Vanilla and Blueberry Cheesecake Pudding

A little reduced-fat cream cheese stirred into a quick stovetop pudding gives it a tangy, creamy, cheesecake-y flavor and texture, with[ way less fat and fewer calories than a slice of cheesecake. In these parfait-style puddings, I layer the vanilla pudding with a super-fast blueberry sauce accented with a little lemon juice for a bright, fresh taste. A sprinkle of crushed graham crackers over the top really brings home the cheesecake flavor profile.]

Total Time:
4 hr 25 min
15 min
4 hr
10 min

Serves 4

  • For the Blueberries:
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • For the Cheesecake Pudding:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 2 graham crackers, crushed
  • To make the blueberries: In a small saucepan, bring 2 tablespoons water, the sugar, and lemon juice to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Add the blueberries and cook, stirring often, until they soften, 1 to 2 minutes (a little longer if using frozen berries). Use a fork to gently mash most of the berries, then turn off the heat.

  • To make the cheesecake pudding: Whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the cold milk and then set the saucepan over medium-high heat. Continue to whisk until a few bubbles pop at the surface and the mixture is thick, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and whisk in the vanilla and the cream cheese.

  • Divide half the pudding among 4 ramekins, then divide the blueberries among the ramekins. Top each serving with the remaining pudding. Cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Serve chilled, sprinkled with graham crumbs.

  • Per serving: Calories 167; Total Fat 5g; Protein 4g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 19g

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