Thursday, November 18, 2010

No Bake Graham Cracker Cheesecake

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
Calories: 80

"....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)


Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Sounds yummy! Low calorie and low fat is what I need. You have the best reicpes!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Awww, that was nice of you to say. Thanks for making me smile this morning :) I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as I did.

Beth said...

I am SO going to make this for my husband! He loves cheesecake and he loves cherries. But you know how calorie-rich cheesecake is---Lord knows we don't need that. Hopfully, he'll let me have some, too. :-)

Thanks for another great recipe, Mary Ann!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

I really hope he enjoys it, Beth! I know what you mean about cheesecake-I love it but hardly ever have it because of the fat and calories.

CountryDew said...

Looks terrific. My husband would love it - he's a big cheesecake fan.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thanks Anita. I hope you get a chance to make it. I think he'd love it.

Anonymous said...

That picture looks so good. I am sure we will all be making this recipe next week after we stuff ourselves and gain about 10 lbs. over Thanksgiving. I love cheesecake, too. Hope you are having a good weekend.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Hey Southernlady! Thanks for the kind comments. I always figure around the holidays that dieting is like swimming up stream. No way I've got that kind of strength!