Blueberry Cheesecake (gluten & sugar-free)

Cream cheese cupcakes[Update: Due to my dairy allergy, this isn’t something I can eat anymore.  But give it a try!  It’s tasty]

Mr. M’s just celebrated his 28th rotation around the sun.  Since our very first date to Seattle almost two years ago he’s been wanting to tour Seattle in the most culturally sophisticated way possible—The Duck.  When Mr. M first pointed out the super touristy, tacky duck-shaped boats and announced that he wanted to ride one I just laughed.

In honor of his birthday though I’m going to treat him to a tour via The Duck once spring quarter is over and he’s back for a week over break.  And I also made him mini blueberry cheesecakes to celebrate (note the lovely lit candles below).  And he seemed to really enjoy them.

I highly modified Suzanne Somers’ New York Cheesecake recipe from her book Somersize Desserts.  While it isn’t specifically gluten-free, a lot of the recipes in the book tend to be naturally gluten-free.


Yields: About 18 cupcakes.

Ingredients for Cupcakes :

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups Splenda/sucralose
  • 3 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Splenda/sucralose

Directions:

  1. Place cupcake liners in muffin tins and set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese and Spenda together in a large bowl (it will turn out better if you wait until the cream cheese is at room temperature).
  3. Add eggs, beating after each addition.  Then add sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla.  After mixing, carefully add blueberries.  Don’t kill it, just mix until it’s smooth.
  4. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to divvy up the cream cheese mixture evenly into the cupcake liners.  Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes (0r until a toothpick comes out clean).
  6. In a smaller bowl, mix together sour cream and Splenda for the topping.  Once the cupcakes have cooled completely the in the refrigerator, spread sour cream frosting on top of them.

Cream Cheese cupcakes 3

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Chocolate Mousse (gluten & sugar free)

Chocolate Mousse[Update: I can no longer eat dairy, found out that I’m allergic.  But because this recipe was one of my all-time favorite desserts, I’ve left it on the blog]

Valentine’s Day may be over, but that’s no reason to put the chocolate away.  Bring on the mousse!

You can buy gluten-free, sugar-free mousse mixes in the store, but they’re kind of pricy and the ingredient list contains way too many unidentifiable things.  This is cheaper not only cheaper, but it also only has four ingredients.  And it’s super simple, quick, and quite yummy.

It’s also a great desert to serve picky wheat-eaters (you know, the ones who think anything that says it’s “certified gluten-free” will taste like dirt) because they’ll never guess it’s gluten-free!


Allergan/Sensitivity Info:Gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, sugar-free.

Yields: About four to six servings (it just really depends completely on how much you’re in the mood for chocolate).

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Splenda (or any generic form of sucralose)

Directions:

  1. Use an electric mixer to mix cream until it just starts to get fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla, cocoa powered, and Splenda.
  3. Mix until light and fluffy (be careful to not over mix the cream because it won’t be as light and fluffy then).
  4. Divide into smaller containers (or you could always eat it right out of the bowl), and serve.  You can also let it sit in the refrigerator if you want it to be colder.  It tastes quite nice chilled, but I can never wait that long.

Cream Cheese Frosting (gluten-free & sugar-free)

DSCN0802[Update: Well, I’m now allergic to dairy, so cream cheese frosting isn’t an option anymore.  But it’s pretty good, and easy, so give it a try!]

Making frosting from scratch was a new experience for me.  And, of course, the fact that it needed to be both gluten and sugar free and hopefully still tasty, made it seem a little more daunting.

As a result, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy (and yummy) cream cheese frosting turned out to be.  And it works well with chocolate cupcakes.


Allergan/Sensitivity Info:

Yields: About 3 and 2/3 cups (just enough to frost 18 cupcakes or a small cake).

Ingredients:

  • One 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups Splenda (or generic form of sucralose)

Directions:

  1. With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Slowly add Splenda.
  3. After everything is well mixed, frost cupcakes or cake or cover and store it in the refrigerator.