Apple pie meets rich cheesecake in these delicious Keto Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars. Creamy filling with apples and cinnamon and a delicious crumb topping.
Meet my new favorite fall dessert recipe: delicious keto apple cheesecake bars!
I am pretty good at knowing how my creations will come out, but this one far exceeded my expectations. And trust me, my expectations are pretty high when it comes to one of my keto dessert recipes.
Just picture it: tender almond flour crust, creamy cheesecake filling, chopped sweetened apples, and a cinnamon crumb crust.
It’s like two of your favorite desserts, apple pie and cheesecake, in one delicious package!
But apples aren’t keto!
Okay, I can hear about half of you totally freaking out and dismissing this recipe because apples aren’t very keto.
Chill, my lovely low carb friends. The amount of apple I use here is only 1 ½ cups, or about 1 ½ medium apples. When divided into 16 servings, it comes out to about 2g carbs per serving.
And each cheesecake has only 6.4g total grams per serving. That’s pretty doable for a keto dessert recipe! And you get real apple flavor to enjoy in a low carb, sugar free dessert.
Now, if you really don’t want to use apple, that’s fine. You can try something like Chayote squash in its place. I have never cooked with it, but I hear that the texture is similar to apple. I would add some apple extract to the chayote mixture, to get a more authentic flavor.
How to make keto apple cheesecake
You may find the long ingredient list and instructions for these apple pie cheesecake bars a little daunting. Don’t be intimidated! While they do have a lot of different parts, they are quite easy to make.
And the resulting apple pie flavor is phenomenal! Here are my best tips for getting it right:
- Make your apple filling first, and let it cool. You want it to be room temperature before pouring over the cheesecake.
- Remember, if you really don’t want to use apples, you can use something like chayote squash with a little apple extract.
- You may notice I don’t grease my pan. I have some really good nonstick bakeware and I find that greasing it can make the crust soggy. However, if your pans aren’t really nonstick, a light coating of avocado oil or coconut oil spray can help.
- USE A METAL PAN! Glass or ceramic pans don’t conduct heat as efficiently so your cheesecake takes much longer to bake through the center, but the sides can get overdone.
- Make sure your cream cheese is properly softened before beating it. If it’s still a bit too firm, or your house is a bit chilly, try warming it in the microwave for 15 seconds or so. Well softened cream cheese will mix better, without lumps.
- Make sure your other ingredients, like eggs, are also at room temperature. Adding cold eggs to nicely softened cream cheese means you will get lumps in your cheesecake. And nobody likes lumpy cheesecake!
- The crumb topping on this cheesecake can make it a bit harder to tell when it’s done. I recommend giving the pan a good shake to see how jiggly it still is. You want the very center to still have a bit of jiggle but the rest should seem set.
- Patience, my hungry friends! You need to let these keto apple cheesecake bars cool completely to room temperature, and the chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, before they are ready to be eaten.
How to store Keto Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
Like any cheesecake-based recipe, these delicious bars are best stored in the fridge and can last up to a week. I recommend placing them in an airtight container to retain the best flavor.
They could also be frozen for several months. For freezing, I would cut into bars once they are cool and flash freeze them first. This means placing on a tray or cookie sheet with space between each one, and letting them freeze solid.
Once they are solid, you can wrap each one up individually, or place them all together in an airtight container. Let frozen cheesecake bars thaw completely before serving.
More delicious keto cheesecake bars
- Keto Lemon Cheesecake Bars
- Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars
- Keto Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars
- Keto Pecan Cheesecake Bars
- Keto Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Bars
- Keto Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars
Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the apple, sweetener, water, and cinnamon and bring to a simmer. Cook about 5 minutes, until the apples are tender.
- Remove from heat and let cool while preparing the cheesecake bars.
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until the dough begins to clump together.
- Press firmly and evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch square metal non-stick baking pan (if your pan is not very good nonstick, you may want to grease it). Bake 10 minutes.
- Remove and let cool while preparing the rest of the cheesecake. Reduce the oven temperature to 300F.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then beat in the sweetener until well combined.
- Beat the eggs in one at a time, scraping down the beaters and the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the extracts until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust, then top with the apples, spreading them out for even coverage. Drizzle any liquid from the apples overtop as well.
- In another medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, coconut flour, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle evenly over the cheesecake filling and bake 30 to 40 minutes, until the edges are set but the center still jiggles slightly.
- Remove and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate to firm up, at least 2 hours.