If you want some healthy chocolate for your brain this recipe works perfectly. And all you need is a small piece.  And who doesn’t love Turtle chocolate pecan clusters? Well, think about eating this in cheesecake form.


Recipe & Photography courtesy of Rose Reisman of Art of Living Well

Turtle Cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 45 mins Calories: 295 Serves: 14


  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) water
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (500 mL) light ricotta cheese (500g)
  • 3/4 cup cubed light cream cheese (6oz/175g)
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) white sugar
  • 2/3 cup (160 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7.5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (185 mL) light sour cream
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) dark chocolate, finely copped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped pecans)


  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan with vegetable oil.
  2. 2 To make the crust: Place the crumbs, water and oil in a small bowl and mix well. Pat into the bottom of the pan.
  3. 3 To make the cheesecake: Place both cheeses, both sugars, egg, vanilla, sour cream and flour in a large food processor. Purée until smooth. Remove one cup (250 mL) of the batter and place in a small bowl.
  4. 4 Melt ⅓ cup (80 mL) of the chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave on Defrost for 2 minutes or until almost melted. Mix until smooth. Add to the reserved 1 cup cheesecake batter and pour over the cookie crust.
  5. 5 Drizzle the caramel sauce overtop. Pour the remaining batter overtop and bake for 45 minutes or until almost set. Cool.
  6. 6 To make the topping: Melt the chocolate and milk under high heat in a microwave oven for 25 seconds. Mix until smooth. Cool, then spread on top of the cheesecake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.


Nutrition information per serving 

Calories 295 

Protein 7.7 g 

Carbohydrates 38 g 

Fiber 1 g 

Total fat 12 g 

Saturated fat 6 g 

Cholesterol 31 mg 

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