What To Plant In Your Keto Vegetable Garden

What To Plant In Your Keto Vegetable Garden

Okay, I admit it. I love seed catalogs. No, not looking at a website online but a REAL, paper printed seed catalog with 20 varieties of pumpkins, berry bushes of all sorts, and pages of suggestions on herbs and seasonings. Generally, they start arriving in the middle of January when we’ve been frozen in long enough to be craving Spring. There’s something immensely satisfying in planning out your garden if it’s three pots or an acre, in the middle of a deep freeze. But what should I plant in a keto vegetable garden?

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This year, the joyous magazines began to arrive, and I had to stop to think. Last year I was only exploring a ketogenic diet and had not yet started so it did not factor into my garden planting. This year now I’m thinking, okay, how can I best use my small garden space and grow the vegetables we’ll actually use while eating keto? What exactly is a keto vegetable garden?

Yes, I made that up. Keto vegetable garden. What I really mean is what vegetables and plants are eaten in the keto diet, and what should I plant and cultivate. I’ve come up with a list of ideal veggies for our garden, which is not huge, and am in the process of narrowing it down to exactly how many plants, packets of seeds, etc. we actually need. 

What should you plant in a keto vegetable garden?


Two cucumbers with vines and yellow flowers

  • Lettuce blends and individual varieties 
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes – Monsters, beefy, cherry, grape, jelly bean, Early Girl, Roma, hybrid, heirloom
  • Peppers – bells, Anaheim, sweet banana, jalapeño
  • Green onions – bunching onions
  • Garlic
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Green Beans
  • Zucchini squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Pie pumpkins. We don’t eat a lot of pumpkin on a keto diet, but I certainly love them in fall! Can we say pumpkin spice?! 
  • Cinderella pumpkins – Rouge Vif d’Etampes


Overhead view of three pots in an herb garden

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon
  • Mint
  • Dill
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme


Some people on a low carb or keto diet feel like they have to avoid all fruits. That’s simply not true, and my sweet tooth often craves a good almond flour raspberry muffin. Berries are healthy and can be eaten in moderation just like anything on a keto diet.

Raspberries on a fence in the sun

What must-have kitchen gadgets do you have to prepare a keto diet?

What have I cut out this year?

I chose not to include some of my usual staples this year because they don’t aline with the keto diet. Most are high carb or high sugar content, and so not ones I want to tempt myself with or actually use.

  • Beets
  • Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes
  • Sweet peas
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potatoes

What do kids love to plant for decoration?

  • Jack-be-little pumpkins
  • Gourds
  • Wee be little pumpkins

What are some of the flowers I love?

Aren’t lupins beautiful?! My love of lupins stems back to one of my favorite childhood books, Miss Rumphius, who spreads lupin seeds around town to “make the world more beautiful”. We adore flowers, and getting more in our yard this year is one of my big goals.

Purple lupins

  • Zinnias
  • Snapdragons
  • Lupins
  • Roses
  • Lantanas
  • Peonies
  • Phlox
  • Lilacs

Do you not have a garden, but an outside concrete space or balcony? 

No worries! You can have a garden too. There are so many options out there today and new methods of growing. First, take a look at these possibilities, and then enjoy a trip out to your local garden center or farm. Gardening is great for kids and an awesome way to teach responsibility and a love of nature. If you have an outdoor space, even a small one, you can get a few pots together to plant a few vegetables.

  • Pots
  • Tubs
  • Raised bed gardens
  • Tiered planters

Plan and prioritize your keto vegetable garden

What do you prefer to buy, and what do you love to see grow? If it’s easier to buy cauliflower but you’d like to plant a high yielding zucchini plant, do that. Make a plan, experiment a bit, and enjoy it! Take a look at the websites I use in planning my garden.


Jung Seeds Garden Planner This garden planner is a great online way to map out your garden space. It’s easy to use and fun to work with and save from year to year. Of course, good old pencil and paper work well too, but we all love technology! Jung has some of the best seeds for our Colorado region.

Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co. They send us some of my favorite seed catalogs!

Burpee More seed options.

Miss Rumphius 

by Barbara Cooney

This was one of my favorite childhood books with beautiful illustrations that inspired me to much of my planting. It would make a great gift for any young girl or even yourself!


Why should you plant a keto vegetable garden?

Why do I love gardens? So many reasons. I love to see my kids plant and take care of the vegetables to see where they come from and the work involved to grow our food. I have my own fond memories of following my dad around the garden picking little pumpkins and miniature blueberries I determined he planted just to keep me busy. Truly, there’s something spectacularly rewarding in tending to your garden, seeing it grow, and being able to pick and eat your results. Of course, it also gets us moving and outside in the beautiful sunshine!

My garden is never perfect but always fun and a new way to explore nature. One year all my tomatoes died, the next year bunnies burrowed and had baby bunnies in the center of the garden, you just never know what you’ll get! However, you always learn from it and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

What do you normally plant in your garden or what would you like to plant? Did you grow up with a garden or is it new to you? Oh! One more questions, what are your favorite books about gardening, fiction or non-fiction? I’d love some recommendations!

What to plant in your keto vegetable garden

Must-Have Keto Kitchen Gadgets

Must-Have Keto Kitchen Gadgets

Must-Have Keto Kitchen Gadgets

Here we are January 16. How are your New Year’s Resolutions or goals coming along? I’m learning the necessity for me to write out my goals, mini-goals, short-term, long-term goals, and steps to accomplish those goals. Sometimes I have a brilliant idea in my head, and I say to myself I’m totally going to do that! However, if it doesn’t get written down with the anticipation of the satisfaction of crossing it off when accomplished, it rarely happens.

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Holiday health spiral

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, only 8% of people actually accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. Only 8%! Are they setting the wrong goals, unattainable goals, or what? In addition, many have already given up on their resolutions. Well, let me tell you, I’m determined not to be one of those giving up!

Before Christmas, I followed a ketogenic diet and was doing really well with it. There’s nothing like measurable progress, i.e. your weight on the scale, to motivate you to continue. I was feeling great and even in a good workout groove.

Christmas hit, and suddenly I was in a downward spiral. Well, maybe not completely, but it feels like it! 😉 After indulging in all our favorite Christmas goodies my sweet tooth came back with a vengeance. Truthfully, mid-way through January, I admit I’m having a lot of trouble rocking my ketogenic diet and workouts.

Keto zoodles with sauce

Keto goal for the year

So let’s start simple, I thought. This is a huge part of my life, and one of my major goals is for my family to eat healthier, simpler meals. What do I mean by simpler? Well, quite frankly, simpler for me so I’m not preparing something different for each member of the family. Yes, another admission! I often make a different meal for EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.

Why in the world would you do that? You’re probably saying. First of all, my husband works nights, so his schedule is different than ours and generally eats his “dinner” late morning. Secondly, we have allergies and Crohn’s disease in the family, vegan fasting days in the Orthodox Church, and my desire to eat keto. Whoa! It’s a lot to organize when I write it all out.

This year I’m determined to prepare healthy, ketogenic meals with which I can win over the entire family. A lofty goal perhaps? I’m going to at least shoot for it, and share my successes along the way on the blog. Hopefully, I’ll be fusing a ketogenic lifestyle with a travel-loving family, and I’m excited!

Therefore, as a simple starter today, I’m going to share with you some must have keto kitchen gadgets. These make my life easier, and more importantly, help me to stay the course and keep on track to make it back into ketosis. Here we go!

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Indispensable must-have keto kitchen gadgets

1. Spiralizer

I love my spiralizer! It’s great for making zoodles (zucchini noodles) and other noodles out of different veggies. It makes it that much easier to eat gluten-free and add those vegetables to your meals. Click here to see an example on Amazon.




2. High-power blender

Honestly, I use my Vitamix blender almost every day. I make smoothies for myself or the kids, salad dressing, soups, and more. It’s almost like the oven or dishwasher for me. If it broke today I would immediately order a new one (that is, if the 7-year warranty had expired!). See an example on Amazon here.



3. Immersion blender

An immersion blender is great to have on hand to partially blend soups or a quick smoothie. I don’t use this as often as the regular blender, but it’s good to have. Super-convenient! Click here for an example.





4. Ice cream maker

There are so many good keto ice cream recipes, and I love to experiment with my own. Unfortunately, I don’t have an ice cream maker of my own yet as I’ve been spoiled. I’ve been borrowing one from my father for lengthy periods of time, but it’s really time to get my own. It’s on the wish list! Click here to see an example.


5. Cast-iron cookware

Cast-iron cookware is great for going on top of the stove and into the oven. It’s classic cookware you can even pick up sometimes cheaply at a yard or estate sale or even a thrift store, so be on the lookout! Take a look at options here or here.



For fabulous cast-iron, but a bit out of my price range at the moment is pretty much anything from Le Creuset. I’ve been wanting this 9-quart Dutch oven it seems like forever. I stick it in my Amazon basket every time it’s on sale and end up removing it. Made by an amazing French company, who can resist cast-iron when it comes enameled and in the color “Marseille”?!? It always has great reviews. See the Le Creuset Dutch oven here.


6. Slow cooker

You can always use a slow cooker for those quick weeknight meals. Throw it together in the morning and voila! A perfect dinner. Click here to find one on Amazon.



Then, of course, there’s the Instant Pot. I’ve yet to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon; however, it’s probably inevitable. So many people have told me how amazing it is, and that it makes daily cooking so much easier and quicker. We all like that now don’t we? For now, it’s on my wish list. See on here on Amazon.

7. Good knives

Fairly self-explanatory. This is another tool to make your life easier. See options on Amazon here.

8. Glass storage containers

I like to put keto meals and snacks together beforehand in portions so they’re ready to go when I need on in a hurry. I love these glass containers. They stack well so as not to use up valuable fridge space, and are awesome to have on hand. I’ve seen similar ones on sale even at the grocery store. Check out an example on Amazon here.


9. Silicone lids

These are fabulous for sealing a bowl, half a can of tomato sauce, half an orange, or whatever you choose to preserve with them. They’re great to have around and oh, so useful. See them here on Amazon.

10. Silicone muffin cups

These are great, and I use them daily. Every morning at breakfast the family vitamins go into one for each person. I bake muffins and cupcakes in them. Also, I use them as molds for my peanut butter cups. Yum! There are many kinds to choose from, but check one out here.

Must-have keto kitchen gadgets, and a lot more

I hope you’ve gotten some good ideas today about some must-have keto kitchen gadgets and maybe a bit of motivation. Likewise, I’m excited about my new focus for 2018 and would love for you to join me on the journey. Let’s get those kitchens cleaned, organized, minimalized, and ready to cook! It’s time for a change.

Where does your meat come from?

Check out my article and video about my experience with ButcherBox.

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How To Conquer Your New Year’s Resolutions

How To Conquer Your New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s that time of year again! As I sit here with a piece of leftover Christmas English toffee, I bemoan the fact that YES! Again, I have eaten more than planned, become more addicted to sugar, and gotten behind in my workout schedule. Of course, the excuses pile in: we’ve had company, I’ve not been able to cook at home, I’ve been sick, etc., etc.

Why New Year’s Resolutions?

I go through this every year and get ready for a January reset in healthy eating, home cleaning, organization, workout planning, and more. It all boils down to, “What can I do to improve myself in the New Year?” New Year’s resolutions happen for me as the Christmas decorations get put away and months more of snowy winter loom ahead.

But this year it really gets me! I’d been doing so well with meal planning and exercise, loving the ketogenic lifestyle and BAM! Faceplant. Well, it’s time to pick ourselves back up again, make those New Year’s resolutions, create a doable plan, and get at it! For me, it’s all about planning and listmaking, being prepared. By setting goals with simple, doable mini-goals to accomplish along the way, you can conquer your New Year’s resolutions with planning and determination!

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Conquer healthy eating New Year’s Resolutions with the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle

When it comes to getting meals on the table, are you tired of:

  • scrambling to make something decent out of what’s in your fridge
  • resorting to compromise or convenience foods because you’re short on time
  • battling weight gain and feeling discouraged that the family isn’t eating better
  • wasting money on restaurants, food that goes bad, and too many last-minute grocery runs
  • and feeling like cooking is a burden instead of a joy?

I totally get it, because I struggle with those very same things.

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Real Food / Clean Eating

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Can you conquer your New Year’s Resolutions?

Of course, you can! It’s all about planning, attainable goal setting, and follow through. Do you need a help with your meal planning for healthy eating for you and your family this year? I’m all about ready-made meal plans for my way of life. Click here, right now, for the  Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle. Why am I so excited about it?

I don’t have to take the time to organize and plan it all, it’s just done, and all I need to do is tweak a few things here and there. Then I go buy the ingredients and get cooking! It makes me love cooking again and so excited to provide good, wholesome food for my entire family. Make the first, easy step today towards a healthier, happier, and less-stressed you.

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How To Eat Healthier This Year: A Bootcamp

How To Eat Healthier This Year: A Bootcamp

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How to eat healthier this year

If “eat healthier” has been on your list of resolutions for, say, the last 10 years without success (or you’ve recently fallen off the healthy-eating wagon – again!), you might feel like throwing in the towel for 2018.

“What’s the point?” you wonder.

To that I say, NOOOOO!!!! Don’t give up yet.

Believe me, I’ve been there and I totally understand.

But feeding your family healthy meals in a doable way does NOT have to be stressful.

In fact, the whole point of this challenge is to help you conquer mealtime stress and eat cleaner, with a series of super easy steps to get your year off to a strong start.

The Meal Planning Bootcamp

The Meal Planning Bootcamp, created by Ultimate Bundles, is a 10-day challenge with daily meal planning tips plus an action task (a very practical one, in fact) that will take 20 minutes or less.

They’ll cover everything from planning, to pantry clean outs, to the quickest-cooking veggie sides, to set yourself up for success with batch cooking and freezer meals.

And seriously – set your timer! You’ll be amazed what you can accomplish in 20 minutes!

Implement all 10 challenges and, at the end of the boot camp, you’ll find yourself with:

  • a better-organized kitchen,
  • the strategies you need to tackle meal planning like a pro, and
  • on your way to that healthier 2018, you know you’ve got in you.

It runs from December 30th to January 8th, and you’ll receive each day’s tip and task in your inbox bright and early every morning, so you can work it into your day whenever it’s most convenient for you.


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This is such an easy, free way to get yourself organized and try out some new tips for the New Year! Every year I try to eat healthier, and I admit it falls apart just as we hit Easter. I’m not going to let that happen this year! Along with me, set yourself up for success, not just for you but your family as well.

Cheers to you and here’s to a happy, healthy year!


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My First ButcherBox Unboxing Event

My First ButcherBox Unboxing Event

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This time of year it seems like it’s almost impossible to eat healthily. At the office, you have a Christmas goodie day with fudge, English toffee, cookies, and donuts. In addition, kids get more and more candy as bribes at school, parties are happening, and you keep getting cookies and chocolate pumpkin bread for gifts. Does that sound familiar? And who can say no!? It’s truly a test of determination to pass on all that addictive sugar and yumminess.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating and having my own share of traditional recipes. I LOVE all these things, BUT I am trying to limit the unnecessary sugar for myself and the kids this year. Also, it’s gotten me thinking how I can encourage healthier choices for my family once all the holiday cheer and craziness passes.

One of my first steps on this path to healthier eating was to take a look at the meat the family eats. Granted, we don’t eat a lot of meat, but with so many reports and scares out there about meat quality, it’s something I’ve worried about. Also, I’ve been exploring ketogenic recipes (more on that later) that include a lot more meat than I’d been used to eating. Where can I get quality grass-fed beef and other quality meats without completely breaking the bank?

So as an experiment I succumbed to the Black Friday sale and ordered from an online mail order meat company called ButcherBox.

ButcherBox unboxing pin

ButcherBox Unboxing

First of all, you choose your box. You can choose from grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, heritage breed pork or customize your own box. It’s sent directly to your front doorstep, insulated and packed in dry ice to ensure frozen solid meat. Then thaw your meat as you need it, and enjoy!

Sounds super-convenient, right? Well, take a look at my ButcherBox unboxing video to see what you get.

Explorer Momma’s ButcherBox Unboxing

In the video I say you’ll get $10 off and free ribeyes if you buy your box through my link; however, ButcherBox has already updated the offer. Sorry for the change! Now you can get 2 FREE filet mignon, FREE bacon + $10 off! Click here to check that out.

ButcherBox unboxing bacon

What’s in a regular ButcherBox?

  • 8-11 lbs of meat per box
  • Free from antibiotics and hormones
  • Sourced from farms committed to sustainable practices
  • Delivered to your doorstep on your schedule

ButcherBox unboxing chicken

What was in my ButcherBox Unboxing?

  • Free-range organic chicken breasts
  • Heritage breed pork chops
  • Smoked uncured, sugar-free bacon
  • Ground beef
  • Sirloin steaks
  • Ribeye steaks
  • Strip loin steaks

ButcherBox unboxing ground chicken, beef, ribeyes

This is the list of items in my regular ButcherBox. I did not include the extra items I received as a result of the Black Friday sale.


On-line to your doorstep convenience

High-quality meat without any antibiotics or hormones

Great flavor. So far I’ve thawed and tried the ground beef, bacon, and strip loin steak, and I’m pleased with everything. I’m obviously not a meat expert, but the meat is juicy and flavorful.

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Comparable price to high-quality local store meat

ButcherBox unboxing pork


Is the box enough to last an entire month for your family?

If your family eats a lot of meat then probably not. However, for my family of four, it is plenty to last the month because we don’t eat a lot of meat in general.

I haven’t had this problem, but some folks online have reported the bags leaking as they thawed them in their fridges. I’ve thawed three items so far and have not run into this problem at all so can’t really consider it a con. If you’re worried, and I do this anyway, always thaw your meat on a plate in your fridge.

ButcherBox unboxing ground beef

How do I get my Butcherbox?

If you want to try out your own ButcherBox, click on the link below. If you use my link you’ll get $20 off your first ButcherBox as well as free bacon! Score!

Click here to order your own ButcherBox.

How will you be healthier in the New Year?

Like I said, this is my first step to healthier eating for my family in New Year. For myself, I’m already cutting out sugar and going low-carb with a ketogenic diet, but that doesn’t always work for our entire family. I’ll be exploring recipes, quality food, and fun ways to get the kids to be healthy, especially for the five-year-old who’s become a stubborn goofy goose (his words) stuck in his ways!

Take care of yourself, and let’s have an awesome New Year!


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No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

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Can I just say wow!? This stuff is awesome folks. You may know how I’m always making my best attempt to eat healthily and help my children make those healthy choices. When the holidays come around I stick to the daily healthy choices. However, for the big events, I love to embrace traditions and go all out. This no-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake is one of those recipes I love, my husband loves even more, and is a fabulous taste of fall. In fact, I’d say it’s perfect for that holiday dinner party or even the big day. I don’t think anyone would be sad to see this as an option on that Thanksgiving dessert table spread!

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake pin

You know how it goes. You’re invited to an aunt’s, or maybe a friend’s, giant family event, and you want to make a dessert that will WOW. When I was a kid I remember the table of pies and desserts at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course, then there were all the discussions about who would bring what. There’s a lot of thought and tradition that can go into holiday desserts. Still, every year there are always the completely new recipes you try out and decide if they’re good enough to make the repeat list for next year. I hope this is one of those keepers for you.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake

Let’s get started! First, this is a recipe I altered from another no-bake cheesecake I make quite often for dinner parties or to take to events. I LOVE all things pumpkin and the fall spices that go along with it. Naturally, it seemed like the thing to do to mix things up for fall.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, pan & cookies

The Crust

To begin, get out a 9-inch springform pan, a family size package of Golden Oreos, or other vanilla sandwich cookies. The family size is around 19 oz., but if your store brand or other kind is a few ounces smaller don’t worry. To be sure, I get the family size knowing someone in the house will eat 2-3 before I can make the cheesecake. Then get out your food processor and smash the cookies up into small crumbs.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, cookies

Next, melt a stick of butter on the oven or in the microwave and pour it into the cookie crumbs. Then pulse the food processor several times until the butter’s mixed in.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, crust

Once the crumb crust is combined, dump it into the springform pan. Press it down with your hands or a flat-bottomed glass to make an even crust on the bottom and up the sides. Form the sides with your hand or the flat glass. The glass in my picture below was not completely flat, and I had to clean out crust from the ridges. C’est la vie! That’s what we had (but a straight, flat one would work a lot better. Then place the entire springform pan in the freezer to set the crust.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, cup and crust

The filling

Now we move to the filling. First, take out a large bowl and put in the cream cheese, other stick of butter, pumpkin, almond butter, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Second, mix that all up together using a standing or hand-held mixer. You can use a different nut-free butter such as soy to make it nut-free if necessary.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, mixing filling

Third, add in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, and beat that together with your filling mixture. Use a medium-high speed and mix for 2-3 minutes. As a result, you should end up with a lighter, creamy, mixture.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, filling

Take the crust out of the freezer. Using a spatula, pour the filling into the crust and smooth it out. Next, put it back in the freezer while you make the topping.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, overhead without topping

The Topping

For the topping get out the white chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, and pumpkin pie spice. Put 1 cup of white chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in a glass bowl. After that, heat 1/2 cup of the cream on the stove or in the microwave until it’s a rolling simmer. Immediately pour the cream then, over the white chocolate chips. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then mix it together with a spatula until smooth.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, cream & white chocolate

Take the pan out of the freezer, and pour the topping mixture over the cheesecake. Then put it into the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour before serving.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake, in pan

In the meantime, I like to go a little overboard and whip up another 1/2 cup of the heavy whipping cream. When it’s time to serve, put a large dollop on each piece. Yum!

No-bake pumpkin cheesecake overhead

I hope you enjoy the recipe! Let me know how it works out for you.

No-bake pumpkin spice cheesecake arrow pin

I’m so looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! We have a bunch of family coming to town, and that’s what I love. The fireplace going, friends and family talking and playing games, and cookies baking in the oven. Have a wonderful holiday season, eat some pumpkin spice cheesecake, and cheers to you and yours!

No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake


  • 1 (19.1 oz) pkg. Golden Oreos, or other vanilla sandwich cookie
  • 1/2 pound softened butter (2 sticks), divided
  • 1 cup smooth almond butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Process the entire package of Golden Oreos in a food processor or blender into fine crumbs. Alternatively, you can smash the cookies with a rolling pin in a plastic zip bag.
  2. Add one stick (1/2 cup) melted butter and mix together.
  3. Press the mixture into a 9-inch springform cheesecake pan, along the bottom and the sides.
  4. Place the pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes while you prepare the filling.
  5. Place the remaining stick of butter, cream cheese, almond butter, pumpkin, powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon in a bowl and blend together until smooth.
  6. Add 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and continue to blend until creamy.
  7. Spoon filling into crust and flatten. Return the pan to the freezer.
  8. Place the white chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice in a heat-proof bowl.
  9. Heat 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream in a saucepan, on medium-high, to a rolling simmer.
  10. Pour the heavy whipping cream over the white chocolate chips and let it stand 5 minutes.
  11. Stir together the white chocolate, heavy whipping cream, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth.
  12. Pour the mixture on top of the filling. Smooth it out and return to fridge.
  13. Chill the cheesecake at least 1 hour in the fridge until ready to serve.
  14. Whip 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar to create whipped cream (optional).
  15. Spoon a dollop over each piece of cheesecake to serve. Enjoy!
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