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Gluten Free Dairy Free Cherry Cheesecake Cups

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If you want a cherry cheesecake fast without waiting for the cheesecake to cook or set up in the fridge, make our beautiful dairy free cherry cheesecake cups! This creamy and gorgeous dessert comes together quickly and is also gluten free and can easily be made vegan as well.

Photo collage showing no bake cheesecake dessert layered with cherries and gluten free cookie crumbs.

Summer isn’t over just yet, so I’m still hanging on to those delicious summer flavors like cherries. If you’re craving a quick and creamy dessert that’s still allergy friendly, make our dairy free cherry cheesecake trifle!

This beautiful deconstructed cheesecake is perfect for party desserts or any time you want a quick and fruity dessert.

This recipe is based off of our vanilla cheesecake recipe, so if you’re looking for an actual no-bake cheesecake you can top with cherry pie filling, go check out that recipe (we included a cookie crust recipe as well).

Our cherry cheesecake cups are:

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Peanut free
  • Egg free and vegan option (the cookies we used have eggs)
Dairy free cherry cheesecake trifle in a glass with a spoon.

Why we love this no-bake cherry cheesecake recipe

Our recipe is basically a deconstructed no-bake cheesecake (or a cheesecake trifle) that’s read in just a few minutes, so it’s fast and super easy to make. You don’t need to find or make an allergy friendly crust for this or let it set up in the fridge for several hours before eating (unless you want to).

Another great thing about this recipe is you can choose the texture you’d like for this dessert. If you want the cheesecake filling to be light and fluffy, serve these cheesecake cups immediately.

If you want these to be more firm and more like a no-bake cheesecake filling, make these cheesecakes ahead and pop them in the fridge for a few hours. The cheesecake filling will firm up much like our other cheesecakes.

Gluten free cherry cheesecake trifle with in a glass on a wooden table.

How to make dairy free cherry cheesecake cups

This recipe is super easy to make, here are the steps (this is just an overview, the full recipe is at the end of the post):

  1. In a large bowl, beat the dairy free cream cheese until it is softened (I used Violife cream cheese in this recipe).
  2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla to the cream cheese and beat again until smooth.
  3. Add half the container of CocoWhip (the So Delicious coconut whipped cream) to the cream cheese mixture and beat together until smooth.
  4. Fold in the rest of the coconut whipped cream into the mixture until mixed together and smooth.
  5. Scoop the cheesecake filling into a large piping bag and set aside.
photo collage showing steps to make cream cheese filling.
  1. Add the cookies to a zipper bag and break up into coarse crumbs.
  2. Assemble the cheesecake cups by filling 4 cups with layers of cherry pie filling, cookie crumbs, and cheesecake filling in the order you prefer, alternating the ingredients to create layers.
  3. The last layer should be a dollop of pie filling and a sprinkle of cookie crumbs for garnish.
  4. Serve immediately if you want the texture to be soft like whipped cream, or put in the fridge for a few hours to set up the cheesecake filling to be more thick and firm.
Photo collage showing steps to make a cherry cheesecake trifle.

If you want an alternative to canned cherry pie filling, we have a recipe for cherry pie filling made with fresh cherries!

Allergy friendly cookie options

The cookie crumbs in these cheesecake cups replace the cookie crust you’d have with a normal cheesecake. You can skip the cookie crumbs if you like, but the extra crunch is awesome in this recipe!

I used the Kinnikinnick vanilla wafers that are gluten free and dairy free, but do contain eggs. If you can’t find these cookies or need an egg free option, here are some ideas for cookies that would make great crumbs for this recipe:

Check out our other dairy free cheesecake recipes, our pumpkin trifle recipe, and our apple cheesecake cup recipe!

No-bake dairy free cherry cheesecake cups on a butcher block.

Dairy Free Cherry Cheesecake Cups (Gluten Free)

If you want a cherry cheesecake fast without waiting for the cheesecake to cook or set up in the fridge, make our beautiful dairy free cherry cheesecake trifle! This creamy and gorgeous dessert comes together quickly and is also gluten free and can easily be made vegan as well. This cheesecake dessert is made without cashews – no need to soak cashews for this recipe!
Makes about 4 to 6 servings, depending on the size of your cups
Gluten free, dairy free, peanut free
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cheesecake cups, dairy free cherry cheesecake, no bake cherry cheesecake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 486kcal

Ingredients

Dairy free cheesecake filling:

Putting it all together:

Instructions

Dairy free cheesecake filling:

  • In a medium bowl, beat the dairy free cream cheese until it is softened.
  • Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat in half the container of CocoWhip until blended and smooth.
  • Fold in the other half the of the So Delicious CocoWhip.
  • Scoop the cheesecake filling into a large piping bag and set aside.

Putting everything together:

  • Place the vanilla wafer cookies in a bag and crush into coarse crumbs.
  • Set out 4 small dishes or glasses. Assemble by adding 2-3 Tablespoons of pie filling into the bottom of the cups, sprinkle some cookie crumbs on top (about 1 Tablespoon), pipe on a layer of cheesecake filling, and repeat until your ingredients are used up, ending with a little pie filling and dusting of cookie crumbs.
  • You can serve these immediately or chill them for later. If you chill these for later, the cheesecake filling will firm up quite a bit more and be a bit more like a no-bake cheesecake in texture. If you eat these immediately, the cheesecake filling will be more soft like whipped cream.

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Notes

* So Delicious CocoWhip is a coconut-based dairy free and soy-free whipped cream
**For vegan, use sugar cookie crumbles without eggs (the Kinnikinnick vanilla wafers contain eggs).
 

Nutrition

Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g | Calcium: 0.2mg | Iron: 0.003mg
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