1 can (11 ounces) Mandarin oranges, drained, coarsely chopped
Oranges halves, optional
Fresh mint sprigs, optional
For Crust, combine all ingredients. Press mixture onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing Cheesecake.
For Cheesecake, pour orange juice into a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over orange juice. Let soften 1 minute. Heat on low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat.
Beat cream cheese and ricotta cheese in a mixing bowl on medium speed of mixer until smooth. Stir in Equal Classic Zero Calorie Sweetener and orange extract. Add gelatin mixture to cheese mixture; blend until smooth. Refrigerate cheese mixture 20 to 30 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened. Fold in whipped topping and chopped oranges. Spoon over crust. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
To serve, gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Remove side of pan. Garnish each serving with orange sections and mint, if desired.
Nutrition Information (per serving)
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Fat: 11 g
Cholesterol: 32 mg
Sodium: 165 mg