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Skinny Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Pecan Crust

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 mins
  • Yield: 5 mini cheesecakes
  • Category: Dessert, Gluten Free, Holiday

Ingredients

Pecan Crust:

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Pumpkin Cheesecake:

  • 2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place five 4×4 mini cheesecake springform pans on a baking sheet.
  3. Add pecans to a food processor (or blender) chop until finely diced. To the food processor with nuts, add in butter, honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Blend until everything is mixed and the “crust” holds together a bit.
  4. Evenly distribute pecan crust among five springform pans. Press the crust down on the bottom of the pan, do not go up the sides.
  5. Bake crust for 5 minutes. Remove and let sit.
  6. In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, add cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the cream cheese is smooth (no lumps).
  7. Next add in pumpkin puree, eggs, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Blend until all ingredients are mixed and the cheesecake mixture is light and fluffy. About 4-5 minutes.
  8. Evenly distribute pumpkin cheesecake among the mini springrform pans on top of baked pecan crust.
  9. Bake cheesecake for 35 minutes. Leaving the cheesecakes in place, turn off the oven, and leave the door open for 1 hour.
  10. Remove the cheesecakes from the oven and place in the refrigerator to cool.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 slice of a mini cheesecake
  • Calories: 261
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 137 mg
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 67 mg