Easy No-Bake Dessert with Strawberries and Yogurt
With winter lasting 5 to 6 months up here, summer is such a treat. Anytime on the deck basking in sunlight is worth remembering. We usually sit outside with a diet coke ( I know the stuff is evil and I love it anyway), or a cold beer. Occasionally I provide everyone with a special treat I had snuck into the freezer and this No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait is much enjoyed. I really enjoyed the no-bake dessert preparation time as well.
There were two little ounces of cupcake vodka left, someone else had “sampled” all the rest of it, so I added the last little bit of it to the fresh strawberries. It is definitely an optional ingredient, fresh berries of any kind are always amazing.
This is a no-bake dessert, that should be made a few hours before so it has time to freeze. I made these and took the photos in the morning and the family enjoyed them in the evening. It’s so nice having a no-bake dessert handy in the freezer. It will keep longer if you prefer just remember to wrap it very well with plastic wrapping first.
Recipe for No-Bake Strawberry Dessert for Summer
2 cups granola
2 tbsp butter melted
1 can condensed milk
1 large container greek yogurt (3 cups)
8 oz package cream cheese
3 cups of sliced strawberries
2 oz cupcake vodka (optional)
This recipe makes 6 large layered servings in parfait glasses. They can also be made in smaller plastic cups and frozen as popsicles.
Mix 2 cups of granola with 2 tbsp melted butter. Stir to coat.
Cream Cheese Layer
In the large bowl of a mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on high until fluffy, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the condensed milk, and again beat on high until fluffy (about two minutes) scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once. Remove from the mixer.
With a spatula gently fold in the yogurt until incorporated.
Wash, cull and slice fresh strawberries. I used a large package ending up with three cups. I think you can add more, but I would not add less. Add 2 oz of cupcake vodka if you like and stir.
Assembling the Dessert Parfait or Popsicle
It’s easier to freeze the strawberry parfaits if you have a container to control the individual servings. This large muffin tin worked perfectly, I think a cake pan would work as well, but to be honest I didn’t try it.
Place 1/4 cup of granola in the bottom of each glass, top with 1/3 cup of cream cheese mixture, then 1/2 cup of strawberries.
Divide up the remaining cream cheese mixtures (about 1/3 cup) and the remaining granola. (about 2 tbsp)
I placed a wooden stick (optional). Sat my glasses inside a large muffin container, wrapped it well with plastic wrap and then ties a plastic bag around it. Freeze it for several hours before serving.
Note: If you are serving them as parfaits let them sit out on the cupboard for a half hour to soften before serving. If they are popsicles, dip the container in hot water to remove them from the plastic cups and serve immediately.
These parfaits are just so pretty. The little glasses are plastic wine tumblers from the dollar store and I think they present so nicely just as they are.
Enjoy your weekend, and I hope you have time to be outdoors.
Some other Strawberry Dessert Ideas
Strawberries are so nice to bake with, everyone loves them, they are a sure sign of Summer, and besides being delicious they are so very pretty. I have two other Strawberry recipes for you, I hope you enjoy them.
Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies
Cream Puff with Ice Cream and Fresh Berries