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Lightened Chocolate cherry Cheesecake – Decadent Recipe

A normal cheesecake recipe has a lot of calories. This lightened up version of a chocolate cherry cheesecake is just a bit lighter on your hips.

Ahhhh, cheesecake recipes.  This is one of those desserts that I just adore but don’t eat too often because of the calories. 

Just by nature, cheesecake screams “I’m going to break my diet.” Let’s find out what to do to make this dessert more diet-friendly.

Cheesecake with cherry topping and chocolate crust.

One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolates and cherries. The taste always makes me nostalgic for a holiday favorite of mine. So much so in fact, that I make my own homemade chocolate cherry cordials.

April 23 is my birthday and also National Cherry Cheesecake day.  Find out more about the National Days in April here.

Delicious Lightened Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

I decided to see just how much I could lighten the dessert up without too much of a sacrifice on taste.  And I discovered that this one does quite well in that regard.  

What I came up with was this recipe for Lightened Chocolate Cherry cheesecake is absolutely a must try.  I used reduced fat cream cheese and sour cream to save on the calorie count without sacrificing any of the flavor.

The recipe is easy to follow, and I love the fact that ingredients needed are just a few.

Let your imagination run wild on the toppings.    Toffee bits would give it a nice extra crunch.  You can use fat free cool whip for extra calorie savings too. 

And here is a trick:  use the mini chocolate chips on top to give more of the delicious bites than the larger one gives. It makes you feel as though you are getting more chocolate.


Yield: 12 servings

Lighter chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Cheesecake with cherry topping and chocolate crust.

This lightened up chocolate cherry cheesecake has a few substitutes to make it easier on your waistline.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


for the Crust

  • 1 cup chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

for the Filling

  • 40 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pure tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 8 oz reduced fat sour cream

Toppings - use your choice of the following (*toppings have extra calories)

  • Canned cherry topping
  • Chopped nuts
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • Light whipped cream


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Place the wafer biscuits in a food processor and pulse until crumb-like.
  2. In ungreased 13x9-inch pan, combine chocolate crumbs, sugar and butter; mix well.
  3. Press crust mixture evenly in bottom of pan.
  4. Bake at 350°F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.
  5. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat the reduced fat cream cheese and sugar until blended.
  6. Add vanilla and eggs; beat until smooth.
  7. Add in the reduced fat sour cream; blend well. Pour into crust-lined pan.
  8. Bake at 300°F. for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges are set and center is still soft.
  9. Remove from oven; place on wire rack.
  10. Cool 1 hour. Cover; refrigerate at least 6 hours or until serving time.
  11. Top with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 565Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 460mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 15g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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