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Keto No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cheesecake is also Paleo/Primal. The shaved chocolate provides the perfect subtle crunch and extra chocolate flavor. The creamy filling: I can’t wait to tell you all about it… You’ll love this No-Bake recipe and how beautifully it comes together!
Ever so creamy, light, billowy-pillowy, soft and PERFECT, like a dream, but still rich and delicious, without being dense because: that little bit of gelatin and freshly whipped cream!
This no-bake recipe is possible thanks to sustainably-sourced gelatin! It’s my favorite cooking ingredient, and you’ll find I use it everywhere (like in these Keto/Paleo Cupcakes and in this Panna Cotta recipe). Gelatin isn’t just gut-healing; it also performs wonderful feats in recipes of many kinds. (Find the best gelatin here.)
So gelatin’s the first trick for the amazing pleasure-texture of this cheesecake filling. Second key? The whipped cream! Oh my, it’s SO good: It’s folded into the whipped cream cheese/chèvre mixture, and you’ll not want to wait for it to chill when you see this dairy marriage.
Finally, cream cheese or chèvre: You get to choose. I LOVE the French chèvre that Trader Joe’s sells, so that’s what I make it with for our family. And chèvre is more allergy-friendly too. But if you prefer cream cheese, that’ll work great.
(By the way, I might have hurried the chilling stage of this cheesecake the day I photographed it … because I couldn’t wait to eat it! That texture, pure sublimity. I dove in with a fork >immediately< when the photos were done.)
Oh, and the chocolate! — I used my favorite presentation of it, and that’s shaved. Going WAY back to my childhood when some ice cream shops used big chips and others shaved their chocolate, in Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, I am a shaved girl all the way. Shaving chocolate allows it to crackle-smash in your mouth, instead of getting in your teeth. It also heightens the chocolate-availability, which is a thing: More surface area is exposed; thus you get more chocolate flavor. Personally, I like the way shaved chocolate compliments the soft texture of this cheesecake. And it’s pretty, and dainty, with a bold punch.
Shaving chocolate also allows us to choose the chocolate bar that’s right for our Keto or Paleo lifestyle! I give a couple of options in the recipe and Recipe Notes below, both of which I like. Lastly, if you like, I give a link below to my own homemade chocolate chips. They’re lovely because you get to choose your sweetener. They make a great garnish for this cheesecake, or you can use them in the filling.
How to shave chocolate? Just use a veggie peeler, shaving toward yourself; or a sharp knife, cutting down toward your cutting board, like you’re slicing cheddar cheese, but really thinly. Both work great; you’ll see.
After many years of healing (6+ years on the GAPS Diet!) I don’t have much of a sweet tooth anymore (AMEN!). But I do love creamy dairy; and I do love fat. So for me, with this dessert, I just use stevia to sweeten the filling. I believe most palates will like it a little sweeter than I do; and so the recipe includes the option of adding additional sweetener, both a Keto option and a Paleo option.
I am super pleased about this crust! It has only 3 ingredients and it’s fabulous and flaky! You’ll love how fast it mixes up, bakes and is ready to fill. Just 7 minutes in the oven!! So it won’t heat up your house during hotter months, and it makes this whole recipe no-fuss-fast. I guess I should say, this is the only part of the recipe that does bake; but you’ll hardly notice.
If you choose to make your crust from sprouted nuts for better digestion (good for you! 😉 find the how-to here and below in Recipe Notes), then the best Keto nuts to choose from (meaning low-carb) are macadamia nuts and pecans. Both make a lovely crust.