Creamy no-bake cheesecake in a sweet almond crust, topped with sugar-free blueberry syrup. It’s a great low carb dessert for those days you don’t want to turn on the oven.

If you invite me over for dinner, chances are that I will offer to bring dessert. And if I offer to bring dessert, chances are that I will create a whole new recipe altogether. And if I create a whole new recipe, chances are that I will want to feature it on the blog. And if I feature it on the blog, chances are that I will take a lot of photos. And if I take a lot of photos, chances are that I will have to cut out a slice of that dessert. And if I cut a slice out of that dessert, chances are I will try to slot it back in nicely. And if I can slot it back in nicely, or even if I can’t, chances are I will still bring the dessert over to your house and present it to you. And if I bring it over to your house and offer it to you, chances are I will sheepishly apologize for the slice that’s been cut out of it.

No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Pie with an almond flour crust - low carb and grain-free

Such is the way when you invite a food blogger over to your house for dinner. See, back in Massachusetts, my friends were used to this and didn’t so much as bat an eye when I brought over cakes with a slice cut out of them. I grew into my friendships in our Boston suburb as I was growing into my food blogging career, so they came to understand my strange ways. When we had dinners together, it was understood that I would bring some tasty treat for everyone to share. And I loved it, as it gave me the opportunity to try out some elaborate idea or other I had in mind and test it on friends. At first, I tried not to take a slice out of anything I was bringing over to someone else’s house, as it seemed too rude. I would instead bring my camera in an effort to get a “slice photo” to share on the blog.

But often these get togethers were at night and my slice photos looked absolutely terrible. As my photography skills grew, those photos just didn’t seem good enough to share. And as my friendships grew and deepened, I knew my friends wouldn’t mind if the cake or pie or tart had already been cut into. They were just happy to have someone to bake for them! And these were hardly formal dinner parties, not with all the kids running amuck and the parents sharing cocktails in the kitchen.

But now I live in a new place and I am only just getting to know people, so I feel that same concern about appearing rude with my sliced-into desserts. Of course, I could always circumvent this awkwardness by bringing a dessert that’s meant to be sliced, like brownies or bars, or just making cookies or cupcakes instead. But sometimes a dessert idea takes hold and I just HAVE to make it, nothing else will do. Like this here low carb no-bake cheesecake pie. The idea was there and I knew it would be a hit with the lovely people who had invited us over for a casual dinner. Did I dare bring it over with a slice already cut out?

Well, yes, turns out I did dare. Although I did give them some advance warning. Thankfully, they did not seem to mind one little bit. Now these are people worth getting to know!

Easy No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Pie
No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Pie

Yield: 1 pie

Serving Size: 1/10 of pie


Creamy no-bake cheesecake in a sweet almond crust, topped with sugar-free blueberry syrup. It’s a great low carb dessert for those days you don’t want to turn on the oven.


    • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
    • 1/4 cup powdered Swerve Sweetener (can use granulated but your crust will be “gritty”)
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 2 tbsp sour cream or Greek yogurt, room temperature
    • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 tsp lemon zest
    • 3/4 cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream, divided use
    • 1 tbsp grassfed gelatin (or 1 envelope Knox gelatin)
  • 1 recipe wild blueberry syrup


    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour and powdered Sweetener. Stir in butter until well combined and clumps form.
    2. Press firmly into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie pan. Refrigerate until needed.
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream or yogurt, lemon juice and lemon zest together until smooth. Beat in sweetener until well combined.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp heavy cream and the gelatin. Stir into cream cheese mixture until combined.
  3. In another large bowl, beat cream until it holds stiff peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until well combined.
  4. Spread filling in prepared crust, cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, until set. Pour topping over chilled cheesecake and serve.


Serves 10. Each serving has 8.62 g of carbs and 2.46 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 6.18 g.

Food energy: 330kcal Total fat: 28.45g Calories from fat: 256 Cholesterol: 71mg Carbohydrate: 8.62g Total dietary fiber: 2.46g Protein: 6.74g Sodium: 165mg



Dear Teachers of The Little Ones with Special Needs

I don’t know your background.  I don’t know why you chose this profession.  I don’t know where your inner strength comes from or what keeps you going.  I don’t know if you will keep doing this or if you will move on to other jobs.  I don’t know how much of your day you take home with you at night.

This blog is from Mandy Farmer who writes a blog called From The Bowels of Motherhood where she writes about raising her three children, one who has autism, and her military family life

But this is what I do know:

I know you care for our children as if they were your own.  I know you celebrate every single little success they have, because you know just how hard and long they had to work to achieve it.  I know you watch them develop and your hopes for them go far beyond your classroom.

I know you hear the same news stories I do.  I know you cringe when you hear of a teacher who hurt a nonverbal child.  I know your heart aches that you have to work so hard to earn parents’ trust and you wish they knew that for every one abusive teacher of special needs children there are a hundred more that would do anything and everything to protect our children.  And because you are that teacher who would do anything to protect these kids, you have no problem earning our children’s trust and earning our trust.

I know you have hard days.  I know you juggle the needs of many children at once and have to work constantly to maintain the peace in the classroom.  I know you stay up late working on things for the next day and stay at work late to make sure your classroom is “just so” for tomorrow.  I know you have to work harder than your fellow teachers who teach typical children to think ahead for the day and to try to see and prevent potential triggers and obstacles that might make our children’s days that much harder.  I know the hard days have been physical, but you press on, you don’t lose your cool and you hope tomorrow will be better.

I know you probably have days when you wonder if all of your patience and heart and perseverance are noticed.  I know you might have days when you want to throw in the towel and move on to something easier.

I hope you know that I see your passion for these children.  I see the excitement in your eyes when mine does something new or overcomes something that once would have set him back.  I see how hard you work to ensure he has successful days.  I see you on the hard days and I know when he comes home upset, you may have endured a day of screaming and crying.  And I know you did everything in your power to calm him.


Know that you have given me a break when I needed it the most.  Know that you have given peace of mind about one aspect of our day to a parent who has to worry about so many other things.  Know that your love and acceptance of my child is a welcome change from the rejection and isolation we so often face.  Know that every success our children will go on to have is the result of a foundation you helped lay.  Know that every struggle and every accomplishment in your classroom are stepping stones to a future they couldn’t have had without you.

I know you wonder if you make a difference.  Know that you do.

A Special Needs Mom