Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles


Need a summer treat that is simple, quick, and low calorie?
Have I got a deal for you.
I came up with this recipe to use up some cream cheese and blueberries I had in the fridge. I was really happy with the result. It turned out very creamy and decadent for only having 4 ingredients.
Not quite cheesecake but definitely cheesecake-like. 
Don't mind my odd measurements of the ingredients. I am trying out the myfitnesspal website and the measurements were different than what I am used to.
According to myfitnesspal the nutritional info for 1 popsicle (1/12th of the recipe) is as follows:
83 calories, 15 carbs, 3 fat, 1 protein. 
I then froze some of it in an ice cube tray for mini-snack bites. From my best guess, I figure that each mini-bite would be:
10 calories, 1.9 carbs, 0.4 fat, 0.13 protein.


Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Ingredients
2 cups fresh blueberries
8 Tbsp (1/2 cup) cream cheese, light
6 Tbsp icing sugar
30 Tbsp (2 cups) Cool Whip 95% Fat Free Whipped Topping

Directions
Puree blueberries and cream cheese and icing sugar in a blender until smooth.
Gently fold in whipped topping.


Spoon into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
Run mold under hot water to loosen popsicles so they are easier to unmold.


The popsicles were tasty but I really loved the mini-bites I made in the ice cube tray. I am guestimating the calories at 10 per bite. It may be 1 or 2 calories more or less depending on size.
I've made popsicles with only pureed fruit and those are tasty too.
This is almost like ice cream though so seems like more of a treat.
I like treats.
**UPDATE** - I thought I would share some pics of my Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles.


I have to say, I think I liked the strawberry version better. 


I definitely want to try this with apricots too!

Check out The Mandatory Mooch for some sweet links!
Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons also has great links.

75 comments:

  1. Those look delicious! and easy - thanks for sharing

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  2. This is utterly mouth-watering -- blueberry cheesecake popcycle!

    Cheers on this Thursday morning!

    Tito Eric

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  3. Hi Jo and Sue,
    it's fantastic. Your Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles are adorable!
    Would you be interested to share your pancake photos in our food photography site http://www.foodporn.net

    It is a food photography site where all foodies around the world submit all food pictures that make readers hungry :)

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    1. THank you for the invite and you kind words! We will definitely check it out :)

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  4. Sounds delightful!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

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  5. Icing sugar is also known as powdered sugar OR confectioner's sugar. :) Hope that helps!

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    1. Lol, I was just going to ask this. You beat me to it.

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    2. Lol, I was just going to ask this. You beat me to it.

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    3. Thanks...I was going to ask the same question. Great help, looks so good!!

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    4. Thanks for clearing that up. Why didn't you just say powdered sugar

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    5. Because we call it icing sugar. Different parts of the world call it by different names.

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  6. Have you ever eaten frozen grapes? I think they also taste like icecream!

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    1. I'm not big on frozen fruit but Sue loves it! Grapes included :)

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  7. Hi Jo and Sue,
    Fantastic recipe. We will def try and post on our blog :) Please check it out! Also @ohmyfoodness, we love frozen grapes too!(: http://therainydayreporter.blogspot.com/

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  8. These look great but what is icing sugar?

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    1. I mentioned it above. :) Icing sugar is also known as powdered sugar OR confectioner's sugar. :) Hope that helps!

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  9. Ok. Looks yummy. Would whipped cream work? Trying to eat less processed food.

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    1. I'm not too sure.... I have never tried it with real whipping cream. If you try it please let us know how it works! :)

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  10. I made these last night and we CANNOT STOP eating them!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have wonderful flavor. I will be keeping this recipe for sure! Thank you for sharing! Tina S

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  11. Where'd you get the little bite size ice cube tray? I tried to google but no luck, thanks :)

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    1. Ooooh...that's a good question. I've had them forever....I believe it was from Walmart. :/

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    2. If you search "small ice cube tray" you should find them. A lot of freezers with ice makers use these so you can find replacement ones through Maytag or the other companies. That is where I found mine.

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    3. i got my mini ice cube trays at the dollar store! :)

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    4. you can always go 2 superstore or stores lie Pricesmart, Costco, Walmart superstore ect.

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  12. these sound really good. could I use strawberries instead of blueberries?

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    1. I don't see why not. :) Let us know how it works out for you!

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  13. These sound amazing and I am an ice cream freak. Just wondering something...I am prediabetic and can't eat the powdered sugar. Are there other options for that as well as the whipped topping. I might try the whipping cream and see how that works. That is what I make my whipped topping out of anyway. But stuck on the powdered sugar substitute?

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    1. I'm afraid I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to these things BUT I did find a tip on the Fitday website. I hope this is helpful - Sugar Free Powdered Sugar Substitute

      If you're diabetic or just trying to watch your calories, you may be wanting a sugar free substitute for powdered sugar. If that's the case, here is a simple way to whip up a batch of sugar-free powdered sugar substitute.

      Prepare just as you would with the granulated sugar recipe above. Mix an artificial sweetener, such as Splenda or Nutrasweet, and cornstarch and grind it in a blender. Use this only in recipes where the powdered sugar is being used for sweetness, and use less than the recipe calls for. Artificial sweeteners require less for the same amount of sweetness.

      Alternatively, if your recipe calls for powdered sugar to also act as bulk in the recipe, such as during baking, you can mix a sugar free powdered sugar substitute by taking 1 part artificial sweetener, 2 parts powdered milk and 2 parts cornstarch and grind in the blender. Use this on a 1 cup to 1 cup basis as a powdered sugar substitute.

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  14. I'm definitely going to try this recipe for a sweet snack. I'm always looking for healthy alternatives in my diet. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  15. Can you tell me how many ice cube trays this recipe is supposed to make please? And, how many cubes are in YOUR trays? Just trying to get my nutritional facts correct for my ice cube trays and the amount it made.

    Thanks!

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    1. If you would like to have exact nutritional info - I would recommend going to a wesbite like Fitday or MyFitnessPal and enter in the ingredients and then you can size it to your specifications! :) Hope that is helpful

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  16. Holy cow! These are soooo good! I am eating them now and it is the most sweet-tooth-satisfying heart-healthy snack I've come across! Great work, can't wait to share!

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  17. Can you use whipped cream cheese

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    1. I have never tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work....

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  18. I found this recipe on Pinterest a while ago but just finally made it today. I have to say these are Delicious! The prep is easy, the hard part was waiting for them to freeze! haha. Thanks for this recipe, I will be trying it with other berries soon :)

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  19. I just created this tonight. I used half of everything since it was my first time and it filled a full ice tray. I would assume that this recipe fills 2 full ice trays.

    It tasted delicious, light, and not overly sweet. It was semi addicting actually!

    Great recipe and simple to make. I just need some cute ice trays for when guests arrive so it looks even more delicious! :)

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  20. can you use frozen blueberries?

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  21. I have to ask, can you add alcohol to them for a great ladies night treat?

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    1. Hmmm....I really don't know! I have never tried it. If I had to guess - I would say I don't think it would work BUT if you try it please let us know. :)

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  22. Did yours freeze solid? Mine have been in the freezer for 8 hours and aren't solid so I'm not sure how to get them out of the I've tray..

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    1. Yes, they froze solid. I just ran the bottom of my ice tray under warm water for a few seconds and then they popped right out.

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  24. These look divine. I am making this with homemade whipped cream and Sucanat! We're absolutely doing these for a quick, yummy breakfast.
    Thank you for the share!

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    1. Just wondering how they worked with real whipped cream. Wanting to try these but we don't use Cool Whip because of how processed it is. Thanks!

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  25. I am making them now the puree is fabulous I CANT FIR THEM TO BE DONE!!!!

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  26. Mine are in the freezer now! I had to make sone slight adjustments as I was so eager to make these I didn't realize I didn't have enough cool whip; so I used the whole block of cream cheese... The puree tasted wonderful now I just hope they hold up well in the freezer!

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  27. Mine made 4 full ice cube trays with 16 cubes in each; but I also used the whole block of cream cheese and half of cool whip...
    And I used fresh strawberries in mine!

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  28. Sharing tomorrow on the blog! So amazing. Thank you!!!!!!!

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  29. Thoughts on putting this in a graham cracker pie crust for a frozen pie?

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    1. I like the way you think Shannon! That sounds delicious :)

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    2. Made this in a pie crust and took it to work. Made it the night before and it set overnight. Had some trouble getting it soft enough to cut, but not mushy after having it in the freezer overnight (then put in fridge at work until lunch time). Eaten by coworkers, super easy for a food day at work.

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  30. How thick is this before its frozen? Instead of using a popsicle mold or ice cube tray, could I put it in a piping bag and pipe dollups onto a baking sheet?

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    1. As long as your dollups are not too big, I don't see why that wouldn't work. :) Please let us know how it turns out for you!

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  31. Just made the strawberry version & popped them in the freezer. My 8 yo DD is excited to try them. Heck, I am too! Found this via Pinterest. :)

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  32. I tried this with the strawberries, and half of the powdered sugar. It is so good! Even before being frozen ;)

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  33. I made this and it was absolutelyyyyyyy delicious. i just started a blog where i post the different recipes that i try. If you don’t mind, i would love to post this on my blog. i will use the pictures that i took myself and credit you for the recipe. i will even send you a link when i’m done :-)

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    1. Thank you Olga. We would love for you to share our recipe on your blog and look forward to getting the link so we can read about your experience. All we ask is that you include a link back to our original post in your blog. Thank you!!

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  34. Looks delicious! How many strawberries did you use for that version of this recipe?

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    1. Approx 2 cups of diced strawberries. :)

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  35. Where did you buy the mold or the little "ice cubes mold"

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    1. Hi Callie, We got our ice cube tray from a dollar store. It is plastic with silicone-like mold bottoms so that you can push out whatever is in the mold. :) Hope that is helpful!

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  36. This is an absolutely beautiful recipe that I am going to make for the kids tomorrow morning. I love the way you makes these as little treats that can be carried to the park. I am going to serve this to our dieting group on Wednesday, blueberries cause weight loss, click my name to see.

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  37. What is icing sugar and can I use a sugar-free sweetener instead?

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    1. Hi Denise, Icing sugar is another name for powdered sugar (or confectioner's sugar). I'm afraid I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to sugar-free sweeteners BUT I did find a tip on the Fitday website. I hope this is helpful - Sugar Free Powdered Sugar Substitute
      If you're diabetic or just trying to watch your calories, you may be wanting a sugar free substitute for powdered sugar. If that's the case, here is a simple way to whip up a batch of sugar-free powdered sugar substitute.
      Prepare just as you would with the granulated sugar recipe above. Mix an artificial sweetener, such as Splenda or Nutrasweet, and cornstarch and grind it in a blender. Use this only in recipes where the powdered sugar is being used for sweetness, and use less than the recipe calls for. Artificial sweeteners require less for the same amount of sweetness.
      Alternatively, if your recipe calls for powdered sugar to also act as bulk in the recipe, such as during baking, you can mix a sugar free powdered sugar substitute by taking 1 part artificial sweetener, 2 parts powdered milk and 2 parts cornstarch and grind in the blender. Use this on a 1 cup to 1 cup basis as a powdered sugar substitute.

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  38. I substituted Splenda for the sugar it came out absolutely delicious!! I cant wait to try it with strawberries and raspberries.

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