Berry Vanilla Cheesecake Parfaits are made up of layers of strawberries, blueberries and a lightened-up no bake vanilla cheesecake. They’re the perfect patriotic parfaits to serve this summer!
Okay, so I’m totally going to sound like an old lady here, but maybe I’m not alone…I’ll just keep telling myself that. Our neighborhood has decided that the 4th of July isn’t just to be celebrated on that day.
Oh no, around here 4th of July started last week and I’m pretty sure it will continue to be celebrated for another week after the big day. What do I mean by “celebrated”? Shooting off fireworks every night after 9:00 PM for at least 30-45 minutes!
For the old lady that goes to bed at about 9:00 every night it’s really annoying. Usually just as I’m about to fall asleep I’m rudely startled awake by the whistling sound and loud pop of fireworks.
Of course at that point my heart is racing and I lay there in bed for another 30 minutes trying to relax, but knowing all to well that amateur fireworks hour is just starting. It probably wouldn’t bother me so much if I wasn’t getting up at 5:00 in the morning to go running, but I am and therefore, I’m annoyed!
Sorry I just poo-pooed all over 4th of July festivities, I actually really do love them, but let’s keep the celebration to the 4th, not June 21st through July 10th.
To make up for my old lady rant I made us some super easy, no bake Berry Vanilla Cheesecake Parfaits! If it’s as hot as it was yesterday you can be assured that I won’t be turning on my oven this weekend, which makes these no bake cheesecake parfaits the perfect dessert.
I love making no-bake desserts during the summer. No Bake Strawberry Pie Bites are always a good idea and I’m loving this Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake. Then of course, is it really summer if you don’t make homemade ice cream at least once? I’ll take a couple scoops of this Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream!
The parfaits are layers of lightened up vanilla bean cheesecake and sweet summer strawberries and blueberries. I lightened the cheesecake up the way I always do, by using Greek yogurt, low-fat cream cheese, and less sugar to sweeten it.
I did use a little sugar to sweeten my strawberries, but if you find some extra sweet ones there’s no need to add the sugar. I love the presentation of these parfaits. The red, white, and blue layers are so festive and patriotic, and perfect for your 4th of July party!
More No Bake Berry Desserts
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles
Strawberry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt Pies
Mini Raspberry Yogurt Phyllo Cups
Raspberry Cheesecake Yogurt Popsicles
Berry Vanilla Cheesecake Parfaits
- 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional)
- Using a stand mixer or hand mixer with the whisk attachment, place the soft cream cheese, Greek yogurt, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean paste into the mixing bowl.
- Beat the mixture on medium high speed, scraping down the sides once or twice, until it is fluffy and smooth.
- In a small bowl combine the diced strawberries with the teaspoon of sugar and toss together until coated.
- Using 3-4 small glasses, layer the parfaits starting with a layer of blueberries, then the cheesecake, then a layer of strawberries, and finishing with a little more cheesecake.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Leave the cream cheese out on your counter for at least an hour to ensure it is soft, otherwise the cheesecake will be lumpy. You can also microwave it for about 10 seconds to soften it if you are in a hurry.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 9g
Just made these and they were great! Thanks so much for the recipe.
Thanks for trying the recipe David and I’m glad you liked the parfaits! They are one of my favorites!
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
haha. they do the same thing over here! They are going on non stop its around this time of year and new years eve! Its crazy.
This recipe is so simple but so gorgeous! Totally need to make it this weekend!
Thanks Krista! And yes, I totally forgot about new years eve, it’s insane then too!
Julie @ Willow Bird Baking says
Ugh I’m so with you on the fireworks — not to mention the kids and pets and vets it might be terrifying. We all know we’re going to have to listen to it on the 4th, but having it spread to other days is a bit much. Anyway, what beautiful parfaits! They look fresh and delicious.
Exactly Julie! My cats are about as impressed with all the noise as I am. Aside from the noise I hope you have a great holiday weekend!
For Sale By Owner says
We have about 20 people coming ot the huse for the 4th. We plan to make about 50 of these.
Oh my goodness, 20 people! Now that sounds like a fun 4th of July party! I hope you all enjoy the parfaits!
Traci | Vanilla And Bean says
First time to your beautiful site Danae! Your parfaits sucked me in! Lovely recipe and gorgeous vanilla beans! I know they really step the flavor profile up of these festive Summer desserts! An I’m a 100% with you on the fireworks… ours start wayy too early and continue wayyy too late, and into the next week! Plus it’s the pollution that ends up in our waterways, stress on pets/wild animals… etc., etc… You’re not an ole’ lady. Happy to hear I’m not the only one!! Wishing you a restful and beautiful weekend!!
Thanks so much for stopping by Traci, you are so sweet! I couldn’t agree more about vanilla beans stepping up the flavor, I love them!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
I would feel the same way if my neighborhood decided to start celebrating early. I love making berry parfaits and of course, the more berries the better. I love that you added the cheesecake flavors too!
Thanks Ashley! You are so right, the more berries the better!
Sheila @Life, Love, and Good Food says
Looks delicious and perfect for my July 4 cookout!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
Our neighborhood is the same way! Just when you think the noise is done, another random one goes off! I guess I should spend that extra time awake making these parfaits!
Ugh, isn’ it annoying! Making these parfaits would be a better way to spend my time instead of tossing and turning in bed! ;-)
Julie | Small Green Kitchen says
These berry parfait a are beautiful, Danae! Love how perfect they are for the 4th!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Oh my goodness. I would totally be be that old lady grumbling too! What he heck! These desserts look amazing for the big day though!
I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks it’s annoying. Thanks so much Julie and have a great 4th!