Pumpkin Cheesecake

With only 2 grams of fat per slice this low-calorie cheesecake is within the reach of many dieters.


Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Servings: 12
Prep Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients
  • 3/4  cup 
    finely crushed graham crackers
  • 2   tablespoons 
    margarine or butter, melted
  • 1  15  ounce carton 
    low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1  8  ounce tub 
    fat-free cream cheese
  • 1   cup 
    canned pumpkin
  • 1/2  cup 
    skim milk
  • 1   envelope 
    unflavored gelatin
  • 2   teaspoons 
    finely shredded orange peel (set aside)
  • 1/2  cup 
    orange juice
  • 1/3  cup 
    granulated sugar
  • 1/3  cup 
    packed brown sugar
  • 2   teaspoons 
    vanilla
  • 1   teaspoon 
    pumpkin pie spice
  •  
    Light whipped dessert topping (optional)
  •  
    Pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Directions
1.
For crust, in a medium mixing bowl stir together the crushed graham crackers and melted margarine or butter until crackers are moistened. Press mixture onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
2.
For filling, in a food processor bowl or blender container combine half of the ricotta cheese, half of the cream cheese, half of the pumpkin, and half of the milk. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Repeat remaining ricotta, cream cheese, pumpkin, and milk.
3.
In a small saucepan sprinkle the gelatin over orange juice; let stand 5 minutes. Cook and stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Stir in the orange peel, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and the pumpkin pie spice. Pour mixture into chilled crust. Cover; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm.
4.
To serve, loosen crust from sides of pan; remove sides of pan. Cut into wedges. If desired, garnish with whipped topping and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice.
5.
Makes 12 servings.
Exchanges:

1.
1-1/2 Starch, 1 Lean Meat
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 142, Fat, total (g) 2, chol. (mg) 7, sat. fat (g) 0, carb. (g) 23, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 11, sodium (mg) 214, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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