Low-Bake Cheesecake

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on KetovangelistKitchen.com on 5/8/19. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


This is quite the easy little gem. Flavored with flavored MCT powder and set-up with gelatin, the only baking you have to do to get a creamy, delicious cheesecake is a few minutes to crisp the press-in shortbread crust. That's why I titled this "low bake" instead of "no bake."

This cheesecake is so easy, most of the work is in the waiting!

Notes: This recipe is so easily changed up by simply swapping out MCT powder flavors. Only have plain? Go ahead and use it! Just add about 1/2-1 tsp, to taste, of your favorite flavored extract.

I made this in a deep dish pie plate, but if you wanted to do it in a classic springform pan, go right ahead. Assuming you don't go up the sides of the tin at all and the crust is confined to the very bottom of the pan, I would suggest baking a hair longer, since it will be a little thicker. Just start watching it at about 12-15 minutes, and once it's golden on top, pull it out and let it cool completely.


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Low-Bake Cheesecake

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 15 minutes
  •  Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
  •  Yield: 10 slices
  •  Keywords: baking, cream-cheese, chocolate, comfort-food, holidays, quick, low-bake, tiramisu


For the shortbread crust:

  • 4 oz (113 g) fine almond flour (I use King Arthur brand)
  • 1 oz (28 g) granulated Swerve (or equivalent)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 stick (2 oz/ 57 g) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 1 c (8 fl oz/ 237 ml) water
  • 21/4 oz (64 g) Swerve confectioner's (or equivalent)
  • 1 packet (approx. 1/4 oz/ 7 g weight) plain gelatin powder (Knox brand is fine)
  • 2 bricks (16 oz total/ 454 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 scoops (approx. 2/3 oz/ 20 g total) your favorite flavored MCT powder, OR plain powder + 1/2-1 tsp your favorite extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 drops vanilla flavored liquid stevia
  • 1/2 oz (14 g) dark chocolate (85% cocoa or higher, I used Alter Ego Blackout Organic Chocolate), finely chopped or shaved



To make the shortbread crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a 9" deep dish pie plate.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the almond flour, Swerve, and sea salt together.
  3. Combine the melted butter and vanilla, then pour into the dry almond flour mixture. Stir well to combine.
  4. Turn out the crumby crust into the pie plate and press down evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the plate to form the crust.
  5. Bake the crust at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely. The crust will harden as it stands and cools.

To make the cheesecake:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the Swerve confectioner's and gelatin.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, then remove from heat and slowly whisk into the sweetener/gelatin mixture to dissolve.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, MCT powder, salt, vanilla, and liquid stevia with a hand or stand mixer until it's well incorporated and fluffy.
  4. Pour about 1/4-1/3 of the gelatin mixture into the cream cheese and beat until combined. Repeat until all the gelatin mixture has been well incorporated into the cream cheese.
  5. Put the cheesecake mixture in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, stir well with a whisk and put it back in the fridge for another 15 minutes. Repeat until it's been in the fridge for one hour. At the end of an hour, the mixture should have thickened substantially.
  7. Stir one final time and pour the cheesecake mixture into the completely cooled crust.
  8. Chill for a minimum of 3 hours, or until completely set.
  9. Garnish with chopped or shaved dark chocolate and slice into ten equal pieces.
  10. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1/10 recipe
  • Calories: 290.9 cal
  • Fat: 27.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
    • Fiber: 1.3 g
    • Sugar Alcohols: 9.1 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 3.6 g
  • Protein: 6.2 g

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