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Mystery Ingredient Revealed: Navy Bean Cheesecakes!


So y’all saw the photos

mystery ingredient cheese cake

And heard of my love for these cheesecakes with a twist – yesterday


And Today Yall KNOW…

mystery ingredient cheese cake bite

The key mystery ingredient in my cheesecakes are … beans – navy beans to be exact!
Archana @ The Perfect Zest was the only one to guess beans – all round high fives and hip hip hurrahs coming your way, Archana! 

Some of y’alls guesses of silken tofu and soaked cashews have me looking forward to experimenting with them – maybe in a mystery ingredient post in the near future?  

Navy bean cheesecake

Navy beans – the smaller sibling to Cannellini and Great Northern Beans, are dense in texture and pureed up beautifully in my blender, with a little yogurt added in. I have used other white beans like Cannellini and Great Northern before – but the texture/taste just wasn’t what I was hoping for. With navy beans though, it was like I hit the jackpot – or rather the “cheese”cake spot (in my stomach AND on my tastebuds)! If the thought crosses your mind that navy bean “cheese”cake might not be as “gut” friendly as I made these beauties sound – I have a story to put you at ease.

Experimenting with different white beans/yogurts/sweeteners to come up with the best no cheese cheesecakes resulted in me having an extra 8 bean cheesecakes – now there are 2 people in my house (so using my deductive reasoning powers and analytical math skills) I figured we would have dessert for the next week or so…well…I figured wrong! When I opened the fridge later that very same evening, I found only 2 left! Like I said – there are only 2 of us here (unless our dogs managed to open the fridge and eat the cakes and wash the bowls) that means only one person could have worked her way through these – and it wasn’t me! The good part was that even though my daughter ate 6 of them, she did not report any “bean-gut” discomfort – so, go ahead, make these healthier “cheese”cakes this 4th of July (to accompany those burgers and fries), top ’em with whatever you would like and enjoy to your hearts content!

But be warned – these “cheese”cakes might make you forget about eating chocolate – it’s been 3 days since I had any! YIKES!

Hoping Y’all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Mystery Ingredient Revealed: Navy Bean "Cheese"cakes!

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A decadent and healthy, lactose free, protein packed "cheese"cake.


  • For the "cheese"cake:
  • 1.5 cups navy beans, If using dried like I did, soak them overnight and rinse and boil covered in water for 2 hours - or if using canned navy beans, rinse and measure out
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1.25 6 oz containers of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • For the berry topping:
  • handful of raspberries and blueberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Whipped cream


  1. For the"cheese"cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 325
  3. Using an electric mixer, combine the mystery ingredient, brown sugar, vanilla yogurt, cinnamon and salt and eggs -one at a time.
  4. Pour into 4 oven safe bowls and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. For the berry topping:
  6. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the berries, sugar, and lime and let cook for about 5 minutes. Let cool
  7. Top the "cheese" cakes with whipped cream, the berry mixture and any extra berries and enjoy!

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genevieve y

Monday 2nd of March 2015

Oh wow, love your use of navy beans! Love using legumes and veggies in desserts. Yum!


Monday 2nd of March 2015

Thanks so much Genevieve!


Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Wow! No once could have guessed that! Well done! I am so intrigued by navy beans cheesecake. I have got to hunt for it now.


Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Thanks so much!