You can’t go wrong with chocolate, and the more chocolate the better in these cute and delicious mini triple chocolate cheesecakes!
Mini Triple Chocolate Cheesecakes
This month’s Recipe ReDux theme is Stir up some of your earliest culinary recollections. Did you stand at your grandmother’s elbow to learn to cook? Or did you learn by stumbling through a cookbook by yourself? Share a healthy recipe and the accompanying story about one of your first cooking memories.
I cook and bake because of my mom.
Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of being in the kitchen with my mama. It’s not even just one, special standout memory, but the consistency of it: making food together was part of our routine, it was something we did together, and the fact that it wasn’t out of the ordinary and it wasn’t a special event is part of what makes those memories so important to me. Cooking and baking are some of my greatest joys in life and they were instilled early.
Throughout the years I’ve had many roles in the kitchen: from the earliest days of my mom holding my hand as we mixed and measured together, to being her ingredient fetcher, to taste-testing cake batter to “make sure it isn’t poisonous,” to cooking Thanksgiving dishes side by side, if there was a job to be done, I’ve done it. Through it all, the kitchen has always seemed to be an important part of my very close relationship with my mom. So much of what I’ve learned– about what works and what doesn’t, about handy tips and tricks, and about the peculiar zen that you can get from preparing food– has come from her.
My favorite thing to make growing up was apple crisp, but my favorite thing to eat– and my family’s ultimate favorite dessert– was and is cheesecake. I’ve made many cheesecakes in my life, so I’ve already learned a few ways to make them healthier– making a crust without butter, using Neufchâtel instead of cream cheese, adding some Greek yogurt– but I like the built-in portion control in these mini cheesecakes (necessary, in my case, since I could probably eat an entire normal-sized cheesecake by myself. 😉 ).
In all our years of cheesecake-making, my mom and I always talked about a chocolate cheesecake but never actually made one, so I knew that I’d have to try for this theme. And the first person I taste-tested these mini triple chocolate cheesecakes with? My mama. 🙂
- 1 cup chocolate wafers or animal crackers
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 8 oz. Neufchâtel cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup baking stevia, or more powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°; place liners in your muffin pans or grease each cup with cooking spray (either method works-- as you can see from the pictures, I tried it both ways).
- In a food processor, crush your wafers/animal crackers into crumbs, then add milk a tablespoon at a time until a dough-like consistency forms.
- Press this mixture into the bottoms of your pans/liners and set aside.
- Process the Neufchâtel until smooth, then add the cocoa, sweetener, and vanilla until everything is combined and no lumps remain. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
- Divide the cheesecake mixture evenly into the pans.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, then allow the cheesecakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool for another 20.
- Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours.
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