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Perfect Summertime Cheesecake

June 23, 2013

One of the best parts of summer gatherings is having the opportunity to share my favorite foods with close friends and family members. That said, as much as I love to cook and bake, sometimes those get-togethers really sneak up on me!

I love turning to my favorite no-bake desserts when I need a quick, easy and delicious treat, and this no-bake berry smoothie cheesecake is at the top of my list!

I am a huge fan of cheesecake, and what I love most about this no-bake dessert, aside from how easy it is to make, is that it is so light and refreshing. This no-bake berry smoothie cheesecake would be perfect for a 4th of July celebration.

The graham cracker crust adds just a little extra sweetness and crunch, and the filling is cool, light, and fluffy. This berry smoothie no-bake cheesecake is so refreshing; it’s really perfect for a picnic or family cookout on a summer day.

Sweets are a delicious addition to a balanced diet, but of course, you should remember to be conscious of your portions. This no-bake cheesecake makes enough for 16 yummy servings.

You can use any berries you like for this recipe, too! I chose to use a mixture of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. You could choose one of these berries or any combination.

I love knowing that this recipe includes many lighter-versions of my favorite ingredients, including PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, which has 1/3 less fat than cream cheese and COOL WHIP Lite.

This no-bake cheesecake was a huge hit with my entire family, and it’s definitely a recipe we’ll be trying again this summer.

No-Bake Berry Smoothie Cheesecake

Ingredients
2 cups Honey-flavored Graham Cracker crumbs
6 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar
4 pkgs. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, 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 Lite Whipped Topping, thawed

Directions
Mix the cracker crumbs, butter, and 3 tbsp. sugar. Press onto bottom of nonstick 9x13 pan and refrigerate while preparing filling.

Beat PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese 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 Lite Whipped Topping. Pour over crust.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Cut to serve.

For more recipes and ideas, visit my blog at www.dearcrissy.com.

Perfect Summertime Cheesecake
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