Dairy-Free Keto Almond Dreamcake

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Creamy and DREAMY: Almond Dreamcake! Made with almond cream — no dairy, eggs or cashews. And NOW: no sugar! This no-bake cake is low-carb/keto friendly with less than 5 net carbs per slice! 

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KETO TRANSFORMATION

Sometimes, the copy IS better than the original.

Remember my original Almond Dreamcake recipe from last year? The creamy, dreamy creamcake that’s full of delicious almond flavor (Don’t you just love almond extract?!)

It was the first time I made a dairy-free creamcake *without* using cashews. Crazy!

And it now gets even better! I gave it a makeover so it’s keto friendly! WOO!!

If you love almonds and you’re all about that dairy-free/sugar-free life, you’re going to LOVE this dreamcake! Almond Dreamcake (Dairy-Free Keto) PrettyPies.com

Have Your Cake and Eat it TOO

THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

To be able to still enjoy sinfully good desserts — without the sugar! Without the sick feeling afterward. Without saying, “I shouldn’t have eaten that!” or making my jeans too tight!!

I’m SO excited that I can make my low-carb recipes taste JUST AS GOOD as the higher carb ones thanks to a magical fruit (lol, no not beans).

Monkfruit! You’ve heard me talk about it a LOT (because I love it so much!)

ps. Did you know it’s a real fruit? It’s a melon grown in Asia that’s 200x sweeter than sugar, but it’s extract has zero calories or carbs. It’s mindblowingly delicious.

Thanks to monkfruit, I don’t miss the sugar one bit! Cuz it doesn’t even seem like its gone, haha.

Use What You Like

As I experiment with new recipes, I discovered that pretty much ANY sweetener is going to work (sometimes you just need to do a little tweaking).

  • Liquid sweetener: maple syrup, monkfruit maple syrup, sugar-free vanilla syrup, etc. Use 1/3 cup syrup and reduce the milk by 1/3 cup to compensate.
  • Dry sweetener: powdered monkfruit, stevia, Erythitol, or coconut sugar for non-keto. Powdered sweeteners yield a smoother texture. (See recipe notes for how to make your OWN powdered “sugar”!)
  • Concentrated sweetener: pure monkfruit extract, monkfruit drops, or stevia extract. Just a pinch or dropper-full, to taste.

My original recipe used maple syrup, and you CAN simply swap the syrup for a sugar-free syrup, but the Lakanto brand does add some maple flavor. I didn’t want the maple to overpower the AMAZING almond flavor, so I used powdered monkfruit.

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What is a creamcake?

It’s similar texture to a cheesecake. Smooth, creamy, rich. But this one doesn’t have the classic “tang” that a typical cheesecake has.

It’s flavorful and sweet with a melt-in-your-mouth richness paired with a nutty crust (made with – you guessed it! – ALMONDS).

It’s basically my FAVORITE kind of dessert ever. The taste and texture are unbelievable.

And one of the things that I really love: NO BAKING. No water baths. No cooking. You just blend it up and chill until it’s set.

AND, you get to customize the flavor and sweetness to YOUR personal preference. There’s no guessing how it will turn out. Grab a spoon and taste the filling before you set it!

I like to add a lot of almond extract and I always add a dash of pink salt to enhance the flavor.

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Dairy-Free Cream

Cutting dairy made me have to get creative. I am still blown away by all the plants out there that can be made into cream…

YES, almond cream!

It’s smooth and silky and amazingly delicious.

If you’ve never heard of almond cream, that’s ok. I hadn’t until last year when I tried a dairy-free ice cream made from almonds. I was quite surprised! But then I saw alllll the additives and thickeners and stuff they put in there and I knew I could make some healthy almond cream.

How do you make almond cream? It’s simple!

  1. Take raw, blanched (skinless) almonds and place them in a large glass bowl or jar. (Skinless give a smoother texture and prettier appearance)
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and pour it over the almonds.
  3. Let them soak in the hot water for 2 hours. (This helps to soften them and make them easier to blend.)
  4. Drain the water, rinse the almonds using a mesh strainer and shake off the excess water.
  5. Place the almonds in a food processor and blend smooth.
  6. Add liquid and blend again and there you have it! Thick and lovely almond cream!

That’s pretty much how you make the dreamcake filling. Just blend everything together! Add in the sweetener, extract, and coconut oil to hold it together, adjust to taste, and you’re done. Easy!

Do you HAVE to soak the almonds??

That’s a good question! I recommend it so that the texture is as smooth as possible.

BUT, if you have a high power blender, it may work just fine without the soaking, just like I did with my Berry Blender Mini Cheesecakes! (If you try it, please report back how it goes!) 🙂

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MIND-BLOWING TASTE

I’m still in SHOCK that a bunch of almonds can turn into THIS. Seriously, this is a DREAM. Are you read to try this dairy-free keto deliciousness?

Be sure to pin this recipe on Pinterest by clicking the image below. Follow me on Pinterest for more dairy-free/sugar-free desserts.


Dairy-Free Keto Almond dreamcake

A creamy, dreamy creamcake made with almonds! No dairy, no eggs, no cashews. And now-- no sugar! A low-carb dream!
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling Time3 hrs
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: almond cream, coconut milk, keto desserts, no-bake, sugar-free
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 432kcal
Author: Emily

Ingredients

No-Bake Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup  almonds
  • 3 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs monkfruit
  • dash of salt

Dreamcake Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almonds soaked
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 6 Tbs powdered monkfruit
  • 2 tsp  almond extract
  • Dash of pink salt

Instructions

To make the crust:

  • Pulse together all ingredients in a food processor until sticky crumbs form.
  • Press into a parchment-lined 7" springform pan. Set aside.

To make the filling:

  • Soak almonds in hot (boiled) water for 2 hours. Drain, rinse and shake dry.
  • Blend almonds in a food processor until completely broken down. Scrape down the sides.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth. Taste and adjust for sweetness and almond flavor.
  • Pour filling over crust.
  • Freeze or refrigerate until firm, a minimum of 3 hours.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

To make homemade powdered "sugar": Place granulated monkfruit or other sweetener in a small blender (I use a personal size smoothie cup & my ninja blender)
Blend at least 1/3 cup granules at a time so it blends properly. Blend on high for about 10 seconds until light and powdery.

 

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Organic Coconut Milk

7 cup Food Processor

Blanched almond slivers & dry roasted almonds from Aldi

Organic virgin coconut oil

Pink Himalayan Salt

Mexican Vanilla 

To store: Keep covered and refrigerated for about 1 week, or freeze for 1 month

Macros for 1 of 8 slices:
Calories 432
Total Fat 42 g
Total Carbohydrate 20 g
Dietary Fiber 4.5 g
Sugar Alcohol 10.5 g
Net Carbs 4.76 g
Protein 9.7 g

4 comments

  1. Susanna says:

    Does the can coconut milk needs to be refrigerate before adding to the almonds ? Also do you the add the entire can ? Thanks

    • Emily says:

      No need to refrigerate. Actually it’s better if you don’t. Use shaken/mixed coconut milk.
      If it’s separated cream/water when you open the can, scoop out the whole can into a saucepan or glass dish, warm it and stir to mix. Then measure out 1 cup.
      Save leftover milk for another recipe.
      Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Kirsten says:

    Are the almonds going to be a little granular no matter what I do? I soaked as directed and I have a creamy mixture but it’s gritty bc of the almonds. My blender just started smoking so I have tried a stick blender but it’s still granular.

    • Emily says:

      Mine got super smooth in a food processor. Not gritty to me. Did you blend just the almonds alone for a few minutes to break them down before adding in the rest of the ingredients?

      Also, it may taste smoother after its set. I’m sorry if yours is gritty 🙁 Hope you still enjoy it. You can always add some toppings or mix-ins if you want to change up the texture.

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