Keto / Low Carb Cream Cheese Pinwheels
Low Carb Salmon Cream Cheese Pinwheels
How to Make Keto Pinwheels with Low Carb Tortillas, Cream Cheese & Salmon
Try these low carb cream cheese pinwheels for a fun, gluten free twist on a traditional sandwich! With whipped cream cheese, cucumber, and smoked salmon all rolled into a coconut wrap, it’s like a snackable, bite-sized bagel—without the bread. I’ll show you how to make keto pinwheels with low carb tortillas for an easy on-the-go lunch option.
If you’re on a keto diet or a low carb lifestyle and you’re missing sandwiches and wraps, low carb pinwheels are worth giving a whirl. And, if you’re looking for rollups options made with something other than deli meat, these salmon cream cheese pinwheels are the way to go! Savory, refreshing, and simple—with 9g of nourishing fat and only 4g net carbs per serving.
How to Make Homemade Pinwheels
Traditionally, pinwheels are like a deli sandwich or wrap that’s been rolled up into a log and sliced into pieces. Those pieces are called “pinwheels” because of their fun spiral shape, and they’re great for snacking or noshing as an appetizer. You can use a tortilla or a flattened piece of bread, paired with deli meat & cheese or peanut butter & jelly—whatever you like! They’re very simple, with loads of different filling and flavoring options
But, when you want to make low carb pinwheels, how can you do it without the bread? Option 1 is the classic keto pinwheels approach: nix the bread/wrap altogether. Layer slices of deli meat, spread on cream cheese, roll it up into a log and slice into pinwheels. Or, Option 2 involves using a keto friendly tortilla alternative, like in this low carb cream cheese pinwheels recipe!
What’s the best low carb tortilla for keto pinwheels?
Those meat-and-cheese pinwheels are totally tasty, but I prefer to make my keto pinwheels with a low carb tortilla of some kind. For this cream cheese pinwheels recipe, I used Thrive Market’s organic coconut wraps—made with just coconut meat, water, and oil. They’re flavorful, pretty sturdy, and contain only 4g net carbs each! Of course, you’re welcome to use any low carb or keto tortillas that you prefer, just know the nutrition may change.
Is cream cheese OK for keto?
Yes, cream cheese is suitable for a keto diet, and great for keto pinwheels recipes! But, as with most things health-related: it depends on you and your body. Some people monitoring carb intake are wary of cream cheese. Others consider the carb content low enough and the fat high enough to enjoy cream cheese regularly! There’s no concrete limit on carbs when you’re eating keto—it will vary depending on your body’s individual carb tolerance.
Can you make cream cheese pinwheels a day ahead?
Sure, you’re welcome to meal prep your low carb pinwheels a day or two ahead of time if you’d like! Personally, I prefer to make and enjoy mine fresh, but these keto pinwheels will last well for 1-2 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Just know that your low carb tortilla may get a bit softer after sitting in the fridge.
Other Keto & Low Carb Pinwheels Ideas
If you’re hungry for more keto pinwheels inspiration, try some of these combinations! Either roll up the fillings into your favorite low carb tortilla, or skip the tortilla and just roll up the meat and cheese together.
- Salami + cream cheese
- Sliced ham + cream cheese + cheddar cheese
- Deli turkey + cream cheese + bacon + spinach leaves
More Keto Lunch Ideas
Check out my Keto, Paleo & Vegan Bento Box Lunches video to see how this recipe is made!
Keto / Low Carb Cream Cheese Pinwheels
- Thinly slice cucumber lengthwise using a mandoline—as thin as possible. (Or carefully slice into long thin strips with a knife.)
- Lay coconut wrap or low carb tortilla flat and spread on a thin layer of cream cheese, all the way to the edges of the wrap.
- About ½ inch from the bottom edge of the wrap, place 2 thin cucumber slices side by side.
- Layer smoked salmon on top of cucumber. Sprinkle everything bagel seasoning over entire surface.
- Fold over bottom edge of wrap, then roll gently but tightly into a cylinder. Use additional cream cheese to ‘glue’ the edge and seal the roll.
- Slice roll into 6 sections to create pinwheels. Serve and enjoy!