Looking for a last minute recipe for Thanksgiving? Try this healthier version of an old favorite from Lifeway Foods, leaders in probiotic and nutritious foods. Lifeway Foods offers the perfect dessert for this year’s holiday – pumpkin kefir cheesecake. With just a stir of Lifeway’s low fat plain kefir, the usual junk–type indulgence turns into a healthy treat.
Lifeway Foods Pumpkin Kefir Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 boxes cinnamon graham crackers, crushed
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup apple juice concentrate
or 1 stick melted butter
- 1 1/2 cups cream cheese
- 1/4 cup LIfeway Low-fat Plain Kefir
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp liquid egg substitute
or 6 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor. Lightly spray a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Evenly distribute crust batter along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes and leave the oven on.
Using an electric mixer beat cream cheese, kefir, sugar, and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the egg substitute or eggs, and mix well. To the mixing bowl, add pumpkin and spices. Mix well with an electric mixer until the ingredients form one consistency. Pour mixture onto the crust and shake lightly to even the top.
Bake for 1 hour, until firm. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. Run a knife along the sides of the pan to loosen the cake. Cool for 30 to 40 minutes in the pan and then remove the sides. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.