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Low-Carb Cheese Danishes

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Who can resist a delicious cheese Danish? There is something about the combination of flaky pastry, sweet tangy filling and that sweet, sweet glaze that just hits every single one of my spots.

These low-carb and keto danishes are so good that you won’t feel like you’re eating any kind of substitute. Instead, you’re eating one of the most decadent danishes that you ever experienced. Truly. Enjoy!

How to Make Nut-Free Keto Danishes

If you can't eat nuts, substitute the almond flour with an equivalent amount of ground sunflower seeds (weigh with a kitchen scale). Alternatively, you can use 1/4 cup (30 g/ 1.1 oz) to 1/3 cup (40 g/ 1.4 oz) of coconut flour. Start with less and add more if the dough is too wet.

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Nutritional values (per Danish)

Net carbs4.3 grams
Protein11.6 grams
Fat23.1 grams
Calories263 kcal

Calories from carbs 6%, protein 17%, fat 77%

Total carbs5.8 gramsFiber1.5 gramsSugars2.5 gramsSaturated fat11.2 gramsSodium409 mg(18% RDA)Magnesium38 mg(10% RDA)Potassium168 mg(8% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 8 Danishes)

Pastry:
Filling:
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese (180 g/ 6.4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup granulated Swerve or Erythritol (50 g/ 1.8 oz), or to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar-free vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
Glaze:
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese (15 g/ 0.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (28 g/ 1 oz)
  • 1 tbsp Swerve or Erythritol (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream (15 ml)
  • 1/4 tsp sugar-free vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C/ 400 °F (fan assisted), or 220 °C/ 425 °F (conventional).
    Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  2. Start with the filling by placing all ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and whipping until smooth and creamy.
    Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  3. Place the mozzarella and cream cheese into a large microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir and then heat in bursts of 30 seconds until melted. Stir and then add egg and dry ingredients, mixing until well combined.
    Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  4. Knead dough until smooth. Divide in half and then roll out to about 5 mm/ 0.2" thick. Cut into even squares and make a slit in each corner, towards the centre. Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  5. Place a dollop of filling in the centre of each Danish and then twist the corners to how you like them.
    Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  6. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. While they cook, place the glaze ingredients into a small saucepan. Melt over medium heat until smooth and combined.
    Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  7. Place the glaze in a piping bag and drizzle over the danishes when they come out of the oven, or simply drizzle with a teaspoon.
    Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  8. You can eat them warm or let them cool down. Low-Carb Cheese Danishes
  9. Store in a covered container, in the fridge for up to 5 days.
    Low-Carb Cheese Danishes

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per Danish)

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Naomi Sherman

Naomi is the force behind Naomi Sherman, Food Creative. She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and styling.

An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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