10 Healthier Desserts for Shavuot

Kosher.com Staff May 24, 2022

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The words “cheesecake” and “healthy” aren’t usually used in the same sentence- that is until now! Believe it or not, you can eat your cheesecake and feel good about it too.


The desserts below are decadent and delicious, and have a healthier twist. From Healthier Turtle Cheesecake and Better for you Brownie Cheesecake, to Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake Jars and Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Apple Crumble Caramel.


With these lighter and healthier desserts you can indulge in a few slices without any of the guilt!


Yes please!


  1. Healthier Turtle Cheesecake by Celeste Hackel

  2. Mango Ice Dream by Rorie Weisberg
    One of Rorie’s favorite recipes that started out as pure pudding, now she shows us how she changed it by tripling the recipe to make ice dream. It makes a few servings to keep in your freezer and have on hand whenever needed. The fruit combined with cashew butter creates this creamy, delicious ice dream. Top with your favorite toppings for an amazing treat.

  3. Better-For-You Brownie Cheesecake by Rorie Weisberg
    Enjoy this healthier version of a Shavuot staple. You will leave the table with a smile on your face yet feeling light. Where most cheesecakes are full of white flour, white sugar, and cream cheese, Rorie’s cheesecake has better for you ingredients that will leave you able to have your cheesecake and eat it too!

  4. Caramel Cheesecake with an Oat Crumble by Victoria Dwek
    he wholesome ingredients in this cheesecake (protein from Greek yogurt,
    along with oats and apples) will make you feel full…but there’s still
    ample sweetness to so no one will feel like they’ve missed out on
    dessert…and with only 15 calories per teaspoon, the caramel on top is
    an apt finishing touch to a satisfying and guilt-free indulgence.

  5. Green Goddess Fruit Platter with Cheesecake Dip by Rachel Kor
    This “cheesecake” dessert is a lighter, healthier, and easier way to enjoy cheesecake and comes without any of the baking or stress. It’s perfect for company because of how easy and quick it is to make. If you have a stand mixer, the cheesecake dip literally only takes a minute or two to put together. Plus, you can make and assemble the platter in advance, refrigerate, and bring it out when ready to serve.

  6. Extra Light and Smooth Cheesecake by Elky Friedman

    You’re bound to see loads of cheesecake recipes out there at this time of year…or maybe you have a favorite that you’ve been making year after year! But if you want to try a really delicious one that has half the fat and calories of most cheesecakes, this is it.

    My friend Rivka B. gave me a taste of hers last year and I loved it immediately. The smooth texture, lightness, and full flavor are a great combination.

  7. Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake Jars by Esther Begun

    These healthier no-bake cheesecake jars are the perfect ‘guilt-free’ way to enjoy your cheesecake this Shavuot! The layers of cheese filling, nutty crust and berries give these jars the perfect amount of richness, creaminess and freshness!

    This versatile cheesecake can be made in individual cups with various toppings (think Oreos, chocolate, or caramel) or as one big cheesecake in a pie dish.

  8. Lighter Carrot Cake by Elky Friedman

  9. Whole Wheat Cheese Braids by Brynie Greisman
    This is a healthier version of the typical yeast cake.

  10. Better Blender Cheese Tarts by Rorie Weisberg
    This recipe took many attempts to get right. Once I tasted the first batch, I was driven to make it work. If you can’t get ahold of my Grain Free Mix, you can substitute with almond flour, but it won’t have the same results. I tried it both ways and my taste testers all liked the mix version better, but they agreed that the almond flour version was good if you didn’t try the other one first!