Low Carb Cheesecake – The World’s Best!

Low carb cheesecake should be easy to make. The basic ingredients are mainly low carb. Eggs and cream cheese, and often sour cream, are low carb and are present in virtually all cheesecake recipes. The problem is the sugar found in the filling. Sugar is also in the traditional graham cracker or cookie crust. Our recipe substitutes “swerve” for the sugar and uses ground up almonds for the crust. Voilà – a delicious cheesecake without all the carbs!

The Almond Crust Adds Low Carb Flavor!

The World’s Best Cheesecake

For years, after I first began to cook in earnest, I would attempt to find the world’s best cheesecake recipe. I tried the traditional thick and creamy “New York” style. Attempts were made at pumpkin cheesecake, key lime, and strawberry versions. I used more sugar to try to make a cake like the many varieties found at “The Cheesecake Factory.” It actually became a quest!

Then I met Joanie, the girl with the absolute world’s best cheesecake recipe! The rest was, as we say, “history.” Her famous cheesecake became a staple for our Christmas celebrations and many other holiday dinners. No matter how much holiday food was consumed by our family, there was always room for a piece of Joanie’s cheesecake for dessert.

Knowing that she was very protective of her original recipe, it was with much care that we adapted this fantastic recipe to our “low-carb lifestyle.” We now enjoy the perfect Low Carb Cheesecake!

The World’s Best Cheesecake!

Ingredients

We add cinnamon to the almond crumbs to form the crust. It is sweetened with our sugar substitute and the butter binds it together. The graham cracker crumbs in the original recipe held together easier than the almond crumbs. But, the almond crumbs work together well with the almond extract in the filling. They are also much lower in carbs.

Heavier New York style cheesecakes generally call for more cream cheese and less sour cream (if at all) than our recipe. But our version has the thickness of New York cheesecake with a more creamy and lighter texture. The combination of vanilla and almond extract really adds an unforgettable taste to the filling.

We usually tell our readers to experiment with our recipes. Try this one, as printed, it really is a perfectly blended dessert!

The Texture is So Creamy!

Preparation Tips

A “springform” pan is essential for the perfect cheesecake. A “9 inch” pan works best and you should press the crust ingredients firmly into the bottom and about two-thirds up the sides of your pan. There is no need to grease your pan since the crust has butter in its ingredients.

The cream cheese should be softened to room temperature before incorporating into the filling. Add your eggs near the end of your mixing process since they will hold more air the more they are mixed. This is due to their consistency. It can cause cracks on the top of your cheesecake when it cools.

We recommend a stand mixer for the filling. The mix must be well incorporated with no lumps of cream cheese showing. It should be smooth and creamy. We use a “Kitchen Aid.” If you do not own one, it is a great investment for your low-carb kitchen. They last forever.

Wrap the bottom of the springform pan in aluminum foil and place the pan on a baking sheet that contains an inch or two of hot water. Then place the pan in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. This “water bath” will help the mix heat evenly and hopefully limit cracking when the cake cools. It may also be helpful to leave the cheesecake in the oven when done with the door ajar and the temperature off for 30 minutes – this can avoid rapid cooling and cracking.

Our last tip is to place the finished cheesecake in its pan in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before releasing the spring-form and cutting. It would even be better to refrigerate it over night.

The Berries Are Tasty with the Whipped Cream.

It is great plain or served with a few berries. A dollop of whipped cream adds to the flavor and offers no additional carbs.

Enjoy a Tasty Low Carb Special Dessert Tonight!

Our friends in Germany are used to using “Quark” and likely a dough crust instead of our American cookie crust. Brazilian followers would use condensed milk with ricotta cheese and have a mulberry jam or strawberry jam as a topping. But, if you have ever been to a New York deli and enjoyed a piece of cheesecake, and that fits your definition, then try our “Low Carb Cheesecake.” It is a bit lighter and creamier and, after all, it is the world’s best cheesecake!  Enjoy and let us know what you think.

Low Carb Cheesecake
4.8 from 5 votes

A creamy but not too thick low-carb New York Style cheesecake - the world's best!

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Course Dessert, Special
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 439 kcal
Author Joan and Chris

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups almond crumbs finely chopped in a processor
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup swerve
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Filling

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter and combine with the other crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture firmly on the bottom and up 2/3 of the sides of a 9 inch springform pan.

  2. Beat the filling ingredients in a stand mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs closer to the end of the mixing process.

  3. Pour the filling into the springform pan that has been wrapped on the bottom tightly with aluminum foil.

  4. Place in a baking pan with around two inches of hot water surrounding the springform pan. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 1 hour.

  5. Allow to cool for 1/2 hour with oven off and door ajar. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Remove the aluminum foil, spring the pan, cut, and serve either plain or with a few berries and whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

You can top with a few berries and some whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 389
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43.2g 66%
Saturated Fat 25.3g 127%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 5.5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 8.4g 17%
Vitamin A 47%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 11%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments

  1. Can this cheesecake recipe be made using pumpkin? How could I make this a pumpkin cream cheese cake?

    • Joan and Chris

      Great idea! We would use pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Of course, the amounts would be the key. We would not change the amount of cream cheese. We would decrease the amount of sour cream to 1 1/2 cups and add 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree. We would also suggest using 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. We do not believe the consistency would change all that much, but let us know how it works. Could be a future Tasty Low Carb post. You might also want to check out our crustless pumpkin pie recipe. Good luck and thanks for the comment! Joanie

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