Jordan and I decided last week that we wanted to take a trip to Hawaii in March (yay!) and so I decided that to get beach-ready in 10 weeks I needed to lay off the baking…a little =). Mostly, my beach-ready plan includes adding pilates and yoga to my running routine with an overall goal of toning up slightly – nothing drastic. This is actually the only dessert I made all week. I tried to make some healthy dark cherry bread, but it was so “healthy” that it really didn’t taste like dessert haha and the dark cherry puree turned the bread a weird color. Needless to say, you won’t be seeing it on the blog ;). I also had a flop with some coconut muffins and had pretty much deemed this week “Flop Week” until I made this pie.
I set out to make a no-bake strawberry cheesecake – somewhat of a spin off my Chocolate Cheesecake Bites. It was 70 degrees here on Saturday and I did not want to heat up my kitchen – because 70 degrees in January is like 90 degrees in June =). Turns out it didn’t taste like cheesecake, but what I ended up with was sooo much better! It tasted exactly like a strawberry milkshake! Sometimes you just get lucky ;). Enjoy!
Strawberry Milkshake Pie
1 (9-inch) reduced-fat graham cracker crust (homemade or store-bought)
8 oz (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup strawberry puree (about 1 cup fresh strawberries,chopped)
8 oz light frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp strawberry extract
1. Place cream cheese and sugar in bowl of stand mixer and beat with paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth.
2. Add melted chocolate to cream cheese mixture and beat until combined. Mix in strawberry puree, vanilla, and strawberry extract.
3. Gently fold in whipped topping and pour into crust. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.
1. I’m sure you could substitute real whipped cream for the whipped topping, but I haven’t tried.
2. I used fresh strawberries. Frozen would probably work too but since they are a little juicier you may want to defrost and drain off some the juice before you puree.