Cheesecake is one of the easiest desserts to remove the carbs from because only one swap is needed out of all the ingredients: you exchange the sugar for a non-caloric sweetener. It's a heavenly dessert whether sugar-filled or sugar-free—but who wants to turn on the oven in the summer? Prevent your air conditioner from working overtime with these frozen popsicles. They taste as good as a conventional baked cheesecake, with the added bonus of cooling you down in warm weather.
We’ve flavored these keto cheesecake popsicles with fresh strawberries. The strawberries help to lighten the texture so that the heavier ingredients of cream cheese and heavy whipping cream don’t overwhelm your taste buds or your stomach. We don’t recommend removing them from the recipe because of the essential volume they add to the dairy items. The strawberries also impart fruity tanginess and a pretty pink hue and even for very low-carb keto dieters, the amount of them in this recipe comes in quite safely at only two grams of carbohydrate that the berries add per serving.
- 1 (8-ounce) block of cream cheese (softened)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 3/4 cups strawberries (roughly chopped)
- 1/4 cup allulose syrup
Gather the ingredients and make sure you have enough flat, empty space in your freezer to fit your popsicle mold tray.
Reserve 3/4 cup of the strawberries. Add the cream cheese, heavy cream, allulose, and the remaining 1 cup of the strawberries to a blender. Blend the mixture until smooth, then add the reserved strawberries. Pour mixture directly from blender pitcher into a 10-popsicle tray, filling each. Place the lid on the tray and insert popsicle sticks into the openings, leaving about 2 inches of stick out. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
To unmold, take tray out of the freezer and remove the lid. If popsicles are stuck to the tray, as they likely will be, run the plastic outside of the tray under warm water for 10 seconds, then take popsicles out of the molds. Serve right away and enjoy!
- For the sweetener, we went with allulose syrup because it freezes to a less rock-hard firmness than powdered keto sweeteners. Allulose syrup will make for the best possible frozen treat texture. It’s a newer to market sweetener sold in health food stores and online, so you may not yet be familiar with it unless you’ve already been making ketogenic sweets. If allulose syrup is unavailable, substitute 1/4 cup powdered erythritol or monk fruit. We don’t recommend substituting with stevia, as that would offset the final volume because such a smaller quantity would be used.
- While raspberries and blackberries have a similar carb count to strawberries, we don’t suggest substituting them from the strawberries in this recipe due to the texture of their seeds; blending them with the other ingredients would leave gritty bits scattered throughout the pops.