No Bake Festive Cheesecake Cups

These festive cheesecake cups were so easy and fun to put together (with a little patience and help from my big guy). There’s nothing better than having a pre-portioned, easy-to-eat, no bake, HEALTHY (ish) treat to satisfy your sweet tooth at a summer cookout. I’ve been to parties where the desserts are bountiful and it’s hard to resist them. Instead of pondering over what will be your best option, BRING the best option.

Every fourth of July we go to my dads cape house in Sandwich. It’s beautiful. We can see fireworks lit up all along the shore and sometimes straight across the ocean at P-town. My dad always brings fireworks so we have our own personal show, as well as our neighbors on the beach surrounding us. It’s usually a big party every year. I’m happy my kids are able to experience this event with our family.

Who doesn’t love a festive treat? Fresh blue and red berries with sprinkles are sure to please everyone. Now even though I’m not sponsored by Annie’s bunny grahams (but Heyyyy I’d love to be 🙂 ) I happen to have these treats littered around my pantry thanks to Amazon. You can use any graham crackers or vanilla wafer cookies go great too. The greek cream cheese is a new favorite of mine because it’s made with greek yogurt, so it’s half the fat with more protein versus regular cream cheese and tastes just as good.

After the burgers, hot dogs and pasta salads have been eaten, it’s nice to have something sweet before we relax with the sunset and wait for the fireworks. These festive cheesecake dessert cups are perfect for however you celebrate on the 4th of July. You can bring them already portioned out in cups so all you need is a spoon. My stepmom got me these adorable shot glasses that come with spoons, but if your husband happened to be at a bachelor party recently, you may have some plastic jello shot cups laying around. Those work just as well (and what I’ll be bringing to the beach). You can find them at most party stores (right babe?).

No Bake Cheesecake Cups

Ingredients

  • 2 6oz plain greek yogurt cups
  • 1/2 cup greek cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed bunny grahams
  • sliced strawberries & blueberries

Instructions

  1. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and greek yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add in vanilla and sugar, mix well.
  3. Put crushed bunny grahams on bottom of cup.
  4. Top with cheesecake filling.
  5. Add berries. Top berries with sprinkles if desired.
  6. Repeat until cup is full.
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Chocolate Covered Pretzel PB Bars

OK I’ve made these pretzel peanut butter bars a few times and have finally perfected them! I’ve done them with or without the chocolate drizzle and both are good but let’s be honest- chocolate wins!

I start by melting the coconut oil, honey and peanut butter. The white chocolate peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co is amazing so I loved using it for this recipe. I always have at least 2 types of their peanut butter in my cabinets- no shame. Their flavored peanut butters are simply the best and don’t have a bunch of gross ingredients in them.

While that melts on low, I combine the dry mix of oats, flax seeds and crushed pretzels. I just crush the pretzels with my hand so you can still taste them in the bar. Gives it a nice crunch.

Then combine the peanut butter mix into the dry mix and stir it gently until combined. You want it all to be sticking together. If it’s not then add a little more peanut butter.

Press is into an 8×8 baking dish on top of parchment paper. Drizzle that melted chocolate over the bars and pop them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden. Check out that chocolate!!

I chop the bars up into 8 total bars. I kept some in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. They unfreeze quickly and still taste great. I’ve had a few taste testers with these (not just the kiddies) and they’ve all given great reviews! Let me know how you like them!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel PB Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 tblsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1/4 cup melted chocolate

Instructions

  1. Melt the honey, coconut oil and peanut butter over low heat on stove.
  2. Mix oatmeal, flax seeds and pretzels in large bowl.
  3. Combine the melted peanut butter mix into the oat mix.
  4. Press mixture into an 8x8 dish on top of parchment paper.
  5. Melt chocolate in microwave or on stove and drizzle over bars.
  6. Put in freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. Take out of dish and chop into bars. Store in fridge or freezer.
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