Here's how you can have your cheesecake and eat it too: Swap out high calorie ingredients for reduced calorie versions.
Prep time:30 minutes
Total time:2 hours plus refrigeration
10graham crackers, crushed
1/4 cupplus 2/3 cup white sugar, divided
4 tablespoonsunsalted butter, plus extra
10 ouncespart skim milk ricotta cheese
16 ouncesreduced calorie cream cheese, room temperature
2 ounceshoney, plus extra
1 tablespoonlemon zest
1 ouncetoasted pine nuts, optional garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wrap outside of 9-inch springform cake pan with two layers of aluminum foil, crimping edges tightly.
In medium mixing bowl combine graham crackers, 1/4 cup sugar, and butter until moistened. Press firmly into bottom of pan, eliminating gaps. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
While crust cools, blend ricotta in a food processor until smooth. Add cream cheese in small portions. Blend until smooth.
Add 2/3 cup sugar, honey and lemon zest. Blend until smooth. To ensure consistency, scrape down sides of bowl occasionally.
Add eggs individually and pulse until just blended.
Lightly coat sides of pan with butter. Slowly pour contents of food processor into cake pan until evenly distributed. Bake until golden brown around the edges and the center is set but jiggles slightly, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool at room temperature 1 hour.
Transfer to refrigerator, cool 2 hours before serving. Drizzle with honey and garnish with pine nuts.