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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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June 1st, 2020
4.75 from 63 votes
4.75 from 63 votes

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars feature a buttery graham cracker crust and a homemade double strawberry cheesecake filling for an easy crowd-pleasing summer treat!

Yield: 9 bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Surprisingly vibrant strawberry flavor.
Texture: Depends on how cold you serve it! The colder it is the more like ice cream the texture becomes. The warmer it is, it’s more like a cross between cheesecake and strawberry mousse.
Ease: Definitely easy but you need both a blender or food processor and electric mixer.
Pros: Fun, bright, and crowd pleasing summer treat. Can be made far in advance.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

There’s nothing better than a fresh, fruity, and chilled dessert on a hot summer day.

Tray of no bake strawberry cheesecake sliced into perfect squares

What I love about this recipe is how bold the strawberry flavor is. I find with a lot of baked goods, the strawberries kind of dull in flavor from the heating process (unless you’re roasting strawberries!).

In this recipe we use strawberries in two forms for a double pack of both flavor and color. Freeze dried strawberries that are blended into a fine powder as well as fresh strawberries that are blended into the filling mixture.

These bars also taste amazing with a chocolate ganache topping! Just melt together 1/2 cup (85 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
with 1/4 cup heavy cream and spread on top after freezing the bars.

Row of no bake strawberry cheesecake sliced into perfect squares

So while you do need both a blender or food processor and an electric mixer (or very strong arm) to make this recipe, there’s no oven involved. There’s also no Cool Whip. Totally homemade from scratch!

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bar Tips & Tricks

Homemade no bake strawberry cheesecake bar on a plate with a sliced strawberry on top

I can’t find graham crackers. What else can I use?

Whatever your heart desires! You can use vanilla wafers, chocolate wafers, pretzels, digestive biscuits. You can even put the filling on top of a pan of brownies!

Where do I find freeze dried strawberries? What if I can’t find them?

Freeze dried strawberries pulverized into a powder in the blender
The freeze dried strawberries offer a ton of strawberry flavor and vibrant color without adding too much extra liquid to the filling. Fresh strawberries contain a lot of water which makes it difficult to make a sturdy enough no bake cheesecake that holds its shape. Or one that doesn’t get icy and hard if you freeze it.

You can find freeze-dried strawberries near the other dried fruits like raisins at the grocery store. I’ve seen them consistently stocked at Target, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walmart. Reader Francesca also mentioned you can often find freeze dried fruit next to the baby food at the store!

If you can’t find, simply omit. The strawberry color and flavor will be less intense.

By the way, I also love to use freeze dried strawberries in icing recipes like with my Baked Strawberry Lemon Doughnuts! When you grind them up they also make a great garnish on chocolate cake or brownies.

Can I use frozen strawberries?

The second strawberry ingredient is simply fresh strawberries that have been hulled and chopped.

Yes, you can use frozen strawberries. Just make sure to thaw them then drain any excess liquid completely. Too much water will prevent this cheesecake from setting.

Chilling & Serving No Bake Cheesecake

This cheesecake needs to hang out in the freezer for at least 4 hours to ensure it fully sets and holds its shape. I usually just make it the day before I plan to serve it.

Before serving, allow it to soften slightly in the fridge for 30 minutes.

For clean slices, use a big sharp knife and run it under hot water and wipe if off in between slices.

Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days or freezer for up to 2 weeks. The texture will be looser when stored in the fridge.

Homemade no bake strawberry cheesecake bar on a plate with a sliced strawberry on top

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4.75 from 63 votes

How to make
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 9 bars
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 55 minutes
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars feature a buttery graham cracker crust and a homemade double strawberry cheesecake filling for an easy crowd-pleasing summer treat!

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 sleeve (9 crackers, 140 grams) graham crackers
  • 5 tablespoons (71 grams) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (47 grams) freeze-dried sliced strawberries*
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 16 ounces (454 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup (180 grams) heavy cream, chilled

Directions

For the crust:

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.
  2. Place the graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until very finely ground. The more finely ground, the better the crust will stay together and not crumble. Add in the melted butter and pulse until moistened.

  3. Very firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the pan using your hands or the bottom of a measuring cup. Refrigerate.

For the cheesecake:

  1. In the bowl of blender, combine the sugar, freeze dried strawberries, and salt. Blend until the strawberries are powdery with no visible chunks remaining. Add the cream cheese, lemon juice, and fresh strawberries. Blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom as needed. A blender tamper can help bring the mixture together quicker.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment to whip the cream until medium peaks form. Add the strawberry mixture to the whipped cream and gently fold until combined. Spread over prepared crust, smoothing the top.
  3. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Let sit in the fridge 30 minutes before serving. Run a large sharp knife under hot water, wipe if off, then slice into 9 bars.
  4. Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days or freezer for up to 2 weeks. If freezing, remove from freezer and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

*Find freeze-dried strawberries near the other dried fruits. Consistently stocked at Target, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Walmart. If you can’t find, simply omit. The strawberry color and flavor will be less intense.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade, no bake, summer

Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

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  1. #
    Michelle — June 1, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Tessa, I was just curious; do you think you could use freeze dried strawberry powder for the freeze dried strawberries? And do you have any idea what volume of strawberries you end up with after food processing the 2 cups you need for this recipe? Just in case I can substitute the powder, I would need to have an idea of how much to use.

    Thanks,
    Michelle

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      Tessa Arias — June 3, 2020 at 11:25 am

      I’m not sure of the amount in cups of powder, but if you have a scale just use the weight provided in the recipe 🙂

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      Barb — June 3, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Michelle, I’m going to guess that yes, you can use powder. Do you have a scale that measure in grams? If so, just measure out 47 grams of the powder. I’m guessing that it should work since you would be using the same weight. Good luck! I just finished making it and it’s in the refrigerator. I’ll try it tomorrow.

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    francesca — June 1, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Tessa, I’d like to tell all your fans that I can usually find the freeze dried strawberries (as well as other fruits) in the baby section of the grocery store.

    • #
      Tessa Arias — June 3, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Great tip! I’ll add that to the blog post. Thanks for sharing!

  3. #
    Linda — June 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Might it be possible to make this in a purchased chocolate cookie pie crust, probably @ a 9”? Thank you.

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      Tessa Arias — June 3, 2020 at 11:27 am

      I don’t see why not… the filling might just be a little shallow for a large size deeper crust.

  4. #
    Sailor — June 4, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    I would recommend this for summer party’s! It’s sweet and scrumptious!

  5. #
    Jeni — June 6, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Delicious! I love strawberries and cheesecake and this was fantastic! Thanks for a fun, yummy recipe!

  6. #
    Erin — June 7, 2020 at 9:35 am

    It says to add the sugar with the freezer dried strawberries and salt. Then it says to add it with the cream cheese. At which point are you supposed to add the sugar?

  7. #
    Zoe — June 7, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Absolutely scrumptious!! The recipe was so easy to follow and they were such a crowd pleaser!

  8. #
    Amber — June 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Taste great. Was a little confused when to put the sugar in since it says it twice in the directions? Also what is a bowl of blender? I used a food processor. Still turned out good

  9. #
    Donna Jorgensen — June 8, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Hi Tessa!
    I’ve a question in regards to your metric measurements. It may be my limited scope, but are you liquid ingredients actually measured by weight in metric? Normally, at least in Canada, we might use grams for dry ingredients, although ml would be more common, and for liquid ingredients, definitely ml is the common standard for home baking. My question is, was this an oversight on your part? Are things measured on a scale or with measuring cups?
    Thank you! Have a great day!

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      Tessa Arias — June 11, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Dry ingredients are measured by weight (except small amounts such as teaspoons) and liquid is measured with a liquid measuring cup. I find this to be the best and easiest way to measure 🙂

  10. #
    Jaime Espinoza — June 8, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Very simple to follow and very strong strawberry flavor!

  11. #
    PJ Bibby — June 11, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    A delicious cheesecake with a nice light texture. I didn’t have freeze dried strawberries so used dehydrated instead. This added wonderful chewy chunks of strawberries throughout.

  12. #
    Esther Chow — June 13, 2020 at 11:57 am

    I made this using 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup and it was the perfect level of sweetness for me. Reducing the sugar made it taste more tart from the lemon so it tasted more like strawberry lemonade cheesecake. I love strawberry lemonade so this was a good thing.

  13. #
    Jill Puhlmann-Becker — June 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    We loved this recipe! The sweet strawberry flavor was wonderful, even without the freeze-dried strawberries. T(I wasn’t able to drive to a Target to get them so just made it without!) My family loved the sweet treat – great on the warm evenings we’ve had!

  14. #
    Kimberly Gordon — June 13, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    This was great! Love the graham cracker crust and real, fresh strawberry flavor.

  15. #
    Joanne — June 14, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I was unable to find freeze dried strawberries with the inventory problems our grocery store is having so I used strawberry banana chips. This changed the recipe flavor and although everyone liked them I wish I had been able to use plain strawberry. Also the mixture was too thick for my blender. After some false starts I finally got success with my food processor. I think the second time making these will go better as now I know better how to proceed and will wait until I get the right ingredients.

  16. #
    Zoe — June 14, 2020 at 11:14 am

    All of the recipes that I have tried on Handle the Heat have turned out more that amazing! Except for this one. At 4 hours in the fridge they were not set so I refrigerated them longer. After refrigerating for nearly 24 hours, they were still not set and were really liquidy. They only thing about this cheesecake that held its shape was the crust. I was already wondering if I should make this recipe due to the large amount of ingredients I would have to buy from the store. I wouldn’t make this recipe again.

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      Pam — June 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm

      Easy make-ahead dessert. How long could you leave it in the freezer? Mine was thicker than the the picture so I assume you could make it in a larger pan than 8 x 8 for a thinner bar.

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      Tessa Arias — June 20, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Zoe – as per the recipe instructions you’re meant to freeze the cheesecake bars then refrigerate them 🙂 Skipping the freezing part will prevent them from setting up properly.

  17. #
    Cassie — June 14, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Such a great easy, make ahead dessert!

  18. #
    Lauren — June 14, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Such a yummy & refreshing summer treat. Easy to make & you could easily change up the flavors!

  19. #
    Lauren — June 14, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Such a yummy & refreshing summer treat. Easy to make & you could easily change up the flavors!

  20. #
    Tessa Deyle — June 14, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Loved making these. Not too sweet to allow the cream cheese flavor to shine through. Quick and easy dessert for hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven. I made these as part of the baking challenge but am definitely keeping the recipe in my files.

  21. #
    Robinshomecakes — June 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    So refreshing and absolutely delicious. Easy to make too.

  22. #
    LindaS — June 16, 2020 at 7:37 am

    I had my doubts, I must admit. But the balance between cream cheese and strawberry was perfect. The pink look implies a sugary desert, but my family felt the strawberries were just a bit tart and Not overly sweet. What a nice change for desert. A little messy with powdered strawberries mixed in a blenders bowl, but I managed to get most of the mixture out. My husband went to bed talking about the leftovers after his birthday party. Hum…guess it’s a winner.

  23. #
    Janel Hassell — June 16, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    This was so fun to make. This dessert is light, fluffy, delicious, and it melts in your mouth. I will definitely make this again.

  24. #
    Roxanne — June 16, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Easy and delicious! A perfect summer dessert!

  25. #
    gmail email login — June 17, 2020 at 3:30 am

    This looks so good! I love the color~ I will definitely try this recipe!

  26. #
    Elizabeth Casey — June 17, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Followed the recipe exact and what a reward – SO delicious! Perfect summer dessert. I found the freeze dried strawberries at Trader Joes and used fresh strawberries that are just now in season here in Vermont. (They are small and sweet and so flavorful!) I also used boxed graham cracker crumbs – easy to make the base for this and for other desserts, already ground up so I just had to weigh them.
    p.s. I cut this into 16 pieces (8×8 pan makes that easy) so I could make it last longer!!

  27. #
    Allie Gaudio — June 17, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Made these with fresh strawberries I picked from an orchard near our house!!! Topped with whipped cream and a fresh berry! Easy to make and taste great! Perfect summer treat!

  28. #
    Evgeniya Kuzina — June 17, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Delicious! I love this

  29. #
    Adam Breitbach — June 19, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    These bars are so good, and so easy to make. They are perfect for a hot summer day when you don’t want to heat up your oven

  30. #
    Therese Costeniuc — June 19, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Made this today…love it! Smooth and creamy and wonderful strawberry flavor.

  31. #
    Emma — June 19, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Swapped in freeze dried raspberries that we found at Trader Joe’s. A bit tart but very tasty. Couldn’t wait for it to fully set.

  32. #
    Sevde — June 20, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Did it for my birtday and father’s day. Everyone is delighted 🙂 thanks again tessa

  33. #
    Christa — June 20, 2020 at 6:46 am

    I made these Strawberry Cheesecake Bars for a BBQ last night and it was a hit! Everyone loved it especially because of the strong strawberry taste and the fact that the texture wasn’t too heavy. Though I did have some difficulty cutting the bars as the texture wasn’t too firm. But I will definitely try this again!

  34. #
    Rhiannon — June 20, 2020 at 10:29 am

    This is absolutely delicious and it was so easy to make. It’s going to be a great way to cool down with the upcoming hot days.

  35. #
    Eva Maria — June 20, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Hello,

    Wondering whether your cheese cake melts?

    Thank you

  36. #
    Peggy Nelson — June 20, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    These cheesecake bars are absolutely scrumptious! They are both tart and sweet with a little bit a tang from the cream cheese. My bars are not squares because I cut the recipe in half and used a bread pan instead. I found out why a plunger for the blender was recommended because it took me a while to get mine mixed up without a plunger but the effort was well worth it. I will definitely be making news again.

  37. #
    Jorjean — June 21, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I don’t make no-bake cheesecake very often, but now I wonder why!? This recipe was fun to make…the freeze dried strawberries is a revelation. I’m already thinking about doing this with other freeze dried fruits. The texture is smooth and creamy. Heavenly! The flavor is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. I’ll be making this again. Yum!!!

  38. #
    Julie — June 21, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Such a bold strawberry flavor! Refreshing and delicious all at the same time. Yummmm

  39. #
    Danielle — June 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    So I made this and I had some issue but it came out tasting awesome. The only problem I ran into was my fresh strawberries didn’t get chopped enough, also my mother in law said it was rich. Would it still work if you halved the recipe? I’m going to make it again so it’s a challenge contender.

  40. #
    Lauren Bridges — June 22, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Quick, easy, and delicious! I made this for Father’s Day and it was a huge hit with everyone!

  41. #
    Debbie L — June 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    This dessert was 5 stars and more! I dropped samples off to my family and my two oldest granddaughters actually FaceTimed me right away to say how good it was and ask to either bring the recipe or just bring more of the bars…lol. It was so easy to make and turned out beautiful. I love desserts that taste as good as they look. Definitely a keeper!

  42. #
    HEATHER MAURY — June 24, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    Really quite simple, and really delicious and refreshing on hot summer days. My 2yo son even helped and talks about breaking the strawberries.

  43. #
    Mariana C Winter — June 24, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    It’s so delicious and refreshing. It’s a perfect recipe for the Summer, not only because there’s no oven time but also because it’s almost like an ice cream cake/pie. It’s also not too sweet. I absolutely loved it!

  44. #
    Connie — June 25, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Such a delicious summer recipe! The strawberry flavor really comes through!

  45. #
    Renee Spreadbury — June 25, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Love it!!! It is easy to make and tastes divine!!! The strawberry flavor is stong and good!!! Will def make again!!!

  46. #
    Cynthia Jarvis — June 26, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    OMG!!! Totally sinfully delicious!!!

  47. #
    Fithria — June 26, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Delicious thank you

  48. #
    LaQuinta Malone — June 27, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Loved this recipe. It was super easy

  49. #
    Diane Richardson — June 27, 2020 at 8:45 am

    I don’t have a blender, but I was able to get things done with my Ninja. I guess it is about the same thing, but I had to improvise a little when I added the cream cheese. A little divide and conquer as the jar in use wasn’t quite large enough. The recipe turned out as advertised. It is a very light cheesecake flavor. It tasted good and had a strong strawberry flavor. I preferred it with the chocolate drizzle. 🙂

    Sidebar: I live near Van Drunen farms where they make the freeze dried strawberries for Target. I first shopped on Monday and couldn’t find the freeze dried strawberries anywhere. However, I found out Target deliveries for this product were shipped on Wednesday, so when I went back to Target on Thursday afternoon they had a big supply! Moral of the story, find out when local stores get delivery on products you want.

  50. #
    Allison Taylor — June 28, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Easy to make and delicious! I made it without the freeze dried strawberries and it was the perfect amount of flavour for me.

  51. #
    Mae — June 28, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Perfect dessert to kickstart the summer! Love the creamy texture with the added tartness. Family approved!

  52. #
    Melissa — June 28, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    LOVED this recipe!! This has such a bold strawberry flavor and so creamy! Everyone commented on how good they were. Will be making these again shortly!!

  53. #
    Brynne’s Sweet Buns — June 29, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Creamy and no baking is my kind of dessert! The strawberry flavor is intensely delicious.

  54. #
    Melissa Thompson — June 29, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    These are very tasty! I prefer them out of the refrigerator rather than the freezer but my son felt the opposite so it’s all taste. Was a bit difficult in the blender to combine the ingredients but a perfect summer dessert.

  55. #
    Pia — June 29, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    We love these!

  56. #
    Rebecca Hawkins — June 29, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    So good I made them twice this month! I found freeze dried strawberries by the bulk foods at my Kroger.

  57. #
    April — June 30, 2020 at 7:27 am

    This was the perfect summer treat. The freeze-dried strawberries really added an extra pop of flavor! Half my family liked it straight from the freezer, and half liked it thawed and softened a little. Either way, so tasty!

  58. #
    Sarah Hammond — June 30, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Flavor was good, would use a larger pan next time so they’re not so thick and also let thaw put more.

  59. #
    Greta Stolte — June 30, 2020 at 8:24 am

    So yummy!

  60. #
    Anne Penner — June 30, 2020 at 8:34 am

    These were fun to make and so delicious! Perfect summer treat with sooooo much strawberry flavor!

  61. #
    Katie Perry — June 30, 2020 at 11:50 am

    These were delicious! The strawberry taste was much stronger than I was expecting it was great. I preferred them after they’d been in the fridge for a day, letting them have a creamier consistency. I would make them again.

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      Miranda Ventura — June 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      I definitely agree with Katie that leaving it in the fridge overnight makes the texture and consistency of these bars so such better!!!

  62. #
    Miranda Ventura — June 30, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I made this recipe for the baking challenge and I’d have to rate these no-bake strawberry cheesecake bars three stars. Making them was pretty simple, but when I took a bite I was expecting a sweeter taste rather than the flavor you get from strawberry cream cheese. If you’re a strawberry lover though, this is recipe is worth trying and a perfect summer treat for the warm weather.

  63. #
    Christina Lund — June 30, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I LOVE the punch of strawberry flavor using freeze dried strawberries gives! Way to go, Tessa!

  64. #
    Kenneth — June 30, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    These bars were pretty good and so easy to make whipped cream really makes them sing 🙂

  65. #
    Christina Hollenbeck — June 30, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    This filling is so creamy and yummy and the crust is deliciously buttery.

  66. #
    Eddie — July 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    These are just amazing. Sour with a little bit of sweetness. A perfect summer treat. Thank you!

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