I am a firm believer in balance. I know that if I never allow myself to have an indulgence here and there, I will become resentful, and I eventually will give in to my indulgence anyways, but it will be overboard. I believe in control. I believe in allowing myself treats. As a diabetic, this might seem counter-intuitive to some, but for me and my personality-type, I am better off if I allow myself a treat instead of denying myself. Obviously, self-control and portion size are really key here, as well as keeping everything else super healthy and drinking lots of water, but I find it worth it!
Life is short. Enjoy yourself, sensibly!
7oz package of cannoli shells
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
1 ¼ cups sugar
¼ cup Flour
½ cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange zest
5 large eggs
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Confectionery sugar for sprinkling (optional, but so good!)
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9 inch spring-form pan with parchment paper. Crush cannoli shells in a food processor, add butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar, and continue to pulse until you have medium-fine crumbs. Press crumbs firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool.
Beat ricotta cheese, remaining sugar (1 ¼ cups), and flour in bowl of electric mixer on medium until well blended. Add whipping cream, vanilla, and zest; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. Pour over crust.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, and then sprinkle top with the mini chocolate chips delicately, pressing chips in lightly.
Continue to bake 10 more minutes or until center is almost set.
Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake. Cool before removing the rim of the pan.
Refrigerate 4 hours or more. Before serving, you can sprinkle with confectionary sugar, if desired.
Store leftovers (assuming there are any!) in the refrigerator.
A good tip is to top with blueberries instead of chocolate chips! Just as delicious but a little healthier.
I have really no words for how delicious this is. I am a huge, huge fan of cheesecake, and while I know it is the furthest thing from healthy, I feel like a little cheesecake here and there isn’t a deal breaker, provided I am willing to do a little extra to work it off!