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An aerial image of a gluten free chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake on a dark blue backdrop. The cheesecake is topped with Whittakers bars and melted chocolate drizzles.

Gluten free chocolate peanut butter cheesecake

Gluten free, low lactose
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Food Intolerance Friendly
Servings 8 people


For the cheesecake:

  • 750 g lactose free cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 150 g dark cooking chocolate melted
  • 3 tablespoons natural smooth peanut butter
  • pinch of fine salt deepens the chocolate flavour, I promise
  • 3 extra large eggs (45-55g per egg, weighed out of shell)

For the base:

  • 1 cup (100g) almond meal
  • 1 cup (120g) tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon good quality cocoa
  • 80-100 g butter
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

Optional toppings:

  • 3 Whittakers peanut butter slabs roughly chopped (Whittakers don't guarantee their products don't contain gluten, if you're cooking for a coeliac)
  • The remaining 50g of cooking chocolate melted



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line and grease a springform tin (mine is 24cm)
  • Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature! If it isn't, you'll end up with a lumpy cheesecake.
  • Place all the ingredients for the base in your food processor, and combine until it forms a ball. If it doesn't, add a little extra butter, or a teaspoon of ice cold water. Once it comes together decant it into the lined tin. Use your hands to press it out evenly into the tin, and then poke a few air holes in it with a fork. Cook for around 10 minutes, or until it has puffed up slightly and has coloured. Set it aside to cool.
  • Place a small saucepan half filled with water, over a medium heat. On top of that, place a metal bowl ensuring the bowl doesn't touch the water. Place the chocolate in the bowl and allow to melt completely. Keep an eye on it - too long over the heat can ruin it. Once it has melted, add the peanut butter and salt and stir to combine. Turn the heat off and take the chocolate off the saucepan.
  • In a stand mixer (or using beaters, if you're brave) beat together the room temperature cream cheese and the sugar until it is completely combined. This should take around 5 minutes. Slowly pour the chocolate and peanut butter mixture into the cream cheese (it shouldn't be too hot by now) stopping to scrape down the sides when necessary. Once the mixture is smooth and incorporated, add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat until the mixture is runny and completely smooth.
  • Pour the cheesecake mixture onto the chocolate base, and jiggle the pan to distribute evenly. Place into the oven for 30-40 minutes. Don't worry about cracks on the top, because it will be completely covered in chocolate anyway.
  • Once the cheesecake is done, remove it from the oven, and run a knife gently around the edge. This will discourage any more splits in the top. Allow to cool completely before topping with whatever you fancy - Whittakers and excessive chocolate drizzle totally optional.
Keyword gluten free cheesecake, peanut butter cheesecake
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