Tropical Coconut Cheesecake
One of the flavors that remind me the most of my natal country, Puerto Rico, is coconut! There are coconut palm trees everywhere, and most of the time they are loaded with coconuts! The beach is a perfect place to collect coconuts as Puerto Rican beaches are beautiful and coconut palm trees are adorning everywhere!
Since I was a little girl, my parents and grandparents collected those coconuts that fell from our own coconut palm trees, to drink the water and to make desserts. Both my grandmas and also my mom made a delicious tembleque, especially for Christmas time. You knew Christmas was on when tembleque and Coquito were added to the menu!
So, the coconut flavor is part of our Puerto Rican DNA!
Cornstarch, flour? NONE!
Coconut flavor is so creamy and refreshing that reminds me of eternal summers and beautiful sunsets. I love desserts. Of course, coconut desserts are a must in my kitchen! This coconut cheesecake is not a traditional cheesecake at all. Traditionally, people have been adding flour or cornstarch to cheesecakes. But I prefer not. Adding some flour to this fluffy and creamy delicacy is just a crime!
This cheesecake recipe is low carb and packed with healthy fats and proteins to keep you satisfied and healthy! That's why no flour is added!
I love the luxurious smoothness that my cheesecake has because of the absence of flour. With the flour, the cheesecake has a little cake-y texture. But for cake-y texture, I'll have cake! For silkiness and a glamorous creamy flavor that makes me dream about cute little angels, I'll have some cheesecake!
How to get a nice coconut flavor without artificial additions?
To get a wonderful coconut flavor, I prefer to use this Thai coconut cream. It's very rich and creamy and has no sugar added, which is perfect for a keto/low-carb/healthy lifestyle. You can also use coconut milk for this recipe. To get the most of it, I recommend refrigerating overnight so you can drain the water and use the coconut fat (or cream). But don't let coconut milk cans fool you! They are not the same. To buy the best, shake the can close to your ear. Ones will sound so liquid, others will sound very thick. Your best option is the thicker ones because is the one with less added water.
If you want to, you can also add 1 teaspoon coconut extract (this is optional and artificial).
Why Plain Greek Yogurt in my cheesecake?
When I make my cheesecakes, I prefer plain full-fat Greek yogurt but you can also use sour cream. I love the healthy fats on the greek yogurt and its creamy texture. I believe greek yogurt (the plain one) is a better option for the body. It's full of active cultures that help with digestion. Plain greek yogurt is full of nutrients. Plus is a great source of protein. I prefer the full-fat version because I am not too restrictive in fats. What I try to cut the most are carbs. The great thing about plain greek yogurt is that you can have the full-fat version or the 0% fat version and still you'll have a lot of its benefits, no matter the fat amount!
Going crust or crustless?
Oh, that's a great question! And it's simply a matter of likings and calorie counting. Do you like the little flakiness the crust gives? Then don't miss the crust! Are you afraid you need to ut some fats and calories? Then go crustless!
I've given you the nutritional facts for the cheesecake with and without the crust, in case you're trying to cut some calories.
And what about the sugar?
Hmm! A dessert that has no sweetness is indeed something else but not a dessert! Have you ever eaten unflavored gelatine? Don't, please! I know you get the picture. Well, a dessert without sugar is just that insipid.
For the past 15+ years, I've tried lots of brands of sugar substitutes trying to fit desserts into my healthy lifestyle. Stevia is a sugar substitute that comes from a plant and has zero calories. There are hundreds of different stevias in the market at the moment and not all stevias taste the same. The cheapest brands have this bitter aftertaste that ruins every great dessert because the last bite must be memorable. well, it is not if you go with a generic (store brand) stevia. You'll get what you pay for.
For the past years, I've been using Swerve. The full variety. Confectioners, granulated and brown sugar. Here are the links to my favorite sugar substitute: Swerve Granular, Swerve Confectioners, or this awesome pack with Brown Sugar, Confectioners, and granular Swerve!
Preparations to celebrate this year's Holidays must be extra special. 2020 has tested us in unimaginable ways. Has stolen loved ones, had made us sick. 2020 brought a challenge that will certainly continue with us for a little longer. As we prepare to close this year with the hopes of healthier times and of course a vaccine, let's think for a moment about what we have learned so far. There's no way to cheer up someone who lost it all, but there are ways to make them feel accompanied and protected towards their recovery.
Those loved ones that left us this 2020 will never be forgotten and their spaces can never be filled, but we can bring love, respect and care to those who need us the most.
That's your homework for this Holiday season, my empowered cutties and handsomes! To give some love and kindness to those who need it the most! And what a better way to give love than to feed them with delicious healthy foods! These recipes are so good that they feed both body and souls!
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Whats your favorite coconut dessert? Not that into coconut... what's your favorite cheesecake flavor?
Lots of love,
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