August 30, 2013

Bake-less Low-Sodium “Cheese” Cake


Cheating as a kid is bad. I think I did it once and I’m pretty sure it didn’t make me feel very good.

But when you enter adulthood, the rules totally start bending. And “cheating” a bit to make life’s to-do list  a little easier, faster, and mostly easier starts being a good thing. And whether you call it cutting corners or life hacking or dry shampoo — taking a short cut every now and then is always acceptable, often genius, and when it comes to overcoming dietary challenges, totally necessary.


So let’s do it. Let’s cheat on cheesecake. And let’s begin by pummeling some low-sodium ginger snap cookies with a mortar and pestle and then mix the crumbs with orange marmalade or really any kind of jam or honey, or sticky substance that will glue it all together. (Note: do not use glue).


Then let’s smash this cheater crust into a little pie pan or a mason jar thingy you just have lying around. Or a tea cup.


And then go buy yourself some FAGE Greek yogurt. The kind with the berry jam. And spread the yogurt on your cheater pie crust. Then spread and swirl the berry jam on top of that cheater cheesecake.




And finally, to make amends for all the cheating you’ve done,  top the jam with fresh berries and maybe some real lime or lemon zest. Then stick the whole shebang into the fridge (not the oven) to chill and stiffen a bit.



Grab two spoons and share it with someone because there is plenty goodness here to go around. Or eat it all by yourself, no judgement. Make it for dessert or breakfast or even lunch on-the-go. Or for all three. It’s totally up to you.

Just make sure you give this fake cake a try.

Chow on.

+ Sodium Count: FAGE Greek yogurt: 60mg per 6-ounce container, depending on brand; Go Raw ginger snap cookies: 10mg per 18 cookies

Green Solution Collective September 2, 2013 at 12:45 am

This is what I’ve been looking for. This is actually perfect for my diet. Where can I get more recipes like this?

Terry Shaw September 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

Wow! This is a very interesting cake recipe. I would love to try this. It really looks so mouth-watering! Thanks for sharing! 😀

Phil September 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

For being a fake cake it looks quite tasty! I could easily eat the whole thing without feeling bad about it afterwards!

Jay Scott September 28, 2013 at 4:58 am

Ginger snap cookies for Cheesecake Crust? I bet that is DELICIOUS! I’m going to try this one Jessica – looks better than “regular” cheesecake!

Jay Scott

Cass October 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I love greek yogurt, raspberries and ginger snaps! My perfect recipe. I also love the idea of using the jar for serving.

Abigail October 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I love to use Fiber One cereal and added ground flaxseed for the “crust” …athough I usually put it on top of the yogurt and below the fruit so it doesn’t get soggy.

maureen December 22, 2013 at 6:47 am

i just found your web site and i love it. my mom was just put on a very low sodium diet. she is mourning the loss of favorite foods. i told her to concentrate on what she can have and these food choices will be great news for her! can,t wait to share them!

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