This Mini Keto Cheesecake Recipe is rich, decadent, and easy to make with just 5 ingredients in 30 minutes! It's a great choice when everyone else is eating regular cheesecake, but you’re trying to stay low carb or keto. These mini cheesecakes are creamy and rich with just 2g net carbs per serving.
People usually think cheesecake is a no-no when sticking to a healthy eating plan. Rich and indulgent, regular cheesecake is one of the most decadent-tasting desserts, right?
Well, so is this cheesecake. The only thing it’s missing is carbs! And I promise, you won’t even miss them. Who needs crust on cheesecake, anyway?
Keto cheesecake is low in carbs and high in fat to help you maintain a state of nutritional ketosis. It typically uses sweeteners such as monk fruit, allulose, stevia and/or erythritol. Also, it commonly has a nut-based crust or no crust at all.
You can serve this decadent Mini Keto Cheesecake Recipe as-is, or topped with a drizzle of Low Carb Caramel Sauce, a dollop of Sugar Free Strawberry Jam, a sprinkle of stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, or a few raspberries or blackberries.
What is the Best Low Carb Dessert?
The best low carb dessert is of course a matter of personal preference. To me, it is without a doubt cheesecake! This is because I think low carb keto cheesecake tastes more like the regular version than most other desserts.
Another reason cheesecake is the best low carb dessert is because it’s easy to convert a regular recipe for cheesecake into a low carb recipe. The two main sources of carbs in cheesecake come from the crust and the sweetener, so if you swap out low carb alternatives for both you’ll easily have a treat that’s much lower in carbs.
Pro Tip: Keep a batch of these stashed in the fridge to enjoy as a quick snack or dessert throughout the week.
The Best Mini Keto Cheesecake Recipe
When I was developing this recipe, I experimented a lot. I played with different ratios of cream cheese to eggs. I tried this recipe adding in other ingredients, like sour cream and/or heavy cream. In the end, I think this simple version comes the closest to classic cheesecake in its creamy texture.
The best low carb cheesecake is one that has rich creamy texture with a perfect sweetness level. As a bonus, it should be easy to make!
This Mini Keto Cheesecake Recipe is as delicious as it is easy to whip up, and is very close to regular cheesecake in both flavor and texture.
Keto Cheesecake Ingredients
This recipe contains just 5 ingredients, and you probably have all or most of them on hand already:
- Cream cheese
- Keto sweetener, such as monk fruit/allulose blend, allulose, or stevia/erythritol blend
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
Low Carb Cheesecake Crust
Personally, I very much enjoy cheesecake without crust. The cheesecake itself is the best part! However, if you want to make a crust for your cheesecake, a good ingredient to use as the base is nut meal or flour, such as almond, pecan, hazelnut, etc.
I have a wonderful recipe for Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake on my other blog, An Edible Mosaic, which you can adapt to use in these mini cheesecakes if you want.
How to Make Mini Keto Cheesecakes
For this recipe, start with softened cream cheese, but don't melt it or let it get hot. I let the cream cheese come to room temperature, and then I soften it for just a few seconds in the microwave so it’s very easy to beat until smooth.
After that I mix in the remaining ingredients, pour the batter into a lined muffin tray, and bake for just 15 to 20 minutes.
It’s so easy, there’s no need to even use a water bath with this recipe!
How to Store Mini Keto Cheesecakes
Store these Mini Keto Cheesecakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Variations on This Recipe
- Take it tropical. Skip the almond extract and add ½ teaspoon coconut extract.
- Go nuts. Stir 3 tablespoons of your favorite unsweetened nut butter into ½ cup of the cheesecake batter and swirl it into the cheesecakes.
- Jazz it up! Serve these topped with a drizzle of Low Carb Caramel Sauce, a dollop of Sugar Free Strawberry Jam, a sprinkle of stevia-sweetened chocolate chips, or a few raspberries or blackberries.
Tips for Making This Mini Keto Cheesecake Recipe
- Make sure the cream cheese is softened, but not hot.
- Beat the batter until it's completely smooth.
- Transfer the batter to a large measuring cup with a pour spout so you can easily pour it into the lined muffin pan.
- There's no need to use a water bath here.
- This cheesecake tastes even better the next day.
Keto Cheesecake FAQs
Can You Eat Cheesecake on a Keto Diet?
Yes! Cheesecake is a great choice when you’re on a keto diet and you want something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Because it’s not low in fat, this cheesecake is very satiating.
Is Philadelphia Cream Cheese Keto Friendly?
Yes! This is the brand I use to make this cheesecake.
One (1-ounce) serving of Philadelphia Cream Cheese has the following nutrition information:
- 10g fat
- 2g protein
- 1g carbohydrates
How Do You Sweeten a Cheesecake Without Sugar?
In this recipe, you can use 3 tablespoons monk fruit/allulsoe blend, 3 tablespoons allulose, or 1 ½ teaspoons stevia/erythritol blend.
More Keto Desserts
- Almond Butter Chocolate “Kiss” Cookies from The Keto Queens
- 5 Minute Hot Chocolate from Healthy Sweet Eats
- Chocolate Coated Maple Walnut Cheesecake Truffles from An Edible Mosaic
- Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies from Healthy Sweet Eats
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This post was first published on Healthy Sweet Eats on May 26, 2016. It was updated with more information on July 22, 2021.