Upside-Down Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Since Mother’s Day is fast approaching, I wanted to share a recipe for all you mamas…because let’s face it, even though it’s your day, you might just be the one in the kitchen!  (And you probably wouldn’t have it any other way.)  This Upside-Down Chocolate Chip Cheesecake is something you can make the day before; just pull it out of the fridge when it’s time for dessert.

It came about as a sort of happy accident.  I threw it together one evening, using what I had on hand when the kids wanted a goodie, and I’ve made it quite a few times since then.

Because it’s easy, there’s no need to bake, and it’s delicious!
(And of course, it’s gluten-free!)

(Note: I have increased a couple of the ingredients from my original recipe, because I think it works better that way; the following is the updated recipe.  Enjoy!)


  • 2  (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-n-half (or heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (or more if you like!)
  • 4 crunchy gluten-free granola bars* (or use this)
  • 1 lb. sliced or coarsely chopped strawberries

*I use Nature Valley oats & honey, or my own granola.

  1. Mix softened cream cheese in electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar.
  3. Continue mixing until well-blended and smooth.
  4. Add half-n-half (or whipping cream.)
  5. Beat until fluffy (2 minutes.)
  6. Mix in chocolate chips until thoroughly combined.
  7. Pour and spread in a 9×13 glass dish.
  8. Grind granola bars (or granola) in blender or food processor to form fine crumbs.
  9. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over cheesecake filling.
  10. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Now cover and place in fridge overnight.  That’s it!
Warning:  Do not lick the spoon, or else you might just keep eating, and your dessert might not last until the next day. 😉

Of course, I like to add a fewww more strawberries, like this…

because, strawberries are my favorite.  🙂

Oh, and you’ll probably want to make two of these.

Happy Mother’s Day!
She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:27,28
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  1. Keri | 6th May 15

    Oh, goodness. I think I'll be making this for myself very soon. I'm not even sad that nobody else in my house like cheesecake!

  2. Holly @ While I'm Waiting... | 6th May 15

    Oh my goodness! That looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday!


  3. Lynn Riggs Driver | 6th May 15

    Perfect- a treat just for you! 😉

  4. Lynn Riggs Driver | 6th May 15

    Thanks, Holly. 🙂

  5. Dawn | 8th May 15

    That looks delicious! And of course, I totally appreciate the happy accident that helped you discover the fantastic recipe, it seems like that is a way of life here in my kitchen because I never have everything that all the recipes call for. Necessity is the mother of invention, right.?

    Thanks for sharing a yummy treat. Happy Mother's Day!

  6. Lynn Riggs Driver | 8th May 15

    Thank you, Dawn. And you are so right! 😉

  7. Hanha Hobson | 9th May 15

    WOW WOW WOW! This looks amazing! I will definitely have to try it sometime! 🙂

  8. Lynn Riggs Driver | 11th May 15

    Thank you, Hanha. I hope you enjoy it! 😉

  9. Leah Courtney | 11th May 15

    Yum! I'm gluten free, and I never thought of using granola as the bottom (or in this case top) of the cheesecake! This looks good.

  10. Lynn Riggs Driver | 12th May 15

    Thanks, Leah! Enjoy!

  11. Karen @ karensuponthehill | 14th May 15

    Oh my word! Lynn, this looks amazing!
    Thanks so very much for sharing on Something to Talk About!

  12. Lynn Riggs Driver | 14th May 15

    Thanks, Karen! 🙂

  13. Lisa Huff | 15th May 15

    Hi Lynn, this Upside down Chocolate Chip Cheesecake look delish!! Thank you so much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party this week. I'm featuring them today on a National Chocolate Chip Cookie Round Up and promoting it on Fb, Twitter and Instagram too. If you want to check it out that would be great and thanks again for sharing this Chocolate goodness. I hope you join our party again on Monday. Lisa at Concord Cottage

  14. Kelsey | 15th May 15

    WOW this looks amazing! Pinning!!

  15. Danielle Reeves | 16th May 15

    Oh hun – you're totally speaking my language here! Sounds amazing!

  16. Lynn Riggs Driver | 16th May 15

    Great, Lisa! Thanks so much! 🙂

  17. Lynn Riggs Driver | 16th May 15

    Thanks, Kelsey. 😉

  18. Lynn Riggs Driver | 16th May 15

    Lol! It's good stuff! 🙂

  19. Terri Presser | 17th May 15

    This looks absolutely fantastic and really delicious. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  20. Lynn Riggs Driver | 17th May 15

    Thanks, Terri!

  21. Kimberly Lewis | 18th May 15

    This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  22. Lynn Riggs Driver | 19th May 15

    Thanks, Kimberly. 🙂

  23. Tiffany {A Touch of Grace} | 19th May 15

    I have actually never made an upside down cake, but this looks so good! And I love cheesecake!
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!

  24. Dee Cupcakes&Crowbars | 19th May 15

    Thank you so much for sharing this with Awesome Things Tuesday last week! Come party with us again, we'd love to have you!

  25. Lynn Riggs Driver | 29th May 15

    Thanks, Tiffany. Make yourself some and enjoy it! 😉

  26. Lynn Riggs Driver | 29th May 15

    Thanks, Dee. 🙂

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