Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Pie Crust:

1 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tblsp. orange zest
1 1/2 tblsp. xylitol
1 1/2 tblsp. Chickory root/FOS sweetener
3 tblsp. cocoa powder
4 tblsp. melted butter
1 egg white

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix almond flour with cocoa, orange zest and sweeteners. Melt butter then add to nut mixture and stir until evenly distributed. Beat egg white and add to nut mixture and mix until dough all sticks together. Butter a 9 inch pie plate. Place the dough ball on a sheet of parchment paper. Place a piece of plastic wrap over it and roll out the dough evenly until it is a circle slightly larger than the pie plate.

Peel off the plastic wrap and pick up the whole crust along with the paper and turn it over onto the pie pan. I put the pie pan upside down on the crust and reach under the paper and press the crust up onto the bottom of the pie pan.  Then I flip the whole thing together.

Fit the crust into the pie plate evenly to cover the bottom and sides of the plate. Make a narrow and high edging around the top of the pie plate as a wider one will tend to burn when the cheesecake is baking. Bake for 10-12 minutes being careful not to overcook. Cool the crust. If time is short, put the pie plate in the freezer for about 10 minutes after it has cooled down from hot to warm.


2  8 oz. packages cream cheese, warmed to room temp.
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup xylitol
1/4 cup Chickory root/FOS sweetener
1/8 tsp. stevia, white extract
1 tblsp. orange extract
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk

Reduce oven to 300 F.

Cut the package of cream cheese into approx. 24 small pieces. It should be warm and soft. Separate the pieces into a large mixing bowl. Add sweeteners and mix with an electric mixer until smooth and there are no lumps. Add in sour cream and orange extract and mix until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and mix on the lowest possible speed only until it is combined. Do not over mix as it makes the cheesecake prone to cracking.

Pour into cooled crust and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes or until center is mostly set. The center should still be slightly soft when you take it out of the oven. The top should not be brown at all. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. Put in refrigerator for at least 5 hours, longer is better.

Chocolate Sauce:

1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tblsp. butter
1 tblsp. xylitol
Stevia to taste, approx. 1/16 tsp.
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 oz. sugar free dark chocolate bar

In a saucepan, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate on low heat. Add xylitol and stevia and stir. Add cream and stir. Add vanilla, stir and taste, adjust sweeteners as needed. Break up the sugar free dark chocolate and melt into the sauce.

I combine unsweetened with sugar free chocolate to reduce the amount of malitol in the recipe overall and still get an excellent chocolate flavor.  Lily's is an excellent malitol-free, sugar free chocolate (Lily's Sweets).


1/4 cup sour cream
1 tblsp. xylitol
1 tblsp. Chickory root/FOS sweetener
1 tsp. orange extract
2 tblsp. sliced almonds

Mix the sour cream with the sweeteners and orange extract. Remove cheesecake from refrigerator. Spread sour cream topping over the cake. Drizzle the chocolate sauce evenly over the sour cream and spread into attractive pattern. Sprinkle sliced almonds over the top of the cake and refrigerate for another hour or more.

This is a rich and elegant dessert suitable for special occasions. Delicious.

Indulge: 12 servings: Cal. 356, Fat 33.2, Carb. 8, Fiber 3, Prot. 9.5, Net Carbs 5

Celebrate: 16 servings: Cal. 267, Fat 24.8, Carb. 6, Fiber 1.9, Prot. 7.1, Net Carbs 4.1