Keto Cream Cheese Danish

by KetoFocus.com
5 Stars (1 Reviews) 3 Comments

This keto cream cheese danish is easy to whip together and has 1 gram of net carb per serving. With a light and airy pastry dough and sweet creamy cheesecake filling, this danish is sure to be a fast breakfast favorite.

If you thought sweet and flaky pastries were a thing of the past now that you’re following a low carb or keto diet, I’ve got great news for you. You can make this danish, along with a keto mocha and keto donuts for a specialty low-carb coffeeshop that rivals Starbucks, right in your own kitchen! 

a bite taken out of a cream cheese danish in front of a white coffee mug

This cream cheese danish has zero sugar, the light and airy pastry texture you love, and a sweet creamy filling that tastes like cheesecake! It’s even drizzled with a sweet lemon icing, making it true bakery-quality. And we didn’t have to make fathead dough with mozzarella cheese – which shouldn’t be part of a sweet pastry in my opinion. 

While my favorite time to enjoy this danish is in the morning with a hot cup of coffee, they’re the perfect treat for any time of day. Make a double batch and bring to your friend coffee date, work potluck, or holiday brunch. Or, save them all for yourself– with only 1 gram of net carbs, you can easily enjoy more than one or top your keto cheese danish with butter! 

two danishes filled with cream cheese on topped with ice in front of a cup of coffee and cream

How to make a keto danish

  1. Make the cream cheese filling. Add egg yolk, cream cheese, sweetener, lemon juice and vanilla to a medium bowl and mix!
  2. Make the danish pastry. Separate the whites from the yolks and place each in small bowls. Add keto pastry ingredients to each as discussed below. Then fold together to form a fluffy, airy pastry batter.
    PRO TIP: Don’t aggressively fold or mix, the goal is to keep the airiness of the batter in order to get the danish pastry to rise.
  3. Scoop about ¼ cup of batter on a parchment lined baking tray spacing each scoop about 1 ½ inches apart.
  4. Make a well in the center of each danish batter to make room for the filling. Scoop the cream cheese filling into the center of the well. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Make the lemon icing and drizzle over danishes.

two danishes with a cream cheese filled topped with a icing drizzle

 

Key ingredients

  • Eggs – Used for the cream cheese filling and the pastry dough. The egg yolk helps to thicken the cream cheese filling and adds richness to the pastry dough. Whipping the egg whites into a meringue creates a delicate and airy flakiness within the dough.
  • Cream cheese – The base for the filling. Cream cheese adds a rich cheesecake-like flavor to each danish. Also helps to neutralize the eggy flavor from the pastry.
  • Powdered Sugar Free Sweetener – Acts like powdered sugar, but without all the sugar! Sweetens the cream cheese filling while keeping the texture smooth.
  • Unflavored Zero Carb Protein Powder – Used to replace some of the flour in the pastry dough. Zero carb whey protein powder helps to cut down on carbohydrates and adds extra protein to the danishes- perfect for the keto diet. It also helps to puff up our dough with adding too many eggs.
  • Almond Flour – Helps create a base for the pastry dough with more nutrients and less carbs than regular flour.
  • Sugar Free Sweetener – Sweetens the danish pastry dough. I like using monk fruit blend sweeteners, which is zero carb and has a pleasant taste in baked goods. Can use any 1:1 sugar free baking sweetener.

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Keto Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients

Keto Pastry Dough Ingredients

Sugar Free Icing Ingredients

Keto Cream Cheese Danish Directions

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Tips for making meringue

The meringue is what makes the pastry dough light and airy, so making the perfect meringue is essential!

Here are some tips so that your meringue comes out perfectly each and every time.

  • Use fresh eggs. If that carton of eggs has been in your refrigerator for a few weeks, you can still use them, but maybe not for meringue. Fresh eggs will make a more stable meringue than old eggs.
  • Use room temperature eggs. If you whip cold egg whites, it could take over 10 minutes to reach the consistency you need.
  • Don’t overbeat. Beat the meringue just until stiff peaks form. If you beat too long, the foam will lose its structure and become grainy, not airy.
a gray plate with a danish filled with cream cheese in front of a cup of black coffee

How to store cream cheese danishes

These keto danishes will stay fresh for 3-5 days. Store in a ziploc bag or other airtight container on the counter at room temperature or in the refrigerator. 

You can also freeze these danishes, but there’s a slight risk that the creaminess of the cream cheese filling may change after thawing. For the best results, wrap the low carb danish gently in parchment or freezer paper, then place them in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to month. Let thaw in the refrigerator before eating.

a baking pan with freshly baked danishes on top

Meal prep tips

To make baking day easier, you can prep the cream cheese filling ahead of time. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days before using.

Keto Cream Cheese Danish: FAQS

Does this danish taste eggy?

No, the cream cheese neutralizes the eggy flavor.

Is Philadelphia cream cheese keto?

Yes, plain Philadelphia cream cheese (and most other cream cheese) is keto. Avoid the flavored and sweetened varieties of cream cheese as these have added sugars.

What can I use instead of cream cheese on keto?

Mascarpone, with its thick texture and rich flavor, could be used as a good keto substitute for cream cheese.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Cream Cheese Danish

Servings: 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 106
Fat 9.2g
Protein 4.9g
Total Carbs 1.2g
Net Carbs 1g

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3 Comments

  1. O…..M…..G….! I cannot give this recipe enough praise. WOW! I am not a sweets fan. And I do not eat breakfast. I fast and this cut into my fasting time. It also made me a sweets eater! I did the cream cheese filling. A game changer for me for sure!

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