Pumpkin Cheesecake

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When it comes to dessert, you don’t always have to choose between taste and nutrition. This decadent pumpkin cheesecake has both! It’s is full of indulgent flavors, while still performing on a nutritional level.

The crust is made with nutrient-rich whole foods such as almonds, oats, and coconut oil. Additionally, it contains no refined sugars. After tasting this pumpkin cheesecake, you’ll never need to make the full-fat version again! Compared to other popular pumpkin cheesecake recipes, this healthy SkinnyMs. pumpkin cheesecake has nearly 100 fewer calories per slice, and 16 fewer grams of fat.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Note: Nutritional data includes caramel sauce topping

Yields: 14 servings | Serving Size: 1 Slice | Calories: 344 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 77 mg |Sodium: 336 mg | Carbohydrates: 54 g | Dietary fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 31cg | Protein: 12 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14


  • 1 cup raw almonds with skin
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, optional pure butter
    Cheesecake Filling
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup reduced fat Ricotta Cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup fat-free Greek Yogurt, plain
  • 1 (15 ounce) [can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crust - In a food processor or chopper device, add almonds, oats, salt and cinnamon. Pulse until a a crumb like consistency. In a medium mixing bowl, combine crumbs coconut sugar and melted oil or butter. Add to a 9" springform pan and press crumbs in bottom of the pan and about 1/2" up the sides. Set aside while preparing filling.
  3. Cheesecake Filling - Add cream cheese and ricotta cheese to a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, Greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice and continuing creaming with an electric mixture until all ingredients are combined and smooth.
  4. Pour filling into prepared crust and spread evenly. Place a cookie sheet on the center oven rack, and place springform pan on top. Bake for one hour or until cheesecake is set around the edges and the center still slightly jiggles. The cake will continue to bake when removed from the oven. Remove and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, approximately 4 to 6 hours. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cheesecake. Loosen the pan and remove the sides before slicing the cheesecake.
  5. If desired, drizzle caramel sauce over cheesecake or spread over the top before serving. Refrigerate leftover cheesecake.

6 Comments on "Pumpkin Cheesecake"

  1. Carolyn  December 1, 2013

    Did I miss when to add the vanilla & cornstarch? Mine's already in the oven, so hopefully it tastes okay without it.

    • Skinny Ms.  December 21, 2015

      Carolyn, The vanilla adds flavor and sweetness, but is not essential, while the cornstarch helps the cheesecake to set, however, if you keep it refrigerated until serving it may set up without it. I have added those two ingredients to the instructions for clarification. Please let us know how it went. Thanks!

  2. Sarah  October 29, 2019

    What can I use instead of corn starch? My husband has crohns disease and corn is one of his trigger foods. I have potato starch I believe it is. Would that work?

    • Gale Compton  October 30, 2019

      I’m not sure about potato starch but Arrow Root is GF.

      • Sarah  November 22, 2019

        I might have that as well. I’m going to make this for thanksgiving. Think i have to switch out the almonds for him as well. He doesn’t feel good on those. Maybe cashews? Softer nuts are fine for him like those or peanuts. Any thoughts?

        • Gale Compton  November 22, 2019

          I haven’t tried cashews but they should be fine.


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