3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine all crust ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spray a springform pie pan (about 9" wide) lightly with nonstick spray -- make sure to get the sides as well as the bottom. Then evenly distribute crumb mixture, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust along the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all filling ingredients. Using an electric mixer set to medium speed, mix until completely blended and lump-free. Pour mixture into the pan.

Bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, until set. Allow pie to chill in the fridge for at least 3 - 4 hours (overnight is best).

Once pie has chilled, carefully release and remove springform top. In a small bowl, mix all topping ingredients together until thoroughly blended. Spread topping evenly over the pie.

Return pie to the fridge until ready to serve. Cut pie into 12 slices.

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories: 160
Fat: 3.25g
Sodium: 579mg
Carbs: 20g
Fiber: 5g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 15g

PointsPlus® value 4*

Pumpkin Cheesecake, Average
Pumpkin Cheesecake, Average

PLUMPkin Cheesecake!
Cheesecake is dangerous territory, no matter what. And sadly (SO sadly!), adding pumpkin to it does NOT make it guilt-free. (We learned that lesson from YOU, carrot cake!) It really is hard to resist a delicious dessert when it's only available for a limited time, especially when it's as tempting as pumpkin cheesecake. Have you noticed it's been popping up on menus at places like Olive Garden and The Cheesecake Factory? Be strong, people. Resist the urge to dive headfirst into a slab of the stuff. The average not-so-large slice manages to cram in around 431 calories and 26g fat (and a WHOLE lot of sugar!). That's the same amount of fat as EIGHT SLICES of our cheesecake! So here's an idea -- make our version ahead of time, go out for your night on the town, skip dessert, and then come home to enjoy a hefty slice of HG's Vanilla Crème Pumpkin Cheesecake. Yeah, we're full of good ideas (and full of pumpkin cheesecake!).

Serving size: 1 slice
Calories: 492
Fat: 30g
Sodium: 314mg
Carbs: 48g
Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 29g
Protein: 7.5g

PointsPlus® value 13*

  Passionate about pumpkin? Pick up a copy of our first cookbook (in stores and online) and pump up your diet with Creamy Banana Pumpkin Pie Pancakes and Wayne's Pumpkin Smash! (And if you want to know who Wayne is, you'll have to get the book!)
CHEW ON THIS:
Today, October 21st, is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. Hey, it's almost like we did that on purpose!! (Okay, we DID do it on purpose. You're welcome!)
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  *The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.