Generally, my dessert of choice includes some sort of chocolate but as we are coming into warmer weather here in Colorado I am really enjoying the light texture and fresh taste of these Mini Ricotta Cheesecakes. I have made them twice now, once as plain cheesecake with cherry topping and these pictured here with lemon zest and blueberry puree…both are equally delicious! I love that they are grain-free and stevia sweetened, making them a very low carb, low glycemic, guilt free treat. The recipe is super easy and can be adapted to just about any flavor of cheesecake…chocolate with raspberry sauce will be my next creation, of course.
This recipe will make six mini-cheesecakes. I use a mini-cheesecake pan with removable bottoms but you can also use a standard muffin pan lined with paper and foil muffin liners for easy removal. I use full-fat dairy products but you could substitute low or reduced fat dairy for an ever lower calorie treat. Also, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before combining for an evenly blended batter.
3/4 cup blanched almond flour
2 T. butter, melted
2 packets stevia (I use SweetLeaf)
1 tsp. vanilla
9 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 packets stevia
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
zest of one lemon (optional for lemon version)
3/4 cup fresh blueberries (or fruit of choice)
6-9 drops of liquid stevia (or one packet)
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line six muffin cups with paper and foil liners. Combine almond flour, melted butter, stevia and vanilla until mixture holds together, divide evenly between muffin or mini-cheesecake cups and press into the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden, remove and cool. Meanwhile, in an electric mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese and stevia until blended. Beat in ricotta, egg, vanilla and lemon zest, if using. Pour filling into prepared muffin or mini-cheesecake cups. Bake 15 minutes, or until almost fully set. In a food processor, puree blueberries for 30 seconds, whisk in liquid stevia and set aside. Remove cheesecakes and let cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate one hour or wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled or at room temperature topped with blueberry puree.
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