Ultimate Cheesecake Brownies (Gluten-Free, Keto)

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Are you looking for a delicious and decadent dessert that fits into your keto or gluten-free lifestyle? Look no further than these ultimate cheesecake brownies! They are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Brownies are a classic dessert that has been around for years. There are many different recipes for cream cheese brownies, but this keto and gluten-free version is one of the best.

Why you’ll love them

These brownies are moist and chocolatey, and the cream cheese layer is creamy and delicious. The bars are perfect for any occasion, and they are sure to please.

This recipe replaces regular flour with a blend of almond flour and coconut flour to make it a gluten-free dessert. Using a low-carb sweetener instead of sugar makes these cheesecake brownies keto-friendly too.

The best thing is they come out perfectly chewy and chocolately every time.

Ingredients

If you do a lot of gluten-free or low-carb baking, you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. Here’s an overview of what you need.

Butter

Unsalted butter is what gives the brownie base a moist and tender texture. It’s a better option than oil because it adds air into the batter.

Cream Cheese

For a classic cheesecake flavor, cream cheese is a must. It makes the top layer creamy and tangy. Use softened cream cheese so it doesn’t create lumps into the cheesecake filling mixture.

Sweetener

Feel free to use any granular sweetener that you prefer. For a keto-friendly dessert, be sure to use one that is low carb.

Cocoa powder

Unsweetened cocoa powder gives the brownies the rich chocolate taste.

Gluten-free flour

A blend of almond and coconut flour is used to make the brownies low-carb. But if you aren’t following a ketogenic diet, you can replace the blend with another one-for-one flour substitute.

Eggs

You’ll need a couple eggs to bind the ingredients together so they don’t separate while baking.

Flavor enhancers

To give the bars the best taste, vanilla extract is added to both the brownie base and the cheesecake topping. A little salt in the brownie batter is used to enhance the chocolate flavor.

ingredients for gluten free cheesecake brownies.

Instructions

The recipe is simple to follow and yields excellent results. Just follow these simple step-by-step directions for the ultimate cheesecake brownies that are not only delicious, but low-carb and gluten-free too!

Prepare brownie layer

Combine the melted butter, brownie layer sweeteners, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Then whisk in the eggs before folding in the almond flour and coconut flour.

brownie batter.

Reserve a quarter cup of the batter and set aside. Spread the remaining batter evenly into a greased or lined square 8-inch baking dish with a rubber spatula.

brownie batter layer.

Prepare cheesecake layer

In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, remaining granular sweetener, vanilla extract, and egg yolk together with a hand-held electric mixer or stand mixer until well blended. Pour cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter and spread in an even layer on the bottom of the square pan.

adding cheesecake layer over brownie layer.

Prepare swirl

Drop small spoonfuls of the remaining brownie batter over the cheesecake layer and swirl in with a sharp knife or wooden skewer.

cheesecake brownie swirl layer.

Bake

Bake until the cheesecake topping is set, about 30 minutes. Then allow to cool on a wire rack. Cut cool brownies evenly into squares.

baked cheesecake swirl brownies in pan.

Tips and variations

  • Customize with add-ins. By adding your favorite toppings or mix-ins, you can customize them to your own taste. Try mixing in chocolate chips to the batter or sprinkling them on top of the cheesecake layer before baking.
  • Thin the reserved batter. If the brownie batter for the swirl is too thick, you can thin it with a little hot water.
  • Do not over-swirl. Make big swirls to cover the entire top of the brownies being careful not to overdo it for best results.
  • Add espresso powder. For a more intense chocolate flavor, you can add in a teaspoon or more of instant espresso powder.
  • Use a brownie mix. To make this recipe even easier, you can substitute your favorite brownie mix for the homemade brownie batter.

Serving suggestions

Cheesecake brownies are a dessert that takes two classics and combines them into one amazing treat. This recipe is keto and gluten-free, making it perfect for those on a special diet or who have food allergies.

The brownies are rich and chocolatey, while the cheesecake layer is creamy and tangy. Serve them for dessert or share them at a party. They are sure to be a huge hit with everyone!

As a dessert, the decadent brownies taste great with a scoop of ice cream on the side and a topping of whipped cream. You can even drizzle on some hot fudge for the perfect indulgence.

FAQs

Can cheesecake brownies be frozen?

These gluten-free cheesecake swirl brownies freeze well. Just thaw them in the refrigerator before serving.

How long will the brownies keep?

Because of the cheesecake layer, the brownies need to be stored in the refrigerator where they should keep for at least two weeks. For longer storage, place them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What is the difference between cheesecake brownies and regular brownies?

Cheesecake brownies add a cheesecake-like batter to the top of the brownie batter before baking. They are typically denser and moister than traditional brownies.

cheesecake brownies on white platter.

Related recipes

If you like this cheesecake brownie recipe, you may want to check out some of our other easy low-carb and gluten free recipes. Here’s a few more of our favorite treat:

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5 from 4 votes

Ultimate Cheesecake Brownies (Gluten-Free, Keto)

Turn regular brownies into something special by swirling in a cream cheese mixture on top. These gluten-free cheesecake brownies are a delicious and decadent treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake brownies, gluten free brownies, keto brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 140kcal

Ingredients

Brownie Layer

  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup granular sweetener
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour

Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons granular sweetener
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg yolk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 8×8 baking pan or line with parchment paper.

Brownie Layer

  • In large bowl, combine the butter, sweetener, cocoa, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined.
  • Whisk in the eggs then fold in the flours.
  • Reserve about ¼ cup of batter. Spread remaining batter into prepared pan.

Cheesecake Layer

  • Beat together the cream cheese, sweetener, vanilla, and egg yolk until well blended.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over brownie layer.

Swirl

  • Drop reserved brownie batter over cheesecake layer.
  • Swirl in with a knife.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes then transfer to a rack to cool.

Notes

Customize with add-ins. By adding your favorite toppings or mix-ins, you can customize them to your own taste. Try mixing in chocolate chips to the batter or sprinkling them on top of the cheesecake layer before baking.
Thin the reserved batter. If the brownie batter for the swirl is too thick, you can thin it with a little hot water or almond milk. A thinner batter is easier to swirl in.
Do not over-swirl. Make big swirls to cover the entire top of the brownies being careful not to overdo it for best results.
Add espresso powder. For a more intense chocolate flavor, you can add in a teaspoon or more of instant espresso powder.
Use a brownie mix. To make this recipe even easier, you can substitute your favorite brownie mix for the homemade brownie batter.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
By on February 25th, 2022

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  1. 5 stars
    Luscious! Chocolate and cheesecake. What a beautiful combination! These brownies were the first dessert to disappear at our church potluck, last weekend. Thank you for the great recipe!

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