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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 12 servings

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This no bake Strawberry Cheesecake is light, fluffy and loaded with fresh strawberry puree! Made with fresh or frozen strawberries and don’t forget the whipped cream!

no bake strawberry cheesecake whole with whipped cream and fresh strawberries

I get it.

I feel like I’ve gone a little crazy with the no bake cheesecakes this year so far and I have to tell you, it’s not over yet.

It seems that fall and winter 2018-2019 was the season of ALL THE SOUP, and so far Spring 2019 is the season of the no bake cheesecake here on The Recipe Rebel.

I just can’t stop.

(Hence this no bake Strawberry Cheesecake)

Just this year we’ve welcomed this No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake, No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake, and No Bake Creme Egg Cheesecake.

And those are just the tip of the iceberg that is the no bake cheesecake section around here.

no bake strawberry cheesecake whole on white plate with piece being removed

I’m not apologizing — don’t get me wrong.

I take great pride in the cheesecake section of this web site!

But maybe after this one I’ll have to take a break for a few weeks days 😉

I’ve updated this recipe to make sure you see the best success! Here is a peak at the old photos, just in case this is the photo that brought you here:

no bake strawberry cheesecake whole with chopped berries over the top

How to make this no bake Strawberry Cheesecake recipe:

  1. Start with a graham cracker crust — also totally no bake! The trick to making a good graham cracker crust that holds together is lots of butter. I’m sorry to tell you, but this is no diet dessert 😉
  2. Puree some strawberries: fresh, local, in season strawberries are going to be best, but you can get away with off season or frozen if you need — you will just want to taste the cheesecake before pouring it into the crust and add sugar if needed.
  3. Strain your puree: This is essential, because it will give you the smoothest texture.
  4. Cook your puree with some sugar and corn starch to make a thick strawberry sauce that will flavor your cheesecake. This is a change from the original recipe, but I’ve found it is the best way to ensure great results every time, and it makes it easier to swap in frozen berries!
  5. Mix up the filling: start with room temperature cream cheese, and beat it until smooth. Then add the sugar and strawberry puree, and whip it good.
  6. Chill, chill, chill. At least 6 hours or overnight is even better!
no bake strawberry piece on serving utensil

Can I use frozen strawberries?

Since I’ve made some changes to this recipe, fresh and frozen fruit both work just as well!

If using frozen strawberries, you may find they release extra liquid. Be sure that your strawberry sauce is very thick when it is done cooking, and if it is not, you may want to add additional corn starch slurry.

To do this, simple stir together equal parts corn starch and water until dissolved, then stir into your strawberry sauce and continue cooking until thickened.

Variations on this Strawberry Cheesecake:

  • Add a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder to the filling for a chocolate strawberry twist! Note that you may have to increase the sugar to compensate.
  • Swap the strawberries for raspberries, or almost any other berry or fruit, if you have some on hand.
  • Add in 1/2-1 cup of melted white chocolate chips for a white chocolate strawberry cheesecake — the chocolate will also help it to hold up and slice easily!
  • Opt for a chocolate Oreo crust instead of graham cracker crumbs.
strawberry cheesecake overhead with slice being pulled out

Tips for making no bake cheesecakes:

  • Always use room temperature cream cheese and beat it first before adding in any other ingredients — this ensures that your cheesecake will be lump-free.
  • Make it a day ahead, or at least in the morning if you are planning to serve it that evening. It needs a good long chill to set up completely and slice perfectly.
  • Taste before you pour — there’s nothing wrong with sticking your finger in the filling before committing it to the pan. This way you know if you want to add any other sugar or anything else before it’s a done deal!
no bake strawberry cheesecake piece with bite taken out and fork

How to store this Strawberry Cheesecake:

  • This no bake Strawberry Cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, but is best if eaten within 2-3 days as the crust will get softer the longer it sits.
  • This cheesecake can be frozen, but once frozen I prefer serving it still partially frozen, as the cheesecake will release moisture as it thaws and the crust will get a little soggy if it is completely thawed.

*This recipe has been updated from the original to be more foolproof!

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

5 from 10 votes
This no bake Strawberry Cheesecake is light, fluffy and loaded with strawberry puree and strawberry pieces! Made with fresh or frozen strawberries and don’t forget the whipped cream! 
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 444cal

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (375g)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Cheesecake

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries (454g)
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 packages cream cheese (750g or 24oz total)
  • whipped cream and fresh strawberries for garnish

Instructions

  • Line a 9″ Springform pan with parchment paper (optional — just helps to remove the cheesecake when it’s chilled). 
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter and press firmly into the bottom and 1" up the sides of the Springform pan. Set aside.
  • Wash and chop strawberries. Puree until smooth using a food processor or blender, then strain through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Whisk together strawberry puree, 3/4 cup sugar and corn starch until smooth. Place in medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until very thick. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth. 
  • Add 1 cup sugar and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add strawberry sauce and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy
  • Spread cheesecake filling into prepared crust and refrigerate at least 6-8 hours or overnight until thoroughly chilled and set. 
  • Garnish with whipped cream and chopped strawberries as desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 444cal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords no bake cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake

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  1. Jaime says

    Can I make this without the puree? I want to have tiny chunks of strawberry throughout the cheesecake instead. Will that set up the same way?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I would do probably do both! Make a thick strawberry sauce, and then stir in chunks of strawberry. You could skip the sauce though, yes, and just add in chunks!

  2. Gigi says

    Hi! I wanna try this for guests but I’m not sure if frozen strawberries would work okay instead of fresh. Let me know!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Frozen strawberries will work fine but you may have to add a bit more corn starch to thicken fully. You want your sauce to be very thick even when warm so that it will set properly in the cheesecake

  3. Franziska Appel says

    I made this, this weekend while my daughter was visiting, it was fantastic.I will make that again . Even my bf had some and he does not like strawberries but he had 2 pieces, that says a lot! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

  4. Sydney Cameron says

    hey! just stopped by to say i made your first strawberry cheesecake recipe with the gelatin several months ago and it just didn’t set right. but the batter was delicious! i came back to try again and discovered the use of corn starch! i gotta say, i loves this way! cooking the strawberry mixture was so easy and tasted so good! i can’t wait to try the cheesecake tomorrow! i even added some leftover white chocolate to the mixture, i hope it’s good! thanks so much!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      There really isn’t anything in the cheesecake that should make it runny. I would make sure you could your strawberry sauce until it is very thick before adding to the cheesecake.

      • Tracy says

        I tried this recipe also.😭 and it came out of fridge like pudding. Yes, I refrigerated it 24 hours. Dissapointed! So, Last result was to freeze it.! Had to thaw for 2 hours and it was able to cut but filling was getting soft again. I feel maybe you should add gelatin in the Strawberry sauce?

        • Ashley Fehr says

          I’m so sorry Tracy! I have tested all of my recipes until they are just right, so I know that this cheesecake recipe works. There are a number of reasons it might not have set up — I would make sure your strawberry sauce is very thick and you use full fat cream cheese.

  5. Jessica Rae says

    I really wish you would’ve left your original recipe 🙁 I was looking forward to making it again. We really enjoyed it the first time. I suppose I’ll give this one a try.

    • Ashley Fehr says

      hi Jessica! I’m glad you liked it! I had too many comments from people who couldn’t figure it out, so I really needed to simplify. I think you’ll find this version has a similar flavor, and is just easier!

  6. Lisalia says

    Oh yummy! I have several boxes of strawberries from costco and we’re trying to use them up. This was so yummy and so different from other fresh berry desserts i’ve made. Thank you!

  7. Valentina says

    This strawberry cheesecake recipe is my favorite cheesecake! It is so easy and SOOO DELICIOUS!!!!

  8. Cathy Sinisi says

    Can you make this cheesecake with blueberries, just asking, because my friend is allergic to strawberries.

  9. Tanya Schroeder says

    I cannot wait to get my hands on fresh strawberries so I can try this! It is beautiful!

  10. Valentina says

    I absolutely cannot wait for fresh strawberries season. This no-bake is going to be the first dessert we make!

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