Is Gluten Free Cheesecake Less Fattening?

Gluten Free Cheesecake

I’m sure that some of the most popular cakes eaten during birthdays are cheesecakes. And why not? Cheese cake is absolutely one of the most delicious things in the world.

Actually, I have a little secret to reveal. When I was little, I honestly believed that cheesecake had ordinary cheese in it (like cheddar or Swiss cheese for sandwiches). Then my parents realized that I had gluten problems and that the crust had gluten, so my cheesecake treat days were over….. or so I thought…

One day, my mom told me that she was going to make a cheesecake for Easter that night, and she wanted us to try it. She had figured out a way to a make Gluten-Free crust with Gluten-Free cookies so, she wanted me to try it out, too. (Later I learned that cheesecake just had cream cheese in it!) 🙂 I absolutely adored it, and have become a lover of the gluten-free variety of cheesecake to this day.

Ever since that memorable night (for me, at least) I have tasted many a cheesecake in my day and have found some special recipes that I have tasted and fallen in love with.

Some of the best I have found were candy bar cheesecake, cherry cheesecake and so on.
I have included some of my favorite recipes here for you to try for yourself.

Candy Bar Cheesecake

  • Prep: 25 minutes
  • Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
  • Yield: 12-14 Servings

Ingredients

  • CRUST
  • 1-3/4 cups crushed chocolate wafers (about 28 wafers)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) Philadelphia® Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 Snickers candy bars (2.07 ounces each), coarsely chopped, divided
  • Additional chocolate syrup



Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine wafer crumbs and sugar; stir in butter.
  • Press onto the bottom and 1-1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square); securely wrap foil around pan.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 325° for 12 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk, chocolate syrup and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add eggs; beat just until combined.
  • Stir in 2-1/2 cups chopped candy bars. Pour into crust.
  • Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 75-80 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Top with remaining chopped candy bars; drizzle with additional chocolate syrup.

Recipe courtesy Taste of Home

Gluten Free Cherry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 8 to 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • Crust
    • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free graham cracker crumbs, about 6 ounces (I used Kinnikinnick Gluten-Free Smoreable Graham Crackers)
    • 4 tablespoons melted butter
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Cheesecake Filling
    • 2 pounds softened cream cheese ((4 8-ounce packages))
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons sweet rice flour OR cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sour Cream Topping
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Cherry Glaze
    • 1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla



Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F / 163°C
  • 9-inch springform cake pan
  • Place gluten-free graham crackers in a plastic zip bag and finely crush with a rolling pin.
  • Pour crumbs into a mixing bowl.
  • Add sugar and nutmeg and stir to thoroughly blend. Add melted butter and stir to combine.
  • Press crumb mixture into bottom of springform pan.
  • Don’t press the crumbs on the sides of the pan.
  • Refrigerate while preparing the cheesecake filling.
  • Place cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer on high until creamy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time.
  • Add sweet rice flour, sour cream and vanilla. Beat on high until smooth.
  • Remove crust from refrigerator. Pour cheesecake filling into 9-inch spring form pan.
  • Smooth top with a spatula and bake for 45 minutes.
  • While cheesecake is baking, place remaining sour cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and whisk until smooth and blended.
  • Remove cheesecake from oven and carefully spread sour cream mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
  • Use a spatula to spread sour cream topping over the baked cheesecake with a light touch.
  • Return cake to the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  • Turn off oven and leave cheesecake in the oven for 1 hour before removing.
  • Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • While cake is cooling combine cherry pie filling, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir to blend.
  • Spread cherries over chilled cheesecake just before serving.
Recipe courtesy About.com

Super Easy Gluten Free Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 packages of cream cheese (1 lb in total, and it’s easier to work with if you let it soften out of the fridge for an hour or so – but not at all necessary).
  • ½ cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of regular sour cream

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix up the eggs, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a mixer or blender until well incorporated.
  3. Scoop into a medium pie pan (about 8 inches)
  4. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the top has set well
  5. Right away, while it is still piping hot, spread on your regular sour cream

Recipe courtesy Hubpages

Even though most of the cheesecakes may fill you with a feeling of guilt when eating them, especially if they have a lot of calories, have no fear! Gluten free cheesecakes may have half as many calories as wheat cheesecakes (but check to verify).  Taking the Gluten Free option when you bake is always the wiser choice! (Not only for yourself but for those loyal test-tasters who scrape the bowl when you are done baking! 🙂

Cheesecakes are more simple to make than of ordinary cakes. If you are
in a hurry, store bought gluten free crusts would do just as well. Cheesecakes are as easy as pie, literally! They are quite similar to pie since you can prepare them in just about the same way.

Also, this Gluten-Free treat may be just the right thing to present to Gluten-Free relatives or neighbors, as it is a very good treat for socializing! (if you don’t believe me, try it for yourself and see the crowds that gather!)

One of the most special things about Gluten Free cheesecake is that they can be eaten with anyone! Eat it with your grandchildren, your parents or your family…. I guarantee that you will love it every time!:)

Image courtesy zingyyellow…!

Michelle Fecteau

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