My hubby LOVES cheese cake, it is his go to dessert. Mine is always chocolate cake, however anything with the word ‘cake’ and I am right in there too. We all have our weak spots! After many married years, I was finally successful in developing a healthy, but easy cheesecake with my new Lemon, Ginger and Blueberry Cheesecake – made with the help of the Ginger Stem Nairns Oat Biscuits (#domesticgoddess).
In creating this recipe I also did a full nutritional analysis to make sure it ticked my nutrition checklist. I thought while I was at it, that I would do a comparison with some of the popular pre-made cheesecakes currently available. A quick trip to our local supermarket and I picked up cheesecakes from Sara Lee and Crofters.
Let us have a little look (all nutrients listed here are per 100g for comparison and you may need to turn your phone sideways to see full table).
|Sugar (g)||Carbohydrate(g)||Fat (g)||Protein (g)|
The differences between the pre-made cheesecakes and my creation are very clear. In particular the reduced sugar content is very obvious. Interesting enough, my cheese cake is not completely sugar free! Rather I did not add any sugar to the filling and the Nairns Oat Biscuits have 40% less sugar than your standard biscuit (you can read my full review here). In regards to the fat content my creation is also a lot higher (hence the higher energy amount), however this is only advantageous in terms of sustainable energy and reduced blood sugar (and subsequent insulin) spikes.
These nutritional differences are highlighted more when you look at the actually ingredients. Now I have not use completely whole foods. I have created my recipe using some packaged options (the oatcakes and cream cheese for example). However I have also packed full this cheesecake with nutrition dense foods like oats, eggs, coconut milk, eggs and lemons. As you can see from the photo below, all the pre-made options are very high in preservatives, emulsifiers and natural colours. Currently research is emerging showing associations between these added ingredients and gastro-intestinal discomfort, behaviour issues (especially in children) and decreased immunity.
However, the proof really is in the pudding. When I first took the photograph for this blog, with my slightly rustic looking homemade cheesecake next to one of the pre-made options…I thought forget the science and forget the numbers just looking at them I can instantly tell which one that I would want to eat, which one makes my mouth water…oh and did I mention how good it smelt when baking in the oven?
I had three (hubby included) boys jumping up and down waiting in anticipation for this!
Knowledge is power, and while I know just how tricky it can be to get time in the kitchen when you are covered in children – I hope that my simple healthy creation inspires you dust off your cake tin and do some baking!
Nairns Oat Bisuits are available at your local supermarket and you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You may also like to check out my Healthier Hedgehog Slice made with Nairns Chocolate Oat Biscuits, which is also low in sugar, high in nutrients and requires no baking.
xxx Dr Julie Bhosale