Mini Coconut-Chai Cheesecakes
Whether it’s your classic New York style, key-lime flavored, or chocolate marbled, I’ll gladly eat an entire wheel of cheesecake. Don’t put it past me. But, as we know, this famously rich dessert is heavy on the fat and calories, so it’s not wise for our health to overdo it (*sigh*). That’s why these miniature treats are perfect when you want to indulge, given that they’re muffin-sized. What’s even better is that this cheesecake recipe is infused with an unexpected flavor: chai. Besides coffee (duh!), chai is another favorite year round bevvy, as we enjoy an iced chai latte in summertime or a piping hot chai tea in the colder months. Ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are beaten into the mixture and help to give it that comforting taste, which balances sweeter ingredients like the Neufchatel cheese and vanilla. A single slice of The Cheesecake Factory's Original Cheesecake contains 707 calories (yikes!), 29 grams of saturated fat, and 62 grams of carbohydrates, but these bite-size cheesecakes only contain 182 calories per serving, 5 grams of saturated fat, and 17 grams of carbohydrates. Perfect as a light finish to any dinner party or when you’re just craving something sweet, these mini coconut chai cheesecakes are the dessert you need in your life.