Your Valentine will fall in love all over again after tasting these Guava Cheesecake Cups. The sweet guava jam mixed with the tanginess of cheesecake is a match made in heaven.
For some reason (ok, the reason is evident) Valentine’s Day gets such a bad wrap. Single people everywhere loathe the holiday for its greeting card propaganda and constant reminder of what may be a less-than-ideal love life. Yeah… I’ve been there. But I got through it… with dessert. Oops.
Valentine’s Day is also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine. I mean, come on. It’s about love, it’s about feasts, I love feasts, therefore I love Valentine’s Day. Kapeesh?
Now, I’m teaming up with my girls [see below] to bring you some shareable sweets, so that you may give your Valentine the gift of a happy stomach.
For some reason, as soon as this idea was brought up, I thought about cheesecake. Last year I made Christian some red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies that were really good, but I didn’t want to do the same thing. I stuck with the red and white theme, and replaced your typical strawberry cheesecake combo with a total upgrade: guava cheesecake.
Funny enough, my first taste of guava came from a guava pastry, or a ‘pastelito’ in Miami as a child. I’ve never actually had a real guava fruit… I’ve had guava pastries, guava paste, guava jam… no actual guava. BUT, I still think that my opinion on guava is valid. I mean, that’s three different forms of guava. Some would call that expertise. Most wouldn’t, but some would.
My mom was telling me how when she was a young girl in Cuba, they used to eat guava and cream cheese on a cracker, and that was dessert. That doesn’t sound like much, but seriously… it’s really freakin’ good.
There are a couple ways to make your cups. You can either put a dollop of the guava jam on top of each cup, or you can swirl it into the cheesecake, as you can see above. Whatever floats your boat – they’re both delicious!
Now that we’ve had a little chat about these delectable little bites of joy, let’s talk about love, shall we?
Hear me out.
I think these days, love tends to be relatively surface-level. Social media has transformed our means of communication, and while I enjoy utilizing it for obvious reasons, I do think it can paint a ‘different’ picture at times. You know, the photos women share of their fat diamond and “I said yes!” Instagram post… What’s really important here? That you just agreed to spend the rest of your life with one person, or that everyone knows how big of a of ring is shimmering on your finger?
My parents just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary a couple weeks ago. Their love story blows my mind to this day.
My mom was living in Miami and my dad was living in Shreveport, Louisiana. They worked for the same company, unbeknownst to them, but soon crossed paths when my father was in town for some training. They met in the Miami headquarters of their company, and the rest was history. One month later, they were married.
One month. They didn’t even live in the same city. They communicated via phone calls. They got married in my grandparents back yard in Miami. My mom picked everything up and moved to Shreveport (a huge sacrifice for a Miami resident, I must say). Thirty years later, they still hold hands while walking down the street.
This is love. And it inspires me everyday.
- 1 packet of graham crackers (from a box)
- 3 tbsp margarine, softened
- 8oz low fat cream cheese
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1¼ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 egg whites
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 6 tbsp guava jam
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake papers into a muffin tin. Spray each one with cooking spray.
- Add the graham crackers and margarine into a food processor. Pulse until well-combined.
- Using an ice cream scooper, scoop graham cracker and margarine mixture into each container. Using your fingers, press down each one to form the crust.
- In an electric mixer, add in the cream cheese, yogurt, egg whites and vanilla extract. Mix on low until well combined.
- Add in the sugar and flour. Use mixer to stir until well combined.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter into each muffin holder.
- Using a tablespoon, add ½ tbsp of guava jam onto each cup.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. If they are still a bit liquidy after 30 min, don't worry. Take them out - they will continue cooking and set out of the oven.
I would love to hear from you in the comment section.
Tell me the story of how you met your SO, or how your parents met, or your grandparents.
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As promised, here are five more shareable dessert recipes perfect to gift on Valentine’s Day!
Fudgy Black Bean Brownies from The Almond Eater
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies from The Balanced Berry
Gluten free peanut butter cookies with a kiss of jam right in the middle. Only requires six ingredients, and comes together in one bowl!
Neopolitan Coconut Fudge Cups from Fit Mitten Kitchen
A layered mix of coconut butter in the classic ice cream flavor, these Vegan Neapolitan Coconut Butter Cups are a healthier way to indulge for Valentine’s Day.
Vegan Chocolate Truffles by In It for the Long Run
Celebrate Valentine’s Day right with these scrumptious vegan chocolate truffles that will melt in your mouth.
Cookie Dusted Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries from rachLmansfield
Gluten Free Cookie Dusted Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries, the perfect indulgent yet healthy treat!