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Healthy Lemon Cheesecake Bars (sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, keto)
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Healthy Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Servings: 9 servings
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
If you like cheesecake but don't want all the extra fat, calories, and sugar, make these Lemon Cheesecake Bars! It tastes like the original, but it's secretly sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, and keto-friendly too!

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 tbs Unsalted Butter or Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 Large Egg White (reserve the yolk for the filling)

Cheesecake:

  • 16 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese (room temp; use full fat for keto)
  • 16 oz Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt (use whole for keto)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Large Egg Yolk (reserved from the crust)
  • 1 packed tbs Lemon Zest
  • 2 tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
  • 30g (3 tbs) Organic Corn Starch
  • ¼ tsp Ground Turmeric (optional, just for color!)

Instructions

For the Crust:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray an 8x8" brownie pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cinnamon, and salt.  Add in the melted butter/coconut oil and egg white, and stir until completely combined.  Dump the mixture into the brownie pan and pat it out.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool while you make the filling.

For the Cheesecake:

  • In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, add the cream cheese and yogurt. Whip on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and whip again.
  • Turn the mixer on low and add in the eggs, egg yolk, lemon zest, and stevia extract.  Increase the speed to medium-high and mix until completely smooth.
  • Turn the mixer on low and add the starch and turmeric.  Increase the speed to high and mix until completely smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and whip again.
  • Pour the mixture over the crust and bake for ~44 minutes, or until the center barely jiggles.  The surface of the cheesecake will crack, but that's okay.  You can cover it with whipped cream, Lemon Curd, or Blueberry Compote!  Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate overnight.  Slice, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can certainly use a graham cracker crust instead of almond flour crust if you like. To do that, simply make these Gluten-Free Graham Crackers, grind them until flour-like, measure 2 cups of the graham cracker crumbs, and stir it with ¼ cup of melted coconut oil.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 serving = 1/9th of recipe)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 440mg19%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 1050IU21%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cheesecake
Keyword: Cream Cheese, Gluten Free, High Protein, Keto, Low Carb, Sugar Free