This idea has been around since our early days low carbing. I have no idea where the original idea came from--it is probably as old as the original Atkins diet. These are not really muffins, but more like little cheesecakes you can hold in your hand. But then, cheesecake is really not much like a cake, so I the name stands. They are baked in a muffin tin, afterall. These are great for breakfast or dessert.
What is new today is that I added fresh strawberries to the batter. It has been a while since I made them and I am so glad I did. I had about forgotten how delicious they are. The strawberry, just half a berry per muffin, really did wonderful things to the flavor! The original recipe is in the Diner e-book. I am busily at work making an updated version of my Diner System that is streamlined to fit our new empty nest lifestyle. The new e-book will be ready very soon. I have been so busy at that, I haven't had much time to keep up with the blog and Facebook. Hang in with me though, and I will have the new book out soon. This recipe is going in there along with the chocolate and peanut butter versions.
Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Swerve or any sweetener equal to 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sweetener, egg and vanilla. Use a mixer or beat by hand until no lumps remain. Finely dice two strawberries and slice the third into 6 slices. Gently stir the diced berries into the batter. Pour batter into an oiled muffin tin or silicon cup. Top each with a slice of strawberry. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool completely before removing. Serve chilled.
6 muffins: each 149 calories 3 g carbs
This time I didn't use Swerve, but Natural Mate Sucralose and Stevia blend. I don't use sucralose too often anymore, and these tasted quite sweet to me. Since this is such an old recipe for me, I have to wonder why that is. It could be that sucralose tastes sweeter to me now that I use more erythritol and stevia. It could be that this is simply a very good sweetener. You only need half as much as a cup by cup replacement, and I am sure I did not mistake that conversion. Don't get me wrong, they are wonderful! If you are sensitive to sweet, you may prefer to go with 1/3 cup sweetener. Perhaps it is the berries that sweeten things up too.
I have summer day camp next week, so I am sure it will be a busy week. I had best get to my prep day in the kitchen. Here with it being Father's Day, we were treated to a meal at Logan's Steakhouse. That was great, but now I need to get busy. Happy Father's Day to you all.
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1/2 a cup vanilla extract?
Yes, clarification on the vanilla amount. I'm going to use 1/2 Teaspoon.
ooh ooh, I have a handful of fresh strawberries that I was wondering what to do with. Thanks for this variation. :-)
oops, I just used 1/4 cup, I thought that was a lot. But I have Mexican vanilla and its stronger. Then are in the oven now, so guess I will see how they turn out.
how much vanilla flavoring. 1/2 cup is a lot!
1/2 cup CAN'T be right. That would be nasty.
yah, don't know how I typed cup. Definitely tsp. Sorry!
Do ypu mind me asking, are your children low carb too? If they are what do u or dont you allow? Ive been trying to find more info on kids on low carb who do not have a medical condition x
I'll use today
I'm really not a fan of strawberries so I'm thinking of leaving them out of the recipe and maybe topping each muffin with a tsp of Polaner Sugar-Free Blackberry Preserves with Fiber that I got from Netrition.
Could you do these in a mini tin than freeze them?
Can you use blueberries or other fruits?
I just baked these. They are wonderful. I used 1/3 cup sweetener, turned out great. I minced up a dried apricot and mixed it into two muffin cups. I left one plain, I topped two with caramel ice cream topping, and one with chocolate chips. This turned out amazing. Next time I'm making a double batch.
I don't see a place to print the recipe?
I made theses and I've also tried blueberries fresh... This recipe is also good with chocolate chip unsweetened...
Made double batch with blueberries last evening. Put in fridge. This moring 18 year old son says, man those little cheese cakes were great. Can you make more? He is not low carbing, but, felt the love. Delish
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