Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sugar Free Cheesecake for babies, toddlers and the whole family

Cheesecake with no added sugar?  Really?  Yep.  Bang on!  I've done it!  So this is a cheesecake which you can feel comfortable giving to your baby (if on textured food), toddler and the whole family without feeling (too) guilty.  There are variations below for very young babies too.  This is linked up here.


The cunning idea is to use wheatgerm rather than biscuits which saves a lot of sugar.  Surprisingly if you've never used wheatgerm it is subtly sweet anyway.  Definitely an adequate substitute in my mind. My husband (used to my white chocolate cheesecake) was slightly less convinced.
Cheesecake for Babies and Toddlers - serves 4 adults / 6-8 toddlers

Ingredients

2 Dessert / Eating apples
80g Dried Apricots
Splash of boiling water
40g Unsalted butter
60g Wheatgerm
200g Full fat soft cheese

Method

Peel and core the apples and cut into chunks.  Put into a saucepan.  Chop the apricots into quarters and add to the pan with the water.  Boil for 5-10 minutes or until the apple is softened.  Puree in a blender with as little of the water as you can get away with until really smooth.

If your baby is just weaning, this is a great puree to give either on it's own or mixed with yoghurt; alternatively mix with soft cheese as below.  The puree (on its own) freezes well too.



Allow the puree to cool.

Melt the butter and add the wheatgerm and mix well.  Put into individual flan cases or ramekins or press into a ring on a plate.  Chill until ready to continue.

Mix approx 150-200g of the puree with the soft cheese (to your taste).  Whisk well to get rid of lumps.  Pour onto the chilled wheatgerm 'biscuit' base and chill for a couple of hours before serving.

Keeps for 24 hours in the fridge.

4 comments:

  1. What a terrific recipe with a twist on using healthier wheat germ. A great idea which I will have to try.

    Thanks so much for sharing, and would love if you stopped by #68 CCC.

    Joanne

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    1. Yeah, wheatgerm is a bit sneaky but it's surprisingly sweet.

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  2. What a great way to make a dessert healthier! I love that this is appropriate for young children, too! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

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