Macro Friendly Protein Cheesecake Dip

published: September 20, 2023

updated: October 25, 2023

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Get ready to indulge in the creamy and delicious Protein Cheesecake Dip. Yes, you heard it right – a dip that combines the rich and velvety flavors of cheesecake with a boost of protein goodness. It's the ultimate treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you fueled for all your adventures. So, grab your favorite fruits, cookies, or even a spoon, and let's whip up this delectable delight!

Now, you might be wondering, “What's so special about this Protein Cheesecake Dip?” Well, aside from the fact that it's incredibly delicious, it's also packed with protein, making it a fantastic option for all you fitness enthusiasts out there. Whether you're looking for a post-workout snack, a party pleaser, or just a guilt-free indulgence, this recipe has got you covered.

Now, before we dive into the nitty-gritty of this Protein Cheesecake Dip recipe, let's take a moment to compare it to the traditional fruit dips out there. Don't get me wrong, those classic fruit dips are tasty, but they often leave us feeling a bit guilty after indulging. Loaded with sugar, cream cheese, and other calorie-laden ingredients, they can quickly derail our health-conscious efforts.

But fear not, this Protein Cheesecake Dip is here to save the day. By swapping out some of those heavy ingredients for protein-packed alternatives, we can enjoy all the creamy goodness of a traditional fruit dip without sacrificing our fitness goals. Plus, it's a great way to sneak in some extra protein into our diet without even realizing it. It's like having our cake (or should I say cheesecake?) and eating it too!

So, let's bid farewell to those sugar-loaded fruit dips and say hello to a healthier and protein-packed version that will keep both our taste buds and our bodies happy!


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3 Reasons Why You Will Love This Recipe

  1. Irresistible Creaminess: This dip is all about indulgence without being loaded with sugar. Thanks to the combination of protein-packed ingredients, such as Greek yogurt and protein powder, this dip achieves the perfect balance between decadence and nutritional value. 
  2. Versatile: One of the best things about this Protein Cheesecake Dip is its versatility. It's like a chameleon that can adapt to any situation. Serve it as a delicious dip for a fruit platter, where its creamy sweetness perfectly complements the vibrant flavors of fresh berries and sliced fruits. Or spread it on your favorite whole-grain toast or rice cakes for a satisfying and protein-rich snack. With this recipe, you can get creative and explore different serving options to suit your cravings.
  3. Macro-Friendly: Here's the cherry on top of the cheesecake, quite literally. This Protein Cheesecake Dip is a dream come true for those who are mindful of their fitness goals. The recipe is lower in sugar compared to traditional cheesecake dips, making it a healthy choice that won't derail your healthy eating habits. Enjoy your dessert while nourishing your body – what more could you ask for?

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Ingredients

  • Cream cheese: This creamy and slightly tangy ingredient forms the base of our dip, adding richness and texture. This recipe uses Philadelphia ⅓ less fat to keep the dip macro friendly!
  • Vanilla protein powder: This protein-packed powder not only boosts the nutritional value of our dip but also adds a subtle vanilla flavor that compliments the cream cheese perfectly.
  • Sugar Free Jello Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix: This magical mix brings a delightful cheesecake flavor to our dip without the added sugar. It's the secret ingredient that will transport you to cheesecake heaven.
  • Vanilla Greek Yogurt: This creamy and protein-rich Greek yogurt adds tanginess and contributes to the overall smoothness of the dip. It's a great way to incorporate extra protein into the recipe. 
  • Vanilla extract: This aromatic ingredient enhances the sweetness and adds a lovely vanilla fragrance to our dip, making it even more enticing.
  • Cool Whip Lite: This light and airy whipped topping lends a dreamy texture and just the right amount of sweetness to our dip. It's the perfect finishing touch to achieve that classic cheesecake decadence.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • Rubber spatula or spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Airtight container for storing the dip (optional)
  • Serving bowl or platter

How to Make Protein Cheesecake Dip

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and vanilla protein powder. Use an electric mixer or whisk to beat them together until smooth and well combined.
  2. Sprinkle the Sugar-Free Jello Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix over the cream cheese mixture. Continue to mix until the pudding mix is fully incorporated and the mixture is creamy.
  3. Add in the greek yogurt and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix again until all the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Gently fold in the Cool Whip Lite until it is fully blended into the dip, creating a light and fluffy texture.
  5. Give the dip a taste and adjust the sweetness or flavoring if desired. Add a bit more vanilla extract or a sweetener of your choice, if needed.
  6. Once the dip is well mixed and has a creamy consistency, transfer it to a serving bowl or platter.
  7. If time allows, cover the bowl or wrap it with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dip for at least 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to meld together and the dip to set.
  8. When ready to serve, remove the dip from the refrigerator and give it a quick stir. Arrange your favorite dippers such as fruit slices, cookies, or pretzels around the bowl. Enjoy!

Swaps or Alternatives

If you have specific dietary preferences or restrictions, fear not! Here are some swaps and alternatives you can consider for this Protein Cheesecake Dip recipe:

  • Vegan Version: To make this dip vegan-friendly, you can replace the cream cheese with a dairy-free alternative such as vegan cream cheese or cashew cream. Opt for a plant-based protein powder and choose a vegan-friendly pudding mix. For the Greek yogurt, go for a non-dairy option like coconut milk yogurt or almond milk yogurt. Finally, use a non-dairy whipped topping or make your own coconut whipped cream.
  • Gluten-Free Option: If you're following a gluten-free diet, ensure that the protein powder, pudding mix, and whipped topping are all gluten-free certified. For the dippers, choose gluten-free options like gluten-free cookies, rice cakes, or fresh fruit.
  • Flavored Variations: Feel free to experiment with different flavors to suit your taste preferences. You can try using chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla, or swap the vanilla extract for almond or lemon extract. You can also add in some crushed berries, cocoa powder, or cinnamon for an extra burst of flavor.

Quick Tip(s)

When making this Protein Cheesecake Dip, here are three quick tips to ensure a smooth and delicious experience:

  1. Soften the cream cheese: To ensure easy mixing and a smooth texture, make sure to soften the cream cheese before starting the recipe. Take it out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes. This will make it easier to blend with the other ingredients and avoid any lumps in your dip.
  2. Gradually add the protein powder: When incorporating the protein powder into the dip, it's best to add it gradually while mixing. This helps prevent clumps and allows for better distribution throughout the dip. Add a little at a time, mixing well after each addition until the powder is fully incorporated and no lumps remain.
  3. Chill for optimal flavor: While the dip can be enjoyed immediately, chilling it for at least 1-2 hours before serving can enhance the flavors and allow the dip to set. This time in the refrigerator allows the ingredients to meld together, resulting in a creamier and more flavorful dip. If possible, prepare the dip in advance and refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight to achieve the best taste and texture.

FAQ’s

Here are some frequently asked questions to help with this recipe:

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

Absolutely! In fact, making the dip ahead of time and allowing it to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight can enhance the flavors and result in a creamier texture. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container and give it a good stir before serving.

Can I use a different flavor of protein powder?

Yes, you can definitely experiment with different flavors of protein powder to suit your taste preferences. Chocolate, cookies and cream, or even strawberry protein powder can add a unique twist to the dip. Feel free to get creative and tailor the flavor to your liking!

What are the best dippers to serve with this dip?

The options are endless when it comes to dippers! Fresh fruit slices like strawberries, apple slices, and banana chunks work beautifully. You can also serve the dip with graham crackers, pretzels, or even small cookies for a delightful sweet treat. Choose your favorite dippers or mix and match for a variety of textures and flavors.

Can I substitute the Cool Whip Lite with homemade whipped cream?

Absolutely! If you prefer homemade whipped cream, you can replace the Cool Whip Lite with an equal amount of freshly whipped cream. Just whip heavy cream with a bit of sweetener until soft peaks form. Keep in mind that homemade whipped cream may not hold its shape as well as the Cool Whip Lite, so it's best to fold it gently into the dip.

How long does this dip last in the refrigerator?

The Protein Cheesecake Dip can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. However, it's best enjoyed within the first couple of days for optimal freshness. Make sure to keep it covered in an airtight container to maintain its creamy texture and prevent any transfer of flavors from other foods in the fridge.

Can I freeze this dip?

Freezing is not recommended for this dip, as the texture and consistency may be altered upon thawing. It's best enjoyed fresh or stored in the refrigerator for a few days.

Macro Friendly Protein Cheesecake Dip

Jessie Hulsey
Indulge in the creamy goodness of Protein Cheesecake Dip, a delicious dessert that combines the velvety flavors of cheesecake with a boost of protein. With just a handful of ingredients and simple steps, you'll have a luscious and versatile dip that pairs perfectly with fruits, cookies, or even enjoyed on its own.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 111 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • Rubber spatula or spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Airtight container for storing the dip (optional)
  • Serving bowl or platter

Ingredients
  

  • 1 8 oz. package 1/3 less-fat cream cheese
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (~30g)
  • 1 1 oz. package Sugar-Free Jello Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 5.3 oz. Oikos Triple Zero Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Cool Whip Lite

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and vanilla protein powder. Use an electric mixer or whisk to beat them together until smooth and well combined.
  • Sprinkle the Sugar-Free Jello Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix over the cream cheese mixture. Continue to mix until the pudding mix is fully incorporated and the mixture is creamy.
  • Add in the greek yogurt and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix again until all the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.
  • Gently fold in the Cool Whip Lite until it is fully blended into the dip, creating a light and fluffy texture.
  • Give the dip a taste and adjust the sweetness or flavoring if desired. Add a bit more vanilla extract or a sweetener of your choice, if needed.
  • Once the dip is well mixed and has a creamy consistency, transfer it to a serving bowl or platter.
  • If time allows, cover the bowl or wrap it with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dip for at least 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to meld together and the dip to set.
  • When ready to serve, remove the dip from the refrigerator and give it a quick stir. Arrange your favorite dippers such as fruit slices, cookies, or pretzels around the bowl. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure to soften the cream cheese before starting the recipe to ensure easy mixing and a smooth texture. Allow it to sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Chill the dip in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours before serving to enhance the flavors and achieve a creamier texture.
  • Nutrition information may vary depending on brands and ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 6.6gProtein: 6.8gFat: 6.8g
Keyword healthy, high protein, macro friendly
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About the author, Jessie Hulsey

Jessie is a recipe creator and registered dietitian consultant, specializing in weight management, healthy aging, and behavioral nutrition in Atlanta, GA. To lean into her creative side, she loves all aspects of recipe development and food photography. When not working, you can find Jessie at the dog park with her husband and pup, playing in her garden, and scoping out new restaurants!

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