No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Pomegranate seeds are a festive garnish for this flavorful dessert.

Ingredients 14 servings

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  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • ¾ cup finely crushed graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (see Tips)
  • Cheesecake
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ (8 ounce) container light cream cheese
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (see Tips)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)
  • Ground cinnamon, chopped toasted pecans, and/or pomegranate seeds (optional; see Tips) (optional)

Preparation

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  1. To prepare graham cracker crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, canola oil, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Mix well. Spread evenly in bottom of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan; press firmly onto bottom. Bake for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. To prepare cheesecake: In a small saucepan, stir together gelatin and the water; let stand for 5 minutes to soften. Cook and stir over low heat until gelatin dissolves; set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add pumpkin, sugar, the 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and the gelatin mixture; beat until well mixed. Fold in the three-quarters container of dessert topping. Spread mixture into crust in springform pan. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours or until set.
  4. Using a thin metal spatula or table knife, loosen the cheesecake from the side of the springform pan. If desired, use a wide spatula to remove cheesecake from bottom of pan and place on a serving plate. Cut into wedges to serve. If desired, top with additional whipped topping. If desired, garnish with additional cinnamon, chopped pecans, and/or pomegranate seeds.
  • Tips: Sugar Substitutes: Choose from Splenda® Granular, Equal® Spoonful or packets, or Sweet 'N Low® bulk or packets. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 2 tablespoons sugar for both crust and filling. PER SERVING WITH SUBSTITUTE: same as below, except 136 cal., 11 g carbo.
  • To remove the seeds from a pomegranate, cut the pomegranate in half through the skin. Remove the peel and break the fruit into sections. Then separate the seeds from the membrane.
  • To toast nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 serving
  • Per serving: 150 calories; 8 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 mcg folate; 11 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 5,031 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 44 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 144 mg sodium; 84 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (101% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 other carb, 1½ fat

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