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Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust

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Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust

Hi friends! A special treat is coming your way and we’re keeping it simple – simply enjoyable for our friends and family (or ourselves) with allergies and those without! This Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust is a food allergy safe option that does not compromise on taste or texture.

After years in the restaurant industry, more and more food allergy friendly options are continuously added to menus. In my experience, one of the biggest struggles with gluten free options is replicating the taste and texture of similar non-gluten free options. In addition, more often gluten allergies also come with additional allergies such as nuts, especially when it comes to desserts. Well we’re saying, “not today!”

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Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust

Honestly, this gluten free nut free cheesecake crust is so flavorful, wonderfully crumby and crunchy, I prefer it over using regular graham cracker crumbs or wafer cookies. What’s going to set this crust apart from soggy, bland gluten free options is the toasting of gluten free oats with cinnamon, brown sugar and honey so we’re left with super awesome gluten free granola goodness.

Right now, I’ve been able to find two brands with gluten free oats pretty easily. Bob’s Red Mill and Quaker Oats. If you subscribe to Thrive Market, you can find them there too.

Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust

Besides being delicious in cheesecake crust, these gluten free oats are a perfect substitution for regular oats in everyday life. Try them in these Gingerbread Banana Motivation Muffins for a gluten free jump start to your day. Or just make cheesecake, because that’s an acceptable breakfast….right?

Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust

Untoasted oats vs crunchy, sweet toasted oats

Once your crust is crumbed, buttered, baked in cooled what you put in it is totally up to you! There’s a gluten free New York style cheesecake recipe coming your way real soon. This one…right here…

Gluten Free New York Cheesecake

But in the meantime, these Raw Lemon Cheesecake Bars from Stress Baking are my current swoon-worthy summertime treat. If you’re looking to go totally gluten, nut and dairy free try filling your fresh Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust with Foodal’s Dairy Free Chocolate Cheesecake.

Honestly though, if you just ate this as granola and decided “to hell with the cheesecake” you would have my full support. Crunchy, sweet, and superbly tasty this Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust is going to satisfying in all the stages of cooking!

Did you make this recipe? Tell me about it in the comments! Looking for other go to’s for gluten free, nut free options – I want to know!

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Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust

Gluten Free Nut Free Cheesecake Crust

Crisp, crunchy and sweet with a subtle touch of warming cinnamon.  This gluten free nut free cheesecake crust can be enjoyed by those with food allergies and those without!
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 1 cheesecake crust
Author: Lauren

Ingredients

  • 3 cups 255g gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup 113g light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted (for a dairy free option, try substituting vegan baking butter)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a 13x9 pan, combine the oats, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, salt and oil.  Using your hands, evenly distribute the ingredients.  Spread into an even layer in the pan.  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • After baking let the oats cool completely, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Oats will harden as they cool to a granola-like texture, stir occasionally to keep from sticking to the pan.
  • Transfer to a food processor.  Pulse 2 to 3 times to break up any larger pieces then process on high for 30 to 60 seconds until the oats resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Add the coarse oat crumbs to a medium size bowl.  While stirring, slowly pour melted butter over the oats.  Once all the crumbs are coated with the melted butter, transfer to a springform pan to make the crust.
  • Optional:  If you want to remove the full cheesecake from the springform pan prior to serving, lightly grease the bottom of the pan with butter and line with a circle of parchment paper before adding crumbs.
  • Lightly spread crumbs into an even layer on the bottom of the springform pan.  Using your fingers or the bottom of a measuring cup, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and up the sides.  Bake at 350°F for 7 to 8 minutes.  Let cool completely before adding cheesecake batter of choice.
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Beth

Monday 29th of March 2021

The recipe tastes wonderful but has was way too much butter when I tried to use this in mini cheesecake muffin tins. My paper muffin liners where soaked halfway up.

Katie

Thursday 18th of March 2021

All in all, I count my experience with this recipe a success.

Though I have only tried one other gluten free cheesecake crust recipe, I can attest that this is a good recipe. My friend is gluten free and said that it is one of the best gluten free cheesecake crusts she has had.

I did not put in any brown sugar but added an extra table spoon of honey instead. The result was satisfying and pleasurable to eat. My only critique, if it be that, is that it came out a bit grainy. I doubt that this is avoidable, though next time I use this recipe I plan to let the crumb mixture sit in the butter for a while prior to baking to see if that reduces the graininess of the crust.

Colleen

Saturday 12th of December 2020

This sounds delicious! I'm wondering if I could use this for a pumpkin pie. If so, would I bake it with the filling or do I need to prebake? I would like to use this recipe for so many things!

Lauren

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Yes! I would recommend baking the crust just to set it. About 10-ish minutes at 350 should do the trick.

MB

Sunday 8th of November 2020

Love love LOVE this recipe!!! I actually had to make a second batch because I kept eating the granola while it was cooling. It pairs really well with cheesecake too! It’s hard to find yummy gluten free cheesecake crust recipes that aren’t graham crackers. Thank you for sharing this!

Lauren

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Thank you!!

Mary

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Thanks for this great crust. I already make my own GF granola with a very similar recipe. So the first time I make this I'm going to cheat and start with the made granola !