These are a fun dessert to serve when you are in a pinch! I made the puffs a week ahead of time and kept in the freezer. I also made the caramel a few days ahead. All I had to do was whip some fresh cream fill the puffs and top with caramel.
3 eggs, separated
3 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup vanilla egg white or whey protein
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
½ tsp stevia glycerite
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a bowl, whip egg whites with cream of tartar until peaks are very stiff (about 5 minutes). Slowly mix in whey protein. In separate bowl, blend cream cheese and stevia. Slowly add the cream cheese mixture into the stiff egg whites. (Save yolks for a different recipe:) Grease a cookie sheet or a medium size muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes (or until golden brown). Remove pans from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Once cool, use a knife to cut a small hole in the puffs to insert the cream filling.
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp stevia glycerite (or to taste)
Whip the cream until very fluffy, then slowly add in the sweetener to your liking. Place in a large Ziplock bag, cut a small hole in the corner and use to fill the puffs.
1 cup JUST LIKE SUGAR (or xylitol)
6 TBS grass fed butter
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready to go - the cream and the butter next to the pan, ready to put in. (If you are using Xylitol click HERE for directions). If you don't work fast, the sweetener will burn. Heat butter on high heat in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart or 3-quart saucepan. As soon as it comes to a boil, watch for specks of brown (this is brown butter....SO GOOD on veggies!). Immediately add the JUST LIKE SUGAR and the cream to the pan. Whisk until caramel sauce is smooth. Let cool in the pan for a couple minutes, then pour into a glass mason jar and let sit to cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Use to drizzle all over the cheesecake just before serving. You can also top with pecan pieces. Makes 24 cream puffs.
Nutritional Comparison (per 2 puffs with 2 TBS caramel sauce):
"Traditional" Recipe: 335 calories, 30 carbs, 0.5 fiber
"Healthified" Recipe: 195 calories, 3 carbs, 1.5 fiber