I…love…cheesecake…add strawberries and I’m sold.
I love me some cheesecake, I mean…its cheese and its cake. How could you not love that? That being said its a bit heavy, unhealthy, and its not something you can whip up if a couple people are coming over and you want a quick/light dessert.
So for me, for my money, I prefer coring a strawberry and piping some cheesecake filling into that thing to simulate the whole thing. I know you low-carbers are going to tell me “But Dave there is no way that’s low carb, it has fruit + cake + crackers…
Chill just trust me.
This stuff really couldn’t be easier and if you want you can make each berry have less than 2g of carbohydrate allowing you to eat a few without knocking you out of ketosis.
- 8 oz. cream cheese, letting it warm up helps alot with piping, if its cold it will be harder to work with. Also, I use the reduced fat version but obviously you don’t need to.
- 1/2 cup splenda, or sugar. I use splenda and it comes out alittle thicker. If you want a more natural and creamier feel then go with sugar.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Graham cracker crumbs.
Seriously that’s it. The cream cheese has about 8g of carbs in the entire package and can probably pipe about 15-20 Strawberries. Each Berry has less than 1g of carbohydrate…probably around .5-.75g after removing the core.
So first things first get your berries.
Pro-tip, cut the bottom off the berry so you can stand them up without them tipping over.
Using a small knife core out the middle of the berry. If you’re really lazy or if you just love these so much you plan on making them all the time, then pick up one of these corers off Amazon for $7.
You’re going to want to drop the cream cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar/splenda into a mixer and let it mix things up for you, or just do it by hand and get messy…at least you get to eat some cheesecake off your hands. Once thats done just put the mixture into a plastic Ziplock container, snip the bottom corner off and use that to pipe the strawberries one by one.
At this point if you’re truly sticking to the low-carb mantra you can stop here. Each strawberry will be around 1.5g of carbohydrate so if you’re a ketosis person you can go ahead and munch on a couple of these without freaking out, and satisfy that craving for sweets.
If you don’t mind finishing up then bust out the graham cracker and smash it. The key is to not powderize it, you really want it to stay semi-chunky.
So now here is where I made the mistake. I tried to bust these out for a family party once, made them the night before then lo and behold…they got all soggy and gross. Sucked.
If you’re not eating them immediatly then just set them aside in the fridge, and put the cracker in a small container. Save it for when you’re about to eat it. Then when its getting close to time dip the top of each berry into the cracker.
The finished product should be a bunch of these soldiers lined up ready for snacking.
The money shot with the interior.
Kinda making me drool just looking at the pics…need to shut this down before its too late….