No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake With an Animal Cracker Crust

Once again, I am here to share another recipe from my hubby’s birthday celebrations.

His favorite dessert is strawberry cheesecake.

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Wanting to try something fun and different, I took my mom’s original No Bake Cheesecake recipe and spruced it up a bit.

On a tight budget, I planned out the ingredients needed to make this decadent treat.

As I began to prepare the cheesecake, I noticed I did not have anything to make the crust.

Sticking to the budget, our most recent purchase of animal crackers caught my eye.

So I dug up a recipe online for an animal cracker crust  and adapted it to my liking.

Animal Cracker Crust

4 cups of animal crackers

2 tbsp of brown sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup of margarine melted

1/4 cup of applesauce

**Yields 14-16 mini cheesecakes or one 8 inch pie

1. If you have a food processor, combine animal crackers, salt, and brown sugar until crumby. If you do not, put the ingredients into a freezer bag and using a rolling pin or other heavy object crush the contents. Shake the bag to make sure all of the ingredients are well incorporated.

2. In the food processor add the melted butter and applesauce and pulse to thoroughly combine to look like “wet sand”. Without a food processor, just add the wet ingredients with the dry and mix until the desired consistency.

3. Using mini plastic bundt cups, I distributed the crust evenly over 14 cups.  This could also be poured into one 8 inch pie dish.

4. Place in fridge to chill while making up cheesecake filling.

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Filling

1 8oz package of reduced fat strawberry cream cheese

1 8oz package of light sour cream

1 8oz package of light whipped topping

1/3 cup of sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2-3 tbsp of strawberry preserves

1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth in a large bowl.

2. Gradually beat in the sugar.

3.  Blend in the sour cream and vanilla.

4. Add in the strawberry preserves, mix well and add accordingly to taste.

5. Fold in the whipped topping until well blended.

6. Pour into individual or whole crust dish.

7. Place  in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight to let set up.

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Happy Birthday my love!!!

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Enjoy!!

-The Foodie

Peanut Butter Cup Frozen Yogurt

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Mmmmm creamy peanut butter intertwined with chunks of chocolate all swirled into a rich yogurt base.

I made this scrumptious treat for my husband’s (yes he is my husband now!) birthday.

It was quite an adventure….

Let me start by saying we are a hard budget, the kind that means once the weekly grocery bill is paid there is no more trips to the store until next week.

I forgot to plan for certain birthday surprises and I had to scramble to come up with something delish.

I know my hubby loves my homemade pb ice cream (which we just got an ice cream maker with wedding money!!!!)

So I felt it was only necessary that as his wife to my his fave for his birthday.

Unfortunately we did not have many ice cream producing ingredients.

But as I searched my fridge I found a whole quart of plain yogurt.

An idea sparked in my head….PB cup Fro Yo!!!

I started concoting the frozen yogurt base when I came to a realization that

….we did not have peanut butter cups.

So luckily I had cocoa powder and peanut butter and was able to make my own homemade PB bites.

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

 

Peanut Butter Cup Frozen Yogurt

3 cups of plain low fat or fat free yogurt

1 cup of peanut butter

3 tbsp of sugar

1 tbsp of cocoa powder

1 tsp of vanilla

24 regular peanut butter cups or 12 homemade

 

1. Combine all ingredients except peanut butter cups.

2. In a closed container allow the mixture to chill for 2 hours.

3. After allowing to chill, place your mixture in an ice cream mixture for a total of 20 minutes.

4. During the last 5 minutes of your ice cream maker churning, break up the peanut butter cups and add to the mixture.

5. Store in a container in a freezer to set, if you desire a thicker consistency. Take out to thaw about 10ish minutes before serving. Good for about one month in the freezer.

 

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Yummmy!!!!!!!!!

 

Enjoy!

-The Foodie

Homemade Peanut Butter Bites

I use this recipe whenever I am in a pinch, especially in my wallet.

 

Adapted from 

http://www.pnpflowersinc.com/2013/03/Homemade-Reeses-Peanut-Butter-Cups.html

*Homemade peanut butter bites recipe makes 12-16 pb cups

PB Filling

1/3 cup margarine or butter

2/3 cup crushed animal crackers or graham

1 ¼ tbsp brown sugar

½ cup powdered sugar

½ tsp vanilla

 

1.Mix all the ingredients together.

2.Put into a mini muffin pan.  Allow to chill in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.

3. While your waiting for that to set up, make the chocolate.

Chocolate Chunks (or you could buy 2 11oz bags of chocolate chips)

1/3 cup margarine

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 tbsp sugar 

½ tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp milk

 

4.Melt the margarine in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

5. Mix in cocoa, sugar, and vanilla.

6. Take out the muffin pan with the peanut butter filling and evenly spread the chocolate over top.

7. Allow to set for 30-60 minutes before using.

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Ta Da!!!

 

These tasted absolutely delicious in my Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt!

Enjoy!

-The Foodie