Strawberry Shortcake Protein Cheesecake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Protein Cheesecake Recipe
Written by Derek Howes

Remember Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars? Yeah, they’re still delicious! Unfortunately (keep reading!) I’m not gonna show you how to make them healthier today but what I am gonna show you is how to make a Strawberry Shortcake Protein Cheesecake that tastes just as good!!!

Start this one with 1/2 cup of almond flour for your crust and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Mix those up together until it gets kind of clumpy.

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Next take out a 6×2 pan and add some parchment paper into it. You could also use a bigger or smaller pan too but your baking times will change so keep that in mind. Add the crust mix into your pan and firmly press it in until it’s even throughout. Bake that on 350F/176C until it’s golden brown (around 10-15 minutes).

While that’s baking add into a large bowl 16 ounces of cream cheese, 2 large whole eggs, 2 scoops of a protein powder, 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of a sweetener depending on what you’re using (I like erythritol), 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 2 containers of a vanilla Greek yogurt. Mix all of those together until smooth! Do your best to get most of the clumps out but don’t over-mix it or you’ll put too much air in the cheesecake and it won’t have the right texture. Finally chop up some fresh strawberries and lightly mix/fold those in.

Once your crust is done and cooled pour your mix in and throw that in the oven on 325F/162C for around 30-35 minutes. After that drop it to 200F/93C and bake for an additional 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove it, let it cool, wrap it up, and throw it in the fridge for a few hours (I usually let it sit overnight).

To make your topping base layer you could just use a container of Greek yogurt but I prefer it to be a bit thicker and that’s easily done by mixing in a scoop of protein powder and 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum. Evenly distribute that layer to the top of your cheesecake. For the main layer you’ll wanna crush up 2 things.

  1. Strawberry Wafers (I use 2 of them).
  1. Strawberry wafers (I use 2 of them).
  2. A couple cookies (depends how big they are). These could be shortbread (my favorite), vanilla wafer cookies, or even animal crackers…just think outside the box and use what best fits your macros.

If you want, you could even go the sugar free route with both of these.

Mix those together, sprinkle on top, and prepare yourself for a mouthgasm…

Pretty easy, right? A little goes a long way with the topping so even if you use something that’s high in sugar it’s still not gonna add THAT much sugar to the recipe. You can also switch this recipe up to fit your macros. Example? Use full fat cream cheese, reduced, or even fat free!

Ingredients needed for the Crust:

  • 1/2 Cup (56g) Almond Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (or Coconut Oil)

Ingredients needed for the Cheesecake:

  • 16 Ounces Cream Cheese (Full, Reduced, or Fat Free)
  • 2 Large Whole Eggs
  • 2 Scoops Protein Powder (Unflavored, Strawberry, or Vanilla work best)
  • 1/4 Cup-1/2 Cup Sweetener (I like Erythritol)
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Containers (300g) Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Fresh Strawberries

Ingredients needed for the Topping:

  • 1 Container Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder (Your Choice Flavor)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 2 Strawberry Wafers
  • 2 Cookies (Shortbread, Vanilla Wafer, Animal Crackers, Golden Oreo, etc)

*Use Sugar Free wafers and/or cookies if needed

TIPS:

  • Using a BIGGER or smaller pan will also come with a change in baking time!
  • Use whatever fits your macros!
  • Look for lower sodium alternatives!

How to make your Crust:

  1. Mix together your Almond Flour and Melted Butter until clumpy
  2. Take out a 6×2 pan and line it with parchment paper
  3. Press your crust in and bake it on 350F/176C until golden brown (around 10-15 minutes)
  4. Remove it and let it cool

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How to make your Cheesecake:

  1. Mix together all of your Cheesecake ingredients (be careful not to over-mix or you’ll add too much air to the cheesecake)
  2. Chop up and lightly mix in your Strawberries
  3. Pour your mix on top of your cooled crust in your 6×2 pan
  4. Bake on 325F/162C for 30-35 minutes
  5. Drop your temp to 200F/93C and bake for an additional 50 minutes-1 hour
  6. Remove it from the oven, let it cool, wrap it up, and put it in the fridge for a couple hours

How to make your Topping:

  1. Mix together your Greek Yogurt, Protein Powder, and Xanthan Gum until it thickens up
  2. Evenly distribute that mix to the top of your cheesecake
  3. Crush up your Wafers & Cookies and mix them together
  4. Sprinkle them on top!

Calories in My Topping:

  • Calories: 530
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 302mg
  • Carbs: 37g (Net Carbs: 32g)
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Protein: 82g

REMEMBER TO DIVIDE THESE NUMBERS BY HOWEVER MANY SLICES YOU’RE CUTTING AND THEN ADD YOUR TOPPING!

Calories in my Strawberry Cheesecake w/ Crust & Fat Free Cream Cheese:

  • Calories: 1553
  • Fat: 61g
  • Saturated Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 2304mg
  • Carbs: 98g (Net Carbs: 89g)
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 51g
  • Protein 153g

*MY PREFERENCE

Calories in my Strawberry Cheesecake w/ Crust & Reduced Fat Cream Cheese:

  • Calories: 2049
  • Fat: 137g
  • Saturated Fat: 61g
  • Sodium: 2104mg
  • Carbs: 63g (Net Carbs: 54g)
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 46g
  • Protein: 141g

Calories in my Strawberry Cheesecake w/ Crust & Full Free Cream Cheese:

  • Calories: 2519
  • Fat: 195g
  • Saturated Fat: 116g
  • Sodium: 1504mg
  • Carbs: 50g (Net Carbs: 41g)
  • Fiber: 9g
  • Sugar: 35g
  • Protein: 141

About the author

Derek Howes

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.

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