A Diabetic’s Guide to Christmas Baking: Sugar-Free Raspberry Cheesecake

A Diabetic’s Guide to Christmas Baking: Sugar-Free Raspberry Cheesecake

As the first snowflakes gently descend, blanketing the world in a serene white, the crisp air carries with it the comforting scent of burning wood from cozy hearths. Winter has wrapped its frosty fingers around us, heralding the arrival of the festive season. The chilly winds that now dance through the streets bring with them not just a biting cold, but also a magical atmosphere that can only mean one thing: Christmas is on its way.

In homes everywhere, ovens begin to warm up, ready to bake the season's delights. However, amidst the traditional flurry of sugary treats and rich desserts, a particular challenge arises for those managing diabetes. The holidays are a time of indulgence, but they can also be a period of temptation and difficulty for maintaining a diabetic-friendly diet.

With only 15 days left until Christmas, we at DiabeThrive are here to ensure that this special time of year is filled with just as much joy and deliciousness for those with dietary restrictions. In the spirit of the season, we've crafted a selection of mouth-watering, diabetic-friendly recipes that will allow everyone to partake in the holiday cheer without worry.

Join us as we unveil scrumptious, sugar-conscious alternatives to traditional holiday baking. These recipes are not just about staying health-conscious; they're about reclaiming the joy and warmth of Christmas treats in a way that everyone can enjoy.

Stay with us on this culinary journey, where health meets holiday spirit, and discover how diabetic-friendly baking can be just as festive and heartwarming.

Sugar-Free Raspberry Cheesecake


  • For the Base:

    • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (or coconut oil for a dairy-free option)
    • 1 tablespoon erythritol or other sugar-free sweetener
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Filling:

    • 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup erythritol or other sugar-free sweetener
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup sour cream (or coconut cream for a dairy-free option)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Zest of 1 lemon
  • For the Raspberry Topping:

    • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
    • 1 tablespoon erythritol or other sugar-free sweetener
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation Steps:

  1. Prepare the Base:

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Mix almond flour, melted butter, erythritol, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
    • Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and bake for 10 minutes.
    • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. Make the Filling:

    • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and erythritol until smooth.
    • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
    • Blend in sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon zest.
    • Pour the filling over the cooled crust and smooth the top with a spatula.
  3. Bake the Cheesecake:

    • Bake for 45 minutes or until the edges are set but the center is still slightly jiggly.
    • Turn off the oven and leave the door slightly open for 1 hour to allow the cheesecake to cool slowly. This helps prevent cracking.
  4. Prepare the Raspberry Topping:

    • In a saucepan, combine raspberries, erythritol, and lemon juice.
    • Cook over medium heat until the raspberries break down and the mixture thickens.
    • Let it cool and then spread over the cooled cheesecake.
  5. Chill and Serve:

    • Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Slice and serve chilled.
Ingredient Calories Carbohydrates Sugars Protein Fat Fiber
Almond Flour 590 22 4.3 21 54 13
Unsalted Butter 717 0.1 0.1 0.9 81 0
Erythritol 0 100 0 0 0 0
Cream Cheese 342 4 3 6 34 0
Eggs 155 1.1 1.1 13 11 0
Sour Cream 198 4.7 0.1 2.1 20 0
Raspberries 52 12 4.4 1.2 0.7 7
Lemon Juice 22 6.9 2.5 0.4 0.2 0.3

These values represent the nutritional content per 100 grams of each ingredient. This table helps in understanding the nutritional contribution of each component, which is especially important for those managing diabetes to make informed choices about their diet. ​

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