Skinny Brown Sugar Vanilla Cheesecake

 I made you guys some cheesecake.

Oh, kidding. I made myself some cheesecake, but karma’s stupid and decided that I wouldn’t be having any of it.


I mean, I did have a bit of it. After all, I have to try every single one of the recipes that are posted in this blog, as well as certify that all of them are 101% delicious and drool-worthy.



Though truth to be true, the portion of cheesecake I had was the tiniest thing ever, which kinda makes me want to cry, since this one is one of the most decadent, luscious and creamiest recipes I’ve ever come across. Too bad I made this on the weekend when I was down with that nasty flu bug and didn’t feel like eating a thing… 

In a perfect world, I would have eaten the whole cheesecake myself, without telling people about its existence and then having them realise that cheesecake actually happened when they’d see it on the blog.

I’m not being selfish guys, just realistic.



This one is so so so good. Incredibly melt-in-your-mouth velvety, smooth with a lovely vanilla brown sugar taste that would go perfect with pretty much every topping in the world (*enter: latte caramel sauce*) and makes you want to not eat anything but this cheesecake in your whole life.

I’m talking real good here.


Skinny Brown Sugar Vanilla Cheesecake


Like, you guys imagine that I open a google tab and search for adjectives to describe nice things… that’s how I’d talk about this baby, but alas I haven’t that much time now, so you’ll have to open the tab yourselves and look for nice words to describe the cheesecake.

Awesome, delicious, yummy, scrumptious… All of those would work pretty well in this context.



Have I convinced you to try this cheesecake yet? Still having doubts? Don’t. This cheesecake is also foolproof and comes closer to perfection every single time (no cracks in the surface, this one isn’t super delicate!), AND it’s healthier than most, but you guys wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Winner? I think so.


Skinny Brown Sugar Vanilla Cheesecake
Serves 14
Hands down to one of the best cheesecakes I've ever made. So creamy that it's hard to tell it's healthy!
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For the crust
  1. 100 grams chocolate digestive cookies
  2. 1 tablespoon Earth Balance
For the filling
  1. 8 oz. (225 grams) light cream cheese
  2. 750 grams fat-free cottage cheese
  3. 30 grams all purpose flour
  4. 30 grams cornstarch
  5. 1 tablespoon vanilla custard powder
  6. 4 eggs
  7. 1 cup brown sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  9. juice from half a lemon
  1. Crush the digestive cookies in a food processor (if you don't have one, use a rolling pin!) and add melted butter and pulse again.
  2. Press cookie crumbs into a baking pan (a 20-22cm one) and set aside.
  3. Beat cheeses with sugar, custard powder and flour. You can use the food processor too. Beat in the eggs, vanilla extract and lemon juice and process until creamy.
  4. Pour into pan.
  5. Bake at 150ºC for 20 minutes. Turn the heat to 180ºC and bake for 50-60 minutes more or until set. This depends on your oven. When you turn off the oven, let the cheesecake there for 10 minutes more or so.
  6. Let it refrigerate overnight.
  1. -If the cheesecake browns too quickly, you can over it with tinfoil.
  2. - This is the sauce I used. Add 2tbsp more of cream than stated in the recipe and a pinch of instant coffee granules for a latte caramel flavor.
  3. -Low sodium cottage cheese is best for this.
  4. -A 200kcal slice is a bit smaller than the one in my pictures, but that one is HUGE in real life, and could totally feed two hungry people.
earthly taste

For the record, I’m out of bed recovering from the flu now. I no longer have fever and although I still find it hard to breathe and savour food, I’m feeling much better now. I think I had never got over an illness this quickly. Thanks for the sweet wishes in my last post, they all worked. You guys must be wizards 😉

Have a nice rest of week my friends!



  • Reply Jeri Engen January 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    What is a “digestive cookie” and what is vanilla custard powder? (I’m guessing the vanilla custard powder is dry vanilla pudding mix?)

    • Reply Consuelo January 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Yes, vanilla pudding mix is the same as custard powder, but that’s the way it’s called in Europe. My mistake, sorry!

      A digestive cookie is (again) a kind of cookie that is popular in Europe. It’s made of oats and it has a nice flavor that goes well with the cheesecake. However, if you can’t find them where you live, you can use your favorite cookie or even graham crackers. If you use the crackers, each slice will have less calories!

      Hope I helped! x

  • Reply Natalie @ Tastes Lovely January 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Oh how I love cheesecakes. The best dessert in my opinion. I could easily eat a whole cake to myself too. Ha!

  • Reply Shannon January 29, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I am a huge cheesecake fan. This sounds like a dreamy combination!

  • Reply Anna @ The Table January 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I love the idea of using Digestives for the crust!

  • Reply vicky and Ruth - May I Have That Recipe? January 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I can’t believe this is a skinny cheesecake. It looks sooo good I am drooling and those pictures are just amazing. Too bad you could not eat more of it. You are going to have to make another one :-). Consuelo, where is the recipe for that delicious looking sauce poured on the cheesecake?

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking with Cakes January 29, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    girrrl the new ways you continue to use cottage cheese simply floor me!! loving this

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} January 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Cheesecake!!! I love that stuff!!! wow, this looks good.
    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get anything of it. I hope you feel better now 🙂
    SO pinning!

  • Reply Trisha (Stew or a Story) January 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Lovely light in these photos. I really want to take a bite out of that last photo. You’re so clever to use cottage these in these decadent (but not) desserts!

  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite January 29, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    So glad you are out of bed and feeling a bit better! And I want to eat this entire cheesecake right this second! It looks SO SO good, and am especially digging the whole brown sugar vanilla thing. Dynamite!

  • Reply huntfortheverybest January 30, 2014 at 12:59 am

    looks delish!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 30, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I hope you feel even better tomorrow, and even better the next day! You are going to kick the flu bug out the window!
    Now this cheesecake, I would like to have a special moment with it.

  • Reply Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) January 30, 2014 at 1:58 am

    It’s been so long since I’ve had cheesecake. This one looks especially delicious!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven January 30, 2014 at 2:11 am

    yummy!!! I’m not a huge cheesecake person but I feel like I’d like this!

    K this is super in advance but for valentines day I’m hosting a vday bakeoff where people submit a healthy version of their fav sweet treat. You could totally use this or come up with something new, but I would LOVE if you joined in. You are one of my baking inspirations and I would love for you to be a part of it!

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry January 30, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Beautiful cheesecake!

  • Reply Kelly January 30, 2014 at 3:59 am

    This cheesecake looks incredible Consuelo, sorry you weren’t able to enjoy more of it and hope you feel better soon:) Love that you made this lighter and it sounds amazing with the sauce too! Hope you have a great rest of the week 🙂

  • Reply Cindy January 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Oh this cheesecake looks delicious! I’m glad you are beginning to feel better 😀

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes January 30, 2014 at 7:20 am

    It’s so bad that I keep reading your posts in my email and then commenting way after! Anyway, I hope you feel better! This cheesecake looks delicious and I am getting closer to trying cottage cheese in place of the cream (I will be honest, scares me a bit). But if it looks like THIS I have to try it!

  • Reply ashley January 30, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I hope you feel better!! I’m really bad at making cheesecake…might have to make another attempt at it 🙂

  • Reply Johlene January 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Does skinny and cheesecake even go in 1 sentence.. oh wow!! I love this recipe!! Definitely going to make it.. Xx

  • Reply tohercore January 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Ooh, I knew it was a bad idea to check my blog feed whilst trying not to have something sweet for dessert! Now all I can think about is this amazing cheesecake!! 😉 Sorry to hear you havent been well – hopefully you feel better soon! x

  • Reply Joanne January 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I’m SO sad that you didn’t get to really enjoy this!! I guess you’ll just “have” to remake it. It’s such a tough life us bloggers lead. 😛 (And OMG I NEED THIS)

  • Reply Two Healthy Kitchens January 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Oh, Consuelo! I’m so sorry to hear you caught the flu, after all – I was sure you would escape it! I can’t believe that you managed to keep posting (and capturing these killer photos!) – you are unstoppable! This cheesecake looks absolutely amazing – Joanne (above) is right – you’ll just have to make yourself another one! (And then hide out with it and savor every morsel without sharing a crumb – you deserve it! :D) Pinning, no doubt! ~Shelley

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl January 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Oh my, that picture with the sauce drizzling on top is just killing me! You’ll have to make yourself an “individual” cheesecake (same size just with the word individual in front) to eat when you’re feeling better 🙂

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen January 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hope you are feeling better! Not being able to eat is the worst! Love the pictures and that brown sugar sauce looks amazing! I would probably want to drink it. 🙂

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife January 30, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I am busting out my metric conversion chart for this one. It looks INSANE. I love brown sugar. I bet it’s ultra caramely and creamy too!

  • Reply Monica January 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    You are so creative. Skinny and cheesecake in a sentence is hard to buy but somehow you achieved it. Looks very smooth and delicious. Glad you’re feeling so much better!

  • Reply Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen January 30, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    You give us a guilt free cheesecake? How cool!! It looks just awesome!!!

  • Reply Julia | January 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Consuelo, this is a gorgeous cheesecake! I would eat it even if it wasn’t skinny, but skinny is a BONUS! Well done, my friend!

  • Reply Laurel y Menta January 30, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Consuelo, las fotos son brutales, nos parece una de las cheesecake más increíbles que hemos visto en la blogosfera: de verdad, dan ganas de comerse el ordenador…
    Un besito.

  • Reply Judy January 31, 2014 at 12:24 am

    What is “earth balance”?

    • Reply Consuelo January 31, 2014 at 12:27 am

      It’s a kind of vegan butter but without the nasty stuff that most of them include.
      You can use butter or light buttery instead if you wish! xx

  • Reply akersey89 January 31, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I just posted a healthy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake recipe that I made yesterday. I used Chobani Greek yogurt, but I think cottage cheese is a great alternative too! Looks SO YUMMY!

    Check out my recipe:

    • Reply Consuelo January 31, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Thank you! Yours look delish as well : )

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen January 31, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Oh, my…words just cannot express how I feel about this cheesecake! Love, love, love. If there could only be one food I could face plant into, it would be a fabulous cheesecake. Yours looks out-of-this-world and I love that you added brown sugar for that extra caramel goodness. I’m drooling over your photos! Thanks for sharing, Consuelo! P.S. I hope you’re feeling much better. 🙂

    • Reply Consuelo January 31, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Yes I am! Thank you darling! x

  • Reply Erin | The Emerging Foodie January 31, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Wowowow, you have totally convinced me. I love that you use cottage cheese in it! And the flavor combination sounds extremely decadent. Mmmm. An excuse to make it again and eat more of this time? Wait, I don’t even think you need an excuse! 🙂 Definitely pinning this goodness!

  • Reply Marcie@flavorthemoments January 31, 2014 at 1:47 am

    I’m so sorry you didn’t get much of this, because it looks so creamy and delicious! I love the sound of that brown sugar syrup!

  • Reply Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic January 31, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Ahhh, Consuelo, this looks AMAZING! I love cheesecake. Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Reply anecdotesandapples January 31, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Yep, you sold me. I normally steer clear of cheesecake but this one looks so very delicious and easy too!

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.come January 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Oh my gosh, I am not really a cheesecake person but the texture of this cake in the pictures is off.the.hook amazing! Also, I feel your pain–I have a cold right now and I can’t taste anything. I guess it’s good for a sensible diet but it makes eating so boring, and it makes recipe testing really hard!

  • Reply Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness January 31, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Cheesecake = my life so I am dying over this one girl! And using cottage cheese to make it skinny…GENIUS?!
    I need this in my life. Like, for dinner. It’s skinny so it’s acceptable.

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 31, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Ok, this cheesecake looks AMAZING, and it’s a complete shame you didn’t get to eat a whole slice! I know how you love cheesecake. You were cheated – I say you need to make another one and keep it all to yourself! Pinning – because this looks to good not to share!

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner January 31, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I love love love cheese cake. You’ve twisted my arm, guess I have to make it. 😉 My hubusband does not like cottage cheese though. Is it bad that I wonder if I can fool him? I won’t tell and see if he notices. 😉

  • Reply danguole February 1, 2014 at 12:53 am

    So sorry about the flu! The worst. I hear *knocks on wood.*

    This looks delicious, and fantastic pour shot there, with the sauce! Swoon.

  • Reply blahnikbaker February 2, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Oh my!! You convinced me from the first paragraph. This looks so luscious and decadent. I love your photos too 🙂

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