Sweet citrus no bake lemon cheesecake! You can whip these up in minutes and they will keep those sweet cravings at bay.
This recipe is one of my favourites that keeps me going through my GD pregnancies and is one of my personal favourites as a lover of citrus desserts.
Please note: lemon is used in this recipe due to lemons being very low in fructose. It is one of the fruits that has less carbs and is therefore tolerated by many.
As with all my desserts and treats, the recipe is self-paired, meaning it can be eaten just the way it is without having add additional protein and fats.
I hope you enjoy them! “When life gives us GD, make Lemon cheesecake!!” 😉
For the larger lemon cheesecake shown in the images here, the recipe has been doubled so that it makes at least 8 servings. I also made a half batch of sugar free lemon curd for piping on top for decoration. This lemon curd really gives a wonderful zingy lemon hit!
In this recipe I use normal digestive biscuits for the base. You can also use Nairn’s Stem Ginger oat biscuits or the Nairn’s gluten free biscuit breaks have slightly less carbs than the original Stem ginger oat biscuits, but both varieties are fine to use in this recipe and available in many shops:
- 100 grams digestive biscuits crushed (or Nairn's GF oat biscuits)
- 50 grams butter melted
- 150 ml double cream
- 1 large lemon juiced and zested
- 180 grams cream cheese full fat
- xylitol or erythritol sweetener to taste
- Add the melted butter to the crushed biscuits and mix well until the biscuit crumbs are fully coated in butter
- Divide the buttered biscuit crumb between 4 - 6 ramekins or glasses and push down lightly to form a biscuit base
- Whip the double cream with a electric whisk until it starts to thicken
- Add the full fat cream cheese, lemon juice & zest and mix into the double cream. The more you whisk, the thicker it will become (but be careful not to over whip or it can split)
- Add sweetener to your liking and taste. Start with 1 tbsp, mix and taste, repeating until the cheesecake is to your liking
- Divide the cheesecake mix into the ramekins/glasses onto the biscuit base. Decorate with slices of lemon or more zest and refrigerate for around an hour. The cheesecakes can be eaten straight away, but taste better once refrigerated
SWEETENERSThe best 2 sweeteners I have found to use in my GD bakes and recipes are xylitol and erythritol which are both natural sweeteners. The brand of xylitol that I use and is most widely available in larger supermarkets is Total Sweet. To find a local stockist, please check this link. It is important to note that xylitol, although a natural sweetener, is highly toxic to dogs, so no sharing your GD treats with your furry friends! Erythritol sweeteners are what I recommend using if you suffer from IBS as this does not cause any gastric upset. The brand I use is NKD Living powdered erythritol. Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used in the cheesecake but they may raise blood glucose levels and can leave a bitter aftertaste. For the best outcomes with this recipe it is best to use the ingredients recommended and in the quantities stated.
Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used