If you’re looking for a delicious dessert that doesn’t require an oven, my lightened-up No-Bake Berry Cheesecake recipe is a perfect pick! This easy dessert combines a buttery graham cracker crust with a creamy, berry-filled cheesecake filling. It’s lovely for summer gatherings or any time you’re craving a refreshing treat without the hassle of baking.

no-bake berry smoothie cheesecake on a plate

Why You’ll Love No-Bake Berry Cheesecake

This is a no-fuss, no bake dessert that’s a breeze to prepare and doesn’t heat up your kitchen. It’s perfect for busy moms, home cooks, and anyone who loves a sweet treat without the extra steps of baking. The combination of fresh berries, creamy cheesecake, and a graham cracker crust makes it a favorite with husband and kiddos. Plus, it’s a versatile dessert that can be made with your favorite fruit.

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cheesecake dessert recipe on a plate with blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries

How to Make No-Bake Berry Cheesecake

My easy no-bake berry cheesecake recipe comes together in a snap. You’ll start with a simple graham cracker crust, followed by a creamy cheesecake filling mixed with fresh berries. After some chill-time in the refrigerator, your cheesecake will be ready to enjoy! Here’s what you’ll need to whip-up this sweet treat.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups low-fat graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 packages (8 oz. each) Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese (Neufchatel), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups fresh berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, chopped)
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step One: Prepare your graham cracker crust. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Mix until the crumbs are well coated with butter.

cheesecake crust

Step Two: Press the mixture onto the bottom of a nonstick 9×13 pan to form the crust. Use a rolling pin or the bottom of a measuring cup to press the crumbs down firmly. Place the crust in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.

Step Three: In a large bowl, beat the softened Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat (Neufchatel) cheese and 1 cup of sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth and well blended.

cheesecake filling overhead tutorial

Step Four: Gently fold in the fresh berries, using the electric mixer on low speed just until the berries are evenly distributed throughout the cream cheese mixture.

Step Five: Add the Cool Whip to the cream cheese and berry mixture, and whisk until everything is well combined.

berry cheesecake assembling in a dish

Step Six: Pour the cream cheese mixture over the prepared crust, spreading it evenly with a spatula. Smooth the top of the cheesecake mixture to ensure an even layer.

Step Seven: Refrigerate the no-bake berry cheesecake for at least 4 hours or until it is firm. Once chilled, cut the cheesecake into squares and serve.

overhead shot of no-bake berry cheesecake with one piece missing

Substitutions and Variations

The beauty of this no-bake cheesecake recipe is its flexibility. Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations:

  • Graham Cracker Crust: If you prefer a different base for your no-bake berry cheesecake, try using an Oreo crust instead of the traditional graham cracker crust. Crush Oreo cookies into fine crumbs and mix with melted butter to form the crust.
  • Berries: Likewise, you can use any combination of berries you prefer. No-bake blueberry cheesecake and no-bake strawberry cheesecake are both delicious options.
  • Cream Cheese vs. Neufchatel: Additionally, for a richer cheesecake with an extra creamy filling, use full-fat cream cheese instead of the Philadelphia 1/3 less fat Neufchatel.
  • Sweeteners: Substitute the sugar with honey or a sugar substitute if you prefer a different level of sweetness.
  • Toppings: Add a layer of fruit preserves or a drizzle of melted chocolate on top before serving for an extra special touch.
close up shot of dessert in dish

Best Tips

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Make sure the Neufchatel cheese is at room temperature before mixing to ensure a smooth, lump-free filling.
  • Crust: Press the graham cracker crumbs firmly into the pan to create a sturdy base for the cheesecake. Using parchment paper can help you lift the cheesecake out of the pan for easier slicing.
  • Chilling Time: Allow the cheesecake to chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight if possible. This helps the filling to set properly and makes slicing easier.
  • Mixing Berries: Your berries will get beat-up a bit when you make the filling and that’s okay! This filling is sort of a berry smoothie cheesecake filling.
  • Serving: Use a sharp knife to cut the cheesecake, wiping the blade clean between cuts for neat, professional-looking slices.

How to Store No-Bake Berry Cheesecake

Store your no-bake berry cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 5 days. If you need to store it for longer, you can freeze the cheesecake. Wrap individual slices in plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. To serve, let the slices thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

piece of cheesecake with fresh berries

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen berries instead of fresh berries?

While I prefer fresh fruit for best results, you can definitely use frozen berries! Just make sure to thaw and drain them well before adding them to the cream cheese mixture to avoid excess moisture.

Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time?

Absolutely! This no-bake berry cheesecake can be made a day or two in advance. Above all, just keep it covered in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

What can I use if I don’t have a food processor to crush the graham crackers?

If you don’t have a food processor, you can place the graham crackers in a resealable plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin until they are fine crumbs.

What is Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat (Neufchatel) cheese?

Neufchatel cheese is made from cow’s milk and has one-third less fat than regular cream cheese. Philadelphia brand markets this as “Philadelphia Original 1/3 Less Fat.” The off-brand version will sometimes say Neufchatel. Its smooth texture and mild taste make it an excellent choice for cheesecakes and other desserts. Also, it’s a great way to save a few calories without sacrificing taste! It’s right there beside the regular Philadelphia Cream Cheese at the grocery store! Here’s what the package looks like:

philadelphia neufchatel

Can I use a different type of cheese instead of Neufchatel?

Yes, you can use full-fat cream cheese or even a dairy-free cream cheese substitute if you prefer.

How can I tell if my no-bake berry cheesecake is set and ready to serve?

The cheesecake should be firm to the touch and hold its shape when cut. Additionally, if it still seems too soft, let it chill in the refrigerator for a bit longer.

Can I add other flavors to the berry cheesecake filling?

Yes, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract or lemon zest to the cream cheese mixture for extra flavor.

By following these simple steps and tips, you’ll be able to create the perfect treat, a delicious no-bake berry cheesecake that will get rave reviews. Enjoy this easy and refreshing mixed berry cheesecake with your family and friends!

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No-Bake Berry Cheesecake

Author: Crissy Page
Servings: 16 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cool 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 15 minutes
Cool and creamy cheesecake dessert with fresh berry flavor!

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Low Fat Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp. butter melted
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 Pkg. 8 oz. each Philadelphia 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese (Neufchatel), softened
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3 Cups fresh berries I used blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Strawberries should be chopped into smaller pieces
  • 1 Tub 8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed

Instructions
 

  • Mix the cracker crumbs, butter, and 3 Tbsp. sugar. Press onto bottom of nonstick 9×13 pan and refrigerate while preparing filling.
  • Beat Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat (Neufchatel) and 1 cup sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add berries; beat on low speed just until blended. Whisk in Cool Whip. Pour over crust.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Cut to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Nutrition values are estimates, sourced from an online nutrition calculator. This information should never be considered a substitute for medical advice. Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Course: Desserts

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