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!
Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.
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 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.
Quark cheesecakes for diets
It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
What is Quark?
It is a soft cheese made with skimmed milk. It’s rather like Philadelphia in its consistency and, due to the fat-free aspect of it, there is little flavour. Because of this, quark on its own is not often enjoyed.
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.
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.
Budget shopping tips
I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible for 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?
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.
Which fruits are best when dieting?
Fruit is great as an addition to a breakfast or dessert. Most fruits are pretty low in calories and good for you. Avocado has high fats so is one to have in moderation. Other fruits such as bananas are more filling and are more calorie-dense so it is usually better to choose melon or an apple over bananas or avocados.
If you follow a specific diet or weight loss plan then they are likely to have specific requirements which usually align with this.
If you cook, puree or blend fruit it is less filling and can be easier to overconsume. It would be so easy to drink a smoothie with a couple of bananas, a mango and an apple in a big glass and still not feel full yet most people would not sit and eat all that fruit in one go whole.
Why you should enjoy desserts on a diet
If you are following a diet you will know how careful you feel you should be with your calories, syns or points. One good way to make your smaller dessert more filling is to add fruit or another low-calorie food. Fat-free fromage frais is a great choice and a great addition to most desserts or have a smaller piece.
If you prefer you can add a little flavouring or sweetener too. My favourite sweetener is Canderel Sugarly.
Do you ever have a glass of water before your dessert? Next time give it a try, you will naturally eat less as the water fills you up a little. A perfect way to enjoy the dessert you want and still lose weight.
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.
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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.
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).
Keywords: Slimming World, dessert, Cheesecake, low syn
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