Easy-peasy gluten-free Nutella cheesecake

Guilt often comes with dessert, doesn’t it? Well I’m not going to lie to you, this one’s no exception.As you read the ingredients, you might go into hyperglycaemic shock… but that’s what desserts are for. That’s their job!

Mr and Mrs Romance - The best Gluten Free Nutella Cheesecake Recipe

Mrs Romance and I usually embrace a dessert and all its sugary fun like an old friend, but we’ve been trying to cut down on sugar a bit. We’ve been harbouring a jar of Nutella in our pantry for about two months now.

It’s a bit like a smoker who’s trying to give up by keeping a last packet of smokes in the cupboard.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Gluten Free Nutella Cheesecake Recipe

Mr and Mrs Romance - The best Gluten-Free Nutella hazelnut cheese cake Recipe


But the thought of this cake broke us… though we were kind of looking for a good reason to crack open that jar of delicious nutty chocolaty-ness.

Before today, I’d probably checked to see if Mrs Romance had opened it – spoon clasped in my shaking hand – about a million times. That woman has a resolve of steel.

We first saw this ‘No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake’ on the lovely Sam’s site The Annoyed Thyroid and decided to give it a go. We did alter the recipe slightly, just to make it gluten free.

Gluten-free Nutella cheesecake

Mr and Mrs Romance - The best Gluten Free Nutella Cheese cake Recipe

Here’s what you need:

Mr and Mrs Romance - Gluten Free Nutella Cheesecake ingredients

  • 250 grams gluten-free biscuits
  • 75 grams soft unsalted butter
  • 1 x 400 grams jar Nutella (at room temperature)
  • 100 grams chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 500 grams cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 60 grams icing sugar (sifted)
  • Springform cake tin (approx 8″ / 20 cm across)

Here’s what you do:

Mr and Mrs Romance - Gluten Free Nutella Cheese cake Recipe

  • Prepare your cake tin. I line the bottom and sides with baking paper so it’s easier to remove the cake later.
  • Place the biscuits in a food processor with the butter and 25g of the hazelnuts. Blitz until it starts to form clumps and looks a little like damp sand. You can also add a tablespoon of Nutella but our biscuits already had a filling so this wasn’t necessary.
  • Press the base mixture into your cake tin and press down evenly with the back of a spoon. Place it in the fridge to chill.
  • Next, beat the cream cheese and icing sugar together and then add the remaining Nutella. Make sure the mixture is well combined.
  • Place the Nutella and cream cheese mix over the base in the cake tin. Smooth the top with a spoon and scatter hazelnuts on top.
  • Leave the cake to set for at least 4 hours but overnight is better. Serve straight from the fridge, and I recommend using a cold, wet knife to cut the cake to get perfect slices.

Mr and Mrs Romance - the best Gluten-Free Nutella Cheesecake Recipe

Mr and Mrs Romance - Gluten-Free Nutella Cheese cake Recipe

This is going to make just about the best Christmas dessert ever known. And I only say ‘Christmas’ because it’s the closest excuse time-wise for me to eat as much of this cake as I can get my Cookie Monster-esque hands on!

What’s your favourite indulge cake you like to make? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Images by Mrs Romance.


  • Reply December 17, 2013


    Actually, this is one of my most favourite decadent desserts although I’m also partial to my mum’s best baked cheesecake, which is just as deliciously simple as the Nutella number. Love your photos – made to make my mouth water!

  • Reply December 18, 2013


    That’s the sound of me passing out from over-excitement! We absolutely love Nutella and managed to eat a Nutella crepe every day of the 2 weeks we were in Paris. Chris has made them a few times at home since then, as clearly we developed an addiction!

    • Reply December 19, 2013

      Mrs Romance

      nutella crepes are the BOMB! You will die over this cake. It’s so easy I can make it, and delicious! x

  • […] here it is: Mrs Romance’s gluten-free version of Nigella Lawson’s Nutella cake. We were inspired by Sammy’s Thermomix recipe […]

  • Reply February 18, 2014


    This looks AMAZING! I’m not all that fond of desserts except for cheesecake (and red velvet cupcakes!). And let’s be honest, anything will Nutella in it is automatically completely indulgent worthy!

    • Reply February 20, 2014

      Mrs Romance

      This is the most indulgent cheesecake Melinda, and I can tell because we didn’t eat it all in one sitting! It’s dangerous for us to keep Nutella in the house (because I eat it with a spoon) but I buy it just to make this cheesecake.

  • Good lord! Where has this cake been my whole life?
    Looks damn good….and perfect for a little Sunday baking session!

    • Reply October 5, 2014

      Mr Romance

      It’s SO GOOD, Clare! I mean, Nutella: tick, pastry: tick, cake: TICK! When Mrs Romance pulled this one out, I knew I’d made the right decision marrying her!

  • That looks fantastic! And I love the slice picture because I can picture it right in front of me! 😀

    • Reply October 9, 2014

      Mr Romance

      It’s formidable, Lorraine. Especially if – like me – you could eat a whole litre tub of Nutella in one sitting! Perhaps it’s safer if I just do what you’re doing and picture a slice in front of me. Otherwise I’ll be commissioning Mrs Romance’s cake-making skills WAY too often!

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