Weight Watchers mini cherry cheesecakes

This might come as a shock to some of you considering my love for all things sweet but I’m on Weight Watchers. The first time I joined Weight Watchers, it helped me lose the weight from baby number 1. In fact, after giving birth in 2009, I lost a total of nearly 70 pounds thanks to the program and exercise.

A few months after having baby number 2 in November of 2012, I was eager to join Weight Watchers again to get myself in shape. And now, I’m just a few pounds from my goal weight. I’m a real believer in the program…I love it because I can still fulfill my sweet tooth – but within reason. And this works for me.

Sometimes, however, I do try a lighter version of a classic just to give me my sugar fix.

I made this recipe a few months ago when we had company coming over to see the new baby. I kept telling people it was a Weight Watchers recipe, but I suspect if I had kept my mouth shut no one would have been the wiser. At the end of the day however, it’s not as dense and rich as the cheesecake you’re used to.

Substitutions: I tried making this recipe the first time with the margarine and that was all I could taste. So I made a second batch with butter. With the second batch, I’d run out of graham cracker crumbs so I tried the ready-made oreo crumbs instead and they were a fabulous alternative! You might also want to try to coconut oil. This will change the points if you are on Weight Watchers so make sure you use the recipe tool to figure out the new points.

Would I make this again? Yes, when I have my girlfriends over as some of them are more calorie-conscious and I’m sure they’d love to eat dessert and feel no guilt!

Grade: Three-and-a-half stars out of five. No matter how you slice it, it’s not the real thing!