SO many people ask me what I do for desserts. Truth be told, I don’t do desserts often. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth.But, my husband and kids on the other hand…
Well my sweets love the sweets.
I’ve been combing Pinterest looking for dessert options for them that are low to no sugar. BUT, the key is they have to taste AMAZING otherwise my picky four will definitely no go for them.
Cheesecake bites to the rescue!
Today I experimented making cheesecake bites. I followed a couple of recipes and tweaked them a bit to my taste. They turned out AMAZING.
These cheesecake bites are modeled after Keto fat bombs. So, at the start, it should be noted they have a lot of fat in them. BUT, they are low carb and low sugar — so they are alright in my book. Remember I count carbs and sugar, fat is completely welcome.
Come on its dessert…it’s a treat!
I made three different types of cheesecake bites: Lemon, Strawberry, and Chocolate.
Let’s start with the chocolate (because who doesn’t want to start with chocolate?)
You will need: 1/4 cup of Coconut oil (solid not liquid), 3 tablespoons of Truvia (or your favorite no sugar sweetener), 1 brick Cream Cheese (I used full fat but you could definitely do 1/3 as well), 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Extract, Healthy pinch of Fine sea salt, splash of heavy cream or milk, and 2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder.
Optional: If you have candy molds, you might want to use those too, but those are optional. My bites were made free form, which didn’t matter one bit to my family, but if you want them to be pretty use candy molds.
Which brings me to my first SHOCK of the day. Did you know that Cocoa powder has ZERO SUGAR and ONE NET CARB per tablespoon? Umm…why didn’t anyone ever tell me that? HUGE GAME CHANGER for those “I’ve got to have chocolate moments”.
Start by taking out a brick of cream cheese and soften for at least 1 hour on your counter. Don’t microwave to speed this along. I just set out the bricks and took a walk. Trust me its worth the wait. I know, I know, I got you all excited that you can eat chocolate and then I’m making you wait.
To the cream cheese add
1/4 cup of coconut oil – which by the way looks like you are adding candle wax to the mix. Trust me, it’s good.
2 tablespoons of Cocoa Powder and 3 tablespoons of Truvia. Cocoa powder is bitter so you need that sweetener. But if you like a darker chocolate flavor, feel free to use less.
1 tablespoon of Vanilla Extract.
Place in your blender or food processor.
Add splash of heavy cream or milk. About a tablespoon or two. Just enough to make the mixture creamy when blended.
Add a healthy pinch of sea salt.
Blend on high until smooth. It should be the consistency of an ice cream almost. Taste it to make sure the chocolate flavor is too your liking. I added a sprinkle or two more of Truvia to take the bite out of it.
Once blended put in your molds or just put dollops onto a cookie sheet. Really they don’t have to be pretty — they are going in your belly!
Freeze until set. Now anytime you want a chocolate treat, look no further than your freezer.
For the strawberry you will need: Brick of softened cream cheese, 1 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of Truvia and a pinch of salt.
If you are using frozen strawberries, microwave them for 1 minute before using.
Put all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Again place in molds or just put dollops on cookie sheets.
Who needs pretty cheesecake bites? Not me!
Once set, I transferred mine into freezer bags for storage.
For the lemon you will need: Brick of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of Truvia, pinch of salt.
Put all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add extra lemon juice to taste. Place on cookie sheet and freeze.
Again transfer to the freezer bags for storage.
As you can tell by the three above recipes, once you have the basic cheesecake bite recipe, i.e. the cream cheese, coconut oil, salt, vanilla, and Truvia, you can add whatever you want to these. Blueberries sound wonderful, maybe some dark chocolate chips, raspberries, or just straight up vanilla. Use your imagination.
And there you go…sweets for your sweets…or sweets for your sweet tooth! Enjoy and let me know if you come up with any other great flavor combinations!