I'm mad for cheesecake. Mad. I catered cheesecakes for several years back in my twenties. It was merely a ruse to sample a lot of cheesecakes.
But cheesecake fiends need to consider their physical health as much as their mental health, which is why I am thrilled to share my modern take on the perfect cheesecake dessert: goat-cheese stuffed dates. Two ingredients. No added sugar. 1 minute of prep. Bliss.
You have no excuse not to make these at once. Here's what you need:
*1 handful soft Medjool dates
*1 log mild, creamy goat cheese
Check and check.
Once home, remove three or four dates from the bag or package. Gently push out the pit (if not pitted) and open the date like a book. Now, open the goat cheese and spoon a heaping mound of goat cheese (a tablespoon-ish, depending on the size of the date and/or your love of goat cheese)
into the open date. To finish, press the date closed, allowing the goat cheese to peak through.
Now, I know my friend Chrissy, and other vegan friends, are reading this and thinking, "Hey, vegans like cheesecake, too!" I feel your pain.. And so they shall have their cheesecake and eat it too: stuff the dates with non-dairy cream cheese (e.g., Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese).
Admire your work, then eat. Resist the buckling of your knees. Repeat. Did I mention these are good for you, too? Repeat again.