Thanksgiving is just around the corner and many of us are already dreaming about the feast we’ll soon enjoy with our family and friends. What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? Years ago, I posted my favorite Pumpkin Pie In a Cup recipe (baked pumpkin pie filling, served without a crust). It certainly is an excellent way to enjoy the best part of the pumpkin pie with fewer carbs. In this recipe, the cheesecake is baked in a springform pan and served by the slice. It has a wonderful pumpkin and spice flavor with substantially fewer carbs than traditional pumpkin pie, only 8 net grams per serving. (One slice of traditional pie with crust has 41 carbs that will send anyone’s blood sugar soaring, especially after a full meal!!!) You CAN join in and have your Thanksgiving pie without guilt by making a few adjustments. Try my recipe and enjoy the celebration!
Low Carb Pumpkin CheesecakeMakes 12 servings
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted if desired2 (8 ounce) packages of organic cream cheese, softened just to room temperature1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons Golden LaKanto Monkfruit Sweetener (or other erythritol sweetener)1 teaspoon stevia powder (I used Sweet Leaf brand)2 teaspoons vanilla extract1-1/2 cups plain pumpkin purée (canned is fine)1/2 cup organic sour cream4 large eggs4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit with the oven rack set in the center of the oven.
2. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.* Place a piece of parchment paper cut to size into the pan, then butter the paper. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the bottom of the prepared springform pan, spreading them evenly to completely cover the bottom. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, LaKanto Monkfruit sweetener, stevia and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the pumpkin purée and sour cream and beat on medium until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the pumpkin pie spice and salt. Beat until combined.
4. Immediately ladle the batter over the nuts, trying not to disturb the nuts. Tap the pan gently on your kitchen counter to release any bubbles and settle the batter in an even layer.
5. Bake for 70 minutes (or more), until a knife placed in the center of the cheesecake comes out clean. (If using small pans, reduce the baking time to 50-55 minutes, see note below.) Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack. Allow the cheesecake to cool for at least 20-25 minutes. If needed, run a sharp knife around the edge before attempting to release it from the springform pan. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before slicing.
6. To serve, cut into 12 equal wedges and top with a dollop of vanilla and stevia-sweetened whipped cream, if desired. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutritional Information per serving (no whipped topping): 249 calories, 9.9 g carbohydrate (1.9 g dietary fiber, 2.6 g sugars, 4 g sugar alcohols), 22.6 g total fat (9.9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 108 mg cholesterol, 168 mg sodium, 70 mg calcium, 132 mg potassium, 6.2 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 8 grams.
*Note: You can bake this recipe in six small (4-inch) springform pans. Reduce baking time to 50-55 minutes. Serving size would be 1/2 of a small cheesecake, if prepared this way.
Recipe by Kathy Sheehan, 2016All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.