Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe

Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe

This Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe is just 50 calories per tablespoon, and only requires 1 ingredient! I also included 5 yummy flavors, and 5 low calorie ways to use the cream cheese (including my low calorie protein bagels!)

Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe

Everything You’ll Need

  • 32 oz 0% Greek Yogurt
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Cheesecloth (or coffee filters)
  • Pie Pan
  • (See recipe card for ingredients for optional flavors)

Low Calorie Cream Cheese

Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe

Healthy Cream Cheese Meal Prep and Storage

Meal Prep: This recipe takes 3 days to make, so starting ahead is best. I like to start it 3-4 days before I want to use it. Each day requires 30 seconds of work though, so I consider it meal prep or at least meal prep adjacent (wink).
Storage: This homemade cream cheese will last for 7 days in the fridge. It is best stored in an air tight container.

Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe

Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe

Low Calorie Cream Cheese Recipe

Low Calorie Cream Cheese (50 Calories)

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This Low Calorie Cream Cheese is just 50 calories, requires just 1 ingredient, and comes with 5 additional flavors.
You can use this healthy cream cheese on bagels, as a sandwich spread, or to make cheesecake (see recipes below!)
Special Tip: If you like a thinner cream cheese, skip Day 2. If you want your cream cheese even thicker, add one more day of straining and chilling.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course ingredient, spread
Cuisine American
Servings 60 servings
Calories 50 kcal


Unflavored (Base) Cream Cheese:

  • 32 oz 0% greek yogurt

Jalapeño Cream Cheese:

  • 2-3 tablespoons pickled jalapeños
  • ½ teaspoon juice from pickled jalapeños jar

Strawberry Cream Cheese:

Blueberry Cream Cheese:

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese:

  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped chives or dried
  • 2 teaspoons chopped basil
  • ½ teaspoon thyme fresh or dried
  • ½ teaspoon dill fresh or dried
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cost Saving Tip: the “Poultry pack” of fresh herbs is perfect for this recipe!

Chive and Onion Cream Cheese:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add a fine mesh strainer to a pie pan.
  • Add two pieces of cheesecloth (or coffee filters) to the strainer, one on top of the another.
  • Strain any liquid out of the yogurt and discard, then add the greek yogurt to the lined strainer.
  • Cover the yogurt by folding the sides of the cheesecloth over the tops.
  • Place a large can (I like to use a 32 oz can) on top to weigh it down.
  • Add the entire dish to the fridge and leave until the next day.
  • Day 1: Drain the pie pan of any liquid, and add back to the fridge until the following day.
  • Day 2: Drain again, and add back to the fridge until the following day.
  • Day 3: Drain the yogurt one more time, then your cream cheese is ready.
  • You can now fold in any optional flavorings from above.
  • Add to an airtight container, and use in all your favorite cream cheese needs.


Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 3.5gProtein: 9gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 0gSugar: 3.5gCalcium: 100mgIron: 0mg
Keyword Healthy Cream Cheese, homemade cream cheese, Low Calorie Cream Cheese
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About the Author

Hi, my name is Audrey Johns and I am a 4 time best selling cookbook author! All 4 of my low calorie cookbooks are published by HarperCollins (the oldest publishing house in the US!) and have been featured on prominent TV shows like The Today Show, Rachael Ray and The Doctors. I am a low calorie and healthy recipe authority and my delicious recipes are tried and loved by thousands of readers. 

After a one year 150 pound weight loss (and I’ve kept it off for 13 years!) I started sharing all of my low calorie recipes with the world. They are always all-natural and geared around weight loss and weight management. I have even made some of these recipes with my Biggest Loser pal Bob Harper! Check out my weight loss story, my best selling cookbooks, and my numerous TV appearances by clicking here.

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