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Keto Lemon Cheesecake with Almond Crust Low Carb Recipe

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Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like preparing a tasty treat. A complex dish always creates an elevated atmosphere and makes you feel good, doesn’t it? 

This keto lemon cheesecake recipe with almond crust is sure to be a hit at your next gathering, but it’s also a great dessert to make when you need to treat yourself to something delicious. 

Some people might prefer making a no bake lemon cheesecake, but I truly believe that baking the cheesecake gives it a rich and aromatic scent. The overall aroma is warm, inviting, and reminiscent of classic comfort desserts.

You’ll need to set aside about four hours of your day for this recipe to be ready to eat. But it only requires about 45 minutes of prep work. Your refrigerator does the rest!

low carb lemon cheesecake

The crust features an almond flour and butter base, and it’s very easy to make. It’s sweetened with erythritol, but the filling is so sweet that you can leave this out of the crust if you want!

The filling contains cream cheese and sour cream, which are great additions to the keto diet because of their high fat and low carb content. These ingredients also make the filling extra creamy and decadent. 

Most people don’t know this, but sour cream contains over 20 different vitamins and minerals per 100-gram serving! Sour cream is also good for the digestive system because it contains probiotics, which also helps boost immune health. 

This recipe also calls for vanilla, which does not only make your mouth water. It helps with enzyme synthesis, nervous system functioning, and regulating body metabolism.

The eggs provide a wealth of protein, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin B-12. Be sure to go with organic, pasture-raised eggs whenever possible. 

The lemon is the final touch. It provides a sweet flavor and plenty of health benefits. Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. So, it’s not only a flavorful mixture, but a healthy one, too. 

How to Make a Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake

Let’s breakdown the process:

Making Cheesecake Almond Crust

First, make the crust. Combine melted butter with almond flour, vanilla, xanthan gum and sweetener.

almond flour vanilla xanthan gum

Distribute on the parchment paper in the form and poke it with a fork. Bake for 10-15 minutes in a preheated oven, remove,  and set aside in room temperature.

add almond crust to springform

Preparing Cheesecake Filling

Next, make the filling. Combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, sweetener, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix well with a mixer. Add eggs, lemon zest and xanthan gum.

beat cream cheese sour cream lemon

Pour the filling on top of the crust.

pour filling on crust

Bake for around 30 minutes and then chill for about four hours. Cut and serve.

sugar free lemon cheesecake


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Keto Lemon Cheesecake

A low-carb, sugar-free and keto-friendly lemon cheesecake for dessert and special occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword keto lemon cheesecake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Servings 8
Calories 269kcal
Author Tanya K.




  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp erythritol



  • To make the crust, melt butter and combine it with almond flour, vanilla, xanthan gum and sweetener. Mix well.
  • Cover your form (standard size, 9-Inch Springform Pan will do) with parchment paper or use silicone cake form and distribute crust mix on the bottom of your form. Poke it with a fork.
  • Bake 10-15 min in a preheated 300F oven then remove and set aside.


  • For the filling: In a bowl combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, sweetener, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix it well with a mixer.
  • Add eggs one at a time and blend till fully incorporated.
  • Add lemon zest and xanthan gum, mix well.
  • Pour the filling on top of the crust.


  • Put it in a preheated 300F oven. Bake it till edges are set, the middle might be a bit jiggly (around 30 minutes).
  • Take it out and let it cool then refrigerate for at least 4 hours. It’s better to keep it in a fridge overnight to let it fully set. Decorate to your liking.



Nutrition Facts
Keto Lemon Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 192mg8%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 675IU14%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How many carbs in keto cheesecake?

The carb content in keto cheesecake varies based on the specific recipe and ingredients used. On average, a slice of keto cheesecake can contain between 3-7 grams of net carbs. Our low carb lemon and sugar-free cheesecake contains 4 grams of net carbs per serving.

How can I tell when my keto cheesecake is done baking?

When your keto cheesecake is done baking, the edges will appear set, but the center will have a slight wobble when the pan is gently shaken. Avoid overbaking, as the cheesecake will continue to set during cooling. If the top starts to brown or cracks form, it may be overbaked.

How do you make a keto New York style cheesecake?

To make a Keto New York-Style Cheesecake, prepare a crust using almond flour, butter, and a keto-friendly sweetener, then create a filling with softened cream cheese, erythritol, vanilla extract, sour cream, and eggs. Bake until the edges are set with a slightly jiggly center, then cool and refrigerate before serving. Check my specific keto New York cheesecake recipe for more details.

How long is keto cheesecake good for?

Keto cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week when kept in an airtight container. For longer storage, it can be frozen for up to two months and thawed before serving.

What can I use instead of sugar in cheesecake for keto?

For a keto-friendly cheesecake, you can use erythritol, stevia, monk fruit sweetener, or a blend of these as a sugar substitute. These sweeteners have minimal to no impact on blood sugar levels and are commonly used in keto recipes. Always adjust to taste and consider the sweetener’s conversion ratio to sugar.

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