Agave-Sweetened Cheesecake Recipe

low-carb cheesecake
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Total Time: 240 min
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 75 min
Servings: 16 (1 slice each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

266 calories
21g fat
15g carbs
6g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 (1 slice each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 266
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 178mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 12g  
Includes 9g Added Sugars 18%
Protein 6g  
Vitamin D 1mcg 5%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 27mg 150%
Potassium 84mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

When you have a craving for cheesecake but need to stick to your low-carb diet, give this recipe a try. It is sweetened with agave syrup, a common sugar substitute, and features a gluten-free crust made with almond meal.

The result is a delicious dessert that has fewer carbs than a traditional cheesecake. It tastes great, has a nice density, and is just waiting to be topped with your favorite fruits.


  • For the Crust:
  • 1 cup ​​almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 4 large eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup plain whole-fat Greek yogurt


You can bake this cheesecake with or without a water bath. The water bath simply means that you will place your foil-wrapped baking pan in a water-filled pan. It's a preferred method that can keep your cheesecake from cracking, but it's not required.

First, heat oven to 375 F. If you have bricks, a pizza stone, or an unglazed ceramic tile, place them on the lower rack of the oven.

By filling your oven with extra oven-safe items, you will hold more heat in the oven. It is a good trick for cheesecakes not baked in a water bath and actually works well for all types of baking to keep a constant oven temperature. Many bakers choose to leave things like pizza stones in the oven most of the time.

Make the Crust

  1. In a small bowl, combine the almond meal, melted butter, and 2 teaspoons agave syrup.

  2. Press into the bottom of a springform pan.

  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until fragrant and just beginning to brown.

  4. Raise the oven heat to 400 F if using a pizza stone. Lower it to 350 F if you're using a water bath (see below).

Make the Cheesecake

It's very important that you add the cheesecake ingredients one at a time. If you don't, your cheesecake will not set properly. Read the following instructions carefully and you should be okay.

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth and fluffy.

  2. Add the eggs, vanilla, lemon juice, remaining agave syrup, and Greek yogurt, scraping the bowl and beaters after each ingredient you add until it is fully incorporated before adding the next ingredient.

  3. When all ingredients are combined, scrape one more time and beat for 1 minute.

  4. Pour the mixture into the pan on top of the crust.

Baking in a Water Bath

Wrapping the pan will prevent any water from leaking into it and keep any cheesecake from leaking out. If you forget this step, you might have a mess in the oven.

  1. Wrap the bottom and sides of the springform pan in foil.

  2. Place it in a larger baking pan and pour boiling water around the sides to come halfway up the pan.

  3. Bake at 350 F for 60 to 90 minutes, checking it often.

  4. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the center, or the center reaches 155 F, remove from the oven.

  5. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

Baking Without a Water Bath

For this method, you start the cake at a high temperature, and then reduce it. This will help reduce the chance that your cheesecake will crack.

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.

  2. Put the cheesecake on a baking sheet in case it drips and place it in the hot oven.

  3. Close the door and immediately turn the oven down to 200 F.

  4. Bake for 60 to 90 minutes, checking often after 1 hour.

  5. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the center, or the center reaches 155 F, remove it from the oven.

  6. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

Serving the Cheesecake

  1. When the cheesecake has reached room temperature, refrigerate it in the pan until it is completely cold (at least 2 hours).

  2. Remove the springform collar and cut it into 16 pieces.

  3. Top with fresh fruit, if desired.

Ingredient Substitutions and Cooking Tips

You can use a low-fat cream cheese, though a cheesecake does need some fat or it won't hold together well. If you like, substitute 8 ounces of low-fat cream cheese for one of the 8-ounce packages of regular cream cheese. This tends to work well, even though the batter seems a little looser. There is only a slight difference in the final product.

The cheesecake is fairly dense and becomes more so when completely cold. For this reason, it's best to serve it straight out of the refrigerator.

Top your cheesecake with any fresh fruit you like. Strawberries are a great choice, especially when they are in season.

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