Pudding Cottage Cheesecake with Fresh Fruit

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pudding cheese cake, healthy dessert, kid-friendlyYou may wonder where we got the idea for this pudding cottage cheesecake; as kids we always fancied pudding snacks mixed with fresh fruit like strawberries, cherries or apricots during the summer season. There was no cheesecake in our (Czech) culture then, so we experimented with what we had. Our mom started mixing the pudding with creamy cottage cheese to give us more nutrients, and we totally fell in love with this yummy snack. When we progressed to pies and cakes, mom used the same formula for this cheesecake-like dessert. It remained among our family favorites and our guests always ask for more.

The cake base (or crust) can be made with light pound cake or granola crust recipes or any other type that you personally prefer. For a gluten-free base, you can use recipes for an almond crust or a gluten-free graham cracker crumb crust.

Ingredients ( yields 12″ cake):

  • 2 packets dry vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk* (instead of the 4 cups of milk or water in package instructions)
  • 8 oz smooth or whipped cottage cheese, room temperature
  • 6-8 medium strawberries, fresh or frozen (or other preferred fruit)

* If you are watching your fat intake, you can use low fat milk as well as cottage cheese.

Directions:

  1. Bake cake base (crust) according to your preferred recipe and allow to cool completely in a baking pan or form.
  2. In medium size pan, combine milk, sugar and pudding mix (according to package instructions) and bring to boil while stirring. Remove from heat, keep stirring until cool to prevent lumps.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cooled pudding and cottage cheese. Mix together with a fork until well-blended and smooth.
  4. Layer pudding-cottage cheese mix over the cake base. Add whole or sliced fruit before adding last layer. Top with sliced fruit for decoration, as desired.
  5. Place in a refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. You can also freeze individual pieces in a well-sealed container and serve as a frozen dessert during hot summer days.

pudding cake-cutEnjoy it with your little ones, friends or as a treat for yourself; it contains plenty of calcium, vitamins and other minerals for a healthy growth and development.

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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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