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Keto Chocolate Cheesecake

Velvety smooth cheesecake meets crunchy crust and crisp chocolate drizzle in this epic Keto Chocolate Cheesecake, with layer upon layer of rich chocolatey heaven.

A slice of keto chocolate cheesecake garnished with extra chocolate drizzle and shaved dark chocolate.

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Is there any dessert more incredible than cheesecake? For me, the answer is ‘absolutely not’. I honestly can’t imagine life without it’s velvety, creamy goodness. Then there are the flavours. Don’t even get me started on all the different flavours of cheesecake you can taste!

This Keto Chocolate Cheesecake hit two craves in one. It has all the dreaminess that comes with cheesecake plus the added ‘death by chocolate‘ factor. Sometimes a girl just needs her chocolate, ya know? A real dream come true, I hope you love this killer keto cheesecake as much as we do!

Why it works

  1. Chocolate over chocolate and more chocolate again, this Keto Chocolate Cheesecake will send you to dessert heaven!
  2. The crisp chocolate drizzle and crunchy chocolate crust pair beautifully with the velvety chocolate cheesecake.
  3. With a rich explosion of chocolate, this Keto Chocolate Cheesecake is just so dang delicious! It’s a perfect dessert for any special occasion like Valentine’s Day, a birthday, Christmas or an anniversary.
The whole keto chocolate cheesecake garnished with chocolate drizzle.

Ingredients

Scroll down to the recipe card for ingredient measurements.

Crust – unsalted butter, golden monk fruit sweetener, unsweetened cocoa powder, sea salt, cinnamon, almonds and almond flour.

Cheesecake – unsweetened chocolate, refined coconut oil, cream cheese, powdered monk fruit sweetener, eggs, sour cream, vanilla extract, instant coffee, unsweetened cocoa powder and sea salt.

Drizzle – unsweetened chocolate, refined coconut oil, powdered monk fruit sweetener and sea salt

Special Ingredients

Monk Fruit Sweetener – The best sweetener in my opinion, it has no aftertaste and comes in golden or classic. If you only have one and not both, either would work fine for all three parts of the recipe. Just be sure to grind any granular sweetener, using a clean coffee grinder, into powder when the recipe calls for powdered sweetener. My favourite brand is Lakanto’s Monk Fruit Erythritol Sweetener.

Unsweetened Chocolate – I use Bakers unsweetened chocolate in this recipe, but if you are more sensitive to bitter chocolates, you could use your favourite unsweetened chocolate in it’s place.

Refined Coconut Oil – It is important to use refined coconut oil in this recipe because refined coconut oil has no coconut flavour. I mean, if you like coconut taking over the flavour of your chocolate, then go ahead and use unrefined, no judgment here.

Instant CoffeeSounds weird? I always add instant coffee to my chocolate desserts because instead of flavouring it with coffee, it actually adds a deeper, richer flavour to the chocolate. It isn’t essential to this recipe if you don’t have any, it’s just going to make your Keto Chocolate Cheesecake that much more chocolatey.

How to make a Keto Chocolate Cheesecake

Crust

First step is to get the crust made and baked before moving on to make the cheesecake layer.

Turn the oven on to 350° and move the rack to the center of the oven. Place an 8″ springform pan in the center of a piece of heavy duty tin foil and fold it up, as high up the sides of the pan as it can go, being sure there are no cracks lower down. The cheesecake will be baked in a water bath so we need to make sure the water can’t get inside the pan. Coat the inside of the springform with spray oil.

Springform pan with tin foil wrapped on the bottom and up the sides.

Melt the unsalted butter and then mince the almonds into a very fine crumble.

Small bowl of chopped up almonds.

Whisk the sweetener, cinnamon, salt and cocoa powder into the melted butter, stir in the almond crumble and then the almond flour. Stir until well combined and then press evenly into the bottom of the springform pan.

Springform pan with the pressed crust, ready to be baked.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes and then set aside to cool.

Cheesecake

Chop up the unsweetened chocolate into a fine crumble and add it to a microwaveable bowl with the refined coconut oil. Melt in the microwave at 40% power until fully melted and no chunks remain. Alternately they can be melted in the top of a double boiler. Set aside for now.

Use either a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a large bowl with a hand mixer. Cream the softened cream cheese until smooth. Blend in the powdered sweetener until fully combined and then scrape the bowl. Mix in the eggs, one at a time and then the sour cream, scraping often but do not over mix the batter. Stir in the vanilla, cocoa powder, salt and instant coffee.

With the mixer on low, slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate until it has all been incorporated into the batter. Scrape the bowl, give it one last stir to ensure it has been evenly mixed in, and then scrape out the batter into the springform pan, overtop of the crust.

Using a spatula, spread the batter down into the pan. Try not to capture any air underneath as the batter is spread down into the pan. Smooth the top evenly.

Keto chocolate cheesecake all ready for the water bath.

Bake it

Bring a kettle of water to a boil and place the springform pan inside a deep baking dish. Pour about an inch of boiling water inside the baking dish, carefully, so that no water splatters on the cheesecake. Be sure the water can’t get inside the tin foil – if you were only able to get the tin foil 1″ up the side of the springform, then only pour in 1/2″ of water.

Place the whole baking dish inside the oven, on the center rack, and bake for 45 minutes. Turn the oven off and keep the door propped open slightly with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to sit inside the warm oven for 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for an hour or two, and then place in the refrigerator, unwrapped, for several hours to overnight.

Freshly baked keto chocolate cheesecake.

Drizzle

Wait until just before serving to make the chocolate drizzle because it will harden and be unusable after 30-45 minutes.

Chop the unsweetened chocolate into a fine crumble and melt in the microwave with the refined coconut oil on 40% power until fully melted. Alternately they can be melted in the top of a double boiler. Whisk in the sea salt and powdered sweetener.

Remove the sides of the springform pan and place the cheesecake on a serving tray. Drizzle with the melted chocolate – it should harden almost immediately on the cool cheesecake. Slice the cheesecake into 12 slices and serve with any leftover chocolate drizzle.

The whole keto chocolate cheesecake garnished with chocolate drizzle.

Optional Garnish

So beautiful, I love to garnish this Keto Chocolate Cheesecake with chocolate shavings. It’s easy to do if you have a microwave. Unwrap the chocolate bar and microwave it on 40% power until it has become soft. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the sides of the bar to create beautiful shavings. Keep the shavings in the refrigerator until ready to garnish your cheesecake!

A slice of keto chocolate cheesecake garnished with extra chocolate drizzle and shaved dark chocolate. It is on a plate beside the whole cheesecake.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Check out this Cheesecake Tips post for how to bake the best cheesecake!
  2. Be sure to chop the almonds fine enough for the crust to create the perfect amount of crunchy in the crust.
  3. Melt the chocolate slowly, otherwise the chocolate could burn and be ruined. This is why I melt it on 40% power and stir often.
  4. It is important to scrape all the way down to the bottom of the bowl to ensure nothing is stuck at the bottom. This could cause clumps and mess with the colour of the cheesecake.
  5. Do not over mix the Keto Chocolate Cheesecake batter. We want less air as possible to avoid cracks. This is also why we need to be careful when smoothing the batter down onto the crust. Try not to trap any air underneath.
  6. Don’t rush the cooling process, no matter how long it may seem!
  7. Any leftover cheesecake can be wrapped or packaged into an air tight container. To freeze it, cut the Keto Chocolate Cheesecake into individual slices. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet and freeze. Once solid, they can be individually wrapped in tin foil and stored in the freezer.

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A slice of keto chocolate cheesecake garnished with extra chocolate drizzle and shaved dark chocolate.

Keto Chocolate Cheesecake

Velvety smooth meets crisp and crunchy in this rich and dreamy keto chocolate cheesecake with layer after layer of chocolatey heaven.
5 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cooling Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

Crust

Cheesecake

Drizzle

Optional Garnish

  • 1 high quality bar of dark chocolate 75-85%

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

    Crust

    • Turn the oven on to 350° and move the rack to the center of the oven. Place an 8" springform pan in the center of a piece of heavy duty tin foil and fold it up, as high up the sides of the pan as it can go, being sure there are no cracks lower down. The cheesecake will be baked in a water bath so we need to make sure the water can't get inside the pan. Coat the inside of the springform with spray oil.
    • Melt the unsalted butter and then mince the almonds into a fine crumble. Whisk the sweetener, cinnamon, salt and cocoa powder into the melted butter, stir in the almond crumble and then the almond flour. Stir until well combined and then press evenly into the bottom of the springform pan.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes and then set aside to cool.

    Cheesecake

    • Chop up the unsweetened chocolate into a fine crumble and add it to a microwaveable bowl with the refined coconut oil. Melt in the microwave at 40% power until fully melted and no chunks remain. Alternately they can be melted in the top of a double boiler. Set aside for now.
    • Cream the softened cream cheese until smooth using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Blend in the powdered sweetener until fully combined and then scrape the bowl. Mix in the eggs, one at a time and then the sour cream, scraping down to the bottom of the bowl often, but do not over mix the batter. Stir in the vanilla, cocoa powder, salt and instant coffee.
    • With the mixer on low, slowly drizzle in the melted chocolate until it has all been incorporated into the batter. Scrape the bowl, give it one last stir to ensure it has been evenly mixed in, and then scrape out batter into the springform pan, overtop of the crust.
    • Using a spatula, spread the batter down into the pan. Try not to capture any air underneath as the batter is spread down into the pan. Smooth the top evenly.

    Bake it

    • Bring a kettle of water to a boil and place the springform pan inside the deep baking dish. Pour about an inch of boiling water inside the baking dish, carefully, so that no water splatters on the cheesecake. Be sure the water can't get inside the tin foil – if you were only able to get the tin foil 1" up the side of the springform, then only pour in ½ " of water.
    • Place the whole baking dish inside the oven, on the center rack, and bake for 45 minutes. Turn the oven off and keep it propped open slightly with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to sit inside the warm oven for 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for an hour or two, and then place in the refrigerator, unwrapped, for several hours to overnight.

    Drizzle

    • Wait until just before serving to make the chocolate drizzle because it will harden and be unusable after about 30-45 minutes.
    • Chop the unsweetened chocolate into a fine crumble and melt in the microwave with the refined coconut oil on 40% power until fully melted. Alternately they can be melted in the top of a double boiler. Whisk in the sea salt and powdered sweetener.
    • Remove the sides of the springform pan and place the cheesecake on a serving tray. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate all over the top of the cheesecake – it should harden almost immediately. Slice the cheesecake into 12 slices and serve with any leftover chocolate drizzle.

    Optional Garnish

    • So beautiful, I love to garnish this Keto Chocolate Cheesecake with chocolate shavings. It's easy to do if you have a microwave. Unwrap the chocolate bar and microwave it on 40% power until it has become soft. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the sides of the bar to create beautiful shavings. Keep the shavings in the refrigerator until ready to garnish your cheesecake!

    Notes

    Tips & Tricks

    1. It is important to start with room temperature ingredients. Each ingredient will blend easier together, which means less mixing time, so less air bubbles in the cheesecake. Also, if the cheesecake batter is too cold, the melted chocolate could seize when poured in, which we do not want!
    2. Be sure to chop the almonds fine enough for the crust to create the perfect amount of crunch.
    3. Melt the chocolate slowly, otherwise the chocolate could burn and be ruined. This is why I melt it on 40% power and stir often.
    4. It is important to scrape all the way down to the bottom of the bowl to ensure nothing is stuck at the bottom. This could cause clumps and mess with the colour of the cheesecake.
    5. Do not over mix the batter. We want the least amount of air as possible to avoid cracks. This is also why we need to be careful when smoothing the batter down onto the crust. Try not to trap any air underneath.
    6. Any leftover cheesecake can be wrapped or packaged into an airtight container and kept in the fridge. To freeze it, cut the Keto Chocolate Cheesecake into individual slices. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet and freeze. Once solid, they can be individually wrapped in tin foil and stored in the freezer.

     

    Special Ingredients

    • Monk Fruit Sweetener– The best sweetener in my opinion, it has no aftertaste and comes in golden or classic. If you only have one and not both, either would work fine for all three parts of the recipe. Just be sure to grind any granular sweetener in a clean coffee grinder into powder for where the recipe calls for powdered sweetener.
    • Unsweetened Chocolate– I use Bakers unsweetened chocolate in this recipe, but if you are more sensitive to bitter chocolates, you could use your favourite unsweetened chocolate in it’s place.
    • Refined Coconut Oil– It is important to use refined coconut oil in this recipe because refined coconut oil has no coconut flavour. I mean, if you like coconut taking over the flavour of your chocolate, then go ahead and use unrefined, no judgment here.
    • Instant CoffeeSounds weird? I always add instant coffee to my chocolate desserts because instead of flavouring it with coffee, it actually adds a deeper, richer flavour to the chocolate. It isn’t essential to this recipe if you don’t have any, it’s just going to make your Keto Chocolate Cheesecake that much more chocolatey.
    Nutrition Facts
    Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
     * Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1slice | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 13.7g | Fat: 47.5g | Sodium: 310mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar Alcohols: 18g | Net Carbs: 7g
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    22 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      Recipe looks amazing. I’m not too big on super sweet. Have you tried this recipe with half the amount of sweetener and will it still work? 1 cup seems like a bit too much for my taste buds.

      • Hey Susan! If you aren’t too big on sweet, you can certainly cut it down. 1/2 a cup might not be quite enough to defend against the bitterness of the dark chocolate though. I would recommend using at least 3/4 cup, but you know yourself, if you are very sensitive to sweet than you can go ahead and try 1/2 cup 🙂
        Let me know how it goes!

    2. 5 stars
      Oh wow!!! This cake looks fantastic. Just fab! All the ingredients are so healthy and I love that is so low-carb. I must make this for weekend. My family will be delighted.

    3. 5 stars
      That’s one show stopper cheese cake! I looks perfect for any party or gatherings. And it’s Keto? Perfect all the way!

    4. 5 stars
      This Keto Chocolate Cheesecake is AMAZING!! This is a perfect Cheesecake for a chocolate lover and someone watching their carbs. Thanks for such a delicious recipe !!

    5. 5 stars
      This looks impossible for KETO, but reading the recipe it must be true! It looks amazing, keto or not, and I bet it delish too.

    6. Marisa F. Stewart

      5 stars
      WOW!! That cheesecake is a real showstopper. That is truly a chocolate lovers dream come true. I can’t wait to make it and who knows, I may not share it at all.

    7. 5 stars
      How delicious is this cheesecake. I am drooling over this. Can’t wait to try

    8. 5 stars
      This cheesecake looks phenomenal! I was drooling over your pictures 🙂 . I have never used monk fruit sweetener, now I am curious, and will try to find it!

    9. 5 stars
      This is the perfect thing for when I’m craving cheesecake but don’t want all the carbs. It really hits the spot!

    10. 5 stars
      Your Chocolate cheesecake looks so creamy and decadent. Do I have to share it with my family? I may want to eat it all myself!

    11. 5 stars
      Perfect and delicious dessert for a party. Looks awesome and I am drooling.Chocolate lovers to enjoy every bite of it.

    12. 5 stars
      I am a lover of all things chocolate so a rich explosion of chocolate is my kind of dessert!

    13. 5 stars
      This keto chocolate cheesecake is a dessert that hits all my sweet spots without the added carbs.

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