Low-FODMAP Cheesecake Swirl Brownies; Gluten-free

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Low-FODMAP Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are chewy, creamy, rich and completely delicious.  I make it easy for you with low-FODMAP Certified Happy Baking Fudgy Brownie Mix!

I also added some chocolate chips to the base layer, and then swirled the tops with a little extra brownie batter.  Beautiful and decadent 🙂

Low-FODMAP Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are ready in about an hour, and everyone will think you spent all day in the kitchen!

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While this recipe has not been lab tested a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients (using available FODMAP data at time of posting)

Serves: 20-24; 1 brownie per serving

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Bake: 350 F, then 325 F

Equipment: One 8 inch square pan, parchment paper, electric mixer


For the low-FODMAP Brownie Base

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • Butter contains virtually no lactose, and is low in FODMAPs.  We have not tried this recipe with dairy-free alternatives
  • 1 box low-FODMAP certified Happy Baking Fudgy Brownie Mix
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, dairy-free if necessary
    • These brownies are VERY rich and decadent, if you prefer less sweetness then omit the chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon hot water, plus more if needed

For the low-FODMAP Cheesecake Topping

  • 12 oz lactose-free cream cheese, room temperature
    • Drain lactose-free cream cheese well (I often press it out using a cheesecloth to remove the liquid)
    • You can also use regular cream cheese, if you tolerate small amounts of lactose
      • 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons is one low-FODMAP serving
        • For this recipe, I used regular cream cheese, due to lactose-free inavailability
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature


Prepare brownie layer:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line your brownie pan with parchment paper using a 1 inch overhang. Spray with baking spray or grease with butter or shortening
  • Add the melted butter to a large bowl and mix in packet of Happy Baking Fudgy Brownie Mix
  • Add eggs one at a time and mix well to incorporate (you don’t need an electric mixer for this part)
  • Remove 1/2 cup of brownie mixture to a small bowl and set aside for later
  • Fold your 1/2 cup chocolate chips into remaining mix
  • Spread this into your pan

Prepare Cheesecake Topping:

  • Add the room temperature cream cheese to stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or hand mixer, and mix at medium speed for 3-4 minutes until smooth and creamy
  • Reduce speed to low and slowly add sugar, salt and vanilla
  • Add eggs one at a time, allowing each to incorporate, scraping the bowl as necessary
  • Spread the cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie layer, smooth this layer
  • Mix your reserved 1/2 cup of brownie batter with your tablespoon of hot water until smooth, add a little more as needed to make this batter easier to scoop out
  • Drop this in heaped teaspoons over the cheesecake layer and then use a toothpick to swirl the chocolate drops over the top of the cheesecake
  • Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 325F and bake another 35 minutes until set, with no jiggle to the center
    • As ovens vary, yours may need more or less time
  • Allow to cool completely in pan on a wire rack, then refrigerate until serving

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