Grain free Cheesecake base recipe

About The Base…

I love a good shortcrust base and that is what I normally use in my cheesecakes, but I also want to offer other alternatives like grain free. I experimented with this recipe quite a bit to get the taste, texture and integrity of the structure just right. I’m sure there are many other grain-free recipes out there and ones similar to this, and I don’t profess that this is “the best” as I haven’t tested other recipes, rather this from my own recipe development.

The mix
I use a silicone muffin tray for these as you can just pop them out quite easily. Press the mixture down with the back end of a tall and narrow glass.
(after pressing)
Then add your cheesecake topping

Grainfree cheesecake/Tart base by Bonnie van Esch ©2020

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A nutty, crunchy grainfree cheesecake/Tart base


*1 cup almond flour (unblanched is better)

*2 Tbsp coconut flour

*5 Tbsp melted coconut oil (odorless)

*30g melted chocolate (white or brown)

*1/2 cup ground mixed seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and flaxseed)


1. In a coffee grinder, ground the mixed seeds. Do not grind until powder, you should still be able to see some pieces of seeds.

2. In a bowl, add the almond flour, ground seeds and coconut flour.

3. Melt the coconut oil and chocolate together in a microwavable bowl for increments of 30 seconds, stirring between intervals, until melted.

4. Add the melted mixture to the bowl with the dry ingredients and using the back of a wooden spoon, mix and press out the lumps as you work. The mixture should be moist.

5. Add a heaped tablespoon to each muffin space and then transfer the leftover equally to each space.

6. Using a tall and narrow glass turned upside down, press the bottom end of the glass into the mixture and twist. You should get a nice flat and even base this way.

7. No need to refrigerate, simply add your cheesecake filling and then cook as per your recipe.

8. Follow your cheesecake recipe as per cooling times. Once it gets to the stage where you have had them in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, take the tray out and if you want, now you can add the chocolate topping (as show in my pictures) which is 85g of baking chocolate melted over a bain marie (or in the microwave) with half a tablespoon of tasteless oil. Pour this over each cheesecake and spread with the back of a spoon. The chocolate will set after a few minutes especially if the cheesecakes have come straight out the fridge. Next just press the cheesecakes gently from underneath so that they pop out. Serve and enjoy!

Note: you can use this base recipe with fridge tarts and no-bake cheesecakes too.

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Published by Bonnie

Hello. My name is Bonnie. Welcome to my page. I have been an avid baker for about 20 years. Of those years, seven have been gluten-free baking. I discovered I had a chronic intolerance to gluten and began experimenting with converting my all time favorite recipes into gluten-free ones. I also have developed my own recipe repertoire. I am married and have two children. My husband and son are not gluten intolerant but my daughter is. She has also been the motivation for persevering in creating recipes we both can enjoy. My journey has taught me so much and I know many others can benefit from my experience. My hope is that you will find something you can order that you have missed and longed for being gluten intolerant or celiac. Or perhaps you just want a healthier option as I also offer alternatives to some of my orders such as sugar free, grain free and low carb. I share my experience and story in more detail on my Instagram page. (@bonniesGFbakery) Please feel free to follow me there. Located in Somerset West, Western cape, South Africa. I deliver to the Helderberg basin area which includes Somerset West, Gordans Bay and Strand.

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