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Healthy Cheesecake for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the time of the year where most of us indulge in loads of delicious food. With all the feasting that last for at least 15 days, can you imagine what happen to your waistline after that? Bet no one dares to foresee so much because this is the only period where you get to eat all the wonderful bak kwa, pineapple tarts, kueh bang kit, nian gao, beehive cookie, etc…

In order to make ourselves feast in a more guilt-free way (to save our waistline a tad bit), we made a healthy version of chocolate chips cheesecake. I know right, this is actually more of an ang moh food instead of Chinese. But who cares as long as we get to make it and eat it! Gor gor was really excited on getting his hands to bake a cake. He loves to bake and he actually able to handle the whole process himself except putting the baking tin into the oven.

So how healthy is our cheesecake? The base of the cheesecake is actually made of honey and oats instead of oreo cookies. Gor gor was really focused here in mixing the honey and egg white together.

Then followed by the oats…

While I helped him to placed the oats based into baking. He proceeded to making the cheesecake. He has even reduced the amount of sugar for the cheesecake.

I actually wanted a fusion cheesecake, where we add bak kwa into it (Sounds weird?) But gor gor insisted that bak kwa will “break” the healthy version of this cake and so here he is adding the less sweet chocolate chips into the cheesecake. (Psst….actually he loves chocolate chips…that’s why!)

After a quick “sauna” in the oven and few hours in the chiller, here we have our healthy version chocolate chips cheesecake.

So how does it look? It may not look as pretty as those in the store but it definitely taste yummy even without oreo and with the less amount of sugar. The oats base was pretty crunchy surprisingly.

Our ingredients for the base:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 egg white
2 Tbsp honey

1. Preheat oven to 180 degree.
2. Mix honey and egg white in a bowl. Add in oats and mix until combined.
3. Press mixture into pan and bake for 20-25 mins until brown.
4. Set aside to cool.

As for the cheesecake, you may use whatever cheesecake recipe you have been using. There is no difference in making the cheesecake except that we added less sugar. Go ahead and give it a try! Get your child/children involved!

Your child learning opportunities here involved the following:
– learn about numbers
– learn about measurements
– increase his/her creativity and imagination
– concentration/focus
– train his/her fine motor skills
– learning to share
– discovering food groups
– reading skills
– building self esteem and responsibility
– safety and cleanliness

Happy baking and eating!

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