Cottage Cheesecake with a Cocoa Walnut Crust

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 70 minutes
Servings 8 Cost Per Serving $0.97
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Cocoa Walnut Crust
1 cupLarge Flaked Oats
1/2 cupDates, presoaked
1/2 cupWalnuts, Pecans or Nut Butter
2 tbspCocoa Powder
2 cupsCottage Cheese
1/3 cupHoney
2 tbspArrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
1 tspLemon Zest
1 tspVanilla Extract
Raspberry Chia Topping
1 cupRaspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cupWater
1 tbspChia Seeds
1 tbspHoney (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Pulse walnuts in the food processor until roughly chopped. Then add dates, oats and cocoa powder and pulse until ground. Evenly press mixture into a pie pan and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Clean the food processor and mix together the cottage cheese and arrowroot powder just until combined.
  4. Add the egg, honey, lemon zest, and vanilla and mix until combined.
  5. Pour mixture onto the crust and bake for 1 hour, or until sides are firm and center is still slightly soft. Leave to cool and firm up.
  6. In a saucepan over medium heat combine raspberries and cook until fruit softens, about 5 minutes. Add chia seeds and stir for 1 minute. Stir in honey if desired.
  7. Carefully pour mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.
  8. Pour over top of cheesecake and refrigerate until mixture sets.
  9. Optional: Drizzle with melted dark chocolate


  • A slice of restaurant cheesecake has up to 1200 calories, 43 grams of fat and lots of sugar! Eating too much sugar from sweets and baked goods can raise triglyceride levels, a type of fat in the blood linked to higher risk of heart disease. 
  • Most of the fat in regular cheesecake is saturated fat. Lowering the amount of saturated fat in your diet and replacing saturated fats with good fats like monounsaturated fats from olive oil and avocados can lower heart disease risk.
  • Walnuts are higher in antioxidants than any other nut. They also contain plant sterols that lower inflammation and potentially improve cholesterol levels.
  • Eating nuts as part of heart-healthy diet helps lower bad LDL cholesterol, reducing heart disease risk. Nuts are rich in L-arginine, a compound that prevents blood clots and improves the flexibility of the lining of your arteries.