Oreo Banana Split Ice Box Cake

Layers of Chocolate and Berry Oreos and a no bake banana cheesecake makes this Oreo Banana Split Ice Box Cake an impressive dessert to cut in to.

Oreo Banana Split Ice Box Cake - layers of Oreos and no bake banana cheesecake makes this an impressive no bake cake

So, a couple weeks ago Aimee and I bombarded you with lots of Banana Split treats like this Banana Split Popcorn and this Banana Split Bundt Cake.

You would think that after a week of Banana Split everything, I would want to take a break from that flavor combo for a while.  But no, I had one more fun dessert swirling in my head that I couldn’t wait to make.   I had one pack of the Berry Oreos and the Chocolate Oreos that I managed to keep hidden from the cookie monster that lives with us.  This cookie monster just looks like a normal hungry teen boy…but I’m on to him.

Chocolate and Berry Oreos

Ever since I made this Berry Oreo Ice Box Cake, I have been dying to make another one.  Something about cutting into it and seeing the layers just makes me so happy.  And it is seriously the easiest cake to make!!!  You wouldn’t be too surprised if I told you I had another fun flavor combo that needs to be made yet, would you?  I’m pretty sure you kind of expect crazy random desserts like this by now.  At least I sure hope you do :-)

For the layers in this no bake dessert, I started with a no bake cheesecake.  Cream cheese, ripe bananas, Cool Whip, and little bit of sugar makes a delicious no bake cheesecake.  You could totally eat it all by itself, but seriously add the Oreos because it is amazing.

The cookies get a quick dip in milk before getting layered with the cheesecake mixture.  Make sure you don’t soak them very long.  We want soft, not soggy cookies.  That 1/4 cup of milk should be just enough for 32 cookies to take a quick skinny dip in.  Layer the cookies and the cheesecake, and then top everything with the leftover Cool Whip.  #yesIdoloveCoolWhip

You could eat it right away, but I recommend giving the dessert a few hours in the refrigerator to set up completely.  Then carefully cut slices out of it and drizzle them with chocolate syrup, if you like.  I totally recommend the syrup, but then again I am the sugar crazed baker around here.  You do what feels best to you!

Oreo Banana Split Ice Box Cake - layers of Oreos and no bake banana cheesecake makes this an impressive no bake cake

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Oreo Banana Split Ice Box Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16 pieces of cake

Oreo Banana Split Ice Box Cake

No bake banana cheesecake layered with Chocolate and Berry cream filled Oreos makes a delicious and un no bake dessert.


1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup smashed banana (2 ripe ones)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
4 cups Cool Whip, divided
16 Chocolate Cream Oreos
16 Berry Oreos
1/4 cup milk
chocolate syrup


  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the banana and beat again. Fold in 2 cups Cool Whip.
  2. Dip the Chocolate Cream Oreos in the milk quickly. Place on the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish.
  3. Cover the Oreos with half of the banana cheesecake.
  4. Dip the Berry Oreos in the rest of the milk and layer on top of the banana cheesecake.
  5. Spread the remaining banana cheesecake on top. Cover with the remaining 2 cups of Cool Whip.
  6. Refrigerate a few hours to set up. Cut into 16 squares and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Store covered in the refrigerator.

 Here are a few more fun desserts to use up any Oreo cookies that might be lurking in your cupboards:

Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza 11

Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes 4
Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Oreo Truffle Cups 9

Peanut Butter Oreo Truffle Cups

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars

No bake granola bars are a welcome treat any time of day.  They are great for on-the-go breakfasts, delicious in lunch boxes, and perfect to munch on after school or work.  Chocolate and coffee gives these Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars a delicious mocha flavor.

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

We go through granola bars like crazy around here.  I used to buy a couple boxes of the bars each week, until I realized how much cheaper it was to make homemade ones each week.  Over the years, I have created quite a few versions of baked and no bake bars.

The no bake granola bars are definitely my favorite for obvious reasons.  10-15 minutes tops is all it takes to have a pan of yummy bars waiting to be devoured.

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

Is anyone else in shock that the end of the year has come up so quickly?

I seriously feel like we just got over winter, and now the kids will be out of school in just 2 days.  They are so excited to be done with all things school related.

Bring on the sun and shine and the lazy days at the pool.  Hhhhmmm pool days means I should ramp up those work outs.  Or not.  At this point I kind of don’t care…I just want to enjoy the sunshine!  Of course, ask me that again when I actually have to put a swimsuit on.  My answer will probably be slightly different!

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

With the end of school year staring me down in the face, I wanted to come up with a cute snack/gift that could be used for a Thank You for our school teachers.

I have had this Drink Sleeve die cut sitting in my office for a while now.  With my current trend of using coffee in all my treats, I knew that this would be the perfect little gift.  You can pick up a few clean coffee cups from the coffee shop the next time you stop in.  The die cut package also comes with cute label die cuts for the front of the sleeve.  Use your computer to print out the words “thanks a latte” and cut it to fit inside one of the shapes.  

Make sure you check out We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts for more cute packaging options.  The code BRUCREW will save you 20% off your purchase!!

Adding coffee and cocoa powder to these no bake granola bars gives them a delicious mocha flavor.  Stir the instant coffee and cocoa powder into the melted butter and honey until it dissolves.  Then just stir in the oats and cocoa krispies until completely coated with the chocolate goodness.

Note:  Do not stir in the chocolate chips until the mixture has cooled.  The little chocolate chips melt very quickly if your oats are warm.  Give it at least 5 minutes to cool off before stirring the chocolate in.  Then press everything firmly into a buttered pan.

I told you these bars were easy.  15 minutes and you can be out of the kitchen and planning fun things to do during summer vacation.  Just make sure you have lots of caffeinated granola bars to keep you going.

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars - coffee and chocolate chips give these easy, NO BAKE bars a delicious cappuccino flavor

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Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10-12 granola bars

Cappuccino Chip Granola Bars

Coffee and chocolate add a delicious flavor to these easy NO BAKE granola bars. Perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes, and after school snacks.


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 1/4 cups cocoa Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips


  1. Place the butter, honey, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat over low-medium heat until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the instant coffee and cocoa powder. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the oats and stir until covered. Slowly add the cereal and stir until completely coated. Let cool for 5-7 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into a buttered 8x8 baking pan. Let set. Cut into 10-12 bars. Store in a sealed container.


*You can leave out the instant coffee if you do not like the taste of coffee in your treats.


 More delicious coffee flavored treats to get you going for the day:

Chocolate Mocha Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Mocha Chip Banana Bread

Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

Coffee Chip Oreo Truffle Bark

Coffee Chip Oreo Truffle Bark


*I am a studio member for We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Crafts. I am sent products in exchange for sharing fun projects on my blog. No other compensation is given. All opinions are 100% my own.

Peach Pie Cheesecake Parfaits

No bake desserts are always nice to make on warm days.  These Peach Pie Cheesecake Parfaits are fancy enough for a Mother’s Day brunch or a picnic at the park.

Peach Pie Cheesecake Parfaits - no bake parfaits are a great fancy dessert for a brunch or a picnic outside

Wasn’t it just the other day we were talking about how cold it was?  And how we couldn’t wait for summer to get here?  Well, it seems that Spring pretty much bypassed us here in the Midwest.

We had a very chilly month of April, but the past few days of May here have been hot and sticky.     [Read more...]

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars

No bake cookie dough truffles get even easier to make when you spread them into a pan and cover them in mint chocolate.

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars - easy chocolate no bake truffles made with Andes Mints

 Want to know something crazy about me?

I am a big time talker.  Oh, but not out loud and to anyone.  That’s right.  I talk to myself.  Really I think it is just because I have so many ideas going through my head at once that some of them have to come out somehow or I’ll explode.  That and for some reason actually saying things out loud helps me process my ideas even more.  Tell that to my hubby!  He just thinks I’m plain crazy.   As long as I’m just talking about cookie dough and treats, I think I’m totally sane…right?   [Read more...]

No Bake Nutella S’mores Granola Bars

Mini chocolate chips and marshmallows add a fun twist to these no bake granola bars.  S’mores for breakfast or after school will have everyone smiling.

No Bake Nutella S'mores Granola Bars - easy no bake granola bars that are perfect for breakfast or as after school snacks

 Lately I have become obsessed with making everything granola.  We have had granola bites and granola bars every single week for the past month.  I’m trying to space them out sharing them here because I’m sure you are not as obsessed as I am.

It all started with these Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites and has just spiraled out of control.  Let’s just say that the big container of rolled oats is down to the last few oats.  Mental note:  add that to the grocery list.

Peanut butter, cranberry, coconut, sprinkles, chocolate chip, blueberry…just a few of the things that have made their way into our granola bars/bites recently.  [Read more...]

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites

These Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites are a healthy snack to munch on when you are trying to cut out a little extra sugar from your diet.

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy no bake granola bites that are light and healthy

 Yes, you read that right.

I have totally and completely jumped on the skinny bandwagon.  (But don’t worry…I have a few other recipes that I will have to jump off the wagon so I can share with you soon!)

It is the beginning of the year after all, and everyone is doing their best to stick to those healthy eating goals.  I don’t want to be the one to make you stumble, plus I am doing my best to cut some of the excess sugar out of my diet too.  When I have brownies and cookies in my kitchen, my sweet tooth is stronger than my will power.

So, I made a sweet little snack that is lower in calories and higher in fiber and protein to pacify my sweet tooth with. [Read more...]

No Bake Banana Cream Pies in a Jar

Easy no bake desserts are always a quick and easy treat to make up.  These Banana Cream Pies in a jar make the perfect end to any dinner.

Banana_Cream_Pie_in_a_jar, banana cream pie, no bake desserts, Jell-o pudding cups

Did you know that today was Pi Day?   March 14th = 3/14 = 3.14  Yeah, that’s kind of losing me too.  I only know because I have friends who freak about all things math.

Me?  I just freak because it is another day to celebrate with a dessert.  Pi Day to me means PIE DAY for the BruCrew!!!   These cute little Banana Cream Pies in a Jar are waiting for us to enjoy after dinner tonight.   [Read more...]

No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

These Caramel Mud Pie Cups are the perfect no bake treat for when you only have a few minutes to make a chocolate dessert or a Valentine’s Day treat.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Last week I didn’t bake anything at all.  I know!  I was just as shocked as you.

Over the past few weeks I have made so many pink and red treats to share with you, that I was kind of ahead of the game in baking.  All I had to do was edit and post each day.  Plus, I thought no baking means no yummy chocolate treats in the kitchen tempting me from my diet.  Because we all know that sugar talks to me…and the sad thing is that I listen to whatever it tells me to do.  “Oh hello, delicious cookie.  Why yes, I do want to eat you.  And your friend?  Of course, I’ll see what I can do.”   It’s ok. I know I’m a little off my rocker.  It’s the sugar talking again.

I knew the no baking would end in me making something. The last time I tried to do no baking, the week ended with these Chocolate Avocado Muffins.  It was only a matter of time before I made something sugary.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Now my kids have gotten used to all these cookies and treats being around.  So a week of no baking was so foreign to them.  They kept asking where the snacks were.  We kept pointing at the bananas and carrots and told them to have at it.  Apparently they don’t want veggies and fruit after a long day at school.  But we didn’t budge…well, until I had this brilliant idea to make these yummy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups for an after dinner treat.   I found the original idea for this pie in a Holiday Jello booklet that I was looking through.


FYI…looking through cooking magazines and books when you are trying to stay away from baking is not the best possible thing you could do.  I now have about 30 new ideas of things to make…like I needed more things on my list.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

We had everything I needed for these no bake cups.  Well, I didn’t have nuts and that’s what the original called for.  Honestly I am not a huge nut fan for a crust or in anything for that matter.  Don’t quote me on that though, because every once in a while I will add nuts to some things.  Just doesn’t happen often.

Anyway, I started looking in our cupboards and I found a bag of holiday pretzels.  Yes, people we still had jingle bell pretzels in our cupboard.  The bag was unopened, so I thought this was the perfect way to get rid of them.

And since I am slightly addicted to salted caramel, I decided to add caramel topping to the no bake cheesecake layer.  Best.idea.ever.  Well, not for the diet eating plan but that was just silly any way!

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

If you are not wanting to make a bunch of little pudding cups, feel free to double the recipe and put everything in an 8 inch pie plate.   Your sweetie will love you when you make this for a Valentine’s Day treat.


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No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Easy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups with a Pretzel Crust


3/4 cup crushed pretzels
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
3/4 cup Cool Whip
1 box chocolate pudding (3.4 oz.)
1 1/3 cups milk


  1. Stir together the pretzels, butter, and sugar. Spoon into 8 small jars. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add the caramel and beat again. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spoon into the 8 jars.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk. Whisk for 2 minutes. Spoon evenly on top of the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate.
  4. Top with more Cool Whip and sprinkles (if desired) before serving.


Feel free to double the ingredients and make it in an 8 inch pie plate.


Want more easy no bake dessert ideas?

Peanut Butter Pie Parfaits

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Ice Cream

Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits and Applicious Week

So a few weeks ago my blogging bestie Aimee and I were chatting…
Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits - no bake cheesecake layered with homemade apple pie filling in a jar  www.insidebrucrewlife.com
and we decided that we wanted to have an entire week of everything APPLE!
Not really an original idea, but a fun one anyway.
We also thought it would be fun to invite some other girls for a hop.
Together we came up with a list of all the blogs we thought might want to participate with us.
Believe me, our list was pretty long.
But we narrowed it down to 10 other girls that we thought you might enjoy checking out. [Read more...]

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

Time for another fun round of Secret Recipe Club
No Bake M&M Granola Bars
What is that you ask?
It is a group of bloggers that get together and make a recipe from their assigned blog each month!
Basically we are encouraged to blog stalk until we find the “perfect” recipe!
This month I was given The Fearless Homemaker!!!
I have been following and reading Amy’s blog for a while now…
oh and keeping up with her on facebook and instagram too :-)
So, I was so excited to go through some more of her posts that were “new” to me,
and to get to know her even more!!!
That girl has some awesome stuff going on over at her blog…
things like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins (those are most definitely going to happen soon too) look at theses Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream (love me some pumpkin and salted caramel), and oh me, oh my S’mores Cheesecake with Toasted Marshmallow Topping (I die).  

I seriously wasn’t sure how I was going to pick just one recipe to make this month.
And I will eventually try them all, but for today
the No Bake Granola Bars won out.
Mostly because it was over 90* the week I made them,
and after a day at the pool I was feeling kind of lazy like!
No bakes it is!!!
Plus, my kids eat granola bars like they are going out of style,
so I decided that making my own is cheaper and better than the processed cheap ones
I have been feeding them.

I’m not sure if I will ever buy another box from the store again!!!
These were so delicious and fresh!

And I love being able to throw whatever I have in my cupboard at the time
for new varieties!!!  So many things you could do with this recipe.
I’m thinking a peanut butter cup version needs to happen asap :-)
Love me my pb cups!!!

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

This time I pretty much stuck to the recipe…
not much you can change up except your mix ins.
(Next time I am thinking about using coconut oil though.)
That I had fun digging through my cupboard for goodies.
I came out with mini m&m’s, mini chocolate chips,
mini marshmallow bits, and chopped peanuts!!!
Why yes, I do love all things mini :-)

These were fantastic and I can’t wait to make more,
with lots more fun flavor combo’s!
Thank you Amy for so many great recipes and a fun blog to read!!!
You are the bomb girl!


No Bake M&M Granola Bars

Yield: 24 granola bars

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

No bake granola bars are a fun way to enjoy a snack in the afternoon. Have fun with the mix ins and create your own fun flavor.


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups quick oats
1 cup rice krispies cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini M&M’s
1/2 cup mini marshmallow bits


  1. Combine the oats and cereal and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and honey. Stir over medium heat until melted and the mixture begins to bubble. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Add the oats mixture and stir until coated. Let cool for a few minutes before stirring in all the mix ins.
  2. Press into a greased 9x13 pan. Make sure you really press it down so everything sticks together. Let cool on the counter for about 2 hours before cutting into 24 bars. Store in a tightly sealed container.


Loosely adapted from The Fearless Homemaker


Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

Easter is kind of sneaking up on me this year.

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

The boxes in the basement labeled Easter…
are still in there.
I have a feeling they will end up staying there this year.
Too much going on in the house right now.
I better at least dig the baskets out :-)

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
A couple weeks ago I was leaving Walmart
and saw a poster advertising the movie Hop.
Our kids are deprived because we wouldn’t take them last year to see it.
We don’t mind watching silly movies,
it is just paying an arm and a leg to see them that I mind.
So we told them when it comes to redbox we could rent it.
$1 for silly movies is much more doable!!!
Anyway, on the poster was an egg shaped chick
wearing bunny ears!!!
My sister actually pointed it out to me
and said that I should make something like that this year.
Fast forward 2 1/2 weeks and I finally made them.
Let’s just say, they ALMOST didn’t happen.
I blame it on trying to do these after 11 p.m.

pb bunny collage
The peanut butter filling worked perfectly.
The marshmallow ears were super easy to do.
It was the chocolate coating that gave me grief!!!
(It isn’t good to hurry when working with chocolate.)
I heated it up too much and then
the chocolate was clumpy and just wouldn’t smooth out,
even with shortening added. GGGRRRR!!!!
Finally I gave up on that batch and tossed it before getting too mad.
I still had a bag of CandiQuik white chocolate in the cupboard.
This time I got smarter and heated it up slowly over low heat.
Then I added some shortening and Wilton gel color,
and was able to cover the peanut butter eggs.
Then for all the fun details.
Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
But really the best part of these chicks
is cutting into them and gobbling them down!!!
With the peanut butter filling I made 2 chicks.
They are about 4 1/2 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 1 3/4 inches thick…
I don’t recommend eating a whole chick in one sitting!
Spread out the Peanut Butter Easter Chicks wealth!!!
In fact, I would recommend saving one for yourself/family
and then packing the other one up for someone special.

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
These are the perfect little gifts.
Put one chick in a plastic treat bag.
Top it with a doily that is accented with a sticker,
and put it into a grass lined easter basket from the $ Tree.
(I got the clear treat bags and small doilies from Michaels)
(the googly eyes came from there too)
Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

Prep Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 large eggs

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

Peanut Butter eggs decorated to look like a chick with bunny ears


6 tbsp. salted butter, softened
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. marshmallow cream
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 package vanilla candiquik, melted
2 tsp. shortening
yellow gel food coloring
1/4 c. orange candy melts
2 large marshmallows
pink sprinkles
8 mini twist pretzels
4 googly eyes
2 mini marshmallows


  1. In mixing bowl, cream butter, vanilla, peanut butter, and marshmallow cream until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the sugar. Shape into 2 large eggs. Place on wax paper and refrigerate.
  2. Melt orange candy melts in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Dip 4 pretzels in the orange chocolate. Use a fork to place on wax paper to set up. Scoop the rest of the orange chocolate into a plastic baggie. Cut the end off and carefully pipe 2 orange triangles for beaks. Set the pretzels and beaks aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the vanilla candiquik. Stir until smooth. Stir in shortening and yellow gel color. Add the gel color slowly until you get the shade of yellow that you like. Pour the melted chocolate into a shallow bowl. Place one peanut butter egg into the chocolate and spoon the chocolate over the top until coated. Using a small spatula, remove the peanut butter egg and tap off the excess chocolate. Place on wax paper lined plate. Refrigerate until set. Dip 4 pretzels in the yellow chocolate and let set. Place a spoonful of yellow chocolate into a plastic bag and cut the tip off. Pipe a small patch of yellow hair.
  4. While the chocolate is setting, cut the marshmallow in half diagonally and dip the sticky edge into pink sprinkles. Place 2 orange pretzels side by side. Add a dab of yellow chocolate on the bottom of the egg and stand it up on the pretzels. Use a toothpick to add chocolate to the backs of the googly eyes and place on chicks face. Do the same for the beak. Dip the bottoms of the marshmallow ears in the yellow chocolate and set on top of the egg. Hold in place for a few seconds so they don’t slide off. Dip the end of the patch of yellow hair into the yellow chocolate and put in between the ears. Cut 2 small pieces off the mini marshmallows and add to the sides of the chick so it looks like a headband. Dip the edges of the yellow pretzels in the yellow chocolate and hold on the sides of the egg for a few seconds. Keep refrigerated if you aren’t going to eat within a day or two.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake – SRC

This recipe for No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is a keeper for all those hot summer days.
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Can it really be the end of March already???
This month is flying by.
And it is time for another SRC.
The blog I was assigned this month for the Secret Recipe Club
I had so much fun going through her blog.
She had so many awesome adventures and pictures to enjoy.
I was in awe of the gorgeous scenery and flowers in her pictures!!!
AND she is amazing in the kitchen too!!!
Check out how delicious THIS and THIS looks.
One day I will make “real” food…
but it is the desserts that speak the most to me!!!
The Peach Cobbler looked so yummy!
But then so did the Bread Batter Chocolate Pudding.
How do I narrow down the choices?
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
My kitchen is torn apart,
so that had some say in what recipe I could make this time.
(mainly because I waited until the last weekend to finish this…procrastinate much?)
I decided on the No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
mainly because I love strawberry, because I love cheesecake,
and mostly because I love that
this recipe only uses a blender :-)
Who needs an oven anyway
when you can make fun layered jello desserts in cute jars!!!
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
I followed the recipe as much as I could,
but there were a few things I didn’t have.
So I substituted with what I could find packed in my boxes.
This will teach me to procrastinate:-)
Strawberry salad with a pretzel crust is one of our fav summer desserts,
so it just seemed right to have a pretzel crust.
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
I also modified the ingredient amounts a little bit too,
and added some vanilla.
The end result:
A delicious light dessert in a fun little jar!
It got two thumbs up from all the kids!!!
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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 small jars (4 oz.)

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No bake strawberry cheesecakes made with only a blender. Perfect for those hot summer days.


For the Crust
1 c. pretzels, crushed
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar
For the Cheesecake
1 Tbsp. plain gelatin (1 pkt. Knox)
1/4 c. warm water
1 1/4 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/4 c. cottage cheese
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Combine crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Spoon into 10 small glass jars (4 oz. Mason jelly jars) and press into the bottom. Set aside.
  2. Combine the gelatin and warm water in a small bowl. Stir until dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Place the strawberries in a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add the sugar, yogurt, vanilla and cottage cheese and blend until creamy. Add the gelatin water and blend again. Pour into prepared jars. Refrigerate overnight. It will be a soft set cheesecake. You could also freeze for a thicker consistency. Serve with Cool Whip and strawberry slices, if desired.