Gluten-Free Cheesecake

4 Recipes for Creamy Gluten-Free Cheesecake

Cheesecake, voted the No. 1 dessert choice of restaurant diners across America, is off limits to many of us on special diets. There’s gluten in the graham-cracker crust and dairy and eggs in the filling, not to mention wheat flour often added as thickener.

But here’s the good news: We’ve created delicious cheesecake recipes that are gluten-free, and some can be made dairy-free and egg-free, as well. Plus, a delicious gluten-free brownie crust, cheesecake toppings, and more!

The idea of a cheese-based cake came to America with the early immigrants. Traditional New York-style cheesecake—the slightly dense, moist, sweet dessert made with cream cheese—appeared in the 1870s. It was around this time that William Lawrence, a dairyman in upstate New York, developed modern cream cheese.

Lawrence’s cream cheese was originally sold under the name Empire Cheese Company, later known as Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese. Today, cream cheese is the essence of this classic dessert.

Cool, smooth and creamy-rich, a slice of cheesecake is an ideal way to end a summertime meal. And these recipes prove there’s no longer any reason not to indulge.


1. Basic Gluten-Free Cheesecake

4 from 4 votes
Gluten-Free Cheesecake
Basic Gluten-Free Cheesecake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins
 
Modify this versatile recipe using different crusts and toppings to suit your needs. It’s fun to create different desserts using one basic no-fail cheesecake.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 277 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese, room temperature
  • cups sugar
  • 5 eggs , room temperature
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt, sour cream or dairy-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 gluten-free crust of choice , pre-baked
  • Toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the sugar and continue beating for a few minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating to combine. Then beat in remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour the filling into a springform pan that contains a cooled prebaked crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven on the middle rack for 2 hours or until the top is golden and feels firm yet soft like a baked custard. Begin checking after 90 minutes. Internal temperature should be 150 degrees.
  5. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake inside for about an hour. Five minutes after shutting off the oven, run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan to help prevent cheesecake from cracking as it cools and settles.
  6. Remove cheesecake from the oven and cool completely before chilling in the refrigerator. Cover with toppings of your choice. Slice and serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts are not calculated with crust or toppings, as these ingredients will depend on individual preference.

Nutrition Facts
Basic Gluten-Free Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 159mg7%
Potassium 124mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2. Dairy-Free Cheesecake

5 from 1 vote
Dairy-Free Cheesecake
Dairy-Free Cheesecake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Can be made egg-free, too! The texture of this cheesecake is silky-smooth. No one will guess it’s made with tofu.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 303 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 (16-ounce) package silken tofu, drained
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages dairy-free cream cheese
  • 1 egg,* room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 gluten-free crust of choice , prebaked
  • Toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place the tofu in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the sugar and dairy-free cream cheese and blend. Add the egg and vanilla and blend.
  3. Pour the batter into the prebaked crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven on the middle rack for 45 minutes. The edges will be firm, the center soft.
  5. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door slightly ajar for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from oven and cool completely before refrigerating. Slice and serve or finish cheesecake with toppings of choice.
Recipe Notes

*For Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Cheesecake, add 2 tablespoons cornstarch to processed tofu mixture and blend. In a small bowl, whisk 1½ tablespoons egg-replacer with 6 tablespoons water until frothy; mix into batter and continue with recipe instructions. For Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake, add ½ cup unsweetened cocoa to food processer when blending in the sugar. If making the egg-free version, it’s not necessary to add the cornstarch.

Nutrition facts not calculated with crust and toppings, as these ingredients will depend on individual preference.

Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 230mg10%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

3. Gluten-Free Matcha Cheesecake

5 from 1 vote
Matcha Cheesecake
Gluten-Free Matcha Cheesecake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Chill time
8 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 
This special dessert is ideal for a ladies’ luncheon or a bridal shower.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 297 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 gluten-free crust of choice, pre-baked
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea powder
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • ½ cup mascarpone or crème fraiche
  • Toppings of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Tightly wrap the outside of the pan containing the prebaked crust with 3 layers of heavy-duty foil, dull side out.
  2. Using electric mixer fitted with paddle, beat cream cheese until fluffy, scraping sides and bottom of bowl.
  3. Mix green tea powder into sugar. Add to cream cheese and continue beating.
  4. Add eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition until incorporated and scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in mascarpone, one tablespoon at a time.

  5. Pour batter into prepared crust. Place the pan into a larger roasting pan and carefully add enough hot water to roasting pan to reach halfway up the outside of the springform pan.
  6. Bake cake until set, about 1 hour. (Center should move very slightly when pan is gently shaken.) Remove cake from roasting pan. Cool completely at room temperature. Then refrigerate uncovered overnight to set before serving.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts not calculated with crust and toppings, as these ingredients will vary based on individual preference.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Matcha Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 950IU19%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4. Dairy-Free Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

4.5 from 2 votes
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Dairy-Free Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Resting time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 
This luxurious treat has a brownie crust, a creamy filling and two ganache toppings. For a dairy-free version, make Dairy-Free Chocolate Cheesecake with dairy-free variations of Brownie Crust and chocolate ganache toppings.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 444 kcal
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces good-quality dark chocolate
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 chocolate brownie crust, prebaked (below)
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache (below)
  • Milk Chocolate Ganache (below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Break both types of chocolate into pieces and melt over hot water or in the microwave. Set aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add sugar and continue beating for a few minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla. Mix in the cream. Slowly stir in melted chocolate until ingredients are combined.
  4. Pour filling into cooled prebaked crust.
  5. Place cheesecake in preheated oven and bake on middle rack for 2 hours or until sides feel firm and the center is soft like baked custard. Begin checking after 90 minutes. Internal temperature should be 150 degrees.
  6. Turn oven off. Leave cheesecake in oven with door propped open for about an hour.
  7. When cool, top with milk chocolate ganache. Then top with dark chocolate ganache.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts not calculated with crust and ganaches. Please see those recipes for their individual nutrition facts.

Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 20g100%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 186mg8%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 995IU20%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Toppings

5 from 1 vote
Cherry Topping
Cherry Topping
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 227 kcal
Ingredients
  • cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons water
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar and cornstarch together in a saucepan. Add cherries, lemon juice and water, stirring over medium heat until mixture thickens.
  2. Remove from heat and cool before spooning over cheesecake.
Nutrition Facts
Cherry Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227
% Daily Value*
Potassium 314mg9%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 12.8mg16%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

5 from 1 vote
Mixed Berry Topping
Mixed Berry Topping
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 116 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ½ cup blackberries , if available
  • 2 cups strawberries , hulled and quartered
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • teaspoons white distilled vinegar
Instructions
  1. Pick through and wash the berries.
  2. Place half the berries into a saucepan with sugar and vinegar. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Gently mix in remaining berries and spoon over cheesecake.
Nutrition Facts
Mixed Berry Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 57.6mg70%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

5 from 1 vote
Sour Cream Topping
Dairy-Free Sour Cream Topping
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Chill time
2 hrs
Total Time
13 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 548 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sour cream or dairy-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Whisk together sour cream, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Spoon topping over baked cheesecake.
  3. Return cheesecake to 325-degree preheated oven and bake for about 8 more minutes or until topping is set.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack. When cool, remove springform from pan, leaving cheesecake on the pan bottom. Set on a serving plate and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Sour Cream Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 548 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 26g130%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 184mg8%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1435IU29%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 253mg25%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

5 from 1 vote
Milk Chocolate Ganache
Dairy-Free Milk Chocolate Ganache
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 1015 kcal
Ingredients
  • 9 ounces milk chocolate , chopped
  • ¾ cup heavy cream or coconut milk (not lite)
  • tablespoons cold unsalted butter or dairy-free margarine
Instructions
  1. Place chopped chocolate in a medium stainless steel bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat cream and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour boiling mixture over chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes without stirring.
  3. Swirl mixture until blended and smooth. Let sit until it begins to thicken. Pour over cooled cheesecake, spreading to cover.
Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Milk Chocolate Ganache
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1015 Calories from Fat 747
% Daily Value*
Fat 83g128%
Saturated Fat 47g235%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 436mg12%
Carbohydrates 79g26%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 65g72%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1715IU34%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

5 from 1 vote
Dark Chocolate Ganache
Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ganache
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 1046 kcal
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate , chopped
  • ¾ cup heavy cream or coconut milk (not lite)
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter or dairy-free margarine
Instructions
  1. Place chopped chocolate in a medium stainless steel bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat cream and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. Immediately pour boiling mixture over chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes without stirring.
  3. Swirl mixture until blended and smooth. Let sit until it begins to thicken. Pour over cooled cheesecake, spreading to cover evenly.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ganache
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1046 Calories from Fat 765
% Daily Value*
Fat 85g131%
Saturated Fat 47g235%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 709mg20%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1905IU38%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

5 from 1 vote
Coconut Lime Cupcakes
Dairy-Free Coconut Topping
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 865 kcal
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup heavy cream or coconut milk
  • ½ cup light brown sugar , firmly packed
  • ½ cup unsalted butter or dairy-free margarine
  • 1⅓ cups flaked coconut
Instructions
  1. Over medium heat, bring the cream, brown sugar and butter to a full boil. Immediately remove from heat.
  2. Stir in coconut.
  3. Cool to room temperature. Pour over cooled cheesecake, spreading to cover.
Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free Coconut Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 865 Calories from Fat 693
% Daily Value*
Fat 77g118%
Saturated Fat 54g270%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 298mg9%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1820IU36%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Crusts

5 from 1 vote
Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
To vary the flavor of your cheesecake crust, substitute any type of crunchy gluten-free cookie. Try crushed gingersnaps, vanilla or chocolate sandwich cookies, biscotti, shortbread, vanilla cookies—even brownies!
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 (8-9 inch) crust
Calories: 1138 kcal
Ingredients
  • cups gluten-free graham cracker crumbs or crushed cookies of choice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon , optional
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter or Earth Balance or dairy-free shortening of choice , melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a springform pan. Set aside.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon and melted butter together.
  3. Press mixture into prepared pan.
  4. Place in preheated oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a rack before adding cheesecake filling.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1138 Calories from Fat 720
% Daily Value*
Fat 80g123%
Saturated Fat 45g225%
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 839mg35%
Potassium 223mg6%
Carbohydrates 96g32%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 2100IU42%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

4.5 from 2 votes
Gluten-Free Brownie Crust
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 (9-inch) crust
Calories: 3106 kcal
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons butter or dairy-free shortening , of choice
  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk of choice (cow, rice, soy, nut, hemp)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour blend of choice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease and flour the sides and bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
  3. Add sugar to chocolate mixture. Stir in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in milk and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir into batter until blended.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared springform pan, spreading evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until center is firm to touch. Cool on rack before adding cheesecake filling.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Brownie Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3106 Calories from Fat 1476
% Daily Value*
Fat 164g252%
Saturated Fat 98g490%
Cholesterol 574mg191%
Sodium 2144mg89%
Potassium 1143mg33%
Carbohydrates 424g141%
Fiber 31g124%
Sugar 308g342%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 3375IU68%
Calcium 340mg34%
Iron 25.6mg142%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Written by R. Reilly, originally published in Gluten Free & More.

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free 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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