I love vanilla cheesecake but the shop-bought ones always seem so bad for you with a tiny little piece being so high in calories. This low-fat vanilla quark cheesecake is so much better and really easy to make. If you follow Slimming World or another diet it could help you to still enjoy cheesecake but lose weight too!

Vanilla cheesecake with fresh berries.
Vanilla cheesecake

Disclaimer: Just Average Jen is not connected with any weight loss plan. Please check nutritional values and/or syns yourself as these are approximate to the best of my knowledge.

Quark tips with this low-fat vanilla quark cheesecake

In recipes that need quark, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure it tastes good. Quark doesn’t have much flavour so ensure you flavour the dish well.

Flavoured quark is usually synned if you follow Slimming World so instead use flavourings that are syn-free or a squeeze of lemon juice perhaps.

Whilst you can buy vanilla quark for this cheesecake it is synned and this is just as easy. I promise if you make this vanilla quark cheesecake with plain quark but using vanilla essence it will be just as good as with vanilla quark but with lower syns!

Quark is available in most large supermarkets now and even stocked in Aldi and Lidl. You can usually find it near soft cheeses in a tub similar to that you would buy cottage cheese in.

If you are not sure about Quark, then why not try some sweetened with Smores Brownies as a cream-type accompaniment?

Carrot cake cut into slices
Carrot Cake

Quark cheesecakes for diets

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this vanilla cheesecake and my chocolate and coffee cheesecake are great recipes to try.

It is of course important to check yourself for any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Comfort eating

It is easy when you are trying to lose weight to fall into the trap of comfort eating when you are feeling down.

Finding healthy snack alternatives can help you avoid weight gain.

You do not need to just snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy there are so many other alternatives.

When you carefully count the syns in something like this vanilla cheesecake it can be great on the plan too.

Deconstructed frozen berry cheesecake
Deconstructed cheesecake

If you find that you are regularly feeling down and snacking then maybe you need to address this as possible depression and consider seeing your GP. We all have struggled every now and then so it really isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Another option instead of eating at all could be to find something else to do instead of eating when you are feeling down.

Give it some thought and see if you can come up with any strategies to help yourself.

quark infographic about the health benefits of quark.

Budget shopping tips

I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible to everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure hard-to-find ingredients.

I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients. We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients wouldn’t we?

Vanilla cheesecake with fresh berries.
Vanilla cheesecake

Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can. I often freeze quark if I buy it reduced then simply defrost it before using it in a recipe like this vanilla cheesecake.

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Cranberry smoothie
Cranberry smoothie

More healthy recipes you may like

If this vanilla quark cheesecake has made you realise you should use quark more and are looking for more recipes with it check out my ultimate quark recipe list here including chocolate and coffee cheesecake, frozen berry cheesecake and semifreddo.

Do you fancy looking at the other dessert ideas I share? Check out my desserts article with lots of yummy dessert recipes.

blueberry semifreddo
Blueberry semifreddo
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Vanilla cheesecake with fresh berries.

Vanilla quark Cheesecake – Slimming World Friendly Recipe

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  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Low Calorie


A delicious cheesecake which is low syn but absolutely delicious even if you are following Slimming World



11 Chocolate Hobnob Biscuits 49.5 Syns approx

50 Grams Low fat/ reduced fat spread 9 Syns approx

4 Large Eggs (Beaten)

750 Grams Quark

3 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

7 Tbsp Granulated Sweetener 3.5 Syns approx


Preheat the oven to 200°c.

Line a 7 inch lose bottomed cake tin with baking paper and set aside.

Using a bowl over boiling water on the hob gently melt the spread. When almost melted add the crushed biscuits so the chocolate on them melts too. When all melted and mixed well spoon into the cake tin. It will only form a thin layer but this keeps the syns down and is adequate.

Mix together beaten eggs, quark, vanilla and sweetener in a bowl until well combined and then gently pour on top of the biscuit base.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes then place a sheet of foil loosely over the top of the tin, careful not to let it touch the mixture, and return to the oven for another 30 minutes.

When firm, remove from oven and allow to cool for approximately one hour and then chill for one hour.

Serve with berries to make it a little healthier and tasty!


The whole recipe works out at approx 61 syns so with 8 portions I would round this to 8 Syns a portion. 

If you swap the plain quark, vanilla extract and sweetener to vanilla quark then this would make the whole recipe approx 73.5 Syns which would be just over 9 syns per portion (approx).

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Hi, I’m Jen Mellor; I live in Nottingham, UK. and use my knowledge and experience in weight loss and confidence to help you become your own cheerleader and best friend. I am usually seen wearing colourful leggings and love to wear bright colours. Wear what you love, and be proud of your style and choices!

One Comment

  1. Really enjoyed this cheesecake. Used normal hobnobs though as couldn’t find any chocolate ones. Didn’t taste SW at all! 🙂

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