Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

 Who doesn't LOVE cheesecake?  I love cheesecake, but I sure don't love all the fat and calories that come along with it!  That's why I am SO VERY EXCITED to share this recipe for Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake!  Vanilla bean paste, reduced fat cream cheese and fat free Greek yogurt make the most amazing lower calorie cheesecake you will ever taste. 

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures So rich tasting and creamy you will swear it's a full fat version!

This cheesecake is so full of flavor and so creamy, you will swear it's the real deal!  Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake is my contribution to fellow blogger, Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla's (way more than...) #FifteenCheesecakes blog hop to celebrate her 15th wedding anniversary! Camilla served cheesecake, instead of the traditional wedding cake, at her wedding!  How fun is that?  

#fifteencheesecakes Celebrating 15 years of marriage!

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures So rich tasting and creamy you will swear it's a full fat version!

The inspiration for this recipe came from Allrecipes. The original recipe was written using full fat ingredients for a traditional cheesecake.  It took me three tries playing around with lower fat and calorie ingredients before it came out just right.  It was totally worth the trials though, because the third time really was the charm.

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures So rich tasting and creamy you will swear it's a full fat version!

The top of my cake cracked just a little.  The key to not having the top of the cake crack is in the mixing.  Avoid over mixing for a smooth top.  As you can see, I over mixed mine just a bit.  But no worries, if you do get cracks like I did, just cover them up with fruit or whipped topping!  The cracks won't hurt the taste at all.

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake | Renee's Kitchen Adventures So rich tasting and creamy you will swear it's a full fat version!

This recipe is really super easy to make.  Cheesecakes always seems so hard to pull off, but this one isn't one of "those" recipes.  It's a classic taste made easy!
Make sure you check out all the other bloggers cheesecake creations in the links below too!

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Adapted from Allrecipes 
Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Rich tasting lower fat and calorie cheesecake that is so creamy and smooth, you will swear it was the real deal!


  • For graham cracker crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 TBS granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 2 - 8 oz. packages of reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups non-fat, plain Greek yogurt


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut a circle of parchment to fit in the bottom of a 9" springform pan. Place parchment circle in bottom and spray pan with cooking spray on parchment and up sides. (the parchment will allow you to remove the cake from the pan and place on a serving patter)
  2. In small bowl, combine the crust ingredients with a fork. Pour into prepared pan, and press down into pan. If you like a crispier crust, bake for 5-7 minutes and allow to cool. If you don't mind a softer crust, you can skip pre-baking it.
  3. In large bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla bean paste until combined. Add in the eggs and mix until JUST COMBINED. Do not over mix! Fold in the Greek yogurt until just combined. Pour onto crust in pan. Smooth out the top with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes and then turn oven off. Do not open oven door. Allow cake to sit in oven for another 30 minutes. Cheesecake should be set, but not firm in the middle. Remove cake to wire rack and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  5. Put cake in refrigerator and chill for at least 8 hours or overnight. Serve with fruit or whipped topping and store leftovers in refrigerator.
Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 01 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 15 mins.
Tags: cheesecake, #fifteencheesecakes, dessert, vanilla, vanilla bean

Servings - 16   Serving Size - 1/16th of cheesecake   Points Plus per Serving - 5 Points+
Calories - 190.6,   Total Fat - 9.6g,   Carb. - 23.3g,   Protein - 6.5g,   Fiber - 3.2g

Printable Recipe 

Here's what everyone brought to the cheesecake table, listed in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

BerryCheesecake Bars by Baking and Creating with Avril

CherryCheesecake Bites by Cookaholic Wife

ChocolateCaramel Cheesecake by Dancing Veggies

ChocolateCheesecake by My Hobbie Lobbie

Chocolate Topped Peppermint Cheesecake by Amy's Cooking Adventures

CremeBrulee Cheesecake Bars by Tara's Multicultural Table

Easter Basket Mini Cheesecakes by Little Bit of Everything

Everyday Cheesecake by Things I Make (for Dinner)

IrishCream Cheesecake by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Layered Cinnamon Streusel Cheesecake Cake by Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

LowfatBlackberry Cheesecake by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Matcha-Yuzu Cheesecake with a Meyer Lemon Glaze by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

MiniChurro Caramel Cheesecake by Cheese Curd In Paradise

Mini Maple Pecan Cheesecakes by Join Us, Pull up a Chair

Mudslide Cheesecake by Sew You Think You Can Cook

NeapolitanCheesecake by PicNic

No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake by Affair from the Heart

No-BakePumpkin Cheesecake by Angels Homestead

Samoa's cheesecake by Goodie Godmother

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars by The Savvy Kitchen

Sopapilla Puff Pastry Cheesecake by Pink Cake Plate

SkinnyVanilla Bean Cheesecake by Renee's Kitchen Adventures

TwixCheesecake Brownie Torte by Making Memories With Your Kids

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Easy Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes are one of those foods that bring back a lot of memories from my childhood.  They have always been a favorite of mine and, I think, if I had to choose only one food I'd have to eat day in and day out for the rest of my life, potato pancakes would be a top contender. For this recipe, the prep is super easy. You only need a food processor or blender to make the magic happen! 

Easy Potato Pancakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Super easy potato pancake recipe you need to try!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BBQ Cheddar Turkey Burgers

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The weather has FINALLY taken a turn for the better here in NE Ohio and the snow has begun to melt!!!  The birds have been singing and the sun has been shining and SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Warmer weather means it's time to fire up the grill again and I could not be any happier about that! This BBQ Cheddar Turkey Burger topped with Alexia® Crispy Onion Rings is the perfect meal to grill up this season! 

BBQ Cheddar Turkey Burgers (topped with Alexia® Onion Rings | Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Fire up your grill NOW! #SpringIntoFlavor #ad

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Minty Chip Cake Mix Cookies

A festive way to say, Happy St. Paddy's Day!  Easy cake mix cookies are tinted green and stuffed full of Andes® Creme de Menthe Baking Chips for a minty fun treat! 

Minty Chip Cake Mix Cookies | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Easy and festive green cake mix cookies stuffed full of Andes® Creme de Menthe Baking chips!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Meyer Lemon Parmesan Chicken

Meyer Lemon Parmesan Chicken is a great weeknight dinner option! Chicken breasts are coated in a crispy panko/Meyer lemon/Parmesan cheese breading, pan sauteed and finished with faux Hollandaise sauce.  Simple and delicious!  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Easy DOVE® Fruit Blueberry Banana Almond Trail Mix

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Now that's it March, I'm starting to think about warm weather, long walks in the woods with my favorite canine friend and being busy outdoors again!  Just like the world awakens in Spring and the creatures get busy, so do I!  That's when I like to keep wholesome snacks that won't ruin my meals on hand.  This Easy DOVE® Fruit Blueberry Banana Almond Trail Mix is a delicious blend of ingredients that taste fantastic together and keep me going between meals.  

Easy Dove® Fruit Blueberry Banana Almond Trail Mix | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Super easy wholesome trail mix that keeps you satisfied between meals! #LoveDoveFruits #ad

Monday, March 2, 2015

Loaded Ranch Dip

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Loaded Ranch Dip is a fun and tasty dip full of flavors my family LOVES! Creamy cool ranch, smokey bacon, sharp cheddar cheese and zippy chives all come together in a dip that goes perfectly with New Cheez-It Grooves crispy cracker chips! 

Loaded Ranch Dip | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Cool ranch, bacon, cheese, and chives make this dip irresistible!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Margarita Cupcakes

Today I am happy to be a part of a very fun surprise for my blogging friend Aubrey of Real Housemoms!  To celebrate her birthday, several bloggers and myself  have gotten together to throw her a virtual birthday bash and I'm bringing these wonderful Margarita Cupcakes to the party!  

Margarita Cupcakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Pimped up boozy cupcakes that taste like your favorite drink!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Banana Maple Walnut Yogurt Parfait

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Banana Maple Walnut Yogurt Parfait is a perfect little indulgence for you or someone you love.  Made with fresh bananas, Maple Syrup Glazed Walnuts, and New Muller® Ice Cream Inspired Vanilla Bean Yogurt then topped with a dab of whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.  It's just the right amount of wrong! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Maple Syrup Glazed Walnuts

It really doesn't get any easier or more delicious than this simple recipe for deliciously sweet and salty Maple Syrup Glazed Walnuts!  Two ingredients (three if you count salt!)  and made entirely on the stove top.  These make an amazing snack or a great addition to things like salads, oatmeal and yogurt parfaits.

Maple Syrup Glazed Walnuts | Renee's Kitchen Adventures Two ingredients make this super simple snack so easy and healthy!


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