Pumpkin Cookie Butter Cheesecake

This was a submission for a online recipe contest I recently entered and I thought I would share it with you all! Not macro friendly, but absolutely delicious!

Pumpkin Cookie Butter Cheesecake w/ a toasted pecan cinnamon crust 

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Crust:

1/2c toasted ground pecans
1/2c Graham cracker crumbs
3 T melted butter
1/4 t amoretti cinnamon roll extract
1/8t nutmeg
1/8t cinnamon
1/4c sugar
1/4c Brown sugar
(You can choose to use all of the crust mixture or only part depending on how much of a crust you like.)
Melt butter, then mix everything together. Form into a sprayed 6in spring form pan. You can use a larger pan if you would like, your cheesecake just wont be as thick. Cooking times might vary as well.

Cheesecake:

1lb soft cream cheese
3/4c Amoretti Pumpkin Butter
1/2c Sour Cream
2 whole eggs room temp
1/2c Sugar
1/4c Brown Sugar
1/2 t vanilla
3/4 t salt
1/4t cinnamon
1/8t pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat cream cheese in a bowl on medium high speed until no clumps are left. Add in your pumpkin butter and continue beating until incorporated. Next add in your sugars and beat well. Scrap down sides and add in your eggs, one at a time followed by your vanilla and spices. Lastly add in your sour cream and mix until just incorporated. (You can leave out the sour cream, but your cheesecake will have a denser texture.) Pour your batter in your pan atop of your crust. Tap your cheesecake on the counter a few times to help let excess air escape. Place your cheesecake in the middle of the oven, and place a pan with boiling water on the rack right below it. Bake your cheesecake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Once done, leave in the oven for one more hour with the temp off and the door cracked just slightly. Once cheesecake has been brought to room temp, transfer it to a fridge to finish cooling. If you can let it set overnight, or at least 6 hours. Once set, melt 1/4c white chocolate with 1t shortening to make a white chocolate glaze. Drizzle over the top of your cheesecake and let it set. If cheesecake is cold it will only take a minute.
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Unicorn Crunch Bars

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@uniconutritionVanillaFrosted Brownie crunch bar – ‘soft baked and gluten free’

Cals – 210 / Fat – 8 / Carbs – 19 / Pro – 20
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52g bar so slightly smaller than its competitors that are usually low 60’s. Macro split is pretty much the same as all the other bars of this style, and fairly balanced. Overall presentation is nice with a brownie bar coated in white then drizzling of chocolate over that with plenty of noticeable ‘crips’. Bar is very soft in texture with a bit of a chew on it. The vanilla is pretty sweet and honesty does give you a frosting flavor which I quite liked. You get some brownie in it, but I think the brownie layer should have a bit more flavor to it and not so much frosting. Nice bit of crunch in the beginning to satisfy my texture needs as well. .
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Overall – 8/10 Definitely enjoyed this bar and I bet it would be even better warmed up just a bit. Definitely grab one of these if your looking for a change up.

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@uniconutrition ice cinnamon roll review
210 cal / 6f / 19c / 20p
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Slightly smaller bar at 52g but good macro split to accompany it. Visually a very pleasing bar with a cinnamon nougat filling coating in white, then drizzled with cinnamon drizzle. Noticeable crisps throughout the bar to help with texture appeal.
Very soft bar when chewing with a bit of crunch from the crisps. You get a great blast of cinnamon from the get go and finished with a smooth vanilla icing finishing. The bar didn’t leave any unwanted aftertaste or graininess in the mouth. This bar is also gluten free. .
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Overall – 8.5/10 very good bar and enjoyable to eat. Would definitely recommend trying this out

Performix Wafers

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@performixdriven fruity charms wafer review –

210 cal / 15f / 7c / 13p .
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38g total weight for the wafers so small compared to a typical protein bar but wafers are lite. 15g of Fat is pretty high for me but the trade off is super low carbs at 7g which is damn low for a bar. Visually I love this. White coated wafers with fruity pebbles scattered over them(well a few at least). 2 layers of wafers, 2 layers of filling. Unfortunately this flavor was absolutely terrible. As soon as I bit into it I had this weird taste in my mouth, the wafer just kinda dries up in your mouth and sticks to your teeth. Definitely don’t get fruity charm flavor that’s boasted. .
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Overall – 2/10 , absolutely unappealing to me and definitely would not buy or recommend to anyone

PERFORMIX Protein Wafers, ioProtein Blend 12 count Box, Fruity Charms

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@performixdriven CPB protein wafer review –
210 cal / 14f / 8c / 13 p

Definitely a good macro bar if your looking for low carbs, if you eat a low fat diet like me, you might wanna check yourself. 38g total grams, so very lite compared to typical bars but again this is a wafer. Chocolate coating with a double wager layer with pb in between the layers. Gotta day I’m completely underwhelmed. No real chocolate or pb flavor here and it dissolves pretty dang quick. It also is just a tit bit grainy as well as it gets sticky on your teeth, and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. .
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Overall – 3/10 , I just couldn’t get into this. I did let someone eat what I wasn’t going to and they enjoyed it so it’s definitely personal preference! .

PERFORMIX Protein Wafers, ioProtein Blend 12 count Box, Chocolate Peanut Butter

ProSups My Cookies

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@prosupps carrot cake my cookie review – 290 cal / 8f / 36c / 18p .
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First off, the carrot cake aroma with this cookie is spot on 👌 very inviting to say the least. 80g weight of the cookie so it’s a good size. Carrot cake cookie with a glaze on top makes it look very appealing as well. Very very soft texture and good carrot cake flavor but I did find it to kinda die out as you chew and the more you chew it does get a bit grainy unfortunately. Very dense as well. Might have something to do with it. .
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Overall – 7.5/10, still one of the better protein cookies on the market and macro split is very good as far as competition goes but needs a bit of tweaking imo .

Pro Supps MYCOOKIE Delicious Soft Baked Protein Cookie, Carrot Cake, 18g Protein, 7g Sugar, Gluten-Free, No Trans Fat, Healthy On-The-Go Snack, 12ct, Net Wt 2.82 oz

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@prosupps_mycookiered velvet cookie – cals – 290 / Fat – 8 / carbs – 36 / Pro – 18g .
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Visually it’s a very very deep red cookie with a white icing over the top. Very comparable macros in the protein cookie realm of things. Soft cookie as it breaks easy, and chews even easier. Dense texture, and Very subtle flavor that isn’t too strong but definitely is just enough. You get hit with red velvet then finishes with a smooth icing that’s almost makes it feel like it’s a cream cheese icing. Definitely was a fan of this cookie, and I’m not a huge red velvet kinda guy either. .
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Overall – 8/10 , definitely a cookie to pick up and give a shot. Great job by @prosupps

Pro Supps MYCOOKIE Delicious Soft Baked Protein Cookie, Red Velvet Cake, 18g Protein, 7g Sugar, Gluten-Free, No Trans Fat, Healthy On-The-Go Snack, 12ct, Net Wt 2.82oz

Pro Supps MyCookie Soft Baked Protein Variety Pack 2 w/18g of Protein, No Trans Fat, Gluten Free, 12Ct/Box

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Calories – 164 / Fat – 7.6 / Carbs – 18.3 / Pro – 7.2 per muffin(makes 12 total)

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Pumpkin just never gets old does it? I love cheesecake, I love pumpkin. If your dieting and eat a low fat diet like I do, it can be a pain getting something like cheesecake to fit, well I worked some magic for ya.

Ingredients:

130g of Pumpkin spice cookie spread(or cookie butter/peanut butter of choice)

1 box Fat Free Cream Cheese room temp

 1 Scoop Muscletech Cinnamon Whey

120g Pumpkin Puree 

1.5 oz Walden Farm Pancake Syrup

12g Truvia or other granulated sugar 

2 whole eggs 

12 Ginger Snap cookies 

42g Pumpkin Spice Morsels

Pinch of Salt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 tsp nutmeg

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 330 degrees 
  2. In a bowl beat your cream cheese very well until smooth. 
  3. Add in your sugar, whey, flavorings, and cookie butter. Beat well. 
  4. Lastly add in your eggs and beat slowly until incorporated. 
  5. Line a muffin tin with liners than place a gingersnap in the bottom of each one.
  6. Pour your batter over the cookie until almost full. Repeat x12
  7. Divide your morsels evenly throughout your muffins
  8. Place tin in the oven and bake for roughly 25-30 min or until done. You want almost all of the giggle out of the muffins. 
  9. Remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack to bring to room temp. 
  10. Once at room temp, put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to finish setting. 

Here are a few things you might need! 

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Cinnamon Swirl, 32 Ounce

Walden Farms – Calorie Free Pancake Syrup – 12 oz X 2

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter

Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Chips

Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan, Gray

Wilton 415-2872 150 Count Elegance Baking Cups Value Pack, Assorted

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Here are a few other pages you might like!

Mint Chocolate Protein Cake!

Wild Berry Cheesecake

ProSups My Bar

 

 

 

 

Mint Chocolate Protein Cake!

Ahhh, back to the roots. Long ago I use to bake a protein cake almost every single day.
@thephysiquemechanic and I were talking and decided I would start throwing some recipes and content in his weekly newsletter, so here we are. .
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@muscletech Chocolate Mint Andes Cake w/ @eatenlightened mint ice cream, @waldenfarmsinternational choc syrup, cool whip, and a few more Andes pieces. Who says healthy can’t be pretty! Presentation is everything! .

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Macros:

Cals: 350

Fat: 11.6

Carbs: 45.9

Protein: 23

Ingredients:

1/2 Scoops Mint Chocolate Protein(I used MuscleTech’s)

16g Coconut Flour

10g All Purpose Flour

10g Truvia(or granulated sweetner of choice)

5g Cocoa Powder

70g Greek Yogurt(I used Whole Milk Plain)

60g Unsweetened Applesauce

7g lite butter

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp mint extract

Unsweetened almond milk or other liquid to bring together if needed

10-20g depending // Andes Mint candy pieces or other choc/mix-ins “optional”

Walden Farms Chocolate Sauce “optional”

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Instructions:

Kept this very basic and extremely quick to do as I didn’t have loads of time preparing this. I made this directly for the busy health minded dessert lover.

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Prepare your baking dish. I used a 6 inch ramekin but you could use anything you have handy.
  3. In one bowl sift together your dry ingredients(cocoa, flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt). Then mix in your add ins.
  4. In another bowl add your butter and sugar and mix. Then add in all the rest of your wet ingredients( yogurt, vanilla, applesauce, milk)
  5.  Pour your wet mix into your dry bowl and combine well.
  6. Pour your batter into your baking dish and place in the middle of oven.
  7. Bake for roughly 25-30 min. Bake time will vary depending on baking dish/protein/etc
  8. Use the toothpick test to check if cooked all the way through. Once done, remove and place on a cooling rack.
  9. Once cool, pop out of the baking dish and place onto the rack to finish cooling.
  10. Once cool, decorate however you want, slice it up and share, or wrap and freeze it to enjoy later!
  11. Enjoy! ‘

Tips/Suggestions:

For added protein add in eggs, egg whites, more Greek yogurt, or even increase your protein powder/liquid ratio

To reduce the fat amount use 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, eliminate the butter and increase yogurt or applesauce slightly, leave out the Andes candies.

6 inch ramekin works really well for personal sized cakes but you could get away with breaking this up into cupcakes, a bread loaf, or any other pan you have. Just watch bake time!

Some lower calorie options for decorative toppings would be 0 calorie Chocolate Syrup from Walden Farms, low calorie ice creams like Enlightened, Halo Top, or Arctic Zero, and use lite or fat free cool whip

In preparing my pan I like to spray with a non stick cooking spray then place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom to help prevent any sticking issues.

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Here are some things you might need!

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Chocolate Mint, 4 Pound

WALDEN FARMS SYRUP CF CHOC GF, 12 OZ

Andes Creme De Menthe Baking Chips, 10 oz

Pure Mint Extract 2 oz

BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Flour a Naturally Gluten-Free White Flour Alternative with a Slight Coconut Taste and Aroma, 1 Pound

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)

Wild Berry Cheesecake

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Macros: per slice(makes 4)

Cals – 345

Fat – 7.3

Carbs – 42.5

Protein – 32.5

Ingredients:

(Crust)

83g Graham Cracker Crumbs

1 oz Pancake Syrup

14g Lite Butter

(Cake)

1.5 Scoops of Berry Cheesecake Protein(Muscletech’s protein is awesome)

120g Plain Greek Yogurt

2 large eggs

2 containers of Fat free cream cheese(room temp)

20g Truvia or other sweetener of choice

34g Sugar Free Preserves/Jelly –  I used Strawberry

25g Blueberries

30g Strawberries

Pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

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Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Wrap your 6 in spring-fold pan in tin foil.  We will be using a water bath.

In a bowl in together crust ingredients. Add more syrup if needed to mix. Place crust in your spring form. I find crust is a personal preference, so if you want a crispy crust, pre-bake it at 350 for roughly 8-12 minutes. Let cool completely before adding cheesecake

In a mixing bowl, place in your cream cheese and beat it very well. You don’t want any lumps in your cheesecake.

Next add in your sugar, protein, jelly, and yogurt. Mix well until completely combined.

Now add in your eggs one at a time and mixing just until mixed. Scrape down the sides as you go.

Finally add in your salt and vanilla and mix well until combined.

Optional – Add in fresh berries into the mixture right before you add it into your pan.

Pour your batter into your pan, and place your cake inside a pan that can hold water. Your cake should be sitting in the middle of the oven.

For a water bath, you want to start with hot water. Get some water boiling, and once it’s boiling pour roughly 1/2 in worth of water. You want enough water in the pan so it wont all bake out during cook time.

Bake your cheesecake for 60 minutes at 275 degrees. Try not to open oven door while cooking. Once time is done, slightly crack the oven door and let it sit for at least another 30 minutes.

Once the cheesecake has reached room temp, transfer to the fridge and let sit for at least 6 hours, or overnight. You can use the freezer to help it set faster.

Cut into 4 slices, top with fat free cool whip, fresh berries, and some 0 calorie strawberry/blueberry sauce for a fantastic, protein packed dessert!

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Here are some things you might need!

MuscleTech Nitro-Tech 100 Whey Gold – Classic New York Berry Cheesecake

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Decadent Brownie Cheesecake, 3.97 Pounds

Wilton Excelle Elite 6 x 2-3/4 Inch Springform Pan

Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)

Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs (13.5-Ounce Box)

Walden Farms Strawberry SYRUP – Sugar Free, Calorie Free, Fat Free, Carb Free, Gluten Free – 2 Bottle

Fitting as much into as little as possible

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