I’ll spare you a lengthy intro about the origins of potatoes au gratin because, well, I don’t really know or care where this tasty dish came from. I’m just happy to have it.
Instead, I’d like to briefly explain what makes these creamy potatoes au gratin healthy since healthy can mean something different for everyone.
If you’re unfamiliar with my blog, I primarily make lower calorie, higher protein recipes. There are no ingredients off limits, and things like cheddar powder in these potatoes au gratin create loads of flavor while keeping calories under control. Because, in my opinion, losing body fat is one of the healthiest moves you can make.
So if you’re wondering how creamy, cheesy potatoes could possibly be healthy, it’s because you’d be pressed to find another potatoes au gratin recipe with 11 grams of protein and just 9 grams of fat per serving!
Ingredients for Healthy Potatoes Au Gratin
In addition to making my recipes healthier, I like to think I specialize in making them simple, too. And this recipe is no exception. Here’s a look at almost everything you’ll need:
- russet potatoes (or your choice of potato)
- skim milk
- fat free Greek yogurt
- light butter
- shredded cheddar and mozzarella
These are all customizable, as always. Want to use almond milk, do it to it. Rather have all cheddar? It’s your world.
Okay, I said almost everything you need because there’s one ingredient you may not be familiar with—cheddar powder. I’ll fill you in below.
What is Cheddar Powder?
I always compare this magical ingredient to powdered peanut butter. It’s essentially dehydrated cheddar cheese in powder form that can be reconstituted for cheese sauce or added straight to things like popcorn or chips for cheddar flavor.
Similar to powdered peanut butter, this process removes most of the fat and you’re left with a much lower calorie option. You’re able to get tons of cheddar flavor without the calories of adding real cheese.
Is cheddar powder the healthiest ingredient out there? No, of course not. But like anything, it’s perfectly fine in moderation.
For my recipes, I use Hoosier Hill Farms or Anthony’s. You can find both on my Amazon products list.
If you don’t have any cheddar powder on hand, you could make a traditional cheese sauce like in my bacon gouda breakfast enchiladas recipe. You can also get away with using the powdered cheese from boxed mac and cheese in a pinch.
More Recipes with Cheddar Powder
- cheesy air fried potatoes
- easy cheeseburger soup
- simple creamy salsa for baked beef tacos
- cheddar and sour cream air fryer potato chips
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Final Recipe Notes
With the longer cook time and oven/baking dish variance, you may have to tinker a tiny bit with cook time. The photos below show the potatoes after I uncovered them at the 45-minute mark (left) and after topping with shredded cheese (right). Get close to that and you’ll be just fine.
Okay, that should cover it. If you have questions about this healthy potatoes au gratin recipe, drop a comment below.
- 4-5 (800g total) Russet Potatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
- 1/2 C (120g) Skim Milk
- 1 C (227g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 C (56g) Light Butter
- 1/2 C (56g) Cheddar Powder
- 1/2-1 tsp Black Pepper, to taste
- 1/2 C (56g) Shredded Cheddar
- 1/2 C (56g) Shredded Mozzarella
- Preheat oven to 450F and spray a 13x9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Thinly slice (about 1/4") the potatoes using a knife or mandolin. Add the potatoes to the baking dish.
- Mix the cheddar powder with the milk before adding the Greek yogurt and butter. Mix until no lumps remain. Pour over the potatoes as evenly as possible.
- Add the black pepper before covering the baking dish with foil and baking for 45 minutes.
- Remove the foil, add the shredded cheese, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and slightly crisp around the edges.
Each serving has 7 Smart Points.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Servings Serving Size: 145g
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 9gCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 11g