Happy Summer! Yesterday was a strawberry moon did you see it? Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it, but yesterday I celebrated the strawberry moon by creating this delicious no bake keto Strawberry Lime Mini Cheesecake. You know I love posting strawberry desserts… they’re my jam, but this year I’m switching things up with a keto recipe. I’ve been able to lose some of my 2020 weight gain doing keto and I thought it was time to celebrate with a summer dessert. These mini cheesecakes are a perfect way to celebrate summer barbecues and the Fourth of July… plus it gave me a reason to use my Le Creuset mini cocottes that I love!
If you’re wondering what makes this recipe keto friendly, that would be the almond flour crust, powdered erythritol sweetener, and high fat content. Part of the reason why I thrive so well on the keto diet is because I find fat so satiating.
Now let’s talk a little bit about powdered erythritol. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol that comes in granulated and powdered form but it has 0 net carbs and is considered keto friendly. The best non-nutritive sweeteners are natural ones like stevia, monk fruit, and erythritol. These natural sugar substitutes contain few or no calories, meaning they won’t raise your blood sugar or impact ketosis. Having said that I truly believe all keto desserts should be eaten in moderation or on special occasions.
For this recipe I’m using a powdered blend of erythritol that is blended with monkfruit. I was able to pick it up at my grocery store, you can purchase the exact brand I’m using HERE. Although it’s a blend of monkfruit it’s 99% erythritol.
For this recipe you’ll need a hand mixer or a stand mixer. The majority of the filling is a mixture of softened cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, and of course erythritol. To make sure this recipe is successful you’ll need to make sure your heavy cream is nice and cold. Once all the filling ingredients are blended you’ll need to whip the mixture on high until it’s nice and stiff. I want to stress that if the mixture is runny it will not firm up in the refrigerator. The firm texture comes from whipping, so make sure it’s nice and thick like the above photo.
To get that great strawberry flavor we blend fresh strawberries together in a mini food processor or a blender. If you don’t have one you can probably mash them with a fork. I just love the combo of strawberry and lime, it’s so summery and fresh! To get that great lime flavor we zest an entire lime and add it to the mixture. Be sure to save the lime and you can drizzle a squeeze of lime before you eat this delicious dessert!
These delicious treats are just over 4 carbs and so satisfying! A word about the serving size, the nutrition info is based off dividing this mixture into 10 equal portions and since these are no bake you can easily use any small dish you like… if you don’t have ramekins, little tea cups could work! Keep in mind if you split the dish up into less than 10 portions the carb count per portion will go up a little and if you make more than 10 portions the carb count goes down.
When it comes to calculating sugar alcohols it can be a little confusing. Generally speaking, half of the carbs from sugar alcohols can be subtracted from the total carbs listed on the nutrition label.
However, erythritol is an exception. If it’s the only sugar alcohol in the ingredient list, its carbs can be completely subtracted from the total carbs.
Keto Strawberry Lime Mini Cheesecakes
- 1 cup almond flour
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered erythritol
- 5 medium sized strawberries
- 1 lime, zested
- Optional - extra strawberries & lime zest for garnishing
- In a medium sized bowl mix together melted butter and almond flour with a fork.
- Divide almond flour mixture into 10 small serving ramekins.
- Wash strawberries and trim tops off, using a blender or mini food chopper puree the strawberries.
- With a high speed mixer and whisk attachment, whip the heavy whipping cream, cream cheese, powdered erythritol, strawberries, and lime zest together on low speed until blended.
- Increase the mixer speed to high and mix until the mixture has thickened. Do not add the mixture to the ramekins unless it has thickened.
- Spoon the filling evenely on top of the crust and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
- Add extra strawberries, lime zest, and lime juice for garnish if desired.
I hope you love these delicious keto treats as much as I do, it’s strawberry lime love!