This right here, ladies and gentlemen, are what fall dessert dreams are made of....decadent and light, homemade healthier caramel apple fall cheesecake. It is made with a graham cracker crust, coated in caramel sauce, and topped with caramel apples and almonds. Heaven.
With the holidays approaching around the corner, you kind of need a showstopper on your Thanksgiving holiday dessert table. Well this is it. This caramel apple cheesecake is also healthier which means you don't have to cut back on your delicious comforting holiday dinner because you are already saving some calories with this one.
So what makes this fall cheesecake healthier? Two things:
- It has less sugar. Typically, in a classic 8-inch cheesecake, you would add about 1 or 1.5 cups of sugar. We have added just ½ cup.
- It has less fat. Also, in a typical cheesecake of this size, you would add 3 packs of cream cheese. We have cut that down to just two packs and replaced the third pack with Greek yogurt.
Caramel Apple Topping
This basic cheesecake is taken over the edge by the caramel apple toppings, obviously. I mean... come on. Look at that caramel drizzle, look at those apples, look at the almonds. I don't know about you, but just thinking about this cheesecake makes my mouth drool.
It doesn't really take that much expertise to decorate something like this. It might look hard but it's actually quite simple. What you do is simply drizzle caramel sauce on the cheesecake, arrange apples in a round floral-type arrangement (or any type of pattern that you want), and sprinkle a handful of sliced almonds around the outer edge of the cake. Really, that's it!
How to Store Cheesecake
Store this cheesecake in the refrigerator, and do not leave it out for more than a couple of hours. It will last up to 4 days when stored in the refrigerator.
You can also freeze cheesecake for up to 3 months. To thaw, just move the cake into the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight. However, if you are freezing, I would suggest freezing the cheesecake without the caramel sauce and apple topping, and preparing those toppings once you decide to thaw the cheesecake.
Serve this apple caramel cheesecake as is, or with extra caramel sauce on top of every slice. Enjoy!Print