Raspberry Beet Cheesecake

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Raspberry Beet CheesecakeLooking for a shockingly good dessert?

Have I ever got the recipe for you!

I could not be more excited about this incredible dessert, which I first developed for the Nutrition Month Communicating Food for Health newsletter last year. Ever since its debut, rave reviews have been pouring in. So I decided it was long past time to offer you a free handout with this recipe. After all, how better to help your clients bite into a healthy lifestyle?

Anyway, here is the downloadable handout in all its glory. If you'd like a preview of the recipe, check out the text below...

Raspberry Beet Cheesecake

Raspberry Beet Cheesecake: Serves: 12, Serving Size: 1/12 of the cheesecake


  • 1/2 cup vanilla wafers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 1 cup roasted, skinned red beets (about 2)
  • 1 pound 30% lighter cream cheese (neufchâtel cheese or reduced fat cream cheese)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk


  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream


  • Grind the vanilla wafers in a food processor until they are the texture of fine crumbs. Add the olive oil, then press the crumbs into the bottom of a 9-inch metal cake pan.
  • Grind the beets in a food processor until smooth. Add the cream cheese, sugar, and eggs. Grind until the mixture is smooth again, scraping the sides intermittently.
  • Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan over top of the crumbs. Set the pan in a water bath and bake on 325 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheesecake is firm in the center, about 55-60 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Sprinkle sugar on top of the cheesecake and invert it out of the pan, leaving it top side up on a plate.
  • Top with raspberries. Slice and serve with sour cream.

Nutrition Information:

Serves 12. Each serving contains 219 calories, 12 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 108 mg cholesterol, 184 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 17 g sugar, and 7 g protein.

Each serving has 9% DV vitamin A, 10% DV vitamin C, 7% DV calcium, and 5% DV iron.

Chef’s Tips:

You can roast the beets in the oven while you cook dinner. For extra speed, use the microwave instead.

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