In honor of the once-in-a-generation summer solstice and full moon occurring on the same evening this week, (June 20th), I give you a pie worth passing on to the next generation! And in deference to the “great heatwave” we are experiencing in the southwest lets make it a super-simple, no-sweat, light yet delicious Beat-The-Heat No-Bake Cheesecake (minus the cheese), in Brilliant Berry flavor. Guaranteed as delicious as the Strawberry Moon was beautiful this year.
While technically there is no cheese in this no-bake cheesecake, I promise that you’ll love it all the same. This is a healthy, raw, almost vegan version of an old favorite. You can even make it without the added Maple Syrup and Honey to cut sugar if your diet requires it, and it will still be a tasty treat.
This dessert combines the health benefits of virgin coconut oil and berries, and is rich enough to satisfy the biggest dessert craving, but light enough to not weigh you (or your scale) down.
Without further adieu:
Brilliant Berry No-Bake Cheesecake (Minus the Cheese)
2 Cups Mixed Berries, Defrosted If Frozen
Generous 3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Cashew Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1-2 TBS Honey (to taste)
1-2 TBS Maple Syrup (to taste)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1 Granola Pie Crust
Blend first seven ingredients until smooth. I use the large blender cup that came with the NutriBullet. Taste and adjust for sweetness as desired. Pour into pie crust. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Remove, cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Thank you Strawberry Moon. Enjoy!
I made this pie for my bug’s first birthday as an alternative and healthy smash cake. It was a huge success. Not only did she devour the pie, but she had an amazing sensory experience with the smooth and creamy texture too.
For a different twist: Use cherries with a drop of almond extract, or straight up strawberries in place of mixed berries for a variety of no-bake cheesecake tastiness (minus the cheese).
My husband insists that this is the best berry pie ever. Give it a try and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Granola Pie Crust Recipe
2 1/4 Cups Sunbelt Bakery Banana Nut Cereal
3 1/2 TBS Butter
Pre-heat oven at 375. Blend cereal ’til crumb consistency. Melt butter. Mix butter and crumbs well. Press into pie pan with the back of a spoon. Place in pre-heated oven. Bake for 9 minutes. Remove and cool. Pie crust should be golden brown and fragrant.
Hot Tip to Stay Cool:
Beat the heat. Keep heat out of the kitchen by using a small convection oven outside. I move my convection oven outside next to my BBQ during the summer months. The oven I use is big enough to cook with a 9×13 pan, and also fits a 12×12 square baking sheet. You can find this style of convection ovens at most retail stores for $85-250. I purchased mine at an estate sale for $40. It is perfect for casseroles, pies, sweet potato fries, pizzas, etc.