Sugar-free No-Bake Cheesecake!

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Sugar-free No-Bake Cheesecake with Strawberries

INGREDIENTS – makes one 8-inch pie

Suggestion: Aim to make this at least a few hours on the DAY-OF when you want to serve it, because the strawberries tend to discolor and soften the next day.

CRUST – I suggest to make your own, but if you like really firm crusts or want to cut down on steps, used a ready-made one!

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (I used reduced-fat graham crackers)
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter (I used reduced-fat butter)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.4 tsp nutmeg

FILLING -

  • 1 (8 oz.) pack of cream cheese, softened (you may used reduced-fat cream cheese)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of ICE COLD milk (Ensure milk is VERY cold or it won’t gel. Soy milk will not set!)
  • 1 (1 oz.) box of Jello brand sugar-free cheesecake flavored instant pudding mix  (you can experiment with other different flavors: lemon, chocolate, vanilla, etc.)
  • 2 (16 oz.) or 2 rectangle-shaped clamshells of fresh, FIRM & COLD strawberries.
  • 1 small clamshell of blueberries for decorating

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put graham crackers in a food processor, or buy a box of ready-made graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  3. Press the mixture into an 8-inch pie dish.  Refrigerate.
  4. Pick out the less firm, less perfect strawberries to slice for the inner layer.  You will only need about two handfuls. Refrigerate while making filling.
  5. Beat cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until softened. reduce the speed to low, and gradually beat in milk, a little at a time (mixture will be watery). Use a rubber spatula to scrape cream cheese from the sides of the bowl, if necessary.
  6. Beat in pudding mix until the filling is thick and smooth.
  7. Spoon half of the cream cheese filling into the bottom of the graham cracker crust.
  8. Spread half the strawberries over the filling.
  9. Repeat cheesecake layer and strawberry layer.
  10. Chill pie in refrigerator until set and cold, at least 1 hour.

 PRETTY FLOWER DECOR – You can use this technique for any type of cake where strawberries are complimentary!

  1. Slice strawberries lengthwise a little less than 1/4″ thick (you want them tall and skinny with nice hips, not short & wide), and set the butts, round slices, and not-so-pretty slices to the side for use in the inner layer.  Save the biggest & perfect slices of each strawberry for the pretty decorated topping.  Set aside nice slices of smaller strawberries for the inner part of the flower.
  2. On the top layer of the cheesecake, start with your bigger, perfect slices of strawberries that are generally the same size on the outermost part of the pie tin (or in my case, my cute stone corning ware I’m finally able to use because I’m making a pie!!!).
  3. Put your second layer staggered between each strawberry, so you start making a pretty layered look.
  4. Repeat steps until you get to the center, and use the smaller strawberries.
  5. Add a few blueberries for a pop of contrast & BAM!!!  Stand back & admire what you did.  Post an Instagram pick & hash tag #MMC_recipe.

 

YAY!  This is my very first recipe that I’m posting on this site!  I mean, would you look at how beautiful it looks?  This also happens to be the first time that I made cheesecake from scratch versus from a Betty Crocker box!  I got this recipe from AllRecipes.com, however, I made some tweaks of my own, as well as made the strawberry decoration myself (I’ll take ALL the credit for that, thank you!).  My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s NO-BAKE!  Also, there are very few steps & ingredients!  That’s my favorite way to cook!

I made this for my mother-in-law’s birthday dinner (yeah, no shame, I brought it to a Chinese restaurant!), and she’s not allowed to have sugar because she’s diabetic.  Besides, I actually LOVE sugar-free desserts.  I always pick them over regular desserts because I feel less guilty!  It’s delicious & doesn’t taste sugar-freePS- if you try it out, PLEASE let me know how it went!  Ping me on IG or comment below!

Hope you liked my first recipe post!  Comment below with other suggested recipes!  Right now, I’m totally into baking because my son’s first birthday is coming up.  I’m really into decorating with fondant, and I’m hoping to make a YouTube video for my MMCvlog channel soon!  Stay tuned!  Tchau!!  Peace!