An easy to make keto no-bake cheesecake is the perfect dessert for summer. It holds up well in the summer heat with no need to turn the oven on.
It's so hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end. That means summer fun is happening soon and I've got to get off the computer.
Here in Southern New England, the warm weather doesn't last long so it will be gone in the blink of an eye. But, I'm hoping to create some awesome treats to beat the heat.
One of the things I've been wanting to make for a long time is a low carb no bake cheesecake. In fact, it's hard to believe it took this long to post one.
Well, let's get to it!
There are three steps to this cheesecake recipe, and none of them involve the oven.
- First, you make the crust.
- Then, you assemble the filling.
- Finally, you put it all together.
It's so easy!
Although I often like to make a no bake keto cheesecake crustless, I felt this one deserved a crust. The great thing is that it requires no baking.
You may recognize this crust as I've used it before. It's just been resized to accommodate a full size cheesecake pie.
It's the low carb no-bake cheesecake crust that was used in my key lime cheesecake in a jar recipe. And, it's the perfect base for all of your pies.
The first thing you need to do is combine almond flour, sweetener and cinnamon in a pie pan. (photo 1) Then you add in some melted butter. (photo 2)
I use a fork to blend everything together and then press it firmly into the pan. (photo 3 & 4) I like to use the back of a spoon or just my fingertips.
Then, I put the crust in the refrigerator for at least an hour so it can harden before adding the filling. This is a great time to check email do some reading.
Way back in the day, I used to use canned sweetened condensed milk to make a no bake cheesecake filling. However, these days I'm a lot smarter.
To get the filling to stay stiff, I like to add gelatin. If you'd rather have a creamy and fluffy filling, I'd recommend using my keto friendly cheesecake mousse.
However, I think this firmer gelatin based filling holds up a lot better as the filling for a low carb no bake cheesecake.
To make the filling, I dissolve the gelatin and sweetener in boiling water until the powders have completely dissolved. (photos 5 & 6)
Then, I use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and vanilla extract together. (photos 7 & 8) Sometimes, I also like to add in some lemon extract to enhance the flavor.
Next, I pour in the gelatin sweetener mixture into the beaten cream cheese. The low carb no bake cheesecake filling will seen very thin at this point. (photo 9)
However, the mixture will thicken up as it cools in the refrigerator. So, I put the bowl in the refrigerator for about 30-45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
Then, I'll take the bowl of the filling mixture out of the refrigerator when it has thickened enough to a spreadable consistency. (photo 10)
At this point, I take a rubber spatula to evenly spread the filling into the prepared crust. (photo 11)
The cheesecake looks rather plain as-is so I go ahead and dress it up with some fresh berries. (photo 12) This makes it much prettier and ready for a 4th of July celebration!
One of the cool things about this recipe is that you can easily adjust the flavor by using a sugar free gelatin mix. But, watch out for artificial food dye.
The one color you need to be especially mindful of is red because red 40 side effects are a concern. I also avoid certain artificial sweeteners.
Sucralose is the only artificial sweetener that I use on occasion. I don't use it that often because I prefer to stick with natural based foods.
But, there are times when I'm out and will grab a sugar free snack sweetened with sucralose. It's a sweetener that's been around for a while that's been shown to be safe.
If you'd rather not use a sweetened and flavored gelatin mix, there's always the option to use a flavor extract or herbal tea.
If you go for the coconut flavor, I'd top the cheesecake off with some toasted coconut just like I did for my low carb coconut cream pie.
You can also leave off the fresh berries and serve it with my strawberry sauce for cheesecake.
💛 Why you'll love it
It's not hard to see why this keto no bake cheesecake is a winner when it comes to summer desserts.
First of all, there's absolutely no baking involved just like my Irish cream cheesecake recipe. Secondly, it uses fresh berries that are in season during the summer similar to a simple cheesecake salad.
And, it's a gorgeous dessert that will hold up well in the summer heat! An added bonus is that it can be made in red, white, and blue to celebrate the 4th of July or the end of summer.
Of course, it's best to serve this treat chilled from the refrigerator. But, the gelatin makes sure that the cream cheese filling stays set.
Are you ready to give this cheesecake a try? Definitely come back and let me know what you think in the comments if you do test it out.
📚 Related recipes
Enjoy this super simple summer treat! For more ways to enjoy low-carb cheesecakes, take a look at my favorite ideas:
- Keto Italian Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake is rich and creamy with a burst of lemon flavor.
- No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake In A Jar tastes like you are spending time in sunny Florida! It's full of fresh flavors.
- Keto Cream Cheese Brownies Cheesecake Bars are both brownies and cheesecake - they are the perfect thing to eat when your chocolate craving hits you.
- Coffee Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake combines the rich taste of coffee and chocolate in a light and fluffy cheesecake.
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake is super creamy with the smooth taste of nutty peanut butter.
Keto No Bake Cheesecake
- In a 9-inch pie pan or springform pan, mix together almond flour (or ground nuts), sweetener, and cinnamon.
- Stir in melted butter and press crust mixture evenly into pan. Refrigerate for at least one hour before filling.
- Place the gelatin and sweetener in a bowl and stir to blend. Add boiling water and stir occasionally until powders have completely dissolved.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and vanilla extract until well combined and creamy.
- Slowly pour in the gelatin mixture, beating well after each addition.
- Place filling mixture in the refrigerator to thicken, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until it's spreadable. (30-45 minutes)
- Spread filling into prepared crust and top with fresh berries if desired. Store in the refrigerator and serve chilled.
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First Published: June 25, 2018... Last Updated: September 24, 2020, with additional recipe information.