Mini Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Cheesecake

I’m back with another recipe before Easter! 

This time, I’m sharing these mini sugar-free cookie dough cheesecakes. I know, two cookie dough recipes in a row… I’m not even sorry. 

Here’s how the recipe goes:

The base is a raw cookie dough cup made with dates, roasted cashews, oats, vanilla and cocoa nibs. Very similar to the cookie dough bites in my brownie cookie dough “ice cream” bars. It’s the BEST! I actually just used the base as a snack for work the other day and when Shaun came home, he asked me what I put in it. He said “It’s so sweet, it tastes like candy!”. Yes Shaun, it really does. 

The cream cheese frosting is made from only two ingredients: cream cheese and coconut milk. Yup, it’s that simple! Now, I rarely use cream cheese. I only eat it when I go to my favorite bagel shop, where they make it fresh – What a treat! But since this is Easter (and my birthday weekend) and I don’t use any sugar in my recipes, I decided to make myself a treat. Let me tell you, these are the closest thing to a cheesecake I had since quitting sugar and I love it! I only add a dollop of cream cheese frosting to each cookie dough base since it’s unsweetened and too much of it could be overpowering. This way, you get the taste of cream cheese you love from a traditional cheesecake, but without the sugar! The cookie dough base balances the sweetness of the recipe and I think it turned out perfectly. 

For topping, I used lemon zest and blackberries. Lemon seems to pair perfectly with cheesecake, and blackberries add a touch of sweetness. Feel free to use any other toppings. I’m thinking that any berries, citrus or chocolate would be good. If you’re okay with a little bit of sugar, add a chocolate mini egg to make it extra special for Easter. 😉   

I wish you all a happy Easter!

Mini Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Serves 8
A raw cookie dough base topped with an unsweetened cream cheese frosting. The base is made with dates, cashews, vanilla, oats and cocoa nibs, while the frosting is made with cream cheese and a splash of coconut milk. It's a compromise between a decadent treat and a wholesome dessert.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Cookie Dough Base
  1. 1 cup dry roasted unsalted cashews (or raw)
  2. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  3. 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  5. 2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
Cream cheese topping
  1. 1/2 cup cream cheese
  2. 1/4 cup low-fat canned coconut milk
For topping
  1. Lemon zest
  2. Berries
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, add cashews, oats, dates and vanilla. Process 30 seconds or until the mixture sticks together when pressed. Stir in your cocoa nibs.
  2. Press the mixture to the bottom of a muffin pan. Place in the fridge while you make the frosting.
  3. In the same food processor (crumbs removed), add cream cheese and coconut milk. Process until smooth.
  4. Scoop the mixture in a small plastic bag. Cut a small hole at one corner of the bag. Use the bag to pipe the frosting at the top of each cookie dough base. Alternatively, place a small spoonful of frosting on each cookie dough base.
  5. Remove the mini cheesecakes from the muffin pan by carefully scooping them with a butter knife.
  6. Add toppings of choice.
Notes
  1. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
  2. For a vegan and dairy-free option, use vegan creme cheese!
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Natalie | Feasting on Fruit | 15th Apr 17

    So simple. So elegant. So yummy. And the zest + berry combo on top to balance out the chewy cookie goodness underneath sounds like flavor combo heaven <3

    • Unsweetened Caroline | 16th Apr 17

      Thank you Natalie! Yes, it’s a combination of fresh, yet indulgent flavors. Happy Easter! 🙂

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