Betcha Can’t: Low Fat No-Bake Apple Butter Yogurt Cheesecake With Salted Caramel Sauce

Another Recipe Redux challenge is upon me. This month’s throw down? No bake treats and desserts. Oh, and for those of you who bet you can’t make a low-fat cheesecake that is rich and yummy? Think again….

As former chubby girl, there are some things that I have to manage pretty closely. These ‘things’ include my ability to fit into my (1 pair) of skinny jeans, how much value I place on what the scale says, and dessert.

You see, we all have our weaknesses when it comes to food. I don’t care who you are. Even Gwyneth Paltrow and Gisele can’t possibly live on organic kale and hemp seeds alone (right??…right!?!).  Oh who am I kidding…they totally live on Kale and hemp seeds and wash it all down with kombucha (or the tears of unicorns). Whatever….Bitches….

The fact is, most of us are only human.

For me, homemade dessert is what Kryptonite is to Superman…what the heel is to Achilles….what Manolo Blahnik is to Carrie Bradshaw…

But…I’ve been issued a challenge and a challenge I will crush.

I rarely make dessert (see weakness above), but when I do, I am inclined to bake. Since the main crux of this month’s challenge was NO BAKE, I had my work cut out for me. As I stared at the contents of my fridge hoping for something to speak to me, suddenly I heard it. A faint little whisper from the back bottom shelf. A lovely, hardly touched jar of apple butter (organic to be exact—take that oh-she-of-perfectly-unpolluted-body). After a couple of minutes staring at the jar on my counter, I decided to go with a no-bake cheesecake.

This recipe has me excited to share it for a couple of reasons. First, it’s low-fat and gluten free. Second, I found a delicious use for my coconut sugar salted caramel (which, by the way, is low on the glycemic index).

The recipe calls for very few ingredients and is easy to whip up. I imagine it would be equally yummy if you used pumpkin butter….or any of your favorite fruit butters. The addition of Greek yogurt adds body and some protein while stevia sweetens without adding sugar and calories (you can easily substitute confectioners sugar if you are not a fan of the distinct flavor stevia adds).

Even your kale-quinoa-kombucha-hemp hating friends will love this dessert.