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Light Cheesecake with Anari Cheese

As you all know by now I am in a diet for the last three months. How do I feel? What did I achieve up to know? Well, allow me to keep this just for me… I am not ready to talk about this for the moment and I am not sure whether I will be in the future, but from what I realized up to now is that no one can lose weight without sacrifices. I love food, I enjoy food in all its forms and the thought of just having something to survive does not sound good to me. Actually it sounds pathetic to me. Let’s hope that I will manage to reach my goal…

My dietitian, Mr. Ioannis Kerimis, makes his best to help me achieving my goal. In general we negotiate, and finally we agree to what I should eat, but I have to admit that actually he sets the menu. Few weeks ago he asked me to prepare a recipe that he could post in his site, so I decided to try a lighter version of cheesecake.

I used a Cypriot unsalted cheese called Anari and I tried to reduce calories down to the minimum. My dietitian was very pleased with the result, and he said that he prefers this cheesecake version to the original one. I like both, but I have to admit that I truly love the baked New York Cheesecake version, with the 1000 calories per piece :-).
Light Cheesecake Recipe
Serves 10
270 Calories per piece

Base Ingredients
150gr (13) light digestive biscuits
25gr (1/3 cup) organic oats
30gr (2 tbsp) vegetable butter (melted)

Filling Ingredients
2/3 cup cold water
2/3 cup hot water
20gr gelatin powder (2 sachets)
475gr fresh unsalted Anari cheese
200gr Greek yogurt (2% fat or 0% fat)
110gr (2/3 cup) light milk (1.5% fat)
100gr (2/3 cup) fructose sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Base Preparation Method
1) Process biscuits until fine. Add oats and melted butter. Process until combined.
2) Press mixture over base of a 24cm pan, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Filling Preparation Method
1) Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Then add the hot water and allow gelatin to fully dissolve.
2) Beat Anari cheese, yogurt, milk, fructose sugar and vanilla essence for 10 minutes, or until you get a smooth light mixture.
3) Add dissolved gelatin and beat mixture for 2 more minutes.
4) Pour filling mixture over pan; refrigerate over night.
5) Serve plain or with fruits, sugar free jam, nuts or dusted unsweetened cocoa powder.



  1. Oh yummy, this looks just as delicious as the original yet is way healthier. I'm definitely going to have to try this.


  2. Looks like quite the delicious cheesecake to me! And even better that it's a bit lighter on the waistline!

  3. I have always wanted to experiment with different cheeses to make cheesecake, especially due to the fact there are some cheeses lower in fat than the traditional cream cheese. This one does look delicious and the cheese you used does get my interest. Bravo to you for sticking to your diet, I hope your goal is reached sooner than you thought which is always a nice surprise!

  4. This looks like a beautiful cheesecake! And it's healthy too? And you're on a diet?? You go girl! That's awesome! :) Great job on creating a light version of a cheesecake, it looks delicious!

  5. How beautiful! Love the recipe. I wish I could have a piece of this cake!

  6. I love seeing the pommegranate on it!!!

  7. The cheese cake sounds delicious and I've been making light desserts over the years, using anari and Greek yoghurt as well. There is also a low calorie philadelphia cheese, dirollo light, cottage cheese etc., which are suitable for cheesecakes. The key word, however, is "all in moderation". If someone makes a low fat version of any cake, it doesn't mean that they can be eating a huge piece every day. During my diet I have, also, been eating dessert but only around once a month and just a little piece.

  8. Congratulations on making something so beautiful (and I'm sure tasty) with healthier're letting your creativity flow in a whole new direction!

  9. From the look of this cheesecake - it must be good.It looks delicious:)

    I have to say that I'm curious now regarding the name - Xeneroua :)

    I wish you luck and success with your diet!

  10. Efty, as always you have created another gorgeous masterpiece. Mr. Sweet Butter would love this, he's such a cheesecake kinda guy.

    Completely envious of you Cake-Goddessness!

  11. Hi: Lets just say that where I live I will never be able to get this cheese.

    What can I substitute for it.

    Please don't say Philladelphia cream cheese or cottage cheese.

  12. Instead of Anari Cheese you can use Manouri Cheese (Greek Cheese) or any other low calorie cream cheese you can find.

  13. I would love a lighter cheesecake since it's my absolute weakness when it comes to dessert. I'm with you - a baked NY cheesecake. Mmmm. But if this lighter one is even close to that good, I'm willing to trade. :)

  14. I think I like your version better :)

  15. Have you created a diet friendly cheesecake! You're amazing. My new hero :)


  16. Wow, this looks delicious! Love the fact that it's healthier too, I'm always interested in any healthier recipes for the foods I already love (and cheesecake is definitely on that list)!

  17. It is a gorgeous cheesecake...and I love that it's a lightened version. I'm sorry it's been a rough go with the diet restrictions...I wish you much success, my friend!

  18. wow!!looks so beautiful & yummy....
    Thanks a lot for linking with Midweek Fiesta

  19. Hi there. Your cheesecake looks beautiful. If your new diet is not working. Low-carb is another way to lose weight and works real well as hunger is not usually an issue.

  20. Love the idea of a lighter version of cheesecake. And the pomegranate seeds are sooo pretty - like little rubies!

  21. great, the texture looks doesnt change at all


  22. Diets are difficult! I never bother with them, just because I don't think being heavy means you can't also be healthy. As long as you feel energetic, have good blood pressure, and can run up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath, I think that's good.

    Still, if you're trying to lose weight for your health, then good luck! Light cheesecake is one way to still enjoy a slice of dessert. :)

  23. What a lovely cake--and you're right, it's hard to love food as much as I think most of us bloggers do and maintain a healthy weight/life. Good for you for taking this in hand and still making delicious desserts!

  24. lovely cake , i liked everything about this dessert.I really hope you and your dietician make more such magic often

  25. Looks light, delicious and decadent :D
    What a perfect party cake!

    Choc Chip Uru


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