Who says you have to skip out on decadent cheesecake, just because you want to eat healthy? With this chocolate cheesecake tart, you’ll be able to enjoy a sweet treat without the extra calories or the guilt.
Read on to learn how to make a decadent chocolate cheesecake tart that’s safe for those on gluten-free diets, or those who simply want to eat lighter.
Cheesecake is by nature a rich and heavy dessert – but it doesn’t have to be! With a few simple swaps, we’ve made our chocolate cheesecake tart just as delicious as regular cheesecake but without excess sugar, fat, and calories.
That being said, it can be hard to get the right texture and rich flavor with “lite” and low fat ingredients. Instead, we’re using naturally lighter products to cut back on fat, carbs, and refined sugars. Here’s what makes this tart so deliciously healthy:
Traditional cheesecakes are made with cream cheese, but we’ve chosen the lighter Italian cheese mascarpone for our tart. Mascarpone is still rich and velvety, but has less fat and calories than cream cheese.
We’re using our Anna Maria’s Strawberry Rose Jam as glaze for this tart. This jam is sweet and fruity, but without all the added sugars of other strawberry jams. And believe me – you won’t miss that extra sugar! Just a light glaze on top gives the perfect balance to the rich bitterness of the cocoa and the smoothness of the mascarpone.
Using gluten-free flours like the cup4cup flour and almond flour makes this tart gluten-free and reduces the potential inflammatory effects of traditional wheat flour. That means you can indulge in this semi-sweet dessert without the bloating and digestive upset afterwards. Plus these alternative flours add a nutty richness to the tart crust that pairs perfectly with chocolate!
This lighter, fluffier version of chocolate cheesecake is perfect at anytime of year -especially the holidays. In fact, it is one of my favorite desserts to make for celebrating Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or even an elegant birthday.
What makes it such a perfect holiday recipe? The strawberry rose glaze, made with AnnaMaria’s Strawberry Rose Jam feels like a shot of spring as its getting cold outside. Second, the jam combined with the mascarpone chocolate cake energize so many taste buds that you won’t need to eat a huge portion to feel satisfied. (Although, honestly, sometimes I can’t help going for the 2nd and 3rd slice!)