No-bake Skinny ‘Cheesecake’

Have you ever eaten an entire pie in one sitting?

I have.

I know that’s HORRIBLY unhealthy (which is why it only happened once), but the pie was so good I couldn’t help myself. (OK, I could have. I just didn’t want to.)

It was one of my mom’s cherry cream cheese pies. She got the recipe from a can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk and has been making the delectable dessert for as long as I can remember.

Her pies are rich, sweet and tangy like cheesecake … and 460 calories per slice. Ouch.

Independence Day is around the corner, and my mom’s pies have been on my mind — but I won’t ask her to make me one. I’m trying to eat healthier (I want to set a good example for Baby Bird), and I knew I’d shovel that pie in my mouth like a squirrel hoarding nuts.

So I came up with a “skinny cheesecake.” All the sinful goodness, sweetness, and tang — and only 215 calories!

Once the “cheesecake” was done, I thought about inhaling it. Instead, I sat down and wrote the recipe for you.

No-bake Skinny ‘Cheesecake’

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

Calories per serving: 214.2

No-bake Skinny ‘Cheesecake’

*The calorie count includes the strawberries. The count would change if you chose to substitute or exclude the fruit.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cool Whip Lite
  • 8 oz 1/3 less Fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Reduced Fat Ready Crust Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1/4 cup Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 10 medium strawberries (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whip cream cheese, lemon juice and condensed milk until fluffy.
  2. Add Cool Whip and combine until smooth.
  3. Spoon mixture into pie crust and chill for at least an hour, until firm.
  4. Top with strawberries (or another fruit of your choosing).
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