Top down view of black forest cheesecake in white dish, with cherries, spatula, two spoons on white plate on white board.

Healthy Black Forest Cheesecake Tart Recipe

This Healthy Black Forest Cheesecake Tart Recipe is a luxurious make ahead dessert, perfect for a special occasion. It contains a moderate amount of sugar and is super easy to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Keyword black forest, cheesecake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Author Monika Dabrowski


The Crust

  • 8 classic digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts, blitzed until fine
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

The Cheesecake filling

  • 220 g cream cheese I used full fat Philadelphia
  • 250 g ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 5 tbsp cocoa/cacao powder
  • 7 tbsp icing sugar

The Cherry Mixture

  • 140 g frozen cherries
  • 2 prunes pitted, chopped
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


  • Preheat the oven to 180 F/ 350/ gas mark 4. You will need a 23 cm tart dish.
  • Blitz together the crust ingredients until well combined and slightly sticky. Press the mixture into the tart dish. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. 
  • To make the cherry mixture place the cherries, prunes and maple syrup in a pan and fry over a fairly high heat for several minutes, stirring often, until the fruit is soft and the juice starts reducing. Mash the fruit with the back of the spoon as it cooks. Remove from the heat and leave to cool completely. It will thicken as it cools. Puree until smooth. 
  • To make the cheese filling in a food processor blend all the ingredients until silky smooth (but do not overblend). Spoon the mixture into the tart dish and smooth out with the back of the spoon. Drop spoonfuls of the cherry puree over the top and make swirls using a knife.  Spray with gold dust if you like or leave as it is. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Keep refrigerated. 


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg