Cheater Cheesecake: quick and easy alternative to cheesecake

Cheater Cheesecake: this 2 minute dessert is a quick and easy alternative to cheese cake, and it’s lower in fat and calories too!

cheater cheese cake - 2 minute alternative to cheesecake

Let me tell you about the inspiration behind this 2 minute “Cheater Cheesecake”.  Every Saturday, I invite kid-bloggers from all over the globe to share a favourite post or two on my facebook page.  (If you haven’t popped over there on a Saturday, you really must!  We had over 30 GORGEOUS arts, crafts, activities and recipes linked up there yesterday! And if you’re a blogger, feel free to pop over next weekend and share a kid-friendly post with us!).

Yesterday, one post that jumped out at me, was this gorgeous Canada Day/Fourth of July dessert that Valerie from Glittering Muffins shared with us (us being me and my lovely facebook followers).

Canada Day/Fourth of July cake by Glittering Muffins

Doesn’t it look divine?  Perfect for a summer family BBQ or Potluck!

Well, today, my hubby and I figured we’d better go out and get some fresh, field Strawberries before the season ended, so we came home with a couple of baskets-full, and I put together this super-easy, super-quick dessert for us tonight.

It was amazing!  I had Valerie’s recipe in mind, but I didn’t have cool whip or graham crackers so I improvised with what I had on hand, and the results were delicious!  I’m a sucker for cheesecake.  It’s my all-time favourite dessert EVER, and that’s what this dessert reminded me of, but it was a lighter, more refreshing version.  Lower in fat and calories, but really, REALLY good!

For my Cheater Cheesecake, I used:

ingredients for cheater cheesecake

  • vanilla yogurt
  • strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • “Dad’s” oatmeal cookies, crushed (1.5 cookies per bowl)

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That’s IT!  I scooped some yogurt into some cute, little parfait bowls, dropped in a handful of whole blueberries and raspberries and a few sliced strawberries, sprinkled it all with the crushed oatmeal cookies (which I’d placed in a sandwich bag and crushed with my hand).  Then I finished with a couple more berries.

cheater cheesecake - quick, easy, healthy dessert

How easy is that?  And it was CRAAAZY good.  And such a healthy alternative to real cheesecake.  I would actually serve these to company.  And you can bet I’ll be making them a few more times for us before the rest of the strawberries are gone!

How about some more delicious dessert recipes to really get you drooling?

Black Forest Trifle

Best Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin Chip Cookies

Big, Soft Ginger Cookies

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (bread machine)

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Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

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