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Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes

Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes boast a rich and creamy filling on top of a flavorful walnut crust. These mini cheesecakes are so good, you won’t even realize they’re low carb!

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I love this time of year for a lot of reasons.

The baked goods, the family Polar Express rides, cozying up by the fire in holiday PJs with a cup of hot cocoa, and of course the Christmas trees.

You read that right, I said trees. As in more than one.

I grew up with a flocked tree at my Nana’s house, so I always love getting a flocked tree. I keep a “fancy” tree, as well as less fancy tree with all of Elle’s ornaments. And this year Elle got her own 6-food sparkly white tree in her room full of loads of glittery pink ornaments.

Yes, we have 3 trees this year and I want more.

There’s just really nothing better than snuggling in the dark by a lit Christmas tree, maybe munching on something you baked earlier in the day.

In fact, I could say that I like to make mini desserts during the holidays for parties and entertaining. But secretly I like mini desserts at the holidays because they’re easier to snack on at night while you admire the Christmas tree.

Whether its Chocolate Peppermint Mini Bundt Cakes or these Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes, personal-sized baked goods are my jam this time of year.


LOW CARB CHEESECAKE WITH WALNUT CRUST

In case you were wondering, running a baking website can take a bit of a toll on one’s diet. I do taste everything I make, so when I’m not testing recipes I try to watch my carb intake.

Ya know, because life is all about balance.

Luckily for me, cheesecake is not too hard to make fit a low carb diet. I say luckily for me because if you’ve been around here for any time at all, you’ll know that cheesecake recipes are some of my favorite things to make.

Of course I could make a low carb cheesecake without a crust, but let’s be honest – that’s not flying in my family. We love a good crust way too much for that nonsense.

So instead I turned to my favorite Fisher® walnuts to help me make a low carb cheesecake crust that is not just flavorful, it might just become a regular stand-in for the more traditional graham cracker crust.

Of course I chose to use Fisher® walnuts because they are fresh right out of their shells, have no preservatives and are non-GMO Project Verified. They’re simply the best!

I already love using pecans and walnuts in holiday dishes such as Chai Spiced Candied Pecans, Caramel Pecan Clusters, and Sausage Cheese Balls. And in these Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes, Fisher® walnuts add the perfect texture and flavor to the low carb cheesecake crust.

Not to mention that walnuts are packed full of Omega-3s, and the Fisher® stand-up, resealable packaging keeps the nuts fresh for longer so I can add those heart-healthy walnuts to dishes throughout the holiday season.

HOW TO MAKE LOW CARB MINI CHEESECAKES

Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes are great for holiday parties because you don’t have to worry about dividing a full-size cheesecake into just the right number of perfect slices. They’re already pre-portioned so that guests can grab them when they’re ready to dive into dessert.

To make Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes, start by pulsing the Fisher® walnuts in a food processor until they form a fine crumb. Make sure not to over-process, or you’ll end up with walnut butter – which is delicious, but not what we’re going for here.

The walnuts get mixed with some sugar substitute and butter before dividing the mixture into paper cupcake liners in a standard cupcake pan and baking. The liners will make it easier to pop the mini cheesecakes out of the pan later, so don’t skip them!

Making Low Carb Mini Cheesecake filling is pretty similar to our other cheesecake recipes. Just make sure to start with room temperature cream cheese and add the eggs one at a time.

I like to use a large cookie scoop to evenly divide the cheesecake filling into the cupcake liners without making a mess. I’ll take any tips and tricks that keep me from getting cheesecake batter everywhere.

To top the Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes, I like to use freshly whipped cream, halved strawberries, and a sprinkle of finely chopped Fisher® walnuts for a little added texture and to let guest know what is in the crust.

MORE LOW CARB CHEESECAKE RECIPES

Looking for more low carb cheesecake recipes? Check out Italian Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake, Low Carb Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake, or Low Carb Blackberry Cheesecakes from some of my fellow bloggers!

Whether you make these for yourself or your company holiday party, Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes are a special treat that everyone will enjoy.

Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes

Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 32 minutes

Low Carb Mini Cheesecakes boast a rich and creamy filling on top of a flavorful walnut crust. These mini cheesecakes are so good, you won’t even realize they’re low carb!

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups Fisher® Chef’s Naturals Walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sugar substitute
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 2 packages (16 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar substitute
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract

For the Topping:

  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh berries (halved strawberries)
  • Fisher® Chef’s Naturals Walnuts, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 ̊F. Line a standard cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Place walnuts into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until they form a fine crumb. Add sugar substitute and melted butter and pulse until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Place a heaping tablespoon of the crust mixture in the bottom of each baking cup. Press gently to form an even crust.
  4. Bake crusts in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Place pan on wire rack to cool while you prepare the filling.
  5. Beat cream cheese and sugar substitute in a large bowl of with an electric mixer until well mixed. Add eggs in one at a time and mix until incorporated.
  6. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl and add in vanilla bean paste. Beat until incorporated.
  7. Use a large cookie scoop to evenly distribute the filling into baking cups.
  8. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until just set. Place pan on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  10. Just before serving, top with whipped cream, finely chopped walnuts and fresh berries.

Notes

  • I like to use Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener All Natural Sugar Substitute. It has little to no aftertaste, tastes amazing in baked goods and is a 1:1 substitution for sugar. The company also states that it is a ZERO on the glycemic index.
  • If you aren't watching your carbs, you can substitute equal portions of granulated sugar for the sugar substitute.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 mini cheesecake
Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 50mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 5g

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Linda

Thursday 14th of March 2019

Carb count?

Jamie

Sunday 17th of March 2019

Hello! I just updated the recipe card to include the nutrition information. Hope this helps. Happy baking! Jamie

CT

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Can you use other nuts besides walnuts?

CT

Thursday 21st of February 2019

I did try it with pecans and it turned out great! This will be a go to for us from now on! Thanks

Jamie

Wednesday 13th of February 2019

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with other nuts, so I am not sure of the exact result. I would choose a nut somewhat similar to walnuts, though, such as pecans. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

Jam

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Is there an alternative if I have no food processor available at home? Thank you! Regards!

Jamie

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Hello! If you have a high-powered blender, sometimes those can be used to chop nuts finely for recipes like this. Hope this helps! Happy baking. Jamie

Susan Dehne

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

What sugar substitute do you use?

Jamie

Sunday 13th of January 2019

Hello! I used Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener All Natural Sugar Substitute. It has little to no aftertaste, tastes amazing in baked goods and is a 1:1 substitution for sugar. The company also states that it is a zero on the glycemic index. Hope this helps! Happy baking. Jamie

Natalie

Thursday 13th of December 2018

They look so delicious and I love it that these cheesecakes are low carb! Definitely pinning for later ♥

Jamie

Friday 21st of December 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by, Natalie! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

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