Low Carb/Keto Cream Cheese Roll-ups (Pinwheels)

cream cheese pinwheels on a plate

It’s almost a new year and for many of us that means new resolutions. According to Inc.com, the top 3 resolutions last year were: eat healthier, exercise more, and lose weight. Sounds about right. It usually takes the first two to accomplish the third. And for me, the best dietary approach to promote weight loss is to shed carbohydrates.

Low Carb and Keto

Low-carb diets have been around for a while. But “keto” takes it to a whole ‘nother level. In the past, I avoided keto diets. My impression was that they were a version of Atkins, with an emphasis on bacon and red meat. However, there are an increasing number of variations on the keto diet that can help each of us customize to personal preference.

So for the next few weeks I will be posting some low carb/keto options for appetizers and other dishes. You might find, as I did, that it’s actually quite easy to lower carbs with just simple substitutions. 🤓

Appetizers made low carb

Appetizers can seem challenging in low-carb world. I think I’ve posted a couple dozen dip recipes that say “serve with crackers or chips.” But with a thoughtful approach, low-carb appetizers are actually very easy to produce and just as delicious as their carb-heavy cousins.

Today’s appetizer is a great example requiring just a few ingredients.

We’ve all had the roll-ups/pinwheels that start with a soft tortilla and use ham, cream cheese and pickles, right? This version simply eliminates the tortilla. I made my cream cheese pinwheels with multiple types of meat and filling just to provide some variety. All were a big hit. 😀

How to make cream cheese pinwheels (roll-ups)

To start, get some nice big slices of deli ham (or turkey, or roast beef). To each slice, spread on a couple tablespoons of whipped cream cheese.

whipped cream cheese with chives container

I used chive flavored and whipped because it’s much easier to spread.

rolling up the pinwheels

Then, I added a little chopped dill pickle or avocado slice to the end – this is where the rolling begins.

rolls before cutting

The meat should be rolled up neatly and placed on a plate with the seam side down.

Once all the rolls are made, refrigerate for 30 minutes, then cut the rolls into one-inch pieces and place on the serving plate cut side up.

full plate of cream cheese pinwheels

Serve with toothpicks, but don’t be surprised if people just dive in with their fingers! (My personal favorites were the ones with avocado- YUM!)

cream cheese pinwheels on a plate

A cream cheese pinwheel makes a simple and delicious appetizer. And no one will think it’s a “diet” food!

cream cheese pinwheels on a plate
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5 from 31 votes

Low Carb/Keto Cream Cheese Pinwheels/Roll-ups

Simple and delicious
Prep Time30 mins
Refrigeration time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 74kcal
Author: Sula


  • 1 lb deli meat ham, turkey and/or roast beef
  • 8 oz cream cheese whipped and flavored (chive or other flavor as preferred)
  • 1 dill pickle diced
  • 1 avocado sliced


  • Spread each slice of deli meat with about 2 tablespoons cream cheese. Add a strip or layer of diced pickle and/or avocado as desired. Roll each slice up starting at the short end. Place on a plate, seam side down. Repeat with the other meat slices.
  • Refrigerate rolls for at least 30 minutes, then slice into one-inch sized pieces. Place on a serving plate cut side up.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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36 thoughts on “Low Carb/Keto Cream Cheese Roll-ups (Pinwheels)

  1. 5 stars
    I make these for afternoon snack all year long! My entire family loves them and they are gone in minutes.

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