A simple and delicious coconut cheesecake recipe that’s low carb and keto friendly. It’s an easy to make coconut cream dessert.
If you’re like most low carb dieters, you enjoy indulging in high fat low carb cheesecake recipes. I certainly do and it’s been a staple dessert for many years.
Cream cheese is by far one of my favorite low carb ingredients. It goes well in both sweet and savory recipes. And it’s the key to making a quick and easy sugar free cheesecake mousse treat.
Another key ingredient for this cheesecake recipe is coconut cream. But don’t confuse it with cream of coconut which is typically sweetened with sugar.
Where to buy unsweetened coconut cream for keto
I’ve tried finding canned coconut cream in the local stores, but none of them seem to carry it. I believe you can buy it at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market, but those stores are a bit far from me.
I’ve been buying mine online at LC Foods which is an online market for low carb foods. However, I recently became a member of Thrive Market and found they have the cheapest price of all on canned coconut cream.
You can also get coconut cream from a can of regular high fat coconut milk. Just put the can in the refrigerator overnight and the solid part that ends up on top is coconut cream.
How to make coconut cheesecake crust low carb
My standard low carb cheesecake crust is a blend of almond flour, cinnamon, low carb sweetener, and melted butter. I simply mix all the ingredients together and then press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. It’s a great alternative to crusts like this one made with high carb graham cracker crumbs.
While preparing the cheesecake filling, I like to put the pan with the prepared crust into the refrigerator to chill. This hardens up the butter to form a better crust layer before adding the filling.
How to make coconut cheesecake with coconut cream
Adding the filling
Once the crust has been prepared, it’s time to make the low carb coconut cheesecake filling. My recipe uses cream cheese, low carb sweetener, coconut cream, eggs, and vanilla extract. For a stronger flavor, coconut extract can be added as well or in place of the vanilla extract.
It does help to beat the cream cheese first if it’s still a little cold from the refrigerator. But it’s good to plan things out ahead and let the cream cheese sit at room temperature before making the filling. That way the mixture will be smooth without any cheese lumps in it.
When all the ingredients for the filling have been blended together, the mixture is poured over the prepared crust in the springform pan. If using a water bath, the pan should be wrapped in aluminum foil and place in a roasting pan with an inch or two of water in it. Although not required, a the steaming water provides a humid environment in the oven which can help prevent the cheesecake from cracking.
Baking the cheesecake
The cheesecake is now ready to be baked. I start out at 350°F for the first 15 minutes and then I reduce the oven temperature to 250°F and bake for another 75-90 minutes. A lower temperature fully cooks the cheesecake without causing it to brown up on the outside before the inside is fully cooked. If you don’t mind the extra time, you can even try lowering the temperature more.
Remove the cheesecake from the oven when the center is still a little jiggly but the majority of the cake has set. This will ensure that you don’t overbake it. The cheesecake should cool completely prior removing the springform side by gently running a knife between the side of the cake and the pan then releasing the springform clip.
Adding the coconut cream frosting and toasted shredded coconut
Although the coconut cheesecake is pretty good plain, adding a coconut cream frosting sprinkled with toasted coconut takes it to a whole new level. It adds a more appealing look to the keto dessert giving it a look similar to my popular low carb coconut cream pie.
The frosting is just a blend of coconut cream, powdered low carb sweetener, and a little cream cheese. I discovered that adding a touch of cream cheese can mask the cooling taste of erythritol which is the bulking agent used in many granular low carb sweeteners. That’s why I added couple of ounces to the coconut cream frosting that tops the cheesecake.
A sprinkling of toasted coconut over the frosting adds color and dimension. To toast the coconut, simply spread unsweetened dried coconut shreds on a baking sheet and bake for 3 to 5 minutes at 375°F. Shredded coconut toasts quickly so you’ll need to keep an eye on it while it’s baking.
A few notes on this coconut cream dessert
This low carb coconut cream cheesecake is very filling so you’ll want to keep the servings fairly small. I had a slice for breakfast and wasn’t hungry until lunch time.
Cooking at a low temperature makes cheesecake much creamier and doesn’t overbake the outside. I didn’t use a water bath and the top of the cheesecake didn’t crack. So fully cooking the cheesecake at low oven temperatures can also prevent the cheesecake from cracking.
The coconut cream is the perfect ingredient for making a rich coconut cream cheesecake. And the cheesecake could be made without dairy by using a dairy-free cream cheese like Kite’s Hill which is made from almond milk. Butter flavored coconut oil could be used in the crust.
The frosting is a nice addition to the cheesecake and allows the rest of the coconut cream in the can to be used. I was amazed at how great it tasted. I’ll always add a bit of cream cheese to my low carb frosting from now on to get rid of the cooling effect of the erythritol.
You could use a chocolate ganache as an alternative topping. It would be similar to my popular Boston Cream Cheesecake recipe.
Although there’s a nice taste of coconut in this dessert, I’m thinking there’s always room to take it up a notch. Next time, I may add some unsweetened coconut to the filling.
Other recipes to try
This coconut cream dessert is perfect for sharing at holiday dinners. My no bake banana split cheesecake is another great dessert to share with others. It’s based on a popular recipe from a coworker.
And, if you like coconut, try an easy coconut jelly recipe. It’s dairy-free and is even suitable for the very strict autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet.
Coconut Cream Cheesecake Recipe
Coconut Cheesecake with Coconut Cream
- Mix together crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
- In a large bowl, beat together filling ingredients. Mix just until smooth.
- Pour filling onto the crust and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 250°F and bake for another 75-90 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator. Run knife along edge of cake and remove springform side.
- For frosting, beat together coconut cream, powdered sugar, and cream cheese until creamy.
- Spread frosting over the cooled cake. Refrigerate for at least an hour before slicing.
- Net Carbs 3g
- % Carbs: 5.8%
- % Protein: 7.7%
- % Fat: 86.5%
Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
Post updated in December 2018. Originally published September 2015.