Low Carb Turtle Cheesecake

Briana

Briana

Last updated on February 13th, 2020

This Low Carb Turtle Cheesecake is rich and decadent, with significantly less calories than the sugar laden version. A rich chocolate crust, topped with a creamy, vanilla cheesecake with a hint of caramel flavor, then topped with homemade sugar free candied pecans, chocolate ganache, and sugar free caramel vanilla sauce. Make this for your loved ones, and whether they eat keto or not, they’ll love you forever!


Low Carb Turtle Cheesecake with pecans

Here’s What You Need For This Low Carb Turtle Cheesecake:​

Ingredients:

For the crust:
For the cheesecake batter:
For the chocolate ganache & garnishes:
turtle cheesecake with a slice taken out

Recipe Notes:

You can make the keto salted caramel vanilla sauce, as well as these easy stovetop candied pecans up to 10 days in advance. This will make everything come together really easy on the day of. It’s also fine to make these things while the cheesecake chills in the fridge. Your call!

Vanilla: If you have vanilla extract to use, that works best. However, lately we’ve been noticing the prices of vanilla extract have been very high, so we have been using imitation vanilla instead! Either works and will give you a delicious vanilla flavor. They measure the same. 

Sweeteners: We used quite a few different elements to sweeten this dessert. You can use whatever your favorites are, but just note, that different sweeteners have different sweetness levels, as well as different uses and create different textures. We tend to think that a blend of sweeteners creates a really great tasting dessert.

Our favorite sweetener for most applications is allulose, because it tastes the most like sugar, and acts just like it too. It won’t crystallize when it gets cold, and it has no aftertaste! We used it to make this keto salted caramel vanilla sauce. However, it’s quite expensive, so we use some other sweeteners to achieve the desired level of sweetness, without using too much allulose.

We used allulose in the cheesecake batter, because it won’t crystallize after being refrigerated, and we wanted it to be velvety smooth. We also blended in some SkinnyMixes salted caramel of their new keto line, which is a syrup that is sweetened with monkfruit, stevia and erythritol. You can use the code AFullLiving10 at checkout to receive 10% off your order!

There is also some SweetLeaf Stevia drops in the batter. Liquid stevia is another great sweetener that won’t get gritty and keep the texture how we want it. It is very very sweet, and can have a bitter aftertaste, so it’s best when it’s cut with fat. Luckily, there is plenty of creamy fat sources in this cheesecake recipe!

Finally, we also used some Lakanto Classic granular sweetener in the crust. This sweetener is made from mostly monkfruit, with some erythritol in there as well. This one does crystallize after getting cold, but we think that it doesn’t matter in the crust. You won’t notice. We also use it to make our candied pecans crunchy. We hope you find a blend of sweeteners that works perfect for your taste buds. As always, please sweeten to taste! This cheesecake is definitely a little on the sweet side.

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Let’s Make It!


You can prepare your keto salted caramel vanilla sauce and your easy stovetop low carb candied pecans up to 10 days in advance if you want. Or, you could prepare them while your cheesecake is setting in the fridge. Totally up to you. We chose to make them ahead of time to make putting the cheesecake all together easier.

Before preparing the cheesecake batter, take your blocks of cheesecake out of the fridge and let them soften on the counter for about 2 hours. This is important, so you can mix it easily.

To begin, prepare your crust. Line your springform pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. In a bowl, combine melted butter, stevia drops, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, granular sweetener and almond flour. Press it down into the pan until the crust goes up the edges of the pan a bit. Now, set your crust in the fridge to cool while you put together the batter. Also, preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine your cream cheese, vanilla extract, allulose, SkinnyMixes syrup, liquid stevia and pink Himalayan salt. Beat on medium speed until smooth. At this point, give your batter a taste and adjust sweeteners accordingly.

Then, add in your eggs one at a time, beating until smooth.

Cover the bottom of your springform pan with some heavy duty aluminum foil. Place it inside a roasting pan. Add your cheesecake batter to your springform pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Then, add in about 2 cups of water to your pan to create a water bath. This will keep the cheesecake moist and delicious while it bakes.

Place your cheesecake in the oven and bake for about 35-45 minutes. Don’t overbake. You will want to make sure the inside of the cheesecake is just a little bit jiggly before taking it out of the oven. Let your cheesecake cool on the oven for about an hour, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

When it comes time to putting the cheesecake together, carefully remove the springform pan and aluminum foil. Now, you can put everything together. You can quickly put together a chocolate ganache by melting your Lily’s chocolate chips and butter together in a double boiler. Then, fold in some heavy cream. Set it aside and allow it to cool for a few minutes. In the meantime, add your candied pecans to the top.

Next, drizzle your chocolate ganache and salted caramel sauce.

Cut into it, and enjoy!

Please let us know if you guys give this recipe a try, and be sure to share with us on Instagram @afullliving so we can share your creations. Looking for another decadent recipe for Valentine’s Day? Check out these low carb chocolate lava cakes.

Until next time,
Briana & Chamere

Low Carb Turtle Cheesecake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Refrigerated Time
4 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 15 mins
 

This Low Carb Turtle Cheesecake is rich and decadent, with significantly less calories than the sugar laden version. A rich chocolate crust, topped with a creamy, vanilla cheesecake with a hint of caramel flavor, then topped with homemade sugar free candied pecans, chocolate ganache, and sugar free caramel vanilla sauce. Make this for your loved ones, and whether they eat keto or not, they’ll love you forever!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, dessert, keto, low carb, turtle cheesecake
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 441 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
For the crust:
For the cheesecake filling:
For the chocolate ganache & garnishes:
Recipe Notes

You can make the keto salted caramel vanilla sauce, as well as these easy stovetop candied pecans up to 10 days in advance. This will make everything come together really easy on the day of. It’s also fine to make these things while the cheesecake chills in the fridge. Your call!

Sweeteners: 
We used quite a few different elements to sweeten this dessert. You can use whatever your favorites are, but just note, that different sweeteners have different sweetness levels, as well as different uses and create different textures. We tend to think that a blend of sweeteners creates a really great tasting dessert.

Macros:  We included a half a batch of candied pecans, and half of batch of our keto salted caramel sauce in this recipe. Please note, all macros are estimated via MyFitnessPal, and will vary depending on the brands you use. 
Makes 12 servings. 441 calories, 45 grams of fat, 6 net carbs 9 total carbs, 3 grams fiber. Sweeteners are not included in carb count, but they are all known to not spike blood sugar. 

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