Strawberry cheesecake, while undoubtedly a decadent treat, can offer certain health benefits depending on its ingredients. Strawberries, a key component, are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C and anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties and contribute to overall immune health. The cream cheese in cheesecake provides a source of protein and calcium, essential for bone health and muscle function. However, it's important to be mindful of portion sizes and added sugars, as excessive consumption of high-calorie and sugary desserts can lead to weight gain and other health issues. Enjoying strawberry cheesecake in moderation as part of a well-balanced diet allows one to savor its delightful flavors while still prioritizing nutrient-dense foods for overall well-being.
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam or fresh strawberries, chopped
- Fresh strawberries for garnish
Preheat the Air Fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer to 325°F (163°C).
Prepare the Crust:
- In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until the crumbs are evenly coated. Press this mixture into the bottom of individual silicone cupcake liners or ramekins.
Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:
- In another bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to beat until well combined.
- Add the egg and mix until just incorporated.
- Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust in the cupcake liners.
- Add a dollop of strawberry jam or chopped strawberries on top.
- Place the cheesecake cups in the air fryer basket. Air fry at 325°F (163°C) for about 15-18 minutes or until the cheesecake is set.
- Allow the cheesecakes to cool completely before removing them from the liners.
- Optionally, garnish with fresh strawberries.
- Refrigerate the cheesecakes for a few hours or overnight to allow them to set fully.
- Serve chilled and enjoy your Air Fryer Strawberry Cheesecake Cups.