I was watching HEALTHWEEK on PBS  and Graham Kerr was making this recipe.  It’s 176 calories / 1 gram of Fat / and 2 g of Fiber.  That’s 3 points to you and me.  Nice!

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Graham Kerr


1 cup of white dried figs

1 cup of Graham cracker crumbs


1 pckg of gelatin

¼ cup of warm water

1 cup 2% cottage cheese

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup strained yogurt

2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

1 tsp of grated lemon rind

½ cup evaporated skim milk


GRAHAM KERR: Do you happen to love cheesecake, but you worry about all those calories? I’d love to show you how to take 110 calories and 28 grams of fat out of every single slice!


My suggestion to do this is to make a crust with figs and then make a non-bake filling.


So let’s start with the crust. First of all, what you’re going to need is a cup of white dried figs, actually quite easy to find, and a cup of broken graham crackers and a food processor. Now if you just pulse that for about 30 seconds together, nothing added, you’ll find you’ll make this marvelous dense mixture like a dough. And then you press it into a 9-inch spring form pan, just like this one here, and have a bowl of water on the side because your fingers are going to get rather sticky doing it, so press it in, and it’s quite easy to do.


Now for the cold bake idea. Instead of the baking and all the trouble you have with that, get a package of gelatin and put it on top of ¼ cup warm water. Put it into the pan and let it really dissolve. Just wait and make sure there’s nothing granular there, that’s really important.


And then you blend up in a blender a cup of 2% cottage cheese, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, a teaspoonful of vanilla, and then just whiz that up together. And when it’s properly whizzed, then you add a cup of strained yogurt—I put the method in the recipe for you—and 2 tablespoonfuls of lemon juice, and a teaspoonful of the grated rind of lemon, marvelous flavor. And then ½ cup evaporated skim milk. Now, what you do then is just drizzle that little bit of dissolved gelatin into the top, whiz it up just once more, just pulse it together, and then pour that into the crust.


Just throw it into the top. Make sure that it all comes out—you’ll have plenty there. And then just chill it. Now the way that’s served is really interesting because it can be served with a mixed berry topping, and you’ll never believe it, but I’ll tell you what—this is only 176 calories and 1 gram of fat, and I even threw in a special bonus for you: There’s 2 grams of fiber because normally cheesecake doesn’t have fiber, and the fiber comes, of course, from the figs. So this crust tastes wonderful! Just get a nice big piece up here.