Gluten-Free Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake

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Gluten-Free Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake is a lusciously layered dessert. It has the decadent flavor of traditional cheesecake, without all of the fuss.

Gluten-Free Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake slice on a plate with the cheesecake on a cake plate in the bacground

Disclosure: This recipe is sponsored by Schär. The opinions are my own. 

Red Velvet

Red velvet cake is a staple on holiday tables across the South, but this year I decided to make it with a twist. I love cheesecake, but I don’t love how time-consuming it is to make. That’s why I love to make gluten-free no-bake cheesecakes.

It has the decadent flavor of traditional cheesecake, without all of the fuss. If you are looking for the perfect dessert to serve at your holiday party or to your family on Christmas day, you cannot go wrong with this easy to make no-bake gluten-free red velvet cheesecake!

Gluten-Free Schar Butter Cookie Crust
Thank you to Schär for partnering with Mama Knows Gluten Free for this gluten-free Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake recipe.

I decided not to do a traditional graham cracker crust, but choose to use Schär’s Gluten-Free Butter Cookies. Schär’s butter cookies are perfect for this recipe. They made a fantastic crust because of their rich and buttery flavor.  Not only are Schär’s butter cookies certified gluten-free but they are also Non-GMO and preservative free.

Gluten Free Red Velvet No Bake Cheescake with a slice out of it on a white cake stand

I absolutely love Schär gluten-free products and I know why they are Europe’s number one gluten-free company! They have everything from certified gluten-free bread, rolls, pizza crust, cookies, crackers and snacks.

The best thing about Schär is not just their wide variety of gluten-free products, but that their products taste amazing! I also love that I can easily find their products at my local Walmart, grocery stores and on Amazon.

gluten-free red velvet no-bake cheesecake on a cake stand

This luscious gluten-free dessert has two layers of creamy cheesecake filling. One layer is the traditional cheesecake flavor and the second layer is dreamy red velvet. This no-bake gluten-free cheesecake perfectly mimics the flavor of a traditional red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.  It’s the best of both worlds!

This is definitely a show-stopping dessert. I promise it will be the first thing that goes at the holiday dessert table. Cheesecake is always a crowd pleaser, and this gluten-free version will prove to be a favorite. No one will even know that it’s gluten-free.

I also have two other gluten-free no-bake cheesecake recipe.

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Gluten-Free Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecake

By: Audrey
Servings: 16 slices
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
chilling time: 3 hours
Total: 30 minutes
Gluten Free Red Velvet No Bake Cheescake
Gluten-Free Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake is a lusciously layered dessert. It has the decadent flavor of traditional cheesecake, without all of the fuss.



  • 3 cups of crushed Schär Gluten-Free Butter Cookies, 3 packages
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 oz cream cheese, 2-8oz packages, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 envelope Knox gelatine
  • 1/4 cup boiling water water
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup gluten-free chocolate chips, melted
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free red food coloring



  • Crush Schär Gluten-Free Butter Cookies in a food processor or by hand, until you have 3 cups of fine cookie crumbs.
  • Pour the cookie crumbs into a medium-sized bowl.
  • Pour the melted butter into the cookie crumbs and mix until fully combined.
  • Line a round 9-inch spring-form pan with parchment paper.
  • Press cookie crumb mixture evenly into the bottom of the lined spring-form pan. You can use the back of a measuring cup to help press the cookies crumbs down firmly.
  • Cover and refrigerate while making the cheesecake filling.
  • Pour the gelatine into a small bowl and add boiling water. Keep stirring until the gelatine is completely dissolved.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together until smooth.
  • Add the sour cream and pure vanilla extract and mix until fully combined.
  • Pour the gelatine into the cream cheese mixture and mix until fully combined.
  • Add the heavy whipping cream and mix until fully combined and mixture thickens.
  • Pour half of the cheesecake filling into a medium sized bowl for the top layer and set aside. (This will be the white top layer.)
  • In a medium-sized bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at 15-second increments, stirring after every 15 seconds until fully combined. Chocolate chips can also be melted in a small saucepan on the stove.
  • Pour the melted chocolate chips into the cheesecake filling in the original large bowl. Mix until fully combined. (This will be the red velvet bottom layer.)
  • Add the cocoa powder and mix until fully combined.
  • Add the red food coloring to the chocolate cheesecake mixture until fully combined. The cheesecake filling will turn really red.
  • Put two tablespoons of the red velvet cheesecake filling into a small bowl. Add 1/4 teaspoon of red food coloring to the red velvet cheesecake filling and stir until fully combined. This is for the swirl decoration for the top. (optional)
  • Remove the crust from the refrigerator and spoon in the red velvet cheesecake filling to create the bottom layer. Smooth the top with a spatula or the back of a large spoon.
  • Spoon the white cream cheese filling over the top of the red velvet cheesecake filling. Smooth the top with a spatula or the back of a large spoon.
  • To create the swirl design, use a toothpick to drop little dots of the red velvet cheesecake filling (with the additional red food coloring mixed in) in a circular pattern. Start by making the drops from the outside of the cake and work your way to the center of the cake. Using a toothpick create a swirl pattern by dragging the toothpick through the red dots. See the example below.
  • Cover cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 3 hours). You can put it in the freezer to speed up.
  • Once the cheesecake is set, run a knife under hot water, and then along the edge of the springform pan to create a small gap between the pan and the filling before carefully unmolding the cake.
  • Top with whipped cream before serving. I also added white chocolate curls.
  • Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy!


Mama says, "Check all of your labels!"
Disclosure: This recipe is sponsored by Schär. The opinions are my own. 


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 3gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 735IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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    1. HI Kristin! Thank you so much! I love how red velvet cake has a cream cheese frosting, so I wanted the cheesecake to have the same flavor combination.

    1. Thank you Alisa! I love the cream cheese frosting a red velvet cake so I thought it would be great to have both flavors in the cheesecake.