Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Cheesecake

This Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake is amazing! A total crowd pleaser, it's super easy to make and no-bake! Gooey, fluffy, creamy and smooth with that wonderful marshmallow flavor! Today, I’m coming at ya with this AMAZING Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Cheesecake. And it’s a doozy!

So. I’m struggling.

Summertime’s in full swing in Sacramento and to call it ‘sweltering’ would be an understatement. Girl, it’s HOT here. Like denim shorts fusing to your skin hot. Like sweating profusely on a morning walk hot. Like if you turn on the oven I’m going to scream at you hot.

So no bake treats? We need them desperately.

I’m on a mission to create as many no-bake treats as I can this summer to avoid turning on my oven as much as possible. Of course I’m still going to bake traditional goodies like cookies, regular cheesecakes and cupcakes, but I want to save those for days when I’m feeling ambitious and somewhat sadistic.

Thus, this wonderful No-Bake Cheesecake was born!

I have a very similar version in my new cookbook, Out of the Box Desserts, which comes out in August… or which should be arriving on your doorstep shortly if you ordered from QVC! The cheesecake base is the same, but the crusts and toppings are a little different. Whether you make my cookbook’s version or this version, promise me you’ll make one or the other – they’re simply too good not to enjoy!

And everyone will flip out when they see that the crust is made out of a giant Rice Krispy Treat. I meeeeann… you are so welcome.

Of course, this cheesecake is only for die-hard RKT fans like myself. If you’re not a superfan of the stuff, then you may want to pass. This is pure, unadulterated RKT goodness.

So let’s break it down for ya. You make a standard batch of Rice Krispy Treats, except instead of pressing it into a square or rectangular pan, you’ll press it into a greased 9 or 10″ springform pan. Springform pans are also traditionally used for cheesecake, and it is necessary to help pop the crust out when it’s finished setting. Let the crust set in the pan for a couple minutes while you prepare the glorious marshmallow cheesecake filling.

This Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake is amazing! A total crowd pleaser, it's super easy to make and no-bake! Gooey, fluffy, creamy and smooth with that wonderful marshmallow flavor! For the filling, simply beat together some cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla – standard stuff. Beat in some marshmallow creme (and try not to groan audibly) and then fold in some Cool Whip. Now, whenever I make a Cool Whip recipe, all you naysayers come out of the woodwork, but PLEASE, use real deal Cool Whip. Real whipped cream isn’t as stable as Cool Whip is, and your cheesecake won’t stay as high, fluffy and airy with anything other than Cool Whip. So yeah, blame science.

This Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake is amazing! A total crowd pleaser, it's super easy to make and no-bake! Gooey, fluffy, creamy and smooth with that wonderful marshmallow flavor! Then, pour that wonderous marshmallow cheesecake goodness into your RKT crust. Garnish with whipped cream (there’s where you can use real-deal whipped cream) and plenty of stacked and cubed RKTs for garnish to really drive the point home that you mean business and are not to be messed with.

And that’s that! Fluffy, light, airy, marshmallowy goodness that sits inside of a giant, gooey, crispy RKT crust. The end.

This Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake is amazing! A total crowd pleaser, it's super easy to make and no-bake! Gooey, fluffy, creamy and smooth with that wonderful marshmallow flavor! *adapted from my Toasted Marshmallow S’mores No Bake Cheesecake in my book, Out of the Box Desserts

4.7 from 3 reviews
Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Cheesecake
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This No Bake Rice Krispy Treat Cheesecake is phenomenal! Light, fluffy and packed with flavor, it's perfect for any and every die-hard RKT fan!
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 pkg miniature marshmallows
  • FOR FILLING:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme/fluff
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Cool Whip, thawed
  • FOR GARNISH:
  • Whipped cream
  • Cubed & prepared Rice Krispy Treat Squares (I used the ones from the box)
Instructions
  1. Liberally grease a 9" or 10" springform pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add in the Rice Krispies cereal. Set aside momentarily. In a medium saucepan, melt the salted butter and marshmallows together over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal and toss until totally combined. Pour the cereal into the prepared pan and, using a greased glass cup, press the cereal mixture into the pan, forming a base and sides. Put aside to set, about 20 minutes.
  3. While crust sets, make your filling. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in the marshmallow creme until smooth. Lastly, fold in the Cool Whip by hand until combined.
  4. Spread the filling mixture into the crust, smoothing out the top. Garnish with whipped cream piped along the perimeter of the cheesecake and top with stacked prepared & cubed Rice Krispy Treats in the center. Chill for at least 2 hours in the fridge before cutting into slices.

This Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake is amazing! A total crowd pleaser, it's super easy to make and no-bake! Gooey, fluffy, creamy and smooth with that wonderful marshmallow flavor! This cheesecake is SO creamy, decadent and delicious while still being light and fluffy. It’s sure to make a great impression at any backyard BBQ, party, or even a random Monday night! 🙂

This Rice Krispy Treat No Bake Marshmallow Cheesecake is amazing! A total crowd pleaser, it's super easy to make and no-bake! Gooey, fluffy, creamy and smooth with that wonderful marshmallow flavor! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Strawberry Dole Whips

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Well, I’m all finished with my cookbook.

*cue the violin music*

I’m kind of sad it’s over. For the past two months, I’ve worked day in and day out on it, putting my heart and soul into every word, every recipe, every photograph. I really hope when it’s all said & done that you guys love it!

And now that it’s over (and as I prepare for editing with my publishing team), I want to celebrate… by going to Disneyland.

I mean, hello? Happiest place on Earth? Celebrating finishing this labor of love with Mickey and Minnie? Total no brainer.

I wish I could take you all with me – but alas, I’m no Stephen King. So I promise right here, right now, that I will eat a churro for you guys. And by ‘you guys’, I mean each and every one of my readers. I know that’s a lot of churros, but one time I went to Disneyland and they were literally all I ate. The only thing non-churro item I ate on that trip was one of those abnormally large pickles. Churros and pickles – my diet is so sophisticated.

Anyway, one of my new favorite treats at Disneyland is the Dole Whip. I’ve made a Pineapple Dole Whip before, based after the original, but this is a Strawberry Dole Whip, aka, my new favorite kind. It still has pineapple for that tropical flavor, but I added strawberries to make it pink and festive. Plus, the strawberries add great berry flavor and sweetness and it’s such a fun twist on a classic treat!

My Dole Whip recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker like most do. This means that while my Dole Whips are thick and creamy, they’re less “solid” like soft-serve and more like a really thick, icy smoothie or frosty.

I do recommend serving these between 1 and 3 hours after making and freezing them, which produces that thickness and icy texture reminiscent of a Dole Whip. If you leave them in the freezer longer than 3 hours, they will start to harden. Not a problem, just leave them at room temperature for an hour or two, or pop them in the fridge for several hours to take the hard chill off.

Whatever you do, let’s cheers to my book and make them!

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! *adapted from my Dole Whips recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Strawberry Dole Whips
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These Strawberry Dole Whips are a fun take on the classic Disney treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 (20 oz) cans crushed pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, combine the crushed pineapple and sugar. Blend on HIGH for about 1 minute or until smooth. Add in the remaining ingredients, breaking up the Cool Whip into pieces to make it easier to blend.
  2. Blend on HIGH for about 1 more minute or until smooth and creamy. Distribute among glasses and freeze between 1-3 hours, or until desired thickness has been achieved.
  3. NOTE: the Dole Whips will get quite frozen in the freezer if left in there longer than 3 hours. Bring them to room temperature for an hour or two, or keep them in the fridge for several hours before serving.

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Creamy, smooth, luscious and tropical, you’ll flip for these whips!

Be sure to pin this to your favorite board to save the recipe!

These Strawberry Dole Whips taste like Disney's famed pineapple whips but with a delightfully sweet strawberry flavor! SO easy to make, comes together in minutes and only requires a blender! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake

This Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake tastes every bit as sinful as store-bought cake, but with a healthy twist! You'll never guess this light, moist cake is skinny!About 8 years ago, after suffering through a terrible breakup, I went on a diet.

I totally wanted that revenge hot body so I could flaunt it in his face and say ‘BAM, SUCKA.’

Okay, maybe not ‘bam sucka’, but something preferably with expletives. Lots of them. Maybe a crude hand gesture thrown in for good measure.

ANYWAY.

While on my diet I avoided all fried food, only ate salads and chicken sandwiches from fast food joints, and tried to make healthy swaps wherever possible while cooking and baking.

Now at this point, I didn’t have this blog, but I was still cooking and baking on a regular basis for my family… and also because I found it therapeutic. There’s something so poetic about whipping cream into oblivion or punching dough right in its stupid fat face. Or, you know, wielding a zester. Zesting can be dangerous, you know.

And on the reg, my family would request sweet treats which I was happy to oblige… except, I wanted to participate in eating them, too! So I figured out a way to make cake healthy. Well – as ‘healthy’ as it could be. More like, figured out a way to make cake skinnier than your average store-bought cake. With a few simple swaps, no one was the wiser when I presented them with a skinnified cake. And I could indulge too!

So this Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake brings me back to that time in my life when I’m now needing to make those healthy swaps again. And since you guys are *probably* still sticking to your diet resolutions, I figured we could all use some healthy indulgence 🙂

This cake has two secret ingredients: unsweetened applesauce and egg whites. Okay, they aren’t super secret, but they make this cake out-of-this-world moist and utterly delicious. The applesauce replaces the oil that’s typical in cake baking, and the egg whites bind everything together without the calories of the added yolks.

Bake this cake up, poke a few holes in it when it cools and pour on the delicious nectar of the gods: fat-free sweetened condensed milk. Then slather on Cool Whip and top with sprinkles for a festive and healthified treat that’s sure to make you happy!

This Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake tastes every bit as sinful as store-bought cake, but with a healthy twist! You'll never guess this light, moist cake is skinny!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake
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This Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake is to-die for! Light, luscious, moist and bursting with flavor and sprinkles, no one will ever know it's lower-cal!
Ingredients
  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 & ¼ cups water
  • 1 small box sugar-free/fat-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • About ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles (more or less to suit your tastes)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a large bowl and reserve one Tablespoon. To the bowl of mix, add the egg whites, applesauce, water and dry pudding mix. Beat with an electric mixer for approx. 2 minutes or until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Once cool, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes throughout the cake, careful not to pierce through to the bottom. Pour on the fat-free sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Combine the reserved Tablespoon of Funfetti cake mix and the Cool Whip, folding gently to combine. Spread evenly over the top of the cake and refrigerate for AT LEAST 4 hours or overnight. Top with the sprinkles and serve!

This Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake tastes every bit as sinful as store-bought cake, but with a healthy twist! You'll never guess this light, moist cake is skinny!Fluffy, light, moist and utterly divine! You’ll love this lower-cal cake!

This Skinny Funfetti Poke Cake tastes every bit as sinful as store-bought cake, but with a healthy twist! You'll never guess this light, moist cake is skinny!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Easy Coconut Cream Pie

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.I am the worst packer.

Well, the best and the worst wrapped up into one messed up person.

You see, I just got home from a quick little jaunt to NYC and I spent hours packing for this long-weekend trip. Ruminating over every piece of clothing, every necklace, every cosmetic, everything. And then I packed.

And promptly unpacked.

And promptly repacked, after assessing I had everything in there appropriately the first time.

And then an hour later, unpacked again. Because last time I checked, I maybe forgot something.

So then I repack again. Will this cycle never end?

And finally, after hours of deliberation, rumination, and excruciating unpacking and repacking, I finally decided I was good to go… only to second-guess myself at the very last minute the morning I was to leave.

WHYYYYY does this happen to me?!

Why am I such a control freak who has to have everything in its perfect little place? Or feel like I’m going to die if I don’t bring XYZ necklace or XYZ pair of shoes? Hello, that’s just another excuse to go shopping, after all.

But regardless, time and time again I go through the packing and unpacking motions. Thanks, OCD, you’re a real help in this whole vacation thing.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.ANYWHO. Before my jaunt, I made this Easy Coconut Cream Pie. You guys – this pie could not be simpler to whip up. It’s so creamy, luscious, thick and light, it’s like you’re eating coconut cream clouds. And it’s prepared in a premade graham cracker crust, so there’s no baking, no muss, no fuss. Amazing!

I wish I could have packed this.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easy Coconut Cream Pie
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Serves: 8
 
This Coconut Cream Pie couldn't be easier to whip up! Light, thick, creamy and luscious, it tastes like it's made from scratch but comes together in minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz each) instant Coconut Cream pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • ⅔ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • About ½ cup toasted coconut (I toasted mine in a skillet)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mixes and milk until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. Fold in ¾ of the Cool Whip and the ⅔ cup of shredded coconut until combined and creamy. Pour into the prepared pie crust.
  2. Spread carefully with remaining Cool Whip and top with toasted coconut. Refrigerate to set for at least 4 hours or until firm. Cut into slices and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.No-bake, classic pudding pie. What’s not to love?!

I hope you enjoy! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Root Beer Float Pie

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!I am someone who has to have dessert after dinner every night.

I don’t know how it started, but it’s impossible to stop. Plus, it’s a little scoop of ice cream or a couple of cookies. It’s not like I’m clearing out the dessert section at Home Town Buffet.

…though don’t put it past me.

But trying to eat dessert when I’m trying to eat healthier is hard. Berries aren’t dessert for me. Fruit just is so not dessert. It’s fruit, it’s sweet, but dessert it is not. And drinking hot cocoa to “fix my chocolate cravings” doesn’t do it. Plus, hot cocoa in this heat? I’d sooner wear a bikini to the mall… and trust me, no one wants that. NO ONE.

But then I remember things like root beer floats and I’m like, I can get down on this. Root beer plus ice cream equals deliciousness; it’s simple math. And then I saw that I could make this into pie and I thought it was just genius.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!This pie tastes exactly like a root beer float. Like, to the T. And you can make it lower-cal, which rocks my dessert-loving socks, so it’s perfect. Creamy, sasparilla-y, ultra deliciousness.

Take that, dessert.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!*adapted from Taste of Home

4.0 from 1 reviews
Root Beer Float Pie
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This Root Beer Float Pie is creamy, dreamy, and ultra delicious! You'll be shocked at how close to a root beer float it tastes!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup good quality root beer
  • ½ cup milk (I used 1%, but skim may be used)
  • 1 (4-serving size) box instant vanilla pudding mix (sugar free may be used)
  • 1-2 Tbsp root beer extract (start with one Tablespoon and add more if you prefer a stronger root beer flavor. If you want a really light root beer flavor, only use a couple teaspoons and adjust from there)
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • Cherries and whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the root beer, milk, root beer concentrate and pudding mix for 2 minutes or until mixture thickens. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is uniform and combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust and freeze for approx. 8 hours or overnight. Once frozen, cut into slices and garnish with whipped cream and cherries, if desired. Store pie in freezer.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!This pie tastes phenomenal straight from the freezer: it’s creamy, dreamy, icy and just totally fab. The root beer flavor is so strong in this pie which makes me nostalgic for my childhood days in the summertime sippin’ on some A&W. If you prefer a more subtle flavor of root beer, omit the concentrate – it’s what gives this pie that true, old-fashioned root beer flavor we all know and love!

I hope you enjoy!

xo, Hayley

Pina Colada Bellinis

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.
You guys!

I’m finally expanding my blog to include some drinky dranks. I figured that my blog was severely lacking in the sweet beverage department and I needed to remedy that STAT. Sometimes, a perfectly chilled, bold fruity beverage is the exact thing you need to curb a craving or to top one off 🙂 Today I’m super excited to announce I’ve teamed up with Sparkling ICE for this post, featuring their naturally flavored sparkling waters.

These sparkling waters have tons of flavor, are just fizzy enough, and taste great! They’re made from natural spring water so they taste fresh, and they come in 17 real fruit flavor combinations like Coconut Pineapple, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Orange Mango, Kiwi Strawberry, and more! You’ll love them if you haven’t tried them already! They’re the perfect base for these Pina Colada Bellinis, which by the way, aren’t really bellinis but are kind of like them, so there! But they remind me of the virgin strawberry daiquiris and pina coladas I used to order all the time at restaurants.

As a child I’d order up a virgin pina colada because I loved the taste and how frosty it was. These remind me of an adult version of that and are every bit as good but just lighter in calories and more natural than the mix most restaurants use. And if you feel so inclined to make these non-alcoholic beverages for yourself, feel free! There’s plenty of fizz from the Sparkling ICE and tons of flavor otherwise. You won’t even know the champagne is missing!

I totally see you guys drinking these next to a pool, beach, or the sprinklers, on a day where the temps are a little higher than normal. Wide brimmed hats are optional, but recommended. It’s the perfect ice-cold beverage to enjoy in the sun. Or to enjoy wherever you please, because they are a must.

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pina Colada Bellinis
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2-4
 
This freezy-cool Pina Colada Bellini is flavorful, sweet and juicy! Feel free to leave out the alcohol completely if you'd like to make it kid-friendly, or sub in another alcohol (like rum or vodka) if you're feeling frisky.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • ¾ cup simple syrup
  • 3 oz sugar-free coconut syrup (like by Torani)
  • 2 bottles (34 oz total) Sparkling ICE Coconut Pineapple Water
  • ¾ cup champagne (or more or less to suit your taste)
  • Pineapple wedges, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree the frozen pineapple, simple syrup and coconut syrup together until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the Sparkling ICE waters and champagne; gently stir to combine.
  3. Pour the pineapple slush mixture among four glasses evenly; top with the champagne mixture. Serve with a pineapple wedge on the glass.

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.

These bellinis are so flavorful, juicy and bursting with fresh pineapple flavor and sweet, nutty coconut. If you like pina coladas, you’ll love this icy, frosty-cool beverage!

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.

Want some Sparkling ICE?  Well, my friends at Sparkling ICE are actually giving their fans a chance to win a year’s supply by competing against each other in the Flavor Face Off fan contest (No Purchase Necessary).  In addition, you could get your face on a bottle, along with daily and weekly prizes.  To register or to find Sparkling ICE near you visit sparklingice.com.

I hope you have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

No Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes

These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are ultra amazing! Luscious, fluffy marshmallow cheesecake and fresh berries combine to create these easy patriotic desserts.This time of year is kind of hard for a food blogger.

Why? Because it’s hot outside, and inevitably, the hotter the day is, the more I want to turn on my oven and bake something. I always seem to get those strong hankerings to bake whenever it’s the warmest day. I can’t explain why, but it’s always a tug-of-war in my head to decide whether or not turning on the oven is worth it.

And depending on the recipe, I usually do and just bear through the heat. My family, however, is not too keen on this process. But hey, baking is my job and I gotta do what I gotta do, right? Someone’s got to make the dough, and I don’t mean the cookie dough.

However, one of the job descriptions of being a food blogger is the ability to challenge myself to make new and inventive things depending on the seasons, the ingredients, or the holidays. And in my desperate limbo of “to bake or not to bake”, I happened to come up with this idea for a no-bake cheesecake.

And I have to say, it’s pretty brilliant.

I wanted something refreshing that would totally cool you off without being heavy and of course, without heating up the kitchen. Plus, with Fourth of July coming up, I also challenged myself to make this dessert patriotic for the upcoming holiday. And with the season, I wanted to utilize fresh berries since they’re perfect this time of year and relatively inexpensive at the farmers market. Oh, and then there’s the fact that I absolutely had to use JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Crème in it because duh.

As a marshmallow lover and JET-PUFFED’s brand ambassador this year, I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate marshmallows or marshmallow crème into my recipes for that sweet flavor and gooey texture. Incorporating marshmallow crème into these no-bake cheesecakes gives it a fluffy, whipped texture that’s absolutely amazing and pairs beautifully with the fresh blueberries and strawberries. Garnish it with a little handful of JET-PUFFED’s Star Mallows on top and you’ve got an easy, impressive patriotic treat to serve up to your family or backyard BBQ guests.

The best part? Your oven stays off the whole time. Hallelujah!

These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are ultra amazing! Luscious, fluffy marshmallow cheesecake and fresh berries combine to create these easy patriotic desserts.

No Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes
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These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes couldn't be simpler to whip up! Fluffy and airy, they're the perfect treat for hot summer days.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkgs (8 oz) PHILADELPHIA Light Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Crème
  • ½ (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • ⅔ cup fresh blueberries
  • ⅔ cup fresh strawberries, diced
  • JET-PUFFED Star Mallows, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until creamy and fluffy. Beat in the marshmallow crème until combined. Lastly, fold in the Cool Whip until incorporated and mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Place the mixture into a piping bag or a large resealable plastic bag and snip off a corner of the bag. Fill the bottoms of miniature 4 oz jars with about a Tablespoon each of the blueberries and strawberries. Pipe the cheesecake on top, filling to the brim of the jar.
  3. Top the cheesecakes with an arrangement of JET-PUFFED Star Mallows for a patriotic touch. Tie wooden spoons to the front of each jar for an easy, portable dessert. Store cheesecakes in the fridge until ready to serve.

These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are ultra amazing! Luscious, fluffy marshmallow cheesecake and fresh berries combine to create these easy patriotic desserts.These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are so dreamy! Fluffy whipped cheesecake flavored like sweet, gooey marshmallows and paired with fresh, juicy berries in adorable, portable mason jars for easy cleanup and fast service. What’s not to love?

Be sure to connect with JET-PUFFED on their social media accounts for more sweet recipes, tips & tricks, and information about marshmallows! You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest!

Hope you have a sweet day!

Xo, Hayley

No-Bake Margarita Cheesecake Pie

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!Happy Monday, you guys!

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is to-die for. For reals.

Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and I figured I was better late than never with this recipe. I knew that after trying my No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie that I had to make a margarita version and here it is. Creamy, luscious, sweet and tart and just packed with a margarita punch. And non-drinkers, hath no fear – it is non-alcoholic.

Though if you’re a daredevil like myself, spiking it is recommended. I don’t tequila-discriminate.

My mom loves sour stuff. Sweet Tarts and the sour Jelly Bellies are one of her favorite things. I, however, cannot stand sour candy. Gummy worms – the ones that were once sour in a past life but are now a whisper of sour – are the only “sour” I can tolerate. Anything else is off-limits.

So you’d think that my mom would love margaritas, what with their sour punch and extreme tartness. But no, she hates margaritas with an intense passion. The woman who shoves a whole lime in her Corona, the woman who will eat Sweet Tarts until her tongue swells, the woman who loves sour candy with a fiery passion hates margaritas.

Did I mention she’s also allergic to cucumbers but not pickles? She is a strange, strange woman indeed.

I, for one, enjoy margaritas despite my typical anti-sour attitude. I kind of enjoy the puckery punch that the fresh lime has and the kick from the tequila. And this is precisely one of the reasons why I devoured this pie faster than you can say “tequila shots.”

That, and because it was 99 degrees F on Friday. NINETY-NINE. That is so foul, y’all. So I was taking alllllll the chill I could get, and this pie offered plenty of that iciness I craved on that hot day.

[And PLEASE don’t tell me 99 degrees isn’t hot. What kind of world do you live in if 99 degrees F. isn’t hot!? Whatever it is, I do not want to live in it.]

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!ANYWHO. Let’s get to the bottom of this pie.

Er. I already did. Oops.

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!*adapted from my No Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie Recipe

No-Bake Margarita Cheesecake Pie
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Serves: 8
 
This creamy, icy cheesecake pie is packed with a puckery punch from margarita mix, cream cheese and Cool Whip. It's such a dreamy Cinco de Mayo or summertime treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 oz frozen margarita mix, somewhat thawed
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • Sparkling sugar, optional but recommended for crunch and a cute "salt" appearance
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, margarita mix, and condensed milk with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Continue beating for about 2 minutes or until creamy and smooth.
  2. Spoon in the Cool Whip and lime zest and beat to combine. Continue beating for about 2-3 minutes or until mixture is thick and fluffy. Mixture will continue to thicken as you whip it.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and smooth out the top. Immediately freeze for up to 4-6 hours or overnight (overnight recommended) before cutting into slices. Garnish with the sparkling sugar right before serving. This is best served straight from the freezer or slightly thawed.

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!I love the appearance of the sparkling sugar “salt” on top of each piece of this luscious, creamy pie. It’s packed with that punch of lime thanks to the non-alcoholic margarita mix and has plenty of that sweet-tart flavor you crave from a frosty, marg-on-the-rocks.

*Want to add tequila? Add about 1 shot’s worth in when you mix the condensed milk, cream cheese and margarita mix.*

*Cutting calories? Make this with fat-free or reduced-fat cream cheese, fat-free sweetened condensed milk, and Cool Whip Free or sugar-free Cool Whip.*

This Margarita Cheesecake Pie is a no-bake wonder! It comes together in minutes, has great creamy, icy texture, and tastes like a frozen margarita, bursting with fresh, sweet & tart lime flavor!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Skinny Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.A couple of days ago, I had to go to the local natural foods store to get some more eucalyptus essential oil. The local natural foods store is like Whole Foods but smaller and more expensive, so I actually am not sure why I go there. But I digress.

I was at the natural foods store minding my own business as I huffed essential oils when all of a sudden, this woman who worked there emerged from within the quinoa and split pea flour wearing belted cargo bermuda shorts, thick white ankle socks, hiking boots, and a purple polo shirt. A fanny-pack completed the entire look, and I only wish I were joking.

Most of the time, I try to abide by the old commandment, “thou shall not judge others by the nature of their hideous clothing”, but sometimes I have to make exceptions when it is so strange. This was one of those exceptions.

Not only did she look like she was going on some Indiana Jones exploration, but after clomping around in her hiking boots and swiftly removing misplaced items from the shelves, I realized she was basically a workplace adventurer. You know, the kind of people who tackle the day with purple polos and fanny packs.

It was then that I got the impression she ran the place because she began bossing another employee around and then went to the back for a second. The music went low for a minute and suddenly, she emerged again right as – and I swear I am NOT kidding you – the Jurassic Park theme music came on. I kid you not. This time, she stood facing the aisles of vitamins, probiotics, kefir drinks and assorted bean flours with her hands on her hips as the majestic dinosaur music blasted over the speakers. The other employee kind of looked bored and despondent like she sees this all the time and Purple Polo Explorer just looked invigorated and ready to conquer the misplaced tofu dogs with valor.

And I just stood there, snorting eucalyptus oil, thinking what the eff did I just witness?

And then I came home and ironically, Jurassic Park III was on TV and I had to watch it since Purple Polo Explorer lady totally got that majestic dinosaur music in my head. And then I made Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake because I’m sure that’s what the dinosaurs would have wanted.

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.This poke cake is a skinny version compared to the regular poke cakes of the past. It’s lighter on fat and calories which means you can enjoy more of it; something required when you have to conquer the jungle of Jurassic Park… or the natural foods store. And it’s bursting with refreshing orange creamsicle flavor, a favorite for spring and summer.

Are you ready to take on the day? *cue dinosaur music*

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Skinny Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake
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This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake is a dream come true! Citrusy and bright with sweet cream flavor, it's impossible to resist!
Ingredients
  • 1 box orange cake mix (or yellow if you can't find orange)
  • 1 cup low-calorie orange juice
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 (6 oz) containers light orange cream yogurt
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, OJ, egg whites, orange zest, and applesauce together with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until completely combined and smooth. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  2. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool completely.
  3. Poke holes over the entire cake using the handle of a wooden spoon or something smaller, such as a kebab. Spread the yogurt evenly over the surface of the cake, trying to get the yogurt into the holes as much as possible. Top with an even layer of the Cool Whip. Refrigerate for at LEAST 3 hours or until set, preferably allowing time to set overnight (the flavors are better this way!). Cut into squares and serve.

This Skinny Orange Creamsicle Cake is a cake to behold! Bursting with juicy orange and sweet cream flavor, it's a classic that's been lightened-up to a figure-friendly recipe.I know it’s an overnight cake, but it’s seriously worth all the waiting! It’s so citrusy, zesty and flavorful, bursting with fresh orange flavor and sweet cream. You won’t be able to tell it’s lightened-up since it’s SO delicious! You won’t be able to resist a (second, or third) slice of this beauty. 🙂

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.It’s obvious I love lemon. But I don’t really specify where I like that lemon.

Much like how people dislike fruits in their dessert, I dislike lemon in my dinner. I don’t do savory lemon. Savory lemon is dead to me.

Lemon has zero place near my chicken. It should not be near pepper. In my eyes, shrimp and lemon had a falling out forever ago and are no longer on speaking terms. Likewise, it shouldn’t be zested on green beans or mixed with rice. It should stay among its friends in the desserts world, like cakes and pies and tarts and cookies where it belongs. All you people with your lemon chicken and rice make me shudder.

Sweet lemon is where it’s at! You can’t turn down sweet lemon; it’s your BFF, your confidant, your — perhaps I spend too much time alone with food. But seriously, sweet lemon is awesome and I love it best when it’s mixed with butter, sugar, cream, or white chocolate… among anything else in which it’s transformed into a heavenly dessert.

Sweet lemon doesn’t betray my taste-buds like lemon pepper chicken does. Seriously? Lemon and pepper and garlic? Nooooooo. It hurts my heart. But lemon and butter and white chocolate? Doable. Totally doable.

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.And this cheesecake pie? So insanely doable, it may as well make itself and just about does. It’s so simple, you guys. It’s a mere 5 ingredients – 6 if you count freshly grated lime – and it comes together in seconds, albeit needing time to chill. And chill we can — because I am obsessed with this luscious, lemony dessert and have been eating pretty much straight from the middle with a spoon after I took these pictures. You all should be so glad you don’t have behind-the-scenes footage of me after photo shoots. Dear lawwwwdddd help me and the food I shovel into my pie-hole so I don’t have to put it away.

(And is it just me, or is putting things away always THE WORST? Putting away your clean laundry, putting away the clean dishes, putting away the groceries, unpacking your suitcase… it is TERRIBLE. I would rather sacrifice my growing thighs than throw some pie back in the freezer. True story).

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.Anywhooooo, this pie is fab and you should make it. It’d make a great Easter dessert! So dooooo it. Be Team Lemon with me!

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.

No-Bake Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie
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Serves: 8
 
This sweet and easy Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie comes together in just a few simple steps and tastes fabulous! Sweet, creamy, tart and light, it's the perfect refreshing dessert for any occasion.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 oz (half of can) pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 prepared or homemade graham cracker pie shell
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese, condensed milk, and pink lemonade concentrate with a handheld electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds. Turn up the speed to medium and cream for about 1-2 minutes or until combined and smooth.
  2. Add in the Cool Whip and lime zest and continue beating the mixture until it's completely smooth, light and fluffy, or about 2-3 minutes. The mixture will thicken up as it mixes.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and place in the freezer to set, about 3 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer and cut into slices just before serving; store leftovers in the freezer. Pies taste perfect after about 5 minutes at room temperature.

This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.This pie is everything. Sweet, tart, light and luscious, it has everything you could want in a creamy, refreshing dessert: ease of preparation, fantastic flavor, no-bake(!!) and it looks pretty. What more do you want?

*Tip: You could easily make this pie lower-calorie, lower-sugar, and/or lower-fat by using Cool Whip Free or Cool Whip Sugar Free, Fat-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk, Fat-Free Cream Cheese, and Low-Sugar Pink Lemonade Concentrate. 
This Pink Lemonade Cheesecake Pie is a light and creamy delightful cheesecake that's equal parts sweet, tart, and totally refreshing.

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

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