Lighter No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

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Little baby lighter no-bake cheesecakes. YES!

Little baby lighter no-bake cheesecakes. YES! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Hi. So, I’ve been going completely nuts without properly functioning ovens. As a complete foodie, the girl who pretty much lives in the kitchen, it’s quite annoying to find out that your brand spankin’ new double ovens are a little over 100 degrees off.

Ugh. What to do?

Got it. Little no-bake cheesecakes!

Little baby lighter no-bake cheesecakes. YES! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Lemme tell you a bit about these adorable mini cheesecakes. First of all, no-bake. Genius— done in just 30 minutes. With the holidays right in our face, I made these on the lighter side so the jeans will still fit comfortably. And they are down right heavenly. Chris ate two. That crust? It’s perfect and super simple to pull together with Quaker® Simply Granola.

The creamy, smooth filling is enough to make you go into dessert coma.

(I’ll wait for you to come back.)

Little baby lighter no-bake cheesecakes. YES! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Now you’re probably thinking, how are these simple? Well let me tell you.

That crust? Only 3 ingredients. The filling? Only 5 ingredients. The hardest part, if any: pressing the crust into the pan. With so little ingredients, it’s imperative that each one is used without any substitutions. Let me quickly break down each layer.

(1) Granola crust— for this I’m using Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds for a hearty, crunchier texture. Using a food processor or blender, pulse the ingredients together and press the crust into the mini tart pans. If you do not have these, you can either use a cupcake pan (be sure to use liners!) or a pie dish to make a larger version.

(2) Lighter cream cheese filling— just two easy steps. Whip together the cream cheese, yogurt and cream. Once it’s light and fluffy add in the remaining ingredients until it’s fluffy and light.

I drizzled some melted semi-sweet chocolate on top because why not? Completely optional but insane if you opt out.

Little baby lighter no-bake cheesecakes. YES! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Little baby lighter no-bake cheesecakes. YES! Find the recipe at runlifteatrepeat.com!

Ladies and gents, we have a dessert winner when you don’t trust your ovens (or you want a quick satisfying dessert!)

Cheers to a hearty, satisfying dessert that won’t make you feel that guilt during the holiday season!

Lighter No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

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  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 30m
  • Yield: 6 mini cheesecakes
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Ingredients

Crust

  • 3 1/4 cups Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 1/2 teaspoons agave (or honey)

Filling

  • 8 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Optional toppings: chocolate drizzle, fruit, sprinkles, etc.

Instructions

  1. Make the crust: Using a food processor or blender, pulse the ingredients together into crumbs. The mixture should be thick, coarse, and sandy. Press the crumbs evenly into each tart pans, making sure the crust is tight and compact. The best way to do this: use the back of a 1/2 measuring cup. Set aside.
  2. Make the filling: Using a stand mixer (or hand) with a whisk attachment, combine the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and heavy cream. Start on low until the mixture comes together and then beat on high for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add vanilla, sugar and cornstarch and beat on high until combined.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture on each (about 1/4-1/3 cup per.) Place in the refrigerator to set for 10-15 minutes. Serve with toppings: chocolate drizzle, fruit, whipped cream, etc.

Additional Notes

  1. Make ahead tip: Prepare mini cheesecakes through step 2. Store in airtight container for up to 2 days. When ready, start at step 3.
  2. Don't have mini 4-5 inch tart pans? No worries! Line a cupcake pan with liners. This will make 12-15. OR use a 9-inch pie dish.

 

You can find Quaker® Simply Granola at your local WalMart in the cereal/granola aisle.

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3 Comments

  1. Janet Firth

    December 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I can’t eat nuts of any kind. Will something else work or is it easy to take out the almonds? Thanks!

    1. Christina

      December 14, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Janet. Thanks for reaching out. Since you’re unable to eat nuts of any kind, I’d go with a classic graham cracker crust: graham crackers, unsalted butter, and granulated sugar.

      1 and 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 8 full sheets graham crackers)
      4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted*
      1/4 cup granulated sugar

      Place the graham crackers in a food processor until they become crumbs then add the sugar and butter and pulse together. It should be a sand-like texture.

      *If you want to make it a bit healthier, sub the unsalted butter with coconut oil (melted). Follow the same process above.

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