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Cheesecake 3 Ways, Bday/CnC/Smores

Cheesecake is the theme today! I am such a huge fan of cheesecake. Its rich, creamy, a nice cold treat on a hot summer day, and when made like this low fat and loaded with protein! That combo is a hard one to pass on, and I know I don’t let it pass! Today I have 3 very similar variations of cheesecake that are extremely simple, and quick to make!(well at least until it hits the oven!). Don’t worry if you don’t have everything you need as I’ve provided links to almost all of the ingredients for each recipe to help make this as easy as possible! 

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Birthday Cake (6 servings)

Per slice – 291 Calories / 7.6g fat / 28.6 carb / 21.8 protein

Ingredients:

16 oz Fat Free Cream cheese room temp

10 Birthday Cake Oreo cookies

2 Whole Eggs

57g Muscletech Birthday Cake Protein

120g Non Fat Greek Yogurt

20g Truvia or Granulated Sugar of choice

2 oz Almond milk

1/2 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp Almond extract

1/4 tsp butter extract

Pinch of salt

Sprinkles to top, optional

MuscleTech Nitro-Tech Protein Powder, Vanilla Birthday Cake, 4 Pound
Oreo Golden Birthday Cake Cookies, Limited Edition 2 Pack
Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)
Watkins All Natural Extract, Pure Almond, 2 Ounce (Packaging may vary)
LorAnn Oils Emulsion, Butter, 4 Ounce
Wilton Excelle Elite 6 x 2-3/4 Inch Springform Pan

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Place 7-8 Oreo in the bottom of a 6in spring form pan. Next put your cream cheese into a mixer and beat very well. Next add in your Greek yogurt, whey, and sugar, beat well then scrap down sides. Add in your egg and vanilla and mix just until incorporated. Scrap down sides and add in almond milk, mix. Finally crush one Oreo into the batter and give it a final mix in. Pour your cheesecake batter into your spring form(layered with tin foil) then if desired sprinkle sprinkles over the top. Then set cake into a water bath. Bake in the oven for roughly 1 hour or until its lost most of its giggle. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Also remove the tin foil. Once cheesecake is cool, place into the fridge or freezer until fully set. I like the freezer as it works faster, and sets a bit harder. Minimum 2 hours. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy!

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Cookies n Creme (6 Servings)

Per slice – 254 Calories / 5g fat / 27.5 carb / 21.5 protein

Ingredients:

16 oz Fat Free Cream cheese room temp

11 Reduced Fat Oreo cookies

2 Whole Eggs

57g Cookies n Creme Protein

120g Non Fat Greek Yogurt

20g Truvia or Granulated Sugar of choice

2 oz Almond milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Oreo Reduced Fat Oreo Cookie, 14.3 -Ounce Packages (Pack of 4) by Oreo
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Gold, 100% Pure Whey Protein, Whey Isolate and Whey Peptides, Cookies and Cream, 2.5 Pounds

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Place 7-8 Oreo in the bottom of a 6in spring form pan. Next put your cream cheese into a mixer and beat very well. Next add in your Greek yogurt, whey, and sugar, beat well then scrap down sides. Add in your egg and vanilla and mix just until incorporated. Scrap down sides and add in almond milk, mix. Finally crush one Oreo into the batter and give it a final mix in. Pour your cheesecake batter into your spring form (layered with tin foil) then crush your last oreo over the top of the batter. Then place cake into a water bath. Bake in the oven for roughly 1 hour or until its lost most of its giggle. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Also remove the tin foil. Once cheesecake is cool, place into the fridge or freezer until fully set. I like the freezer as it works faster, and sets a bit harder. Minimum 2 hours. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy!

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Smores Cheesecake (6 Servings)

Per Slice: 257 Calrories / 4g fat / 20g carbs / 23g protein

Ingredients:

2.25 svg of graham cracker crumb(12-13 tbsp worth)

5g Cocoa Powder

10g Brown Sugar

50g Greek Yogurt

20g Truvia or other granulated sugar

16 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese room temp

1 Whole Egg

66g NitroTech Toasted Smores

36g Marshmallow Fluff

28g Chocolate Chips(Minis would would great as well)

1 tsp Vanilla

Pinch of salt

Chocolate sauce on top – optional

MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Toasted S’mores, 2 Pound
Marshmallow Fluff – 16 oz plastic tub
Walden Farms Calorie Free Chocolate Syrup 24 oz
Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs (13.5-Ounce Box)
Nestle TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels 12 oz. Bag

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Put the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and mix until incorporated. Place the crust into the bottom of a 6in spring form pan. You can use and size you want just will change thickness of cheesecake. Next, place Cream Cheese in mixer and beat till smooth. Scrap down the sides of your bowl and add in you sugar, greek yogurt, fluff and whey. Mix very well. Repeat scraping. Next add in your egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Scrap down the sides of the bowl one last time and give it a final mix. With a spatula add in your chocolate chips and mix. Finally pour your batter into spring form pan(tin foil around the pan. I like a double layer) and then set that pan into a water bath. Bake cheesecake roughly 1 hour or until most of the jiggle is out. Pop out of the oven, take out of the water bath and place on a cooling rack, also removing the tin foil. One cool enough, I like to pop it into the freezer so its sets nice and stiff. Fridge is fine, but will take longer. Let chill until completely set, minimum at least 2 hours. Slice into 6 pieces and enjoy!

Here are a few other pages you might enjoy!

Quest Hero Bars

Nice Cream! Banana Ice Cream 

Triple Threat Peanut Butter Cookie stuffed Buttermilk Muffins

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Quest Hero Bars

Overall, this brand on bars lost it for me. Another company with a lot of hype behind their product that just doesn’t deliver. Check out the reviews to see what I thought or here are some links for you to check them out yourself! 

Quest Hero Bar, Vanilla
Quest Hero Bar, Variety Pack
Quest Hero Bar, Chocolate
Quest Hero Bar, Blueberry

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@questnutritionblueberry cobbler review
170 cal / 7f / 30c / 17p .
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Very faint Blueberry smell here. Cereal bar style filling, Blueberry layer, then covered in a vanilla coating just barely enough to get around the bar. Very very sweet bar, honestly it’s almost chewy texture that sticks in your teeth. Macro split is a bit off for me as I would of liked to see a bit higher protein count here. Flavor definitely isn’t Blueberry cobbler. It should be a sweet vanilla with a weird gummy layer. I get little to no Blueberry flavor here and left a bit disappointed.
Overall – 5.5/10

The bar is edible and isn’t terrible but nothing I would write home about or go outta my way to get again.

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@questnutrition Vanilla caramel hero bar review
170 cal / 9f / 29c / 16p
visually a bit better than the chocolate bar but still very plain. Smells exactly like a cereal bar you’d get from a gas station. Whey crisp filling, thin layer of caramel, then a white coating. Macros on the bar are a bit wacky for me. Higher fat and carb to lower protein usually isn’t a win for me. Also totes 12g of sugar. 60g bar weight so it’s a standard size for quest bars. Bar chews very soft with just a bit of crunch for texture. Kinda keeps the cereal bar flavor as well. The picture shows almonds and I don’t taste any of those, and I don’t really get the caramel flavor either. Mainly just a overall vanilla flavor this this bar. I think the flavor here is actually much better than it’s brother the chocolate pecan. Finished smooth and doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Wasn’t a bad bar at all.
Overall 7/10

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@questnutritionchocolate caramel pecan review

200 cal / 11f / 27c / 15p .
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I must of gotten the reject of the group. Pulled mine out of the package looking like Frankenstein. Not quite how the package looks eh? Visually very unappealing with a chocolate coated whey crisp bar with a caramel layer and scattered pecan pieces coming it an a pretty standard 60g weight. .
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Fat macros are a bit high for my personal liking at 11 with only 15g protein and 12 of the 27 carbs are sugar which seems a bit high compared to most bars? I could be wrong. .
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Taste wise the primary flavor is caramel with chocolate being a very faint backdrop and a finish at the end. The pecans although some visible decided not to show up to the party as I couldn’t taste them. The bar also seemed to chew and finish a tad bit dry as well. Throwing in the microwave for a bit seemed to help the flavor just slightly, but you shouldn’t have to do anything else to a protein bar as they are suppose to be a convenience product. .
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Overall 6.5/10
With all the factors weighing in I decided to go with 6.5. Originally I had planned a 7 but I felt with as high rep quest has with protein bars I was a bit let down by this bar. It’s much better than the @fitjoynutritionbar I had yesterday (see earlier post) but not something I would write home about.

Here are a few other pages you might like!

Quest Nutrition Mocha Chocolate Chip

MTS Cookies & Creme Protein Review 

G2G Bar Reviews.

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PB chocolate chip- 70g bar 14f/25c/18

Now first off, yes I know what you are thinking , 14g for a smaller bar. Yes bit higher than I would like, but after eating this it is justifiable. Great peanut butter smell n taste. Really big blast of honey, its got omegas, gluten free, low sodium, naturally flavored, and all that good stuff so you clean eaters or diet restrictive people can enjoy to!
Im not big into whats in the bar just macros, but I can say you can ‘feel good’ eating this as their ingredient list is top notch.
8/10
They also gave me a coupon code for 20% off(Baker) how fitting I know. So try em out.

 

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Almond fruit nut – if you like a trail mix feel, or if you like almond butter these are a great pick up. Starts with a big almond butter taste, then hits you with some cinnamon then finishes off with a blast of honey.
8/10
Used as today’s quick pre meal.

 

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Today was Peanut butter fruit nut. Again very strong peanut butter smell and taste. Starts crunchy and finishes smooth. Big chunks of nuts and some chunks of fruit through out. I do think it could use just a bit more fruit, at least in this bar was a bit scarce. The bits with fruit in it tho did have a nice taste similar to a pb&j.
Still got 1 more to try out. But would recommend these. These pair well with coffee.

 

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The final @g2gbar review. Almond chocolate chip. Great earthy and oat smell. This one reminds me the most of eating a granola bar. Dense, chewy, texture on point. Hits of cinnamon, honey, and Vanilla. These bars are easily one of my favorite bars to have with coffee. 8/10 use ‘Baker’ to save 20% gotta find new bars to review now

You can find these bars at https://good2gobar.com/

 

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