Faux Cheesecake

I bought Bethenny Frankel’s new book, Naturally Thin, on Tuesday night after getting home from my cruise.  On Wednesday I ended up trying (and modifying, of course – who follows recipes?) three of her ideas.  I changed this one so much that I think I can call it my own:

Maggie’s Faux Choco-Banana Cheesecake


Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2/3 cup lowfat cottage cheese (can use up to 1 cup depending on how much you want)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • splash of extract (I used vanilla, but anything would work)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon stevia (or 2 teaspoons other sweetener – sugar, honey, etc.)
  • 1 square of chocolate, crushed up (I used Ghirardelli’s 60%); or 1 tablespoon of crushed up chocolate chips


Put everything in a mini food-processor and blend.  Serve chilled.


This is perfect for dessert or a snack at any time.  It really satisfies a sweet tooth but it’s not heavy!  It’s crap-free and wonderful.

What’s your favorite flavor of cheesecake? I think mine is this one 🙂

38 Comments on Faux Cheesecake

  1. VeggieGirl
    3 April, 2009 at 10:08 am (8 years ago)

    Love it!!

    My favorite flavor of cheesecake = strawberry!!

  2. Sharon
    3 April, 2009 at 10:16 am (8 years ago)

    Oh wow, awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Peggy (Mom)
    3 April, 2009 at 10:30 am (8 years ago)

    That looks really good…my favorite flavor is plain…but I like it when they put a thin layer of sour cream on top

  4. Yasmin
    3 April, 2009 at 10:41 am (8 years ago)

    At the Cheesecake factory it would be the Snickers or Cookies n Cream

  5. coco
    3 April, 2009 at 10:41 am (8 years ago)

    this one is so simple! i’ll get some cottage cheese to make it! (with salt or without salt type?)

  6. Julie
    3 April, 2009 at 10:48 am (8 years ago)

    whoa that looks so good! definitely gotta get her new book

  7. Olga
    3 April, 2009 at 10:54 am (8 years ago)

    what a great recipe, seems like a fantastic treat!

    My favorite flavor is pumpkin cheesecake or dolce de leche…It’s to die for!

  8. K
    3 April, 2009 at 10:57 am (8 years ago)

    As a big fan of anything cheesecake – THAT sounds fantastic 🙂

  9. Danielle
    3 April, 2009 at 11:31 am (8 years ago)

    Any cheese cake is my favorite! I don’t eat it that often but when I do I can’t get it off my mind for days, this looks like a fun replacement!

  10. Missy (Missy Maintains)
    3 April, 2009 at 12:23 pm (8 years ago)

    That looks amazing! I just ordered her book 5 minutes ago 🙂

  11. Shelby
    3 April, 2009 at 1:19 pm (8 years ago)

    I used to hate cheesecake but then I made a vegan version and I love it! Weird huh. =P

  12. Pearl
    3 April, 2009 at 2:31 pm (8 years ago)

    enjoy the book!
    and that faux cheesecake looks good!

  13. Sarena
    3 April, 2009 at 3:07 pm (8 years ago)

    That sounds really good! I really miss cottage cheese (I am extremely lactose intolerant). I will have to try a version of this!

  14. Anna
    3 April, 2009 at 8:04 pm (8 years ago)

    Neat! I like the blender idea. All these blender creations (smoothes, blended oat bowls… ) reminds me how much I’m looking forward to having access to one at home.

  15. ttfn300
    3 April, 2009 at 9:26 pm (8 years ago)

    can’t go wrong with a good for you treat like that!

  16. Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    3 April, 2009 at 10:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Yum, that looks great! I really like peanut butter cheesecake. Could it be any richer?

  17. cleanveggie
    4 April, 2009 at 3:45 am (8 years ago)

    sounds AMAZINGG!!
    have a great saturday 🙂

  18. erinbee.
    4 April, 2009 at 9:03 am (8 years ago)

    this looks so good!

    and i ALWAYS have cottage cheese.
    bananas. and chocolate on hand. !!

    my favorite flavor of anything is
    peanut butter. i just might have to
    tweak your recipe slightly. ;] yum.

  19. Jenni
    4 April, 2009 at 9:20 am (8 years ago)

    that looks amazing! thanks for sharing your tweaked recipe… what do you think of that book in general?

  20. Jen
    4 April, 2009 at 12:06 pm (8 years ago)

    Very cool! I love how this could totally be adapted for a zillion different flavors. 🙂

  21. Lara (Thinspired)
    4 April, 2009 at 2:35 pm (8 years ago)

    Maggie! I would love to hear your opinion on that book–I was JUST reading about it online but I’m just not sure if it will be standard “diet” advice–cut portions, blah blah. I didn’t realize it has recipes, too. I think she’s great so I’ll probably buy it anyway but any thoughts you have would be appreciated 🙂

  22. joanna
    4 April, 2009 at 4:45 pm (8 years ago)

    how do you like her book?

    i can never decide if i like bethenny or not. she reminds me of this EVIL contestant on Survivor but only in appearance. i guess when i watch her on housewives, i can’t get the other lady out of my head.

  23. gliding calm
    4 April, 2009 at 7:15 pm (8 years ago)

    that sounds good!

  24. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    4 April, 2009 at 7:35 pm (8 years ago)

    Brilliant Maggie, and much better for me than those 500+ calorie pieces of cheesecake I have put away at the Cheesecake Factory. My favorite cheesecake involves either Oreos or peanut butter…or both. 🙂

    How are liking Naturally Thin?

  25. Emily
    5 April, 2009 at 4:37 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much for the recipe, Maggie! It sounds delish, and it’s so great that it is crap-free! 🙂

  26. Justine
    5 April, 2009 at 6:42 am (8 years ago)

    I love making cheesecake!! My two specialties are a Brownie Bottom Cheesecake and a White Chocolate Candy Cane Cheesecake.


  27. Kelly Olexa
    5 April, 2009 at 11:31 am (8 years ago)

    I loved her book and now I’m psyched to try some of these recipes!! 😉 MMMMM

  28. Dori
    6 April, 2009 at 5:59 am (8 years ago)

    When I saw that one in Bethenny’s book I wanted to try it so badly, but promptly forgot allll about it. Now I really need to! I want to get a hand blender like she has. That sounds so delicious — and something my poor tummy can definitely handle!

    My fav flavor cheesecake? Hmmm that is a tough one. I like the cookie dough flavor at Cheesecake Factory!

  29. rebecca (unintuitiveeating)
    6 April, 2009 at 4:59 pm (8 years ago)

    oh to clarify i didn’t mean whether it would work with real… just basically challenge your reasons for not using a real sweetener….

  30. kailey
    11 July, 2009 at 2:17 pm (8 years ago)

    I just made this the other night and LOVED IT!! I loved the texture, how filling it was, the natural ingredients and the flavor of course 🙂 You could basically say I licked the bowl clean (because I did haha)

  31. Baylee
    11 July, 2009 at 4:52 pm (8 years ago)

    OMG! I am going to have to try this!!!

  32. Kenzie
    27 August, 2010 at 5:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I could really use something “crap free and wonderful” while I’m trying to lose my baby weight. I have had the worst sweet tooth lately, but everything I want to eat seems like it’s going to add 45lbs to my butt, which I definitely don’t need. I don’t love cottage cheese, but could learn to like it if it tastes as good as you say! Kudos.

    • Maggie
      30 August, 2010 at 9:49 pm (6 years ago)

      @Kenzie: You don’t taste the cottage cheese at all!

  33. Nichole
    13 November, 2011 at 11:01 am (5 years ago)

    This looks amazing! I’m not normally a cottage cheese fan, but I bet I would like it like this! I will have to try it for sure. Have you tried any other combos for flavors?

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