5 Minute MASON JAR Cheesecakes Recipe

Mason Jar Cheesecakes Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

Hey!!! Alright, 5 minutes…that’s all you need to kill your sweet tooth. The best part? These Mason Jar Cheesecakes are only around 300 calories EACH!

Start by taking out a bowl and some graham cracker crumbs. You can make your own by crushing up some graham crackers or if you’re lazy like me just buy them boxed. I shoot for around 1 serving of crumbs per cheesecake which is 31 grams. Add those in and then 1 tablespoon of melted butter or coconut oil. You’ll want 1 tablespoon per 1 serving of crumbs. Mix those together until clumpy.

Next take out another bowl and add into that one 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 container of Greek yogurt, 1 1/2 scoops of my Baking Protein Powder or regular protein, 1-2 tablespoons of a sweetener, a dash of salt, and a little lemon juice. Mix those together until smooth.

Now you have your crust and you have your filling. Here’s where you can change up the recipe however you want. If you want a peanut butter cheesecake throw some peanut butter into your filling, if you want it chocolate throw in a couple tablespoons of cocoa powder. You can pretty much add anything you want into these and they’ll taste great so have some fun and share some of your favorite variations below!!!

Half Pint Mason Jars: http://amzn.to/2kjTPJL

Today we’re gonna add in some fruit. With fruit I like to layer it so first I start with some half pint mason jars. Add in a little crust to the bottom followed by some filling and then your fruit. Today I’m using strawberries and bananas. On top of your fruit another layer of filling then your crust and the rest of your fruit. You can obviously change this up however you want to. Throw them in the fridge for 10-20 minutes or if you can’t wait just dive right in! This recipe should easily make 3 of them. Below are the macros with full fat, reduced fat, AND fat free cream cheese.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 Serving (31g) Graham Cracker Crumbs (Per Cheesecake)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter or Coconut Oil (Per Cheesecake)
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese (Fat Free, Reduced Fat, or Full Fat)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 5.3 Ounces (150g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Scoops (45g) The Protein Chef’s Baking Protein Powder (or Regular Protein)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Sweetener
  • Dash Salt
  • Squirt Lemon Juice
  • *Optional Fruit, Peanut Butter, Cocoa Powder, etc

Calories in the whole recipe w/ Fat Free Cream Cheese (makes 3):

  • Calories: 970
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 1005mg
  • Carbs: 91g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 38g
  • Protein: 84g

If you make 3 (323 calories each, 10g fat, 30.3g carbs, and 28g protein)

Calories in the whole recipe w/ Reduced Fat Cream Cheese (makes 3):

  • Calories: 1125
  • Fat: 65g
  • Saturated Fat: 37g
  • Sodium: 925mg
  • Carbs: 75g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Protein: 60g

Calories in the whole recipe w/ Full Fat Cream Cheese (makes 3):

  • Calories: 1485
  • Fat: 105g
  • Saturated Fat: 68g
  • Sodium: 810mg
  • Carbs: 75g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Protein: 60g

How to make:

  1. In a small bowl melt your Butter or Coconut Oil and mix it together with your Graham Cracker Crumbs until clumpy
  2. In another bowl mix together the rest of your ingredients aside from your optional toppings (like fruit) until smooth
  3. Add some of your crust into your half pint mason jar then your filling and last your topping
  4. Repeat the process until you make however many layers you want


  • Throw them in the fridge for 10-20 minutes and they’ll thicken up even more like cheesecake!

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The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.


  • I added sugar free cheesecake jello pudding mix…1serving per jar of cream mix. It only adds 25 calories and a few grams of carbs and sugar. Gave it that cheesecake kick! Love this recipe.

  • I’m currently pregnant and looking to make some meals… or snacks in advance. Do you think this would freeze well? Thanks!

  • I made this recipe with sugar-free pistashio pudding mix. I substituted fresh cherries cut in half. The result was the best cheesecake I’ve ever tasted! I didn’t have Ball Jars so I made them in coffee mugs. My wife and I both think this will be a big hit at our next New York City dinner party!!!! P.S. By that time, we’ll up-grade to the Ball Jars!!!

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