Low-FODMAP ‘Copycat’ The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake; Gluten-free, Lactose-free

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Who isn’t a fan of The Cheesecake Factory?  What made them famous is their ‘original’ cheesecake, which this recipe creates in a low-FODMAP copycat version that is to-die-for.

The availability of lactose-free dairy products means that those of us on the low-FODMAP diet don’t have to deprive ourselves of our favorite treats!  The only thing that isn’t absolutely copycat is the low-FODMAP crust.  Since graham crackers are not low-FODMAP I opted for my vegan, low-FODMAP Oat and Nut Crust instead.  So good.

Side note: Green Valley Organics makes lactose-free cream cheese and sour creams and these are sold at Whole Foods and other stores.  I used their brand for this recipe.

This low-FODMAP ‘Copycat’ The Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake recipe can be topped with low-FODMAP Strawberry Coulis, low-FODMAP Caramel Sauce, low-FODMAP Fudgelow-FODMAP Coconut Whipped Cream, or your preferred topping.

You may also love my low-FODMAP Chocolate Cake Pops and low-FODMAP ‘Copycat’ Starbucks Lemon Loaf recipes.  Or check out over 400 more low-FODMAP recipes on the blog.

Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD 

Low-FODMAP ‘Copycat’ The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake; Gluten-free

low-FODMAP cheesecake

Although 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 12 or more

Prep time: 30 min

Bake time: 90-105 min

Total prep: 2 to 2.5 hours

Cool time: 4 hours or overnight (can also span 2 nights if you prepare low-FODMAP crust in advance)

Bake 350 F

Equipment: 9 inch springform pan lined with parchment or silicone liner, aluminum foil for wrapping pan, baking pan to create water bath


For low-FODMAP Crust:

For low-FODMAP Cheesecake

  • 4 (8 oz) packages lactose-free cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 & 1/4 cups sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for low-FODMAP Cheesecake topping
  • 1 cup lactose free sour cream, divided into ½ and ½ cups (keep 1/2 cup in the fridge for later, allow 1/2 cup to come to room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature

For low-FODMAP Cheesecake Topping

Tips on making a low-FODMAP Cheesecake:

Before you start, I wanted to share a few pointers.  True confession, I had never baked cheesecake in my life before trying this recipe.  However, I was determined it would turn out, so I read everything I could find to instruct me.  Here are some of the tips to share with you:

  1. Start with room temperature ingredients to ensure you don’t have a cracked cheesecake surface
  2. Do not over mix the ingredients once they are all combined (too much air in the cheesecake will lead to cracks and falls)
  3. Bake it in a water bath (as I describe) to allow for even cooking and no cracking or burning
  4. Wrap the pan in aluminum foil well so the water doesn’t seep into the crust
  5. Bake it slowly and try not to check it too soon
  6. Lactose-free cream cheese bakes slightly different.  You will not be able to adapt a standard recipe to the typical baking times
  7. You can’t test the doneness of a cheesecake like a regular cake.  A few ways to check:
    • It should have a slight ‘jiggle’ in the center but not in the whole cheesecake
    • The surface should be firm and not gooey to a light touch in the center
    • A instant-read thermometer in the dead center of the cheesecake should read 150 F (only try this once ideally)
    • The edges should look slightly dry and the surface shiny
    • This website helped me a lot.  As you can see this low-FODMAP Cheesecake turned out perfect!
  8. Allow it to cool slowly- I like to open the oven door for a bit and then transfer it out of the oven and then to fridge.  Too rapid cooling will lead to cracks
  9. Chill overnight for best results to allow it to set completely and for the flavors to evolve
  10. Cut with a sharp thin knife, dipping in hot water before every cut to ensure clean, even slices
  11. Good luck!  It actually was easy when I followed these tips 🙂


  • Bake low-FODMAP Pie Crust (can also do a day ahead)
    • Preheat oven to 350 F
    • Press low-FODMAP Oat-Nut Crust onto bottom of prepared 9 inch springform pan lined with parchment
    • Wrap a large piece of foil around bottom of pan and chill for 15 minutes
    • Remove from freezer or fridge and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes
    • Store in freezer if preparing the day before, then remove with the lactose-free cream cheese so it comes to room temperature as well
  • When ready to make low-FODMAP Cheesecake, preheat oven to 350 F and place rack in center of your oven
  • Prepare your water bath: Place a large pan filled with 1/2-3/4 inch water in oven (make sure your springform pan will fit comfortably in this baking pan)
    • If you skip this step the bake time may be altered.  Slow cooking is key for a cheesecake success
    • See baking tips above
  • Prepare low-FODMAP Cheesecake filling:
    • In a large bowl, whisk eggs until light yellow and set aside
    • Using an electric mixer with flat paddle attachment, on medium speed, beat lactose-free cream cheese, 1 & ¼ cups sugar, ½ cup lactose-free sour cream and vanilla until smooth and creamy
    • Scrape down sides of bowl
    • With mixer running on low speed, slowly add whisked eggs to the low-FODMAP cream cheese mixture
    • Blend just until eggs are incorporated (do not overmix)
  • Pour filling into prepared low-FODMAP crust and tap on counter to settle any bubbles
  • Remove the water bath from oven and carefully place low-FODMAP cheesecake into the preheated water bath
  • Bake until set (see baking tips above and video link if desired) center should only have a slight jiggle, about 90-105 minutes depending on your oven
  • Open oven door and turn off oven, let low-FODMAP cheesecake cool in oven for 30-60 min
  • Remove cake to a wire rack to cool completely
  • Prepare low-FODMAP Cheesecake top layer once cooled: Combine remaining ½ cup lactose-free sour cream and 2 tsp sugar; spread over low-FODMAP Cheesecake
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours (this is necessary to set cheesecake)
  • Gently remove cheesecake from springform pan by running a knife around edges then lifting away the ring.  Next, gently elevate parchment away from bottom metal base of the pan.  Using your hands to support the bottom crust, peel the parchment gently away while laying the cheesecake on your choice of serving platter
  • Serve with low-FODMAP Strawberry Coulis, low-FODMAP Caramel Sauce, low-FODMAP Fudgelow-FODMAP Coconut Whipped Cream and low-FODMAP berries
    • My strawberries were prepared for the low-FODMAP coulis but not pureed for this recipe…so delicious!

Comments Rating 4 (2 reviews)

6 Responses

  1. Didn't cook as planned

    I’ve been excited to make this for a while now! I just finished baking it and it got about an inch higher than the sides of the pan, which I don’t know if that’s normal or not. The top is also entirely brown. It still jiggles and I only cooked it for 90 min, so I’m also not sure if that’s normal… Going to try it tonight though so hopefully after setting it will turn out!

    1. We are so happy you are making the cheesecake! But we worry that your oven may be too warm, since the top shouldn’t rise that much and get brown that soon. Did you use the water bath? That helps it cook slowly. Make sure you chill it long enough to set. We hope it still tastes delicious.

      1. I did use the water bath, but it didn’t seal fully so I had a decent amount of water intrusions and maybe that affected it? And this was my first time making a cheesecake, good observation Maria. It ended up great after chilling! I agree that my oven was too warm, I plan on trying again at a lower temperature because the recipe itself is perfect, maybe my oven generally cooks warm..

  2. It is easy to make

    All due respect, but I don’t think the above reviewer has made a cheesecake before. This recipe was not hard at all. Plus Rachel’s tips about how to make the water bath etc were really easy to follow. Cheesecake can be tricky, but if you read all the steps then you won’t have any issues. I was amazed at how delicious the lactose-free version was and also love this oat nut crust! Thanks for the recipe Rachel!

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