Combine the diced strawberries with lemon zest and sweetener in a saucepan and heat on medium high. The strawberries will start to release juices and eventually will come to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 8 minutes.
Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce until smooth, then set aside to cool to room temperature.
Heat oven to 325° and line an 8x8" pan with parchment paper. Spray with oil and set aside. Chop whole almonds into a fine crumble.
Melt butter and place into a medium bowl. Add almond flour, chopped almonds, cinnamon, sukrin gold and a pinch of sea salt. Mix well then press evenly into the bottom prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes then set aside to cool.
Add the cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer and using the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese until all the lumps are gone. Scrape the bowl then mix in the powdered monk fruit erythritol sweetener.
Stir in the sour cream, then the eggs one at a time, lemon juice and vanilla, scraping the bowl after each addition. Pour into the baking pan, over top of the prepared crust.
Scrape the strawberry sauce into a piping bag. Either draw vertical lines of strawberry sauce onto the cheesecake and run a knife or chopstick back and forth horizontally, or pipe blobs of strawberry sauce all over the cheesecake and swirl it back and forth with a chopstick or knife.
Place the pan in the preheated oven on the center rack and bake for 30-35 minutes. You'll know it's done when the edges are puffy and have started to crack. The center of the cheesecake will still be slightly jiggly.
Turn the oven off, leaving the cheesecake inside the oven. Prop the door open just a crack with a wooden spoon. Let the cheesecake rest inside the oven for 1 hour, then refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Slice into 9 bars and enjoy!
Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 8 months.
Here are a few tips and tricks I hope will help you make the most delicious low carb cheesecake bars!
It is really important to start with room temperature ingredients. If you combine cold ingredients with room temperature ingredients, they won't combine properly which would leave lumps in your cheesecake, or you would have to whip the mixture for so long that it would create lots of air bubbles.
Be careful not to over bake the cheesecake. The edges will look puffy and just begin to crack. The center will be jiggly.
These low carb cheesecake bars are very filling! Having company over or taking these to a potluck? Try cutting them into quarters after you have cut them into 9 so that they go further!
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.Deduct fibre ( 2.2g ) and sugar alcohols ( 13.3 g ) to get 5.9 g net carbs per bar.