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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is truly outstanding. It’s a delicious blank canvas for any toppings you desire. It’s simple to make and requires only a few ingredients. Make it with a gluten free or regular crust!

No Bake Cheesecake with fresh berries on a stand

I am all about the no bake desserts right now and this easy no bake cheesecake is right at the top of the list! It’s so easy to make and it has to be made ahead of time so it’s perfect for a party.

No bake desserts are seriously clutch in situations where you’re short on time, you don’t feel like turning on the oven, and you want a make-ahead dessert that can chill in the fridge for a while before you need to bring it to a party or while you’re getting ready to throw your own party.

A whole, easy no bake cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries

This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is just that. Plus, the texture is so smooth and creamy, it’ll rival your love for a traditional cheesecake (or my coconut cheesecake, which happens to be one of my favorite cheesecakes ever).

No-bake cheesecakes are so light compared to baked cheesecakes which can feel heavy and really rich. This version is definitely a better choice for summer desserts. I’ve adapted this classic vanilla flavor from my no-bake salted caramel cheesecakes to keep it simple and versatile.

Bonus, there’s no eggs in this (making it safe to eat without cooking/baking) so if you’re serving this to someone with an egg allergy, they can safely eat it.

Hand using a server to serve a slice of no bake cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries

Crust for a No-Bake Cheesecake

I use my tried and true gluten free graham cracker crust recipe for the base of this no-bake cheesecake recipe. It doesn’t have to be baked but you could if you want to add a bit of a “toasted” flavor.

The Right Pan for No-Bake Cheesecake

There really is no “right” pan to use here, as long as you’re using a 9-inch pan. I press it right into my 9-inch springform pan but you could use a 9 -inch pie dish or even a 9×9 inch square pan and cut them into bars. No bake cheesecake bars would be great for a party!

View of sliced no bake cheesecake with fresh berries on a wooden cake stand

Easy Cheesecake Toppings

I topped my gluten free cheesecake with some fresh strawberries and blueberries. The colors make it great for a 4th of July party! This gluten free no bake cheesecake would be great with some macerated strawberries (from my gluten free strawberry shortcake) or use a combo of your favorite fresh berries.

Please do not be intimidated by the presentation in these pictures. It literally took me 1 minute to just pile on some sliced and whole strawberries and I filled in the gaps with fresh blueberries. The crumb on top is just a little dusting of leftover graham cracker crumbs. It’s so easy, my kids helped. You can do it and nobody has to know how easy it was!

You could also use gluten free cherry pie filling to make it a cherry cheesecake. For chocolate lovers, serve this with a drizzle of hot fudge sauce or some fancy chocolate curls or shavings. There’s so many choices and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Enjoy!

Slice of no bake cheesecake on a plate with a fresh strawberry and blueberries.

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Hand using a server to serve a slice of no bake cheesecake topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is truly outstanding. It’s a delicious blank canvas for any toppings you desire. It’s simple to make and requires only a few ingredients. Make it with a gluten free or regular crust!

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch gluten free graham cracker crust
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Make the graham cracker crust and press it into a 9-inch springform pan or use a store-bought gluten free graham cracker crust.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Scrape the bowl and add the powdered sugar, pinch of salt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. While the mixer is running on low speed, slowly pour in the whipping cream. Continue to beat on low until all the cream is added. Then slowly increase the speed of the mixer and beat until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  4. Transfer the cheesecake batter to the prepared graham cracker crust. Refrigerate at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Notes

Topping ideas: fresh berries, gluten free cherry pie filling, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, chocolate curls, lemon curd, caramel sauce, or hot fudge sauce.

I use my homemade gluten free graham cracker crust for this cheesecake.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 447Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g
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EM

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I followed the directions (or so I thought) and just got a soupy mess? It was in the fridge over night and never formed, it was still all liquid. Not sure what I did wrong?

Sneha Doshi

Sunday 24th of March 2019

Hey, can I add a berry compote to make it a berry cheesecake - will this affect the stability? Also does it set well or do I need to add gelatin or something as a setting agent so it doesn’t just flop at room temperature?

Kaila (The Wanderlust Celiac)

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

The whole recipe sounds delicious and perfect for summertime. However, I LOVE the toppings with the berries. You did such a beautiful job with your decorations.

Chrystal Carver

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Sharon, this cheesecake is stunning! I know my family is going to love it.

Sarah @ The Fit Cookie

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

What a beautiful cheesecake! I love that it's no-bake, perfect for hot summer days when I don't want to turn the oven on :)

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