By: Chantal Urbina (bio)
Spring is here which means summer is just around the corner. With so many exciting celebrations such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Canada Day, and everything else in between. We have birthday parties, picnics, beach days, indoor rainy days, barbeques and so much more. All of these occasions heavily involve, if not revolve around our love for food. What better way to compliment some good summer eats than to finish it all off with some portable, homemade no bake cheesecakes for dessert?
Treats in jars are always extra appealing to the eye. They are mini, delicious, and are a great dessert to make with the kids. Anything with layers is great to create. The mason desserts are ideal for travel dates and also make for wonderful gifts (hint: Mother’s Day)!
This specific recipe cuts down on the traditional cream cheese heaviness and replaces it with a nutrient rich plain Greek yogurt. This provides us some lovely healthy fats, protein, and some probiotic love. I have also used all natural sweeteners in place of refined sugars to create a healthier cheesecake that is guaranteed to be a hit for the whole family.
No Bake Mini Cheesecakes
- 1/4 heaping cup of dates (soaked in warm water until soft to make them easier to blend)
- 1/8 cup crushed pecans
- 1/2 cup plain cream cheese
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/8 cup maple syrup (or any all-natural sweetener)
- 2 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 Tsp. lemon juice
- 3/4 cup fruit (fresh or frozen)
- 2 Tsp. honey (or any all-natural sweetener)
- In a food processor, blend the pecans until you’ve reached a fine crumb. Add the softened dates and blend.
- Press the pecan and date mixture onto the bottom surface of each mini mason jar and press firmly to even out. Place the jars in the fridge as you prepare the filling.
- Add all filling ingredients to the food processor and blend until thoroughly combined.
- Divide the filling evenly into the 4 jars and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to harden before applying the topping.
- To prepare the fruit topping, soften the fruit of choice on a skillet over low heat. Once soft, gently mash the fruit with fork and stir in the honey. Remove from heat to let cool and thicken. Top your cheesecakes once the filling has solidified. Serve and enjoy!
I am currently a retired Registered Massage Therapist on maternity leave with my first child. I am a certified Culinary Nutrition Expert and aim to create delicious but powerful meals that serve our bodies with the love and respect they deserve. Introducing solids to my daughter, Eliana, has further inspired me to create recipes with holistic foods. Motherhood has blessed me with the highest motivation to live the healthiest and happiest life that I can. Summers are when I shine my brightest as I live for adventures out in the sun. I live in Winnipeg with my daughter, husband and two cats.