Lemon Cheesecake Squares (Keto)

I have made several different kinds of cheesecake over the years (a Lime Cheesecake which features in my first book and a Blueberry Cheesecake which features in my second book. But, here I made a classic one for. I used a square dish and cut them into 9 squares, but you could follow the same recipe and use a round cake tin. (In that case, you will be slicing into 8 pieces @ 3.6g carbs per slice.) Enjoy these lovely little treats – which freeze well too… :)

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Carbs 3.2g | Fat 36g | Protein 6.4g
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Lemon Cheesecake Squares (Keto)

Deliciously cream and perfectly acidic, these little lemon cheesecake squares are a great low carb dessert option at only 3.2g carbs per serving.
Course Dessert
Cuisine General
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Setting Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 9 servings

Per serving

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.2g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 36g


For the base

For the cheesecake

  • 300 g (10.6 oz) full-fat cream cheese (soft cheese)
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 1.5 tsp gelatine powder
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) double cream
  • 40 g (1.4 oz) Swerve® sweetener, confectioners

To finish

  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven). This is 200°C for conventional ovens (or 400°F / gas mark 6). Grease and line the base and sides of a square baking tin (or brownie tin) with parchment paper. (My dish was 15 x 15cm / 8 x 8".
  • Combine the almond flour and sweetener together in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and combine until the mixture resembles moist breadcrumbs.
  • Tip the mixture into the prepared dish and compress it down into an even, compact layer. I always poke it lightly with a fork too.
  • Bake for 12-13 minutes, then remove and allow to cool completely.
  • Once the base has cooled, start with the cheesecake filling. Tip the cream cheese into a bowl and use a microplane or fine zester to finely grate the rind of two lemons into the bowl. Set aside. Halve the zested lemons and and squeeze all the juice into a small pan (catch the pips!) Squeeze thoroughly - you want every last drop. This is what you should have ready:
  • Heat the lemon juice over a medium heat and scatter in the powdered gelatine. Once the gelatine has dissolved, lightly stir to ensure it has completely melted. Pour the mixture through a strainer (I use a tea strainer) into a small, clean bowl and set aside to cool a little.
  • In a larger, separate bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the double cream to soft peaks. Once you have reached the soft peak stage, add the cream cheese/lemon zest mixture as well as the sweetener. Mix well to combine. Lastly, pour in the cooled gelatine mixture and mix one last time to combine evenly.
  • It may stiffen quickly, so pour the mixture immediately onto the cooled base and smooth the top. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 6 hours.
  • To serve, carefully lift the cheesecake out of the dish and peel away the parchment paper.
  • Use a microplane or fine zester to grate the zest of the lemon used to finish over the top to decorate. Slice into 9 equal squares before tucking in.
    NOTE: If you choose to use a round cake tin to make this in (and slice into 8 pieces instead of 9 squares, the carbs will be 3.6g carbs each).
    *I wrap each piece up and freeze them for Funnyman.

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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                        364Kcal / 1523kJ
Fat                                36g
Carbohydrates              3.2g
Protein                          6.4g

Eggs (may be found in some brands of cream cheese and gelatine - check labels)
Sulphites (may be found in gelatine - check labels)

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