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No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake

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Every year in June, millions of people around the world celebrate  Pride Month which marks the anniversary of the  Stonewall Uprising and uplifts the LGBTQ+ community. From parades to concerts and festivals, this time of year offers countless ways to spread the love and bring people together.

If there is one dessert made for Pride Month, it must be this low-carb dessert made with vibrant layers of light and fluffy rainbow colored cheesecake that melts in your mouth.

How To Make No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake

This No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake looks really pretty with rainbow effect through the whole cheesecake layer. I won't lie, it's more challenging than your usual cheesecake but it's so worth it!

I used a 12-piece mini cake tin (which I got at Lakeland and it's available on Amazon UK) to make mine but you can use a regular springform pan which will make the assembly easier and quicker.

1. Roast the Almond Flour

To make the base, you'll start by roasting the almond flour. To do that, place the almond flour in a non stick pan and cook on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure even roasting. This will deepen the flavor and create that delicious graham cracker base effect.

2. Prepare the Base

Place the roasted (still warm) almond flour in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients for the base: butter, low-carb sweetener, cinnamon and salt. Use a spoon, fork or your hands to combine well.

Next you're going yo press the base into the cake pan and*place the base in the freezer to set. I used a pickle wooden packer but anything with flat surface will work. You can even use your fingers but you may not get even results.

3. Make the Cheesecake Mixture

To make the cheesecake mixture, you'll need to sprinkle the gelatin in a bowl filled with cold water and let it bloom for a few minutes.

While the gelatin is blooming, you'll pour all of the cheesecake layer ingredients (apart from the ingredients used as food dyes) in a bowl and beat using an electric mixer: cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, powdered low-carb sweetener, lemon juice and sugar-free vanilla extract.

4. Color & Layer the Cheesecake

Next you'll need to divide the cheesecake mixture between five small bowls. The reason did not make six layers is because I didn't want the layers to be too thin so I skipped the orange. As I later found out by accident, the yellow and pink layers mixed anyway and created a faint orange layer by day two so no orange dye was needed!

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Ingredients That Can Be Used as Food Dyes

To make the classic rainbow effect, you need to make six vibrant layers: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and pink. As I mentioned above, I skipped the orange and let the pink and yellow create a fait but pretty orange layer.

I used a combination of ingredients that work as food dyes and liquid natural food dyes. (Since there are several options you can use, these are not fully included in the nutrition facts. The ingredients listed below will either have a zero-carb or insignificant contribution to the net carb count.)

  • Purple — combine 1/4 teaspoons blue spirulina powder with 2 teaspoons pink pitaya (dragon fruit) powder, freeze-dried raspberry powder or beetroot powder.
  • Blue — use 1/2 teaspoon blue spirulina powder.
  • Green — use 1/4 teaspoon green spirulina powder, matcha powder or more if you're using liquid spirulina based food dye. If using matcha powder, make sure to use ceremonial grade that is vibrant green.
  • Yellow — use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder or more if you're using liquid turmeric based food dye. I would start with less as turmeric can be overpowering.
  • Orange — use a combination of pink and yellow to create the desired effect. As I mentioned above, I did not make the orange layer but I'd start with 1/8 turmeric powder plus 1 tsp beetroot powder, pink pitaya (dragon fruit) powder, freeze-dried raspberry powder.
  • Pink — 2 to 3 teaspoons pink pitaya (dragon fruit) powder, freeze-dried raspberry powder or beetroot powder.

Where to Buy Natural Food Dyes?

These are the options I found in the US & UK but I'm sure you'll find similar options in Canada, Australia and more!

Can I Use a Regular Cake Pan?

Yes! Although I used a 12-mini cake pan with removable bottoms (1/3 cup/80 ml capacity each), you can use a regular sized 6-inch (15 cm) deep springform pan. If you use an 8-inch (20 cm) springform pan, you will need to double the recipe to make sure you get nicely defined layers.

Substitutions and Allergy-Friendly Tips

These mini no bake keto cheesecakes are naturally sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free and coconut-free. If you can't eat nuts, dairy or want to make a vegetarian (and vegan) version of these mini cheesecakes, here are some more tips:

  • For nut-free cheesecake — Replace the almond flour with an equal amount of ground sunflower seeds, or a combination of ground sunflower seeds and toasted shredded coconut.
  • For dairy-free cheesecake — Replace the cream cheese with coconut cream and the heavy whipping cream with coconut milk.
  • For vegetarian cheesecake — Replace the gelatin with an equal amount of agar powder, or use 2 tablespoons of agar flakes.

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Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 mini cake

Allergy information for No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 mini cake)

Net carbs2.7 grams
Protein5.3 grams
Fat21 grams
Calories206 kcal
Calories from carbs 5%, protein 10%, fat 85%
Total carbs3.9 gramsFiber1.1 gramsSugars2.2 gramsSaturated fat10.3 gramsSodium135 mg(6% RDA)Magnesium31 mg(8% RDA)Potassium115 mg(6% EMR)

Ingredients (12 servings)

Cheesecake base:
Cheesecake layer:

Instructions

  1. Prepare the ingredients for the base. (Note: If you're viewing this from the KetoDiet App, make sure to check the post above for natural food dye tips and allergy-friendly tips.) No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  2. Start by roasting the almond flour. (You can use raw but roasted is better for more flavor). Place the almond flour in a non stock pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly roasted and fragrant.
  3. Place the warm roasted almond flour in a bowl and add the butter, powdered low-carb sweetener, cinnamon and salt. Mix with a spoon, fork or your hands until the dough is well combined and crumbly. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  4. Press the dough into cheesecake tin. I used a 12-piece mini cake tin with removable bottoms (1/3 cup/80 ml capacity each) or use a regular 6-inch (15 cm) deep springform pan (see post for tips). Place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes to set. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the cheesecake layers. Start by sprinkling gelatin in a small bowl filled with water and set aside to bloom.
  6. Place the cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer to process until soft and creamy. Add the cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, powdered low-carb sweetener, lemon juice and vanilla and process until soft peaks form.
  7. Place the bowl with the bloomed gelatin in a microwave and heat up for just 15 to 20 seconds. (Alternatively, use a small saucepan and cook on the stove until liquid.) Slowly pour the liquid gelatin into the cheesecake mixture while beating and process until well combined. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  8. To add color to the cheesecake mixture, evenly divide it between five bowls (I explained why I didn't have to use six layer in the post above), each one about 130 g/4.5 oz if you want to be precise. Add each of the ingredients to create the color effect and mix until well combined. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  9. Remove the cake base from the freezer. Add the first purple layer (a heaped teaspoon per each) and place back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. (This will be enough for a soft set.) Repeat with the blue layer and place back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  10. Next add the green layer. Freeze for another for 5-10 minutes. Add the yellow layer and freeze again for 5-10 minutes. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  11. Finally add the pink layer and freeze for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before unmolding. (If you're using a regular sized springform pan, freeze for at least 45 minutes.) No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  12. Once fully set, unmold and serve or place in a sealable container. Seal to prevent it from drying out and refrigerate until ready to serve. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake
  13. This Keto No Bake Cheesecake will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days ot in the freezer for up to 3 months. To defrost, leave in the fridge overnight. No Bake Keto Rainbow Cheesecake

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 mini cake)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
0.9 g2.2 g5.5 g61 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0 g2.4 g21 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Gelatin powder, thickening agent, unsweetened
0 g0.5 g0 g2 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
1.1 g2.3 g9.3 g82 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.3 g0.2 g3.8 g37 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Vanilla extract, sugar-free, alcohol-based
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Natural food dye
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 mini cake
2.7 g5.3 g21 g206 kcal

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Comments (14)

It’s so disappointing that you made a pride dessert. What a sellout.

Dear Fatima, it's so disappointing that you felt the need to express your dissatisfaction. Bye!

A wonderful inspirational recip,  as always on this blog very accurate in details and suggestion to customize everything for all needs... Thank you! It's really a pleasure to find some ideas to prepare something special, expecially if you plan to involve children in the preparation and then consuming the result, without having to accept the use of controversial ingredients such as dyes selled normally in shops or online containing sugar, alcohol or -the worst- artificial components proven to be potentially toxic and/or causing ADA in children or other issues not to be underestimate! I already use natural food dyes when required, but finding here accurate indications about how much and how mix them is really helpful to feel assured that the result will worth the time required to create the artistic effect 😊
Another recipe that spreads joy and fills of colour - literally!- to demonstrate that eating healthy doesn't equal feel grey, deprived, isolated by family who wouldn't appreciate our kind of food: thank you!

Thank you so much Roberta, these were a joy to create!

This looks absolutely gorgeous! I got the spirulina and pitaya powder and I can't believe how pretty they look. I used just about 1/2 teaspoon of blue spirulina and it's so vibrant with no weird taste which is what I was worried about. The pink powder is a not as bright so I used more like you did and it even added a subtle sweetness to it. Then I used turmeric powder, slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon seemed enough, and matcha powder which is the only one that is not as vibrant but it still looks very pretty. You made my son (and me!!) very happy. Thank you so much.

My favourite is blue spirulina. So much colour with just a pinch! Thank you so much Pam!

LOVE the look of these! I think I'll make a large one instead because I only have a 9-inch tin. Would you double the recipe? And please keep posting more! Ignore the bigots.

Thank you Rose! Yes, I'd double the recipe for a 9-inch pan.

Seriously do we have to incorporate something about the lgbtq+ community? Just give the recipe. I’m so TIRED of anything sexual whether straight or not.

Dear Lori, if you personally feel offended by this, then maybe you shouldn't be following my blog. Love is NOT political, it's a basic human need. I won't get bullied and silenced by any of these comments. If you don't like this recipe, just scroll past it, no need to announce your dissatisfaction. If you think that posting a rainbow cheesecake is sexual, then you need to educate yourself on what Pride Month really represents.

Actually I don't follow your blog. I follow the keto app. I just don't see the sense in talking about the LBGTQ+ community in a food blog. But hey that's me. I don't want anything to do with any sexual preferences. You could have easily shared this recipe without it. In fact, that is why I clicked on it to begin with. Nobody needs this rammed down their throat. It is not mean! It's no different that ramming down it's ok to be 300 lbs overweight. And you don't need to worry. I won't follow you. Rainbows to you.

I don't remember signing a contact with you or anyone else. If you don't like it, leave. I wonder why you aren't equally offended by Valentine's day recipes... Oh wait I do know. If it doesn't conform to your views, you'll find any reasons to complain.
But for future reference, if you don't like what someone does, just let it go and leave. There's really no need to suffer.
And for the record, the Keto App is what we created as a 100% free resource to help the community and bloggers. You're welcome.

What a mean and silly thing to say. Don't like this recipe? Then don't click on it! Seriously why do you even mind? How exactly does this affect you?? Let people live and celebrate love.
Martina, this cheesecake looks lush, I'll be making it this weekend, if I can find the food dyes 😊

Thank you so much, I hope it turns out beautiful!