Berries Cheesecake in a Jar

Good day all!! 
I don’t have much going on today other than to go to the gym, grill some burgers for dinner and watch fireworks from our back yard (we live next to a resort doing a big show)! It’s always nice to have an extra day off during the week to do whatever you please! 😉 How about you guys? Any big plans? 
Well, if you forgot to make a dessert for your cookout, how about this quick last minute Berry Cheesecake in a Jar? I tried to keep it lighter of course by minimizing the sugar and using low fat ingredients and let me tell you, it is delicious!! It’s not 100% healthy but it is a much better version than what you would get for a regular cheesecake. The best part is that there is no baking involved!

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One of these would serve two or eat half and save the rest for the next day or you may make them in smaller jars/cups. Whatever works best for ya! 

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Berries Cheesecake in a Jar
Yields 4
Ingredients:
1 cups chopped strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tbsp. stevia – divided (or your preferred non calorie sweetener)
1/2 cups low fat graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp. reduced fat butter, melted
4 oz fat free cream cheese at room temperature  
8 oz low-fat plain greek yogurt ( I use Voskos)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 tsp. brown sugar cinnamon torani syrup – sugar free (optional – I get mine at World Market) 

Strawberry mix
Combine the strawberries and 1 tbsp of stevia in a small bowl and toss with a fork to combine. Let stand for at least 1 hour, stirring once or twice, until the strawberries have released their juices. Mash the strawberries with the fork. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. 
Graham crust
In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1 tbsp of stevia and butter. If the mix is too dry, add a little bit of water until you get the consistency of a pie crust. Divide the mixture into the bottom of each mason jar and tamp down gently with the bottom of a spoon. 
Cheesecake mix
Combine the cream cheese and greek yogurt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat the mixture on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add in confectioners’ sugar and mix until well incorporated, 1-2 minutes. Blend the vanilla extract and torani syrup on low speed, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes more. Divide the mixture between the serving jars. Spoon the blueberries then the strawberry topping. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
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That’s it! That’s all you have to do! You’ll love love love it! 



Wishing you all a very happy 4th of July! Happy Birthday, America!

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  • 07/05/2012 - 1:59 pm

    DreamingofArnold - Great pics, I may have to try this one when I go on vacation! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • 07/05/2012 - 9:16 pm

    Anonymous - How about using the Honey Yogurt and omit the Stevia?ReplyCancel

  • 07/05/2012 - 11:44 pm

    Ana C. - @ Dreaming … Thank you! I’m sure you’ll love it! Have a great vacation! Almost here huh? 😀

    @ Anonymous …. Thanks for your comment! You could use Honey Yogurt if it’s your preference but I always love to use Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt as it has more protein versus a flavored yogurt. I use natural sweeteners such as Stevia since they add no calories. I’m a weight lifter, I’m always looking for ways to add protein to my diet.ReplyCancel

  • 07/09/2012 - 3:33 am

    Anonymous - So I could use sugar instead or nothing? Do not care for the sweeteners.ReplyCancel

    • 07/09/2012 - 3:53 am

      Ana C. - Hi There! Most definitely you can use regular sugar. I would still do 2 tbsp of sugar or even a little more. Natural sweeteners are a little more sweet than regular sugar so you require less of it. Just start with 1 tbsp for the cracker mix and 1 for the cheesecake mix. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

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