A simple New York style low carb keto cheesecake that doesn’t require any special ingredients. Eat it plain or dress it up with fresh berries.
I get a lot of comments from those just getting started on low carb about the difficulty in finding ingredients. And, many find that prices for specialty ingredients to make low carb desserts are beyond their budget.
However, your food bill doesn’t have to rise after moving to this way of eating. I find that I can cut costs in half without sacrificing quality just by shopping at my local Walmart or ALDI stores. Or you can save money by buying store brand products instead of name brands.
Those new to this way of eating think you need to use high cost flours and sweeteners when making low carb desserts. But, that isn’t always the case.
Walmart carries a Pyure stevia sweetener which is twice as sweet as other granular sweeteners so you use less. Plus it’s very reasonably priced. And you can make your own nut flours buying nuts in bulk.
I’m going to show you how to make my favorite New York Style keto cheesecake recipe using every day ingredients. The inspiration for the recipe comes from one I found at a website called Low Carb Luxury over ten years ago.
How to make a low carb cheesecake crust
Most low carb cheesecake recipes call for almond flour or meal to make the crust. But, you can just buy whole or sliced almonds in bulk instead and grind them up.
I used six ounces of regular sliced almonds in the crust that I ground up in a food processor to make my own almond meal. The amount is equal to about one and a third cup of unblanched almond flour.
Which keto sweeteners are best?
When buying a spoonable stevia or monk fruit sweetener, read the ingredients to see what the extract is mixed with. Both monk fruit and stevia are much sweeter than sugar so a bulking ingredient is added.
The best granular monk fruit and stevia sweeteners for baking use erythritol as the filler ingredient. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol shown to have no impact on blood sugar. Avoid any sweetener containing dextrose or maltodextrin because those are sugars that can raise blood sugar.
If you’re new to a keto diet, be sure to check out my post on the best low carb sweeteners. It compares many of the natural based sweeteners that can be used.
Completing the easy keto cheesecake
Making the filling for this yummy low carb keto cheesecake is almost as easy as the crust. You simply add each ingredient to the mixing bowl beating on low after each addition.
The cheesecake does need to bake for about an hour. And, after the top has browned, it should be left in the warm oven for another hour.
Then, the cheesecake is removed and allowed to cool to room temperature before refrigerating. It should be refrigerated for at least a day before serving.
The result is a subtly sweet cheesecake that should serve at least 16 people. It is a tall cake so a thin slice is very filling. And, you can freeze some of it for later!
Carbs in Cheesecake
If it weren’t for the high carb crust and sugar in the filling, a standard New York cheesecake would have minimal carbs. Replacing sugar with a low carb sweetener and using an almond based crust drops the carbs to just 5 grams total per slice.
Since this low carb cheesecake is very rich, I recommend cutting it into 16 slices. That will ensure that you don’t go over your daily carbohydrate limit. And keep in mind that adding strawberries or a berry sauce will add fructose which increases the carb count.
To reduce the carbohydrates to get a nearly no carb cheesecake, simply leave it crustless and serve it plain!
Low Carb Keto Cheesecake Recipe – Gluten Free
We hope you enjoy this easy New York cheesecake dessert. And be sure to leave a comment below to let us know what you think.
- 6 ounces sliced almonds about 1 1/3 cup
- 3 tablespoons low carb sweetener
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
- 5 tablespoons salted butter melted
- 32 ounces cream cheese softened (4 blocks)
- 3/4 cup low carb sweetener more or less to taste
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract optional
- 16 ounces sour cream at room temperature
- Place sliced almonds in food processor and process with cutting blade until a finely ground.
- Pulse in 6-9 stevia extract packets and cinnamon (if using).
- Stir in melted butter.
- Press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside
- Beat cream cheese on low speed until light and fluffy.
- Add 24-36 stevia extract packets to desired sweetness. Beat on low to mix in.
- Add each egg, one at a time, beating on low after each addition.
- Mix in extracts, then beat in sour cream on low speed until incorporated.
- Spread cream cheese mixture over crust.
- Bake at 300°F for an hour. If top has browned, turn oven off. If not yet browned, cook until browned then turn off oven.
- Leave cheesecake in oven with door ajar for an hour. Then, remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
- Chill at least 24 hours before serving.
- 6 packets is 1/4 cup sugar equivalent
- 24 packets is 1 cup sugar equivalent
- Make sure all the ingredients are room temperature.
- Don’t over mix! Over-mixing will cause the top to crack.
- Bake for an hour. Then turn oven off and let it cool in the oven for 4-5 hours then remove and allow to finish cooling at room temperature.
- Use a pan of water in the oven to make it steamy while preheating and remove the pan when putting the cheesecake in.
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.
About LisaLisa has been creating low carb recipes for herself and sharing them with others since 2010. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and find new ways to create low sugar foods that taste like high carb favorites! Her recipes have been featured on popular magazine sites including Fitness, Shape, Country Living, Women's Health, and Men's Health. Lisa lives in Southeastern Connecticut. Connect with her and Low Carb Yum at:
Post updated in November 2018. Originally published February 2017.