No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

This no-bake cherry cheesecake is an easy summertime treat. This no-bake cheesecake recipe has omega-3-rich walnuts in the graham cracker crust and uses nonfat Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese in the filling to keep saturated fat in check. If you want a bright red topping, use sour cherries. Sweet cherries give it a more purple hue. To make gluten-free no-bake cherry cheesecake, use gluten-free graham crackers.

From EatingWell: May/June 2012
Yield: 12 servings
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 4 cups halved pitted sour or sweet cherries, fresh or frozen (thawed, drained; see Tips)
  2. 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  3. 1/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons water, divided
  4. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  5. Half a 14-ounce box graham crackers, preferably whole-wheat
  6. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tips)
  7. 1/3 cup canola oil
  8. 2 8-ounce packages reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
  9. 2 cups nonfat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  10. 6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

  1. Combine cherries, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch with 4 teaspoons water, then stir into the cherry mixture; return to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the liquid thickens and looks syrupy, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Process graham crackers in a food processor until finely ground. Add walnuts and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl; stir in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Drizzle with oil and stir to combine. Press into the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  3. Beat cream cheese, yogurt, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Spread over the crust. Spoon the cherry mixture over the top. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 348 calories; 17 g fat (4 g sat, 7 g mono); 20 mg cholesterol; 42 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 2 g fiber; 273 mg sodium; 228 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (17% daily value)

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 3 fat