RECIPE: HEHP Chocolate Cheesecake
Updated: Oct 10
Check out this Chocolate Cheesecake recipe, which is a smooth and delicious combination of two beautiful desserts (chocolate and cheesecake) merging. While scrumptious, it is also High Energy High Protein. This is a great dessert or an afternoon tea idea to help minimise weight loss and risk of malnutrition in aged care.
Bonus is it is suitable for the Regular diet, and just remove the base to make it suitable for the Regular Easy to Chew (IDDSI Level 7), Soft & Bite Sized (IDDSI Level 6), Minced & Moist (IDDSI Level 5) and Puree diet (IDDSI Level 4).
What makes this recipe High Energy High Protein (HEHP)?
The energy comes from the following ingredients: chocolate, full cream milk powder, sugar, biscuits, cream cheese and cream. The protein comes from the full cream milk powder and the cream cheese.
Read more about the High Energy, High Protein Diet here
The Power of Milk Powder
Milk powder is essentially as it sounds – powdered milk! It is a form of concentrated milk, made by removing the moisture from milk (typically cow’s milk). The nutrients of powdered milk remain the same as those you would find in the liquid form (protein, carbohydrate (lactose), fat (if using full-cream varieties), calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins and zinc just to name a few!) but due to its nature, powders can often be a concentrated source of these nutrients. Milk powder is used in food manufacturing in infant formula, chocolate products and in preparation of baked goods across the globe.
Milk powder is a powerful ingredient relied upon in food fortification due to its significant energy and protein content. High Protein milk is often the first step in the food fortification pathway which combines regular full-cream milk (liquid) with additional full-cream milk powder.
Whilst the physical and sensory characteristics of the milk remain the same, the enriched High Protein milk offers 47% more energy (kJ) and 48% more protein per equal cup. This enriched High Protein milk can be used in many recipes to increase the energy and protein content, and it is so easy to make!
The concept is very versatile. As you can see in this recipe, we have fortified the cream to serve with the cheesecake – seen in step 3. This is a significant difference when trying to meet energy and protein needs of someone who may have lost their appetite or is not eating enough to maintain their nutrition status. Not only does it offer an increase in energy and protein, the extra milk powder also provides a boost in the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals found in milk which can help residents strive towards meeting their nutrition targets.
Serves 50 Adults
Full Cream Milk Powder
50ml per serve = 2.5L
Full Cream Milk Powder
To make the biscuit base, crush the digestive biscuits with a rolling pin or blitz in a food processor, then tip into a bowl with the sugar and butter and stir to combine.
Butter and line a springform tin and tip in the biscuit mixture, pushing it down with the back of a spoon. Chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
To make the cheesecake, melt the chocolate in short bursts in the microwave, then leave to cool slightly. Whip the cream in a large bowl using an electric whisk until soft peaks form, then fold in the cocoa powder. Beat the cream cheese, milk powder and sugar together, then fold in the cream mixture and the cooled chocolate.
Spoon the cheesecake mixture over the biscuit base, levelling it out with the back of a spoon. Transfer to the freezer and freeze for 2 hrs, or until set. Remove from the tin and leave at room temperature to soften for about 20 mins before serving.
To Serve: Pour cream and milk powder into a blender or jug. Using a blender, electric mixer or stick blender, blend until smooth and lump free (approx. 1 minute). Pour about 50mL of HEHP Cream with each slice of Cheesecake.
Allergens: Milk & Wheat
Each individual OSCAR recipe has been accessed by our qualified Dietitians and includes the IDDSI Texture Modification Suitability index.
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