is definitely one of my favorite desserts, but it’s one of the more difficult desserts to get right.
Being from NY, I’m a sucker for NY-style , but it’s something I’ve never been able to master.
That’s why when I’m craving I stick with a no-bake version!
These are packed with authentic flavor, but they’re sneakily healthy.
Each contains only 55 calories and has 4g of protein, but they taste every bit as authentic as you’d hope.
Since this recipe requires no baking, the instructions are very straightforward. However, the ingredients you choose are very important…
Main ingredients needed for no-
I know that people will always have questions about ingredient substitutions, so I’ll try to cover them here.
These are some of the main ingredients needed for this recipe, and I’ll do my best to break down possible substitutions (but note that I did not test any substitutions).
The staple ingredient in ANY is . In this case, I used light from Trader Joe’s.
I’ve used fat-free with success before, and any regular will also work great.
However, will not work nearly as well. Since we are forming these into balls, using will result in a very loose mixture.
If you’re new here, I use PEScience in all of my recipes. Not only do I find the taste to be superior to other brands, but it’s a blend of whey AND casein protein.
Whey protein alone is very sticky, but when you add casein, it becomes very thick and much smoother.
For no-bake recipes, I find it to be superior.
I used “Cake Pop” flavor here, but it’s basically just a slightly sweeter version of protein powder will work great here!.
Whey protein powder might work out okay, but I did not test it. Whey protein is very sticky, so you may not end up with the same round bites at the end.
If you want to use PEScience (a great idea if you plan to make any other recipes of mine) you can save 15% using the code “Matt” at checkout.
We’ll also be using some cool whip to smooth out the . I can be omitted, but you won’t get the same silky smooth without it.
I’ve used regular Cool Whip, fat-free, and even a coconut milk alternative, and they all worked great.
Very important note: cool whip is NOT ! comes in an aerosol can, and cool whip comes frozen in a tub.
What’s a without a ?
Since we’re not making actual , we need to replicate the flavor of the . We’ll be mixing directly into the , as well as using it as a coating for the outside.
If you don’t have , you can very easily make your own by adding graham crackers to a and blending into crumbs.
Without , this will not taste like an authentic . If you’re low-carb and need an alternative, you can use something like or coconut flour with cinnamon added, but it won’t be nearly the same.
How to make healthy high-protein
Like other no-bake recipes of mine, this recipe is a very simple one.
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and use an electric mixer to mix together until smooth.
If you do not have an electric mixture, you’re going to have a tough time smoothing out the . If that’s the case, leave the cool whip and out at room temperature for about 20 minutes to allow them to soften prior to mixing.
Once the mixture is smooth, fold in the , then add to the fridge for 2-4 hours.
I know, waiting is the worst. But it’s necessary.
By allowing the to sit in the fridge, it will not only thicken, but it will allow the flavors to develop as well. Don’t skip that step!
After the mixture has chilled, use a small cookie scoop (or regular spoon) to scoop out portions for your .
Don’t worry about forming them into balls just yet- simply drop them right into the
Since the contains protein powder and , it’s pretty sticky on its own. But once it has the on it, it’ll be very easy to work with.
Toss the bites in the until they have a on them, then you can pick them up and form them into balls.
Continue until you’ve used the entire mixture, which should yield about 25 .
Once done, add the to the fridge or freezer for one hour before serving. The final hour will allow them to set up even more for the ideal texture, if you’re eager, you can dive into them right away.
These mini protein can be stored in the fridge for about a week, but I much prefer storing them in the freezer! They’ll last months in the freezer, and all you have to do is let them soften at room temperature for about 5 minutes before enjoying them.
More healthy ideas
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I love .
If you want to serve these as a dessert for guests, you can serve them alongside or for dipping, or drizzle melted down or right over the top!
Or if you prefer actual , you can use this same recipe to form in a with crusts on the bottom (mix together and for a quick ).
And of course, you can check out these other recipes of mine:
- Oreo with an
- Strawberry Cupcakes (packed with protein)
- No-Bake Fruity Cereal
- Cheesecake-Stuffed Pumpkin Protein Cookies
Ingredients for Cheesecake Filling
- 62g (2 Scoops) Vanilla Whey/Casein Blend Protein Powder (Code "Matt" saves you 15% on PEScience brand)
- 8oz Reduced Fat Cream Cheese (any cream cheese will work)
- 75g Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 40g Powdered Sugar Substitute (or regular powdered sugar)
- 55g Cool Whip (I used Fat Free, but any Cool Whip works)
- 52g (1/2 Cup) Graham Cracker Crumbs
Ingredients for Coating
- 52g (1/2 Cup) Graham Cracker Crumbs - Note that I used roughly 40g total, but it's much easier to add more graham cracker crumbs than needed to your bowl.
- In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer to mix together all of your cheesecake ingredients except the graham cracker crumbs. A hand mixer will make this WAY easier because the mixture is going to be very thick (a stand mixer will also work). Mix together until smooth.
- If you want to make this a little easier to mix (especially if you do not have an electric mixer) then I recommend letting the cream cheese and cool whip sit out at room temperature for about 15 minutes to soften.
- Add the graham cracker crumbs and fold them into your mixture. Add the bowl to the fridge for 2-4 hours (or overnight). It’s going to be tempting to skip this step, but the mixture will thicken up during this time and the flavors will really develop.
- After the mixture has chilled, it’s time to add the graham cracker coating. Add the graham cracker crumbs to a wide bowl. Use a small cookie scoop or spoon or scoop portions of your mixture and add them directly to the graham cracker crumbs. Don't worry about shaping them yet- they're going to be very sticky.
- Toss in the graham cracker crumbs to coat, then use your hands to shape it into a ball. Since the mixture itself is sticky, you'll be able to work with it once the graham cracker crumbs are covering the entire bite. See the photos above this recipe card for reference.
- Continue until you’ve used the entire mixture, which was 25 bites for me.
- Once all the bites are completed, add your bites to the fridge or freezer for one more hour to allow them to fully firm up once more.
- These cheesecake bites can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, to enjoy throughout the week, or they can be stored in the freezer to be saved for months. If eating frozen, simply let them sit out at room temperature for about 5 minutes to soften.
- You can use fat-free cream cheese for this recipe and it will bring the calories down to about 40 calories per cheesecake bite.
- I don't recommend using whipped cream cheese as it will make your mixture much lighter and more difficult to form.
- Note that I use a 0 calorie sweetener so I do not count it towards the total carbs. If you are very strict about carb totals, be sure to calculate your own nutrition facts.
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Nutrition InformationYield 25 Serving Size 1 Cheesecake Bite
Amount Per Serving Calories 55Total Fat 2gCarbohydrates 5gProtein 4g