Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
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Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Steve Legato

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Luscious, creamy, juicy, dreamy — here's a dessert that turns decadent strawberry cheesecake inside out. With only 50 calories per stuffed berry, life doesn't get much sweeter. Mini-desserts are "in" and these no-bake sweet bites are meant for sharing.

Notes

Note: These little gems are great for entertaining. You can stuff the strawberries up to 6 hours ahead and sprinkle with the graham cracker crumbs (or crushed vanilla or chocolate wafer crumbs) just before serving.

Ingredients

  • 1/2  Cup  light tub-style cream cheese
  • 1/3  Cup  nonfat cream cheese
  • 3  Tablespoons  granulated no-calorie sweetener (4 packets)
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  lemon zest
  • drops almond extract
  • 1/2  Cup  light whipped topping, thawed
  • 12  large whole strawberries (about 1 pound)
  • graham cracker squares, crushed finely

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, by hand or with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheeses with the sweetener, lemon zest, and almond extract until smooth. Stir in the light whipped topping. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag with a ½-inch fluted tip; alternately, you can use a zip-top bag with a small hole cut in the bottom.

With a sharp knife or apple corer, remove the stem and hull from the strawberries, creating a small cavity. Slice a ¼-inch strip from the side of each strawberry (so it can sit on its side without rolling).

Place the graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Pipe 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese filling into and on top of each strawberry. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of crumbs over the filling. Place the strawberries in the refrigerator until time to serve. Arrange the strawberries on a platter and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
2g
2%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin A, RAE
41µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
27mg
3%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Magnesium, Mg
3mg
1%
Phosphorus, P
25mg
4%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
13mg
1%
Water
18g
1%

Cheesecake Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Cheesecake Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.