I just returned to the castle from my mindfulness class and I am feeling completely refreshed. Learning to be present in the moment is such an important skill, and it reduces stress and anxiety, it can help treat depression, and it improves cognition.
Now I’m truly focused and ready for the task at hand.
I’m going to whip up my famous Brownie Swirl Cheesecake with Quark for a party I’m attending this evening.
Every time I make this cake, it gets devoured. I swear, people don’t even chew it, they just swallow it whole.
And the best part of all?
It’s surprisingly healthy!
My secret weapon
First of all, be warned: this recipe is very chocolatey.
I use a pre-made package of brownie mix to start, and then work my magic on top of the cake.
And do you know why my version is just as delicious as a traditional cheesecake but better for you?
Because I use Quark.
Quark is an all-around incredible product with a very interesting nutritional profile.
It’s very common in Germany and in other parts of Europe, but it’s only now starting to make an appearance on supermarket shelves and in online shops.
Though it looks like Greek yogurt, Quark is much healthier, and it’s actually a cheese. It has a very mild flavor and smooth texture, which makes it the perfect ingredient for all kinds of recipes, from pancakes to dips to soups.
Why would you add Quark to your dish?
Well, it might be because it’s chock-a-block with protein. Or maybe because it’s low in calories, salt and sugar. It’s also low-FODMAP and contains vitamin K2. And if you’re still not convinced, I suggest you get your hands on a container and try it.
Anyway, if you’re going to make my out-of-this-world healthy cheesecake, you’re going to need it!
Brownie Swirl Cheesecake with Quark
- 1 box of brownie mix (Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines)
- 3 cups Quark (homemade or store bought)
- 1/2 cup vanilla sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Grease the bottom of a 9-inch pan and prepare the brownie mix, following the instructions on the package.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.
- Combine the vanilla sugar with the eggs using an electric mixer, and then add the Quark.
- Pour the mix over the brownies and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
- Bake again, at the same temperature, for another 35 minutes.
- Let it cool, and enjoy!