This is a dessert that reflects a lifestyle which steps off the strict keto path every now and then. I call it Early Summer Low Carb Berry Cheesepie because it combines all the beauties that spring, turning into summer, brings.
Fresh berries from the woods or home garden are something I don’t like to keep avoiding by all means just because I follow a LCHF lifestyle. The berries are here now (in the late spring and early summer), they are sweet, organic and, as such, won’t be available in a couple of months.
The name Cheesepie comes from combining pie and cheesecake. Duh. You can take this recipe and skip the cheesecake part (the filling) and bake yourself a delicious berry pie. On the other hand, you can decide to leave the berries out to remain on the safe side of ketosis. Moreover, you can even leave the crust out, and just stick to baking the cheesecake filling. That can be a nice very low-carb treat.
So the Cheesepie is a bit high on the carb side for which the berries take most of the guilt. Besides, it’s a little higher on the protein side, keeping the whole thing lighter and less fatty. This macronutrient ratio corresponds to increasing temperatures, increased workout intensity, as well as more frequent outdoor activity, such as mountain biking and climbing.
If you’d like to increase the fat in the recipe, add some more butter to the crust, use whole eggs everywhere, and use full-fat cream cheese. I used full-fat creamed curd that comes lighter than cream cheese, but it’s also lower in carbs, which is pretty awesome.
Ok, I’ve told you a few ways to tweak my recipe, but I encourage you to try this whole version out because it’s freaking delicious. Prepare it when you’re hosting your family or friends, or take it to a picnic. Especially if you want to make sure you don’t gulp it down yourself (yes, it’s that awesome). Just keep the pie cool so it can stay cheesecake-y.
Oh, and I don’t mean to take the entire credit for this amazing berry goodness. While planning the topping, I ran into a recipe by I Breath I’m Hungry that gave me the idea on how to bring the Cheesepie on a higher level.
So, what are you going to make out of all the fresh berries out there?