Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe

Red Velvet Cheesecake

When I was sent this Red Velvet Cheesecake recipe, I nearly fell off my chair. Doesn’t it look tasty?

I mean, a diabetic friendly red velvet dessert that’s this delicious and gorgeous? My friend, Holly Clegg, is a miracle worker!

This guilt free red velvet cream cheesecake is so much fun to serve on Valentine’s Day. Bring it to the office to share with your coworkers. Or treat your family to a slice!

(Note that the recipe makes two – one for work and one red velvet cheesecake to keep at home!)

The 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.

You can find more of Holly Clegg’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at The Healthy Cooking Blog.

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A slice of Red Velvet Cheesecake with a chocolate crust on a white plate. Garnished with a sprig of mint.

Tips to make this red velvet cheesecake recipe

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

Crust tips: 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 dish and bake 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Gluten free? If you’re gluten free, use gluten free chocolate cookies for the crust.

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

Try yogurt: 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 an easy red velvet cheesecake recipe.

Dairy free? If you're dairy free, use a vegan cream cheese and my Vegan Sour Cream.

Freeze for later! Double to make several Easy Red Velvet Cheesecakes ahead of time and freeze for later.

Fun for the holidays: This red velvet cheesecake recipe is also terrific to serve up on any “red holidays” like Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day picnics, barbecues, and for over the Christmas holidays.

More awesome recipes from Holly Clegg

Easy Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Blueberry Muffin Streusel Cake

Easy Hot Crab Spinach Dip

Ahi Tuna Tacos

Easy Oven Baked Salmon

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe


  • 2 (8-ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, powdered stevia or monk fruit sweetener
  • 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)


  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 and February 8, 2017.

Updated with new photos and information.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe

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