Protein Cheesecake

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Each slice of this protein cheesecake has over 30 grams of protein so you can satisfy a sweet craving and hit your macro goals.

Think you can’t fit delicious desserts like cheesecake in your diet? Think again! This protein cheesecake has a silky, creamy filling and packs over 30 grams of protein with each slice (1/8 of the cake). 

A slice of cheesecake cut out of a whole cake. The slice is slightly pushed out. Fresh berries are nearby.

Combining foods that are normally higher in protein, like eggs and yogurt, with a zero carb protein powder, you can make a velvety cheesecake that can easily fit in your macros for the day.

This protein cheesecake recipe includes an almond flour based crust that tastes similar to a graham cracker crust; however, the crust is optional. For less calories, just make a crustless cheesecake! The full macro information on a crustless protein cheesecake is below. 

Not only is this cheesecake high in protein, but this recipe is low carb as well. To keep the cheesecake keto and low in sugar, an almond flour based crust is used. Plus sugar-free sweetener is added in place of regular sugar. Most sugar-free sweeteners are zero carb, zero calories and measure cup for cup with sugar.

How to make a protein cheesecake

  1. Make a low carb cheesecake crust – combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt in a food processor. Then cut in cold butter until coarse crumbled form. Press into the springform pan and bake.
  2. Make cheesecake protein filling – Mix softened cream cheese and low carb or Greek yogurt until smooth. Then mix in protein powder, sweetener, vanilla and eggs.
  3. Pour on top of the crust and bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
  4. Cool for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator before slicing into.

A small slice of cheesecake on a plate topped with blueberries and a raspberry. A full cheesecake sits behind.

Key ingredients

  • “Graham cracker crust” – Most cheesecakes use a graham cracker crust. To be more macro compliant and align with a low carb, gluten-free lifestyle, this cheesecake recipe includes a graham cracker like crust made from almond flour, coconut flour, butter and a few other ingredients. Add in vanilla or graham cracker flavor extract for flavoring.
  • Cream cheese – For that cheesecake flavor, you have to add cream cheese. It adds to the creamy, silky texture.
  • Yogurt – Using plain Greek yogurt will add additional protein to the cheesecake, plus it will help with the creamy texture. Low carb yogurts can be used as well since they tend to have more protein and lower carbs.
  • Protein powder – Look for a protein powder that is zero carb or low carb. Use unflavored or vanilla flavored protein powder. The protein powder used in this recipe is whey isolate.
  • Sweetener – Use sugar-free sweetener for a low carb or sugar free cheesecake. The sweetener should measure cup for cup with regular sugar.
  • Eggs – Eggs are a necessary ingredient in a cheesecake that bakes. It helps the cheesecake to rise. Plus the eggs add protein to the cheesecake.
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Cheesecake Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free brown sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Protein Cheesecake Filling Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or low carb yogurt
  • 1 cup protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs

Protein Cheesecake Directions

  • Protein Cheesecake
  • A full protein cheesecake with crust on a plate.

    Crustless cheesecake

    If this cheesecake is too caloric dense for your allowance, just make it without the crust! Making a crustless cheesecake will not only lower the calories but it will decrease the fat too.

    To make the protein cheesecake without a crust, simply pour the cheesecake filling straight into the springform pan. Make sure you properly sprayed the pan with cooking oil and lined the bottom and sides with parchment paper. Then bake as instructed above.

    Macros for a crustless protein cheesecake (per slice):

    • Calories: 252
    • Fat: 14.6 g
    • Protein: 29 g
    • Total Carbs: 1.5 g
    • Net Carbs: 1.5 g
    A whole caramel colored cheesecake on a platter topped with fresh berries.

    Make it cheesecake more macro friendly

    To make your protein cheesecake more macro-friendly, use these guides to adjust the ingredients to fit your macro goals.

    To decrease the calories:

    • Make a crustless cheesecake as instructed above
    • Use non-fat cream cheese instead of full fat
    • Use Greek yogurt or cottage cheese instead of full fat keto yogurt
    • Look for protein powders that don’t contained added fats or carbohydrates

    To decrease the fat:

    • Make a crustless cheesecake
    • Use non-fat cream cheese
    • Use Greek yogurt or 1 cup cottage cheese

    To decrease carbohydrates:

    • Make a crustless cheesecake
    • Use zero carb sugar-free sweeteners
    • Use full fat cream cheese
    • Look for full fat yogurt like low carb yogurts or keto yogurts

    Healthy cheesecake toppings

    If your New York cheesecake needs a little something extra, consider adding these toppings for a little more flavor.

    Storage information

    Store the cheesecake in the refrigerator until ready to serve. The cheesecake will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days.

    This cheesecake can also be frozen. Tightly wrap cheesecake with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1-2 months.

    Protein Cheesecake: FAQS

    How much protein is in cheesecake?

    Traditional cheesecake doesn't have much protein in it. Generally a slice of New York cheesecake will have 7-10 g of protein.

    How do you know when cheesecake is done baking?

    The cheesecake is ready to come out of the oven when the top is golden brown, the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly when you shaking it back and forth. Cheesecake will continue to firm up as it cools.

    Can I make mini protein cheesecakes with this recipe?

    Yes, add cheesecake filling to a greased muffin tin and bake at the same temperature but for less time. Check your cheesecakes after 15-20 minutes.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Protein Cheesecake

    Servings: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 426
    Fat 29.8g
    Protein 33.2g
    Total Carbs 6.4g
    Net Carbs 3.4g

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