These low carb / keto Frozen Orange Creamsicle Cream Cheese Bites are a satisfying sweet treat with less than 1 carb per serving. Keep them in the freezer for when a snack attack hits!
So one of the big things in the low carb/keto world is “fat bombs.” What are fat bombs you ask? They are food, usually a treat, that has a high amount of fat. Fat helps with being satiated, and when you are in ketosis, your body is burning fat for energy. So fat bombs are a good thing. I can’t stand the term “fat bomb,” despite the fat that I just wrote it four times. So we won’t call these that. We’ll stick with frozen orange creamsicle cream cheese bites, because that’s not a mouthful…(insert eye roll)
So my first attempt with cream cheese bites I made them with liquid stevia. Theywere good, but I just can’t handle the aftertaste of the stevia. It sticks with you, forever. Well maybe not forever, but a bit. It could be just my liquid stevia. It’s the store brand from a health food store. Maybe there’s better stuff. I even googled an article on learning to like stevia. Meh. Tell me what type of stevia you use and if you like it!
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Other than the stevia issue, the frozen cream cheese bites I made were pretty good. I flavored them with almond extract and they really helped with my sweet tooth and I didn’t cheat at all that day or the next. That’s big for me!
So this time around I used Swerve, which tastes just like cane sugar, to me at least. My issue with Swerve is that it bothers my stomach if I have too much. The FAQs on the Swerve website says that the erythritol is not likely to cause GI distress…but it does to me. So I have to be careful with it. Maybe I’ll adapt. Well see.
I only had granulated Swerve on hand, but you should use the powdered form for these frozen orange creamsicle cream cheese bites, otherwise they have a grainy texture. I put the granulated swerve in the blender for a few seconds and it became powdered, which works well.
The orange flavor comes from a little bottle of orange extract. It smells delicious. I found it at the grocery store, but you can find higher quality ones online. The creamcisle part comes from the vanilla extract. Yum!
In a perfect world, I would have made these look really good using a pretty pastry tip, but I couldn’t find one, so I just put the cream cheese mixture in a plastic bag and cut off tip. Desperate times man. But I did use a little bit of food gel to make these orange. This is totally optional. Otherwise they are just white.
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup Swerve, powdered
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together using a hand mixer on high. Spoon or pipe approximately one tablespoon bites on to parchment paper or Silpat. Freeze. Serve cold.
You can use the sweetener of your choice.
Erythritol contains 5 grams of carbohydrates per teaspoon, but these are sugar alcohols and have no impact on blood sugar, therefore they are not included in the nutrition calculation.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon bite
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 7.1gSaturated Fat: 4.3gUnsaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 20.7mgSodium: 55.2mgCarbohydrates: 0.4gSugar: 0.4gProtein: 0.7g