Dec 13 , 2016

Avocado Cheesecake

This Avocado Cheesecake has a great balance of flavors. Unexpected ingredients in a tasty dessert are always fun.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

What you’ll need

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 16 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup for crust
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 1 large lime (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • non-stick cooking spray or butter to grease pan

How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 300° F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar.
  • Add butter to crumb/sugar mixture and stir, combining with a spoon.
  • Grease bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring form baking pan.
  • Place crumb mixture in pan and press the mixture evenly on the bottom of pan, going up to  about 1/4″ on the sides.
  • Bake for 7 minutes for crust to set.  Remove from oven and let cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place cream cheese and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Add avocado, 1 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.
  • While mixing, carefully add eggs, one at a time until well combined.
  • Run the mixture through a fine strainer into another bowl.
  • Fold in lemon zest and stir to combine.
  • Carefully pour mixture in pan over crust, evenly smooth out to cover with a spatula.
  • Bake for 1 hour.  Let cool at room temperature and refrigerate 3 hours before serving.
  • Top with your favorite jam garnish with your favorite berry.

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