After all the craziness of the past month, I needed comfort food, something sweet and creamy. But since I've been eating a bit too much lately (stress does it everytime!), I also wanted something low in calories and fat. I found this recipe on one of my favorite websites, Sparkpeople. A former instructor at my gym recommended the site. She is a member and it helps her keep track of her eating habits. I joined (it's free) and I enjoy the heck out of the tips, articles and especially the recipes. This recipe was no exception. Even my kids, who didn't even know it was low calorie/low fat, loved this dessert. A definite make again in our house.
No Bake Graham Cracker Cheesecake
Two packets of low fat graham crackers
8 oz. fat free cream cheese, softened (I used low fat)
1 cup cold skim milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small box instant vanilla pudding (can use sugar free)
8 oz. fat free Cool Whip
1 can lite cherry pie filling (or any flavor prefer)
Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with graham crackers. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the milk and lemon juice to the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Stir in pudding mix, then fold in the Cool Whip. Pour mixture over the graham crackers then spread the pie filling over the top. Eat right away or refridgerate overnight to soften the crackers.
Makes about 20 servings (or in my case 5 large servings ;)
Fat: 0.3 grams
"....I can dream away a half-hour on the immortal flavor of those thick cheese cakes we used to have on a Saturday night."
-Mary Antin, 'The Promised Land' (1912)