No Added Sugar Queso Fresco And Applesauce Cheescake

I had no idea cheesecake could be so much fun and so tasty without the added sugar.

 Light and airy cheesecake.

Light and airy cheesecake.

When it comes to dessert it almost seems impossible to imagine a treat without the extra sweetness. That's kind of the joy of dessert that pleasure of a sugary delight. This queso fresco applesauce cheesecake changed my feelings on the subject.

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I wouldn't say I'm addicted to sugar, but I do enjoy a little sweetness in my desserts. I mostly bake without refined white sugar opting for maple or honey (both available from local businesses in the Treatmo marketplace), or coconut sugar. But I almost always add a bit of sweetener to all baked treats I make.

This cheesecake made by Natasha who goes by Comrade Buckwheat on Instagram, caught my eye. I liked the appearance of the texture and the simplicity of the recipe. I gave it a shot and was really impressed. 

At some point in my life, I decided that I hated cheesecake. For me it was too rich. I am also not a fan of commercially made cream cheese. When you look at the ingredient label it's not really clear what it is made of and it's a component of almost every cheesecake along with sour cream. This cake is much simpler, cleaner, light, creamy and flavorful.

Natasha's recipes have no added sugar, and she has a clever, refreshing approach to food through her ingredients and unique style. I had to try her cheesecake recipe. I'm glad I did.

 I rushed a bit too much and combined the egg whites without blending them first. Start with your egg yolks, fold the whites at the end. Still turned out great! I also added 2 tsp of vanilla instead of 2 tbsp.

I rushed a bit too much and combined the egg whites without blending them first. Start with your egg yolks, fold the whites at the end. Still turned out great! I also added 2 tsp of vanilla instead of 2 tbsp.

Simple Queso Fresco And Applesauce Cheesecake

Pre-heat  oven to 350˚ F

  • 2 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
  • 9 oz applesauce
  • 9 oz queso fresco
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp mochiko sweet rice flour (or plain rice flour will work as well)
  • 1/4 tsp soda + 1 tsp lemon juice

Directions

Blend egg yolks applesauce, queso fresco, ric flour and vanilla together in a mixer. Let sit while you beat the egg whites until fluffy.

Slowly add soda with lemon juice to your batter, stir, then fold in your egg whites.

Bake in a baking dish for 40 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before serving. Refrigerate for two or more hours for best results.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Recipe published with approval from the creator.