Sugar Free French Quarter Cheese Spread with pecans on top, sliced into on a serving platter

Sugar-Free French Quarter Cheese Spread

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, but if you’re not big on sweets and instead want to make a fun snack or appetizer to share with your significant other while watching movies together, this Sugar-Free French Quarter Cheese Spread is the perfect recipe.

This appetizer is sweet and spicy – like all good relationships should be! This cheese spread is made sweet with the help of Swerve brown sugar alternative, a sugar-free substitute that doesn’t spike blood sugar. It’s made spicy with cayenne pepper, savory with Worcestershire sauce, tangy with dried mustard, and crunchy with chopped pecans. It’s essentially the best of all worlds, if I do say so myself.

This recipe is also named after the place that Swerve originates – New Orleans! And, it’s fitting because Mardi Gras is next Tuesday.

Check out more gluten-free Valentine’s Day recipes and more gluten-free appetizer and snack recipes.

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Sugar Free French Quarter Cheese Spread on a slate serving platter

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Sugar Free French Quarter Cheese Spread with pecans on top, sliced into on a serving platter
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Gluten-Free Sugar-Free French Quarter Cheese Spread Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 21 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 8 ounces cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup Swerve Brown
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Gluten-free crackers for serving


  • In a bowl mix the cream cheese with the onion and garlic powders. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to a couple days ahead.
  • Before serving, unwrap the cheese and place on a platter.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, toast the pecans until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Add the butter and let melt. Lower the heat to medium-low, add the Swerve, Worcestershire sauce, salt, mustard, and cayenne pepper. Heat, stirring frequently, until the Swerve is completely melted and everything is well incorporated. Let cool a few minutes then spoon the mixture over the cheese. Serve with crackers.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Sugar-Free French Quarter Cheese Spread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 245mg10%
Potassium 95mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 590IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Cheese New Orleans Pecans Spicy Spread Sweet Swerve Valentine's Day
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