I will use a low-carb almond crust in place of the graham cracker crust, b/c my husband is diabetic. I made this for his birthday, and it was really good. I used reduced fat cream cheese instead of fat-free, b/c he doesn't really like the taste of fat-free. I also used a sugar substitute instead of sugar. I have lots of mixed feelings about sugar substitutes, especially for children, and am currently trying to avoid using Splenda and Aspartame. This is a personal choice, but if you want to read a little about the dangers of Splenda, here is just one of MANY articles out in cyper-land http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/archive.cgi?read=42764 . My preference is Stevia - there are several items on the market now using Stevia, which has been used for many years over in Europe and other countries, but has only recently been FDA approved for use here. Anyway, enough about my sugar/fake sugar preferences.
The almond crust recipe was found somewhere on the internet, but I can not find from where, so I can't give props, but it was AWESOME, easy and very low carb! It may be hard to do if you do not have a food processor, but you take -
- 2 cups of whole almonds (unsalted)
- 5 T. of sugar sub
- 1/4 t. almond extract (I used vanilla b/c that's all I had)
- 5 T. room temp, unsalted butter.