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 Replies to “Faux Cheesecake”

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

  2. what a great recipe, seems like a fantastic treat!

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

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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.

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


  10. 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!

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. 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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