Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes Gluten-free
The perfect bite sized pumpkin cheesecakes
It’s no secret that I have a huge sweet tooth, so when the holidays roll around I always catch myself making a ton of desserts. Don’t even get me started with Thanksgiving day. The dessert table always has so many different options, and i’m not one to choose just one, so these mini pumpkin cheesecakes are perfect for the occasion.
These bite sized Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes Gluten-free are literally just that, bite sized. They are the perfect quick taste so that you can have a little cheesecake and still have room for whatever else is on the dessert table that you’re eyeing.
This recipe is the third recipe that i’m sharing for Thanksgiving week over on my Instagram and Tiktok. Be sure to follow along or head to my website for a recap of everything on my Thanksgiving menu this year!
Ingredients in Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes Gluten-free
The ingredients that are in these mini pumpkin cheesecakes are pretty standard to what you’d find in any cheesecake recipe. However, for the crust I used a combination of dates and almonds to make this recipe fully gluten-free.
- cream cheese– I used regular cream cheese from Philadelphia, however you can use a dairy-free cream cheese to make this recipe dairy free. I haven’t tested this yet, but my assumption would be that it would work the same.
- pumpkin– I used organic pumpkin puree from the can that I picked up from my local Trader Joe’s, blended in with the cream cheese to give this recipe that delicious pumpkin flavor.
- pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon– to add more flavor and spice to this dessert recipe, I added in some pumpkin pie spice with a combination of cinnamon.
- egg– the egg will help these cheesecake rise and also hold together.
- granulated sugar– granulated sugar to sweeten this cheesecake up.
How to make mini pumpkin cheesecakes
There’s a two step process in making these mini cheesecakes, but all in all, it’s really easy and quick! First, make the crust with the almonds and dates. Then, prepare the cheesecake filling and bake in the oven. I’ll go over the steps quickly here, but always refer to the recipe card for more details and instructions.
Start by making the gluten-free date crust by combining dates and almonds together in a food processor or blender. Press this into the mini cupcake liners and set aside while making the filling.
In a large bowl, combine softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in the egg and spices last and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add this filling to the mini liners and the bake for 15 minutes. When done, let cool on the counter for an hour before moving to the fridge for another hour to cool.
When done, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Can these be made ahead? How many days?
Hi Keirstin! Yes, these can be made ahead of time. I recommend the day before for best results and freshness.
Can you use oil instead of liners?
Hi Drew! I would assume that non-stick spray would be sufficient enough and that they would not stick. However since I haven’t tested it I don’t want to advise without being 100% sure.
Hi there! Could this recipe be made dairy free by substituting the cream cheese with a df brand? ?? Love your recipes by the way! Xo
Hi Christina! Yes, you can absolutely use a dairy-free cream cheese and it will work the same! Thank you so much, let me know how you like them 🙂
How many oz or tbs is 1 Package cream cheese?
Hi Brooke! Thanks for catching that! 8oz package of cream cheese
Will it work without liners?
Hi Jessica! They should, however, I haven’t tested it so I don’t want to advise you to do so without being 100% sure. My best guess is that it will work, just be sure to coat your pan with non-stick spray so they do not stick. I recommend using a silicon pan if you have them!