Strawberry Cheesecake for Your Diabetic Sweetie

Updated on February 11, 2018
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Sweets for the Sweet

Ever since my dessert-loving husband was diagnosed with diabetes, I've struggled to create sweet treats that are both tasty and healthy for him to eat.

I failed miserably with all sorts of cupcakes, including ones made with zucchini and chocolate, and earned a low C for pumpkin and chia pudding cakes.

But this low-carb faux cheesecake made with Neufchatel cheese was an immediate winner— for both of us.

The filling is light, creamy and bright; the crust has a sandy, satisfying texture; and the fruit topping is juicy and fresh.

Although the strawberry version dresses up nicely for Valentine's Day, variations with seasonal fruit are also yummy.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Diabetic-Friendly Strawberry Cheesecake

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves 8
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I used Smucker's sugar-free preserves, Giant brand Neufchatel cheese and Giant brand lite whipped topping.

  • 2/3 c. walnuts
  • 1/2 c. graham crackers, about 1/2 a sleeve
  • 1/3 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 c. + 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 oz. Neufchâtel cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. lite whipped cream topping
  • 1 1/2 c. strawberries, stemmed and halved or chopped
  • 2 tbsp. sugar-free strawberry jam

Instructions

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  1. To make the crust, grind first three ingredients in a blender.
  2. Add 1 tbsp. granulated sugar or brown sugar to the mixture.
  3. Stir in melted butter then press into bottom of an 8-inch square pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees until toasted, about 10 minutes.

The Filling

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5. While crust bakes, make the filling by beating sugar into softened Neufchatel cheese.

6. Next, beat in lemon juice and vanilla.

7. Fold in lite whipping cream and set aside.

The Topping

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7. While the crust cools, make the fruit topping. First, soften strawberry jam in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

8. Stir the warm jam into the strawberries.

Putting It All Together

9. Spread the cheese mixture over the cooled crust.

10. Top the cheese mixture with the strawberries.

11. Decorate with more whipping cream as desired, then chill and serve.

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Recipe Variations

  • Use blueberries, blackberries or raspberries and corresponding sugar-free jam.
  • Substitute orange juice for lemon juice.
  • Use fresh peaches and sugar-free peach preserves in lieu of strawberries then substitute lemon extract for vanilla extract. Add ground cinnamon to the crust mixture.
  • Use Splenda™ or some other brand of Stevia instead of granulated sugar in the cream cheese mixture. (Note: the filling will not be as fluffy and light.)
  • Add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar or Splenda™ brown sugar substitute to the crust in lieu of 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar.
  • Use light Philadelphia cream cheese instead of Neufchatel.

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Tips for Success

Hold the Fruit Topping

If you're making the recipe ahead of time, reserve the fruit topping and spread it over the filling just before serving.

Grind in Batches

Grind the nuts and graham crackers in small batches for a finer. easier grind. I used a Nutribullet.

Pick Over the Fruit

Wash the strawberries well, removing stems, bruised spots and hard white bits. If using blueberries, be sure to pick over them carefully, removing all stems.

Fold, Don't Beat

Don't beat the whipped cream into the Neufchatel mixture: fold it in. This will make the filling light and airy.

To fold, take a small amount of the cream and gently whisk it into the filling to lighten up the mix. Then use a spatula to add the rest all at once or a bit at a time, turning it over in cheese mixture until it's incorporated into the whole.

A Folding Demo

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 226
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 5 g25%
Unsaturated fat 9 g
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 17 mg6%
Sodium 146 mg6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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© 2018 Jill Spencer

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      Jill Spencer 3 days ago from United States

      Hi Chitrangada Sharan! I had no idea this hub was nominated. Awesome. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Hope you have a great day! Best, Jill

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      Jill Spencer 3 days ago from United States

      Hi Donna, I have seen those pudding recipes and they look good. I remember a chocolate and vanilla one with graham crackers and walnuts my mom used to make. I'm going to have to look that up and sub with sugar-free puddings. Thanks for the comment. All the best, Jill (:

      Hi Dora! You cook for love, you know? Thanks for stopping by. Best, Jill

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations for being nominated as the runner up of the contest! This is a winner recipe in my opinion.

      I loved your recipe, and I think this is very thoughtful of you to create a diabetic friendly recipe.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Rogers 4 days ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the information on the capsule issue. I really appreciate it. It makes a lot of sense to me, not only for mobile users but it makes our hubs easier to read with everything in one row. I think new users might miss some of the information on the right side because there's so much going on. Happy Valentine's Day.

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      Jill Spencer 4 days ago from United States

      You're welcome, Karen. I hope you like the recipe. The blueberry version is really my favorite. It has a little tart bite to it. Best to you! Jill

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      Dora Weithers 4 days ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing these recipes. Your motive for creating them is very noble. Happy Valentine's to you and your dessert-loving husband!

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      Jill Spencer 4 days ago from United States

      Hi Linda! Glad you stopped by. I think the side capsule has retired and soon our old hubs will be converted so they're all full width. You should have gotten a list of the ones you might want to edit before that happens. I've been re-designing a few of mine at a time every so often. I think the idea is to make our articles more readable on mobile devices. Best to you! Jill

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      Donna Herron 5 days ago from USA

      Jill - Your cheesecake recipe looks and sounds delicious! My mom makes a cheesecake for my dad using sugar free vanilla pudding, but your recipe using actual cheese is probably richer and more like real cheesecake. Thanks for sharing and posting!

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      Jill Spencer 5 days ago from United States

      Thank you, Alicia! Always good to hear from you.

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      Linda Crampton 6 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like just about any form of cheesecake. Your version sounds delicious. Your photos are very attractive, Jill.

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      Karen A Szklany 6 days ago from New England

      Looks delicious! I may just try it. Thank you, Jill.

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      Linda Rogers 6 days ago from Minnesota

      This looks fabulous and makes it much healthier. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. BTW, does Hubpages not have side arrows anymore to put capsules side by side? I just wrote a hub and noticed this.

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      Jill Spencer 6 days ago from United States

      Thanks for the comment, Peggy. I love cheesecake, too, but haven't indulged in a real slice in years. lol

      Natalie, I agree. We all need to cut back on the sugar although, like you, I sometimes crave it. The problem with Stevia and other cane sugar substitutes for me is that they sometimes taste bitter in recipes. Thanks for stopping by! Jill

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      Natalie Frank 6 days ago from Chicago, IL

      This sounds yummy. At some point in the last couple of years I have begun to crave sugary sweets. I know I need to cut back and this is a great recipe for doing so! I don't think it's just diabetics who cam benefit from watching their sugar intake. Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try it!

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      Peggy Woods 7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      I am sure that many people with diabetes or not will appreciate your recipe. Thanks for posting it. Cheesecake got my attention!

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