The main issue with no bake cheesecake recipes is that the cake often never sets enough to actually slice into. So people end up spooning the cake into cups or ramekins and eating it with a spoon. Delicious, no doubt, but presentation-challenged.
One way to make sure a no-bake cheesecake sets is to use gelatin – gelatin is actually very healthy and supports bone, tooth and joint health. However, I could’t use it in this particular recipe because I was making it for vegetarian friends.
So I decided to make my no-bake cheesecake in individual little dessert glasses. My main problem with the result is that IT’S SO GOOD THAT I HAD A HARD TIME STOPPING AT ONE, and this is a very rich dessert – a little goes a long way. Creamy, infused with vanilla and honey, the first few bites have the freshness and slight tang of berries, and the last few bites – the amazing richness of walnuts. So, so good.
- 1 cup (130 grams) raw walnut pieces
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Pinch kosher salt
- 8 oz full-fat cream cheese, soft
- ½ cup full-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup assorted berries
- To make the crust: Place the walnuts in food processor. Process until very finely chopped (but stop before they turn into walnut butter). Add the butter, honey and salt and process to incorporate, stopping once to scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Evenly distribute the crust among eight (4-oz) ramekins or dessert glasses, pressing it to the bottom of each glass. Set aside.
- Use a damp paper towel to wipe the food processor bowl and knife clean. Add the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. Process to incorporate, stopping once or twice to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
- Once incorporated, process on high 2 more minutes, until very light and fluffy.
- Evenly distribute the filling among the eight ramekins. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, top each little cheesecake with berries.