Thursday, August 7, 2014

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Cheesecakes (No bake!)


These are so tasty and perfect when you are expecting guests that are coming to visit, but aren't staying long enough for dinner.  You can whip them up pretty quick and pull them out to serve when you are ready. 

They are also great to serve as a dessert after you eat dinner. 

They are also just really tasty and you don't really have to wait until guests come over to make them. 


Greek Yogurt Strawberry Cheesecakes (No bake!)



Ingredients:

Topping:
16 ounces fresh strawberries, washed and diced
6 ounces fresh raspberries, washed and patted dry
1 teaspoon sugar

Crust:
1 sleeve graham crackers (9 crackers) crushed into fine crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar

Cheesecake
16 ounce cream cheese (try reduced fat to lighten up this dessert), softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Greek yogurt (vanilla or honey-vanilla flavor)

Directions:

Topping:
Combine the strawberries, raspberries and sugar in a medium bowl.  Stir until well combined and let rest for 10-15 minutes.  This will allow the berries to macerate (a new word I recently learned!)

Crust:
Combine the crushed crackers with sugar and butter and mix.  Divide evenly among small single serving bowls or ramekins.  Press lightly into the bottom of the dish.  These are more fun if you can serve them individually. 

Cheesecake:
In your stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together until the mixture is light and creamy.  Mix in the lemon juice and vanilla.  Add the yogurt and beat until well combined and fluffy for about 30-1minute. 

Stir the fruit mixture one more time and spoon a bit on top of each crust.  Remember you'll need berries to go on top of the cheesecake layer too, so save about half. 

Spoon an even amount of the cheesecake mixture on top of the fruit until it is evenly divided among all the dishes.  

Top with the remaining berries. 

Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

**If you plan to serve this the next day, you might not want to assemble these until it's time to serve because the berries on top of the crust may make the crust too soft. 

Source:   Mels Kitchen Cafe

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