Strawberry & Lemon Yogurt Cheesecake

A little sweet, very creamy, and a soft notes of a tangy lemon to pair with the fruity goodness of fresh strawberries. My Strawberry & Lemon Yogurt Cheesecake is a healthier alternative to your classic cheesecake that will keep you coming back for seconds!

If you’re in for a little twist for a Summer treat- try baking the cheesecake batter in an 8×8″ baking dish that is lined throughly with parchment paper (so that you are able to pull out the cheesecake once cooled). Then, slice the cheesecake into square bites! Mhmm!

Strawberry & Lemon Cheesecake (Greek Yogurt-based) - Food Photography
Strawberry & Lemon Yogurt Cheesecake – Food Photography

How does the yogurt replace the cream cheese?

Greek yogurt (preferably plain) is a great alternative for cream cheese in almost any recipe. The secret is to use a kitchen towel or tea towel to drain out most of the liquids from the yogurt. Once drained, the yogurt should replicate the same texture as cream cheese.

Just a little thought – Another alternative is mascarpone cheese which is still lighter than cream cheese, but will add more richness and natural sweetness to dessert recipes.

Strawberry & Lemon Cheesecake (Greek Yogurt-based) - Food Photography
Strawberry & Lemon Yogurt Cheesecake – Food Photography

Can you make cheesecake without cream cheese?

Most definitely! Years ago, my mother and I made a cheesecake by simply replacing all cream cheese with drained greek yogurt – it turned out quite delicious and creamy, as well! However, be aware that you may need to increase sugar levels as the end result won’t be as rich and sweet.

I wouldn’t skip the ricotta cheese (because that’s where the natural richness comes into each slice) but you can definitely reduce the cream cheese and substitute it with more yogurt!

For a no-bake, vegan crust: Click here.

Now, it is time to grab our aprons and start whipping up creamy deliciousness!

Strawberry & Lemon Cheesecake (Greek Yogurt-based)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Servings: 14 to 16 people

Ingredients

For the cheesecake:

  • 14 oz. 2% Greek Yogurt
  • 14 oz. Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese
  • 5 oz. Ricotta Cheese, whole milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Granulated Cane Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Almond Extract
  • Zest & Juice of 2 Lemons

For the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups Graham Crackers
  • 3/4 cup Quick Oats
  • 2 tbsp. Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 5 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/8 tsp. Sea Salt

Topping:

  • 2-3 cups Fresh Strawberries, quartered

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line the bottom of a springform pan with parchment paper. Grease the sides of the pan with a little extra virgin olive oil and dust lightly with flour.
  • Using high-speed blender, pulse together the graham crackers, quick oats, honey, sea salt, and olive oil. Evenly press the crust mixture into a springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Using a tea towel, ring out the excess liquid in the greek yogurt.
  • Pulse all the cheesecake ingredients together in a food processor or blender, until smooth and creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the crust mixture.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes. (It is okay if the cheesecake is a littel wobbly in the very center. Read above for detailed notes on knowing when it is perfectly ready.)
    Leave the cheesecake in the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover the pan and allow it to chill in the fridge for 4 hours to overnight.
  • Garnish the top of the cheesecake with a glorious pile of freshly quartered strawberries. (Optional: drizzle with a little maple syrup before serving.)

I truly hope you all enjoy this soft, creamy, and lightly sweet cheesecake that will brighten your mood any day! ’till next time… xxL

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Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)

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