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No-bake Cheesecake bars with Strawberry Rhubarb Swirls

Super easy No-bake Cheesecake bars with Strawberry Rhubarb swirls; with a creamy filling of only three ingredients, a sweet and salty pretzel crust also with only three ingredients and Strawberry Rhubarb swirls to top.

No-Bake Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

Who wants to turn their oven on in the middle of a heat wave? I avoid it at all costs!

Even though I love a good old cheesecake recipe, it’s definitely time consuming and requires way more practice to get to the perfect cheesecake.

If you’re a cheesecake purist, you might find this Goat Cheese Cheesecake with French Grape Spread, or this Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake more fitting recipes for you.

Now, if you’re in the mood for a simple, quick and no-bake cheesecake, look no further! No more water baths, cracks or high list ingredients for your cheesecakes! This is the cheesecake for you.

No-bake cheesecake with Pretzel crust

To make things easier and to keep the list of ingredients on the lower end, I used St. Dalfour Strawberry & Rhubarb Fruit Spread instead of making it from scratch.

It’s full of strawberry and rhubarb chunks, which makes it have a “homemade” feeling to it.

It’s also made in small batch production, slowly cooked, with hand-picked and sourced fruit, as well as with vineyard-ripened grapes and fruit juices in traditional French kettles.

As “homemade” as you’ll ever get with a store bought fruit spread!

Thanks to St. Dalfour for sponsoring this post! all thoughts and opinions are my own

Super easy no bake cheesecake recipe

List of ingredients you’ll need for this No-Bake Cheesecake bars with Pretzel crust

  • Cream Cheese: Look for full fat cream cheese
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Not evaporated milk!
  • Lime juice: Freshly squeezed tastes always better
  • Pretzels: Salted and crushed for the crust
  • Butter: Use unsalted, pretzels have enough salt to them
  • Brown sugar: To sweeten your crust and give that sweet and salty flavor

How to make No-Bake Cheesecake bars with Pretzel crust (with a how-to video)

The trick to make this No-Bake Cheesecake filling: always using room temperature cream cheese; this is the most important, most critical step to get a creamy, lump-free and delicious cheesecake, so do not skip this step!

When using straight from the fridge cream cheese, you’ll find out soon enough that the lumps won’t go away, no matter how much you beat.

  1. Start by preparing an 8×8 in pan with parchment paper, covering the bottom and sides.
  2. Mix crushed pretzels, melted butter and brown sugar until well combined. Press tightly on prepared pan, until crust is flat and even.
  3. You can use the base of a spoon, the tip of your fingers or anything flat, like the bottom of a metal measuring cup. Freeze for 10 minutes while preparing your filling
  4. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth; add the sweetened condensed milk and the lime juice and beat until combined.
  5. Place mixture in prepared pan, smoothing it out with a spatula. Add dollops of Strawberry & Rhubarb Fruit spread and make swirls with a butter knife.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 hours, and preferably 24 hours.
  7. Do not set your cheesecake by using the freezer! it could loose its creamy consistency; instead, let it set in the fridge and after set, you can freeze if desired
  8. Cut in 9 squares with a sharp knife and refrigerate until serving
no bake cheesecake with strawberry and rhubarb

How to store No-bake Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust Bars

Store in an air-tight container, covered and refrigerated at all times. It will last 3-4 days.

If you want to freeze, wrap bars individually or the whole cheesecake, in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil for up to 3 months.

Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving

Swapping ingredients for a Gluten Free version

I haven’t tried this crust with gluten free pretzels, but the results should be the same or almost the same!

So go ahead and swap for Gluten Free pretzels if you’re looking for a gluten free version.

No-Bake Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust
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No-Bake Cheesecake Bars with Pretzel Crust and Strawberry Rhubarb Swirls

Super easy, No-bake Cheesecake bars, with a sweet and salty pretzel crust and Strawberry Rhubarb swirls.
Prep Time20 minutes
Additional Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 20 minutes
Course: Cheesecake
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy cheesecake, no bake cheesecake, No bake cheesecake bars, no bake dessert, pretzel crust recipe, sweet fix baker
Servings: 8 x8 in pan
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Maria

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 C crushed Pretzels about 5 C whole pretzels
  • 1 C unsalted butter melted
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 can 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 C lime juice
  • 3/4 St Dalfour Strawberry & Rhubarb Fruit Spread

Instructions

  • Line a 8×8 in pan with parchment paper, bottom and sides
  • Mix crushed pretzels, melted butter and brown sugar until well combined. Press tightly on prepared pan, until crust is flat and even. You can use the base of a spoon, the tip of your fingers or anything flat, like the bottom of a metal measuring cup. Freeze for 10 minutes
  • To prepare the filling, mix with an electric mixer on medium speed the cream cheese (it’s important that it’s at room temperature or you’ll end up with a lumpy filling) until smooth; add the sweetened condensed milk and the lime juice and beat until combined
  • Place mixture in prepared pan, smoothing it out with a spatula. Add dollops of Strawberry & Rhubarb Fruit spread and make swirls with a butter knife. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 hours, and preferably for 24 hours
  • Cut in squares with a sharp knife and refrigerate until serving

Notes

    • The trick to make this No-Bake Cheesecake filling: always using room temperature cream cheese; this is the most important, most critical step to get a creamy, lump-free and delicious cheesecake, so do not skip this step!
    • The cheesecake will set completely after refrigerating for 24 hours, you can shorten the time but it will be less firm
    • Do not set your cheesecake by using the freezer! it could loose its creamy consistency; instead, let it set in the fridge and after set, you can freeze.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g

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