Creamy cheesecake made with Greek yogurt and cream cheese in a graham cracker crust, topped with a juicy blueberry sauce.
The big news in our world is that our little Juliette has started walking! She’s moving all around, and loving every second of trying to keep up with big brother, Jake. I spend most days holding my breath as she wobbles and staggers narrowly missing furniture and walls. I am now acutely aware of how many hard, sharp, or pointy surfaces are in our house. Eeeek!
What does this have to do with cheesecake? Absolutely nothing! Ha! But I like to sprinkle this blog with some occasional real life moments, so I thought I would share. 🙂
Now onto cheesecake! I’ve shared a cheesecake parfait and a cheesecake dip, but this is the first actual cheesecake recipe I’ve posted. For me, cheesecake tends to be sooo heavy. In an effort to lighten it up just a touch, I swapped out some of the cream cheese for Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt makes it super smooth and creamy, and it adds a little tang.
The addition of yogurt lightens this up slightly, but not so much that it tastes like a “diet” dessert. I served this cheesecake when we had family over for dinner, and everyone loved it.
The crust is a traditional graham cracker crust; it’s buttery, sweet, and a little crumbly. The cheesecake filling is unbelievably easy – just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, give it a whirl, pour it into the crust, and bake! The cheesecake has a very slight lemon flavor, which is delicious when paired with blueberry sauce.
You can top this cheesecake with your favorite fruit topping. Blueberries are our favorite cheesecake topping, and this blueberry sauce is the absolute best. It’s bursting with blueberry flavor, and it’s the perfect compliment to the creamy cheesecake. This recipe has quickly become my new favorite cheesecake. I’ll be making it again and again, and I hope you will too!
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 12 sheets of graham crackers)
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- pinch of salt
- 14 ounces 2% plain Greek yogurt
- 16 ounces cream cheese (I used reduced fat), room temperature
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- finely grated zest of 1 medium sized lemon (only use the yellow, no white)
- ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 3 oranges)
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 cups fresh blueberries (frozen can substituted, if using frozen increase cornstarch to 1½ tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Wrap foil around the outside of a springform pan. Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large bowl, thoroughly combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter, and salt. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan, pressing the mixture onto the bottom, and at least 1-inch up the sides. I like to use the bottom of a measuring cup to help firmly press the mixture in. Transfer the crust to the freezer while you prepare the filling.
- In a food processor, combine yogurt, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, and lemon zest. Process until creamy and completely smooth. Pour the batter into the crust and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 45-50 minutes, until the cheesecake is just set. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool, then cover and refrigerate until completely chilled.
- Combine the orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. When the mixture is translucent and thickened, stir in the blueberries and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, just until a few berries have burst but most are still whole. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice and cool. Transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely.