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Easy Carrot Cheesecake – A No Bake Eggless Healthy Dessert

6 November 2011 30 Comments

eggless carrot cheese cake

“What does a Cheesecake remind you?” To me it conjures the feeling of digging into soft snowy mountain, a refreshing dessert you really don’t want anyone to tell you about how much cream cheese, ricotta and quark has gone into making it. Just dig..eat..and repeat.

I am not much of a cream fan and try to replace the same in all my cooking & baking for good and also avoid gelatin in my recipes if the food is for the consumption of my family. Somehow Gelatin makes me feel unnatural, but it surely firms up the filling making it stand stiff and help cheesecake look more professional with perfect cheesy slices. This recipe is devoid of gelatin hence the filling is slightly semi solid.

Incessant rain is a blessing on holidays, for after a long time we all spent time together playing indoor games and eating home cooked food. A hearty one pot meal –Veggie pot pie and then came dessert time, “a cheesecake it is” said my son. I raided my refrigerator for some fruits and got these lovely orange colored carrots instead. I was a bit skeptical using a vegetable for cheesecake, but was sure that me and hubby would somehow finish it.

I made individual servings for this recipe in small pie dishes for each one of us, with no gelatin and very less cream. And to my surprise carrots proved to be a match made in heaven for this delightful cheesecake. The dessert with fresh cottage cheese and sweet carrots has a refreshingly delightful taste in every bite.

eggless carrot cheese cake

Boiled and mashed carrots..

Ingredients;

(serve 4)

For the filling

  • 1 cup grated boiled carrots
  • 1 cup fresh cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cream
  • 1 tsp. cardamom powder

For the base;

  • 12 digestive biscuits
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • A little milk if required
eggless carrot cheese cake

Ready to go in refrigerator..

Method; Wash and peel two large carrots. Chop the head and the bottom part. Steam the carrots in a pressure cooker or in a microwave oven with jut 2 tsp. of water.

Take out and mash it slightly.

Make fresh cottage cheese (paneer) with 1/2 liter of milk as explained here.

Take the cream in a small bowl and beat it with a beater till it forms soft peaks.

Blend the mashed carrots, cottage cheese, brown sugar and the cardamom powder in a blender to make a coarse paste. (I avoided this step, as I like crumble cheesecake with bits of veggies and cottage cheese).

Add the beaten cream in the carrot mixture and fold it lightly.

eggless carrot cheese cake

crunchy crust and refreshing carrot filling..

Put all the digestive biscuits (I took Mc Vities for this recipe, you can take Marie biscuits also) in a zip lock bag and beat it with a rolling pin to make a fine powder of it. Add cinnamon powder and butter in it and rub it with fingers to incorporate the whole mixture. If you feel the mix is slightly dry and may not form a firm base, add a tsp. or more of milk to it and mix again.

Take small baking round tins and line them with a butter paper and grease it with oil. Spread the biscuit base in each mould and press it lightly to form a thin base at the bottom of the dish.

Fill the prepared carrot filling in each mould.

Refrigerate the moulds for about 4-5 hours till the filling is set.

eggless carrot cheese cake

Every bite is light and refreshing..

Look at those crumbs of cottage cheese and orange carrot bits peeping through this scrumptious cheesecake.

eggless carrot cheese cake

Doesn’t it look pretty!

These mini versions of cheesecake is a real treat, with lots of crunchy base to bite upon.

eggless carrot cheese cake

Creamy cottage cheese and sweet carrots..Mmm..

Serve chilled Carrot cheesecake as a refreshing & healthy dessert…well except that small amount of cream in it, this recipe is a healthier version of traditional cheesecake. You could eve avoid the cream and replace it with gelatin as a setting agent and indulge in it guilt free.

Notes;

  1. Add a tbsp of gelatin mixed in warm water to get firm cheesecake filling.
  2. Add condensed milk in place of brown sugar for a rich texture and taste.
  3. Increase the amount of cream to make it more rich. More whipped cream will also give a firm texture to the cheesecake.
  4. Replace the carrots with strawberries or any other seasonal fruit of your choice in the recipe.

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  • Baker Street said:

    wow! I’ve never baked or eaten a carrot cheesecake! and i’m the biggest cheesecake fan! Also saw that you used cottage cheese, very interesting! Would love to try a slice or two!
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  • simply.food said:

    wow very innovative and delicious.
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  • sangeetakhanna said:

    Nice…i can imagine the flavors.
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  • vidhya said:

    Yummy and delicious cake. Without baking i love this. thanks for sharing and awesome clicks.
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Wow! Carrots in a cheesecake! I can actually imagine it taste great 🙂
    I like how you have used homemade cottage cheese here…
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  • Nitha said:

    delicious one..
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  • Cynthe said:

    This sounds tasty! Carrots, cardamom, cinnamon, & brown sugar = YUM. And it’s no bake…so it’s fast and full of protein from the paneer. Will give it a try. Thanks for the idea!

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  • Anu said:

    yummy delicious cheese cake with carrot
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  • Tina said:

    Lovely recipe…Carrot cheese cake sounds delicious…

  • Karriann Graf said:

    I’m not sure I’d like a carrot cheesecake…but bet I could replace it with pumpkin and I’d be real happy!
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  • prathibha said:

    cheese cake wid carrots sounds interesting…looks delicious n innovative
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  • Priti said:

    Looks delicious …nice recipe …
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  • Kalyani said:

    super like 🙂 am gonna try this out real soon, !!

    Kalyani

  • Terra said:

    I love this recipe! I am not a huge cheesecake fan either, so I never make them at home. My friend in Tucson would make amazing cheesecakes, all different flavors. Love every ingredient in this recipe, especially the cardamom and cottage cheese:-) About to save this recipe, I definitely need to try it:-) Beautiful! Hugs, Terra
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  • Priya said:

    Omg, cheesecake looks absolutely divine and quite innovative..
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  • anu said:

    healthy alternative for a old fashioned cheese cake….love it!

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  • Rachana said:

    Wow! Thats a very innovative recipe. The cheesecake looks yum.

  • Raks said:

    Sounds very nice,lovely presentation as well!
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  • Shri said:

    Carrot cheesecake sounds interesting. Agree that the eating cheesecake is like “digging into a soft snowy mountain” . Love the color of your cake!

  • Faith said:

    I love your creativity in the kitchen — so inspiring! Another beautiful, healthy, and delicious treat!
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  • Krithi said:

    I would love to dig in… yumm!

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  • Annapet said:

    Cheesecake is something that’s been on my mind lately, and over the weekend, I gave in to the craving. Store-bought though, not homemade.

    Carrot cheesecake, I would not have imagined, but with carrot cake and carrot muffins, why not? I’m sure it’s delicious. Thanks for sharing, Sanjeeta!
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  • Joanne said:

    I am SO loving this cake recipe! Carrot cake is my favorite and this is such a healthy way to enjoy it!
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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    I agree with you on the gelatin, it’s something I try to avoid using in my desserts as well. Lovely light recipe as usual!
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  • JustaGirl said:

    Looks very simple to make… And No Bake is something I have been looking for ..
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  • a spoonful of yumm said:

    light recipe ! love your take on it 🙂
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  • Nisrine said:

    I’ve never had carrot cheesecake. Sounds like an amazing flavor.

  • vianney said:

    What a great recipe, I love the flavor combo!! thank you for sharing!

  • asmita said:

    I like it that it is eggless and is a cheese cake . Wow! Healthy and no hassle with the baking. It’s great to have good egg less dessert options when you have your vegetarian friends over.
    I just posted an eggless dessert called Coeur A La Creme which is made with cream cheese and is also a no-bake.

  • BigFatBaker said:

    Yum! I would have never thought to try carrots but it looks amazing! I love that there is no egg or cream, it makes me feel like I can eat it for breakfast 😉
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