Lovely mini chocolate cheesecakes are incredibly creamy and chocolatey. Made with just a few simple ingredients, they are completely guilt-free!
Creamy and chocolatey, these delightful 175-calorie mini chocolate cheesecakes are made with reduced-fat cream cheese and dark chocolate, and sweetened with stevia. They have a velvety texture and a lovely, deep chocolate flavor.
This is a very easy recipe – much easier than baking a classic cheesecake. The only reason I don’t make it more often is that I tend to overeat these cakes! I consider one as a serving, but I tend to eat two, and sometimes even three (which I promptly regret, as they are so rich). 😳
To ensure a smooth texture, ingredients must be at room temperature, which is always the case when making cheesecakes. One option is to remove the cream cheese and egg from the fridge two hours before you plan to start mixing the ingredients.
Alternatively, you can microwave the cream cheese for 30 seconds, and submerge the egg in warm water while you prep the ingredients.
Like all cheesecakes, these mini chocolate cheesecakes are ready when they are slightly underbaked. In my oven, I find that 15 minutes at 300 degrees F is perfect. Also similarly to other cheesecakes, they should be completely cool before you can enjoy them. Although – thankfully – there’s no need to refrigerate them. They are perfect after cooling on a rack for about 2 hours (but sometimes I eat them after just 1.5 hours!)
Leftovers keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. After that, they become less creamy and fluffy. Remove them from the fridge a full hour before you plan on enjoying them.
For some reason, these mini chocolate cheesecakes work really well with foil liners, but stick to paper ones. So make sure you use foil liners when making this recipe.
Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes
- Avocado oil spray for liners
- 3 oz dark chocolate, 70% cacao, chopped
- 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon stevia glycerite, heaping (equals about 1/3 cup sugar)
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 6 foil baking cups (cakes will stick to paper liners). Lightly spray the liners with avocado oil spray.
- Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each microwave session, until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, using an electric hand mixer set to the lowest speed, beat the cream cheese, vanilla and stevia until smooth. This should take no more than 30 seconds.
- Add the melted chocolate and beat on low just until blended, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
- Add the egg and mix until just incorporated. Don't over mix.
- Using a rubber spatula, give the batter one last mix to make sure everything is well incorporated.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, smoothing out the tops. Bake until the centers of the cheesecakes are just a bit jiggly, about 15 minutes.
- Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack and allow the cakes to cool completely, about 2 hours, before removing the liners and serving.