Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day dessert recipe, you need to check out this Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe from Holly Clegg.

When Holly  sent this easy red velvet cheesecake recipe, I nearly fell off my chair. I mean, a diabetic friendly red velvet cheesecake that’s this gorgeous? She’s a miracle worker!

This healthy red velvet cheesecake is perfect for Valentine’s Day dinner, to bring to the office to share with coworkers, or just to treat your family.

This easy red velvet cheesecake recipe comes from Holly’s terrific Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence. It’s a wonderful cookbook for the beginning cook – ideal for engagement showers, graduation gifts, or as a present for someone who wants to start cooking in a healthy way.

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You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at  The Healthy Cooking Blog. Check out Holly’s trim & TERRIFIC™ cookbooks on Amazon, too!

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Looking for an Easy to Make Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe for Valentine's Day? Click to get this simple and healthy dessert recipe. Also works for Christmas, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, picnics, parties, and barbecues. Can be frozen, too. Gluten free and dairy free options. Diabetic friendly.

This Mama’s tips when making red velvet cheesecake recipes

Make this recipe for red velvet cheesecake even healthier by using a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit sweetener.

To make a homemade chocolate crust, combine 1 1/4 cups crushed chocolate cookies, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Press into bottom of spring form pan or a ceramic pie pan and bake 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. If you’re gluten free, use gluten free chocolate cookies!

If you don’t have time to make a homemade gluten free chocolate crust, I like Mi-Del Gluten Free Chocolate Snaps Pie Crusts.

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You can use plain non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, if you prefer. I find Greek yogurt to be a more wholesome choice for these red velvet cheesecake recipes.

Double to make several Easy Red Velvet Cheesecakes ahead of time and freeze for later. This red velvet cheesecake recipe is ideal for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day picnics, barbecues, and for over the Christmas holidays.

Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake

Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup nonfat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring
  • 2 (9-inch) round commercially bought chocolate pie crusts (regular or gluten free)

Directions

  1. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add eggs, egg white, cornstarch, cocoa, sour cream, vanilla, buttermilk, vinegar and red food coloring, mixing well.
  3. Pour into crusts, equally dividing the batter. Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is firm. Turn off oven and remain in oven 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Servings: Makes 2 (9-inch round) cheesecakes
  • Serving size: 16 servings
  • Calories: 270
  • Calories from Fat: 109 (39%)
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 262mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg

Dietary Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 1/2 fat

Recipe and photo used with permission of the author.

Originally published on Dec 17, 2012. Updated with new photos and information.

Looking for an Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe? Click to get this simple and healthy dessert recipe for Valentine's Day, Christmas, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, picnics, parties, and barbecues. Can be frozen. Gluten free and dairy free options. Easy to make and diabetic friendly.

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