Sugar-Free Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes
Sugar-Free Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes are a good idea for portion control and they’re tasty for a less-sweet pumpkin dessert! Use Thanksgiving Recipes or Desserts to find more healthier treats like this one.
Quite a few years ago I shared a low-sugar version of these Sugar-Free Spiced Pumpkin Mini-Cheesecakes, testing several different variations before I got one that I loved. Then recently I decided this favorite little cheesecake treat really needed new photos. The original version of these little cheesecakes used Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener combined with brown sugar and a little agave nectar, which was my preferred sweetener combination for many years. But recently I’ve been combining granulated stevia with Monk Fruit Granulated Zero Calorie Sweetener, and when I made this recently I decided to try replacing the brown sugar with monk fruit sweetener for a sugar-free version. And even Jake and Kara (who aren’t always a fan of my low-sugar dessert attempts) agreed that these were so tasty!
We also decided to experiment with eliminating the 1 tablespoon of white whole wheat flour that was in the original recipe to get a new version that’s gluten-free and also slightly lower in carbs. We did think that eliminating the flour made the mini-cheesecakes sink down just slightly more in the center. But we just filled that up with whipped cream and didn’t care a bit! (Go ahead and add the flour if you don’t need it to be gluten-free.)
If you’re someone who tries for portion control at Thanksgiving, you might really like having these little individual-serving cheesecakes to help you stay on track. And they’re easy to eat right in the foil cupcake liner, making them perfect party food as well!
How to Make Sugar-Free Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes:
(This is just a summary of steps shown in the photos; scroll down for complete recipe.)
- You’ll need to have some foil baking cups (affiliate link) to make these mini-cheesecakes.
- Start by turning on the oven to 350F/180C and spraying the foil cups well with non-stick spray.
- Be sure the cream cheese has softened on the countertop when you start the recipe.
- Use a mini-mixer to beat together softened cream cheese and sweetener of your choice.
- Then beat in eggs, one at a time, using a relatively low speed.
- Next, add the canned pumpkin puree, sour cream, flour (if using), vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice, and pinch of salt and mix until combined.
- Fill the foil baking cups about 2/3 full. (I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup and divided the batter between the 12 cups, putting slightly over 1/4 cup in each.)
- Bake 40-45 minutes, or until cheesecakes look set and feels firm on the top.
- The cheesecakes will puff up a little and then sink down slightly when cooled, like the ones in this photo.
- Let cool and then chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy! (Choose the lowest-sugar brand of whipped cream you can find, but if you’re making these for a holiday meal I would definitely add the whipped cream which makes this taste like pumpkin pie.)
More Pumpkin Dessert Recipes You Might Like:
My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes (and Pumpkin Deliciousness from Other Blogs) ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake for Two ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Low-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
No-Bake Sugar-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake ~ Sugar-Free Mom
Reduced Sugar (or Sugar Free) Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sugar-Free Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes
These Sugar-Free Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes are a perfect idea if you want a pumpkin dessert with built-in portion control!
- 12 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
- 3/4 cup Monk Fruit Granulated Zero Calorie Sweetener (see notes)
- 2 eggs
- 7/8 cup canned pumpkin puree (1/2 can or 7.5 oz.)
- 2 T sour cream
- 1 T white whole wheat or white flour (optional; omit the flour for gluten-free)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/3 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (contains cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace, and cloves)
- pinch salt
- whipped cream for serving if desired (I used a low-fat whipped-cream-in-a-can product that had 1 gram of fat, 1 gram of carbs, and less than 1 gram of sugar per serving)
- Make sure cream cheese has softened on the counter before you start the recipe.
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Put 12 foil baking cups into muffin tins and spray foil baking cups (affiliate link) well with non-stick spray.
- Use a small hand mixer to cream together the softened cream cheese, granulated Stevia, and granulated Monkfruit (or sweeteners of your choice.
- Add eggs, one at a time, using a relatively low speed to blend the eggs into the mixture. (Don’t beat the mixture at high speed after eggs have been added.)
- Add canned pumpkin, sour cream, flour (if using), vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and gently combine with mixer.
- Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to divide the batter among the 12 foil baking cups (I used slightly over 1/4 cup of batter in each foil cup.)
- Bake 40-45 minutes, or until the cheesecakes look set and feel barely firm on top. (Don’t be alarmed when they puff up a little and then sink down slightly as they cool.)
- Let cool 30 minutes, then chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- These mini cheesecakes are best served with a generous dollop of whipped cream on top.
I prefer Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for baking and desserts, but any zero-calorie sweetener will work.
This recipe adapted by Kalyn from several sources, but mostly from Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake from Bon Appetit, November 2005.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sugar-Free Spiced Pumpkin Mini Cheesecakes are a good option for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet, and South Beach would prefer low-fat dairy products. Pumpkin does have some carbs, but since there is no other added sugar, this should be suitable as a treat for low-carb diets as well, and most low-carb diets will prefer full-fat dairy.
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