Well the day has finally arrived, I am 30 years old today. Normally I’m a total birthday person. I love the food, desserts, cards, presents, and overall happy feelings that come with the day. This year however, I’m not so in to it. There is something about the number 30 that has me feeling old. Instead of going out and spending the day shopping for fun new clothes I feel like I should go check out the wrinkle creams. To help counteract these negative feelings about aging that I’m having I made one of my favorite kinds of dessert, cheesecake.
I decided to put all of my favorite flavors into the cheesecake; almond, raspberry, and of course top them with almond whipped cream. Since I love mini desserts, I made them in a mini cheesecake pan, if you don’t have this pan you can easily make them in a standard size muffin tin instead.
Before I share more about these super creamy and surprisingly healthier cheesecakes let me share how I spent my final weekend being
young 29! My birthday weekend started Friday afternoon. My husband got off work a little early and we set out for a perfect 5 mile hike. There was a nice cloud cover which was great since the hike was very exposed and there wasn’t much shade. The views were great and you could see the green prairie fields for miles. Saturday I started my morning off with my usual long run and then that afternoon we loaded up our mountain bikes and headed out to Waterton Canyon where we did a 12 mile bike ride. The bike ride was supposed to actually happen yesterday, but once we saw snow in the forecast we switched things up (yes I said snow…in May). After the bike ride we were completely starved so we went out for pizza and then finished the night off with my favorite, frozen yogurt! Yesterday I woke up to snow, so I had to do my 12 mile run on the treadmill, which I am really not a fan of (can we say mind numbing). The snow kept up all day so we decided the best way to spend that kind of day was at the movie theater. We saw the new Spider Man movie which was pretty good and then came home and had BBQ chicken sandwiches for dinner. Then came my favorite part, these amazing Raspberry Almond Mini Cheesecakes!
I am so in love with these and since they use a combination of cream cheese and Greek yogurt, and they are mini, I can justify eating two…who am I kidding I ate three! The inspiration for these cheesecakes came from one of my favorite food bloggers, Georgia, over at The Comfort of Cooking. She has so many delicious recipes, check her out! Since I love almond flavored desserts so much I knew I had to change up the lemon and use almond instead. I also love raspberries so I made an easy raspberry sauce that I swirled into the cheesecake as well as drizzled on top of the almond whipped cream.
These Raspberry Almond Mini Cheesecakes look so impressive with the bright red from the raspberries against the white of the cheesecake. They taste as amazing as they look with the sweetness and almond flavor of the cheesecake combined with the slightly tart flavor of the raspberries. So while I’m wallowing in sadness about being
old 30, I’ll help myself to another one of these perfect mini cheesecakes to help lift my mood and turn this day into a happier one!