No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

The perfect smooth and creamy no bake strawberry cheesecake, made with strawberries, cream cheese and whipped cream, plus a bit of gelatin and sugar. So quick and easy, it’s the perfect treat!

A closeup image of gluten free strawberry cheesecake with strawberries on top.

Fresh or frozen strawberries

If you’re reading this right in the heart of strawberry season, when deep red berries are in every farmer’s market and grocery store, feel free to use fresh berries. Otherwise, this no bake strawberry cheesecake is actually even better when made with frozen berries.

Frozen fruits and vegetables are a saving grace for cooking and baking all year round, as they’re picked and prepared at the peak of freshness. Plus, they’re way cheaper than fresh!

If you’re going to use strawberries for decoration, you’ll need fresh. But the decoration is, of course, totally optional.

Gluten free strawberry cheesecake being made, and in a pan, then sliced.

A strawberry pie without Cool Whip

I’m continually surprised by how amazingly delicious a no bake cheesecake can be. And that is doubly true since Cool Whip, bless its heart, is not in the list of ingredients.

Anything made with Cool Whip to me just tastes, well, like Cool Whip. Certainly not cheesecake, that’s for sure.

Smooth and creamy, and filled with real, fresh-tasting strawberry flavor, this cheesecake gets the texture just right—even without all the fuss of an oven and a water bath and all that jazz.

Strawberry cheesecake spoonful from jar

Try small servings in jars or as popsicles

I’ve discovered lately that the light and fluffy no bake strawberry cheesecake filling this recipe makes is actually really versatile. It makes lovely individual servings by pouring it into small mason jars like pudding. It also makes perfect cheesecake popsicles.

To make the filling, you must go through a few steps. First, you must make the strawberry puree by cooking strawberries with some sugar, and then blending the mixture.

Then, beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar, add bloomed gelatin, and then the strawberry puree. Finally, fold in some fresh whipped cream.

If you’re going to go through the steps, you might consider making it in a few different forms. You can make a full 9-inch cheesecake with the graham cracker crust.

You can also divide the filling among some jars, some popsicle molds, and even a smaller springform pan. The popsicles will last for weeks in the freezer, and the individual servings will last for up to a week if all of your ingredients are very fresh.

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles on plate

Ingredients and substitutions


I’m afraid I don’t think you can make this recipe without dairy. The heavy whipping cream can be replaced with coconut cream that is whipped into soft peaks, similar to dairy cream.

But I have never tasted a dairy-free cream cheese that truly tastes like “real” cream cheese. I’ve tried so many of them, and I just don’t care for the taste. If you have one that you love, it might be worth trying, though.


The gelatin provides the structure to this recipe that would be provided by eggs in a classic baked cheesecake. I don’t recommend just leaving it out, which will result in a cheesecake that really has to be frozen, or at least extremely cold, to slice cleanly.

If you’re comfortable working with agar agar, you may be able to use it to replace the gelatin in this recipe. I’m afraid I don’t have experience with it (yet!), so I can’t offer any guidance.


A piece of strawberry cheesecake on a plate.

no bake strawberry cheesecake in jars with a spoonful, and frozen into popsiclesA whole strawberry cheesecake and a slice.

Like this recipe?

Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 8 to 10 servings


For the crust
1 1/2 cups (225 g) gluten free crunchy cookie crumbs(I used crushed gluten free graham crackers)

6 tablespoons (84 g) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake filling
1 pound (16 ounces) frozen strawberries (or hulled fresh strawberries)

1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) lukewarm water

1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon (8 g) unflavored powdered gelatin*

1 cup (8 fluid ounces) heavy whipping cream, chilled

2 8-ounce packages (1 pound total) cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup (58 g) confectioners’ sugar

For decorating
Sliced fresh strawberries, for decorating (optional)

*If using Knox gelatin by the package, 1 package weighs 7 grams, which is enough for this recipe. No need to get all technical and open up a second package for 1 single gram more.


  • Make the crust. In a large bowl, mix the cookie crumbs and melted butter until well-combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan or deep-dish pie plate. Place the pie plate in the freezer until firm (at least 10 minutes, but longer is fine). You can also make this cheesecake into popsicles or into individual servings in mason jars, and you won’t need a crust.

  • Make the strawberry puree filling. In a medium-size, heavy-bottom saucepan, place the frozen strawberries, 2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) of the lukewarm water, granulated sugar and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the strawberries are very soft and the mixture is bubbling (8 to 10 minutes). Blend the strawberry mixture with an immersion blender or by placing the hot mixture in a standard blender (taking care to leave enough room in the blender for the hot liquid to expand during blending). While the strawberries are cooking, place the remaining 2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) water in a small, heat-safe bowl, add the powdered gelatin and stir to combine. Set the gelatin aside and allow it to swell in the liquid. Once the strawberries are cooked and pureed, set the mixture aside to cool briefly. You will have about 1/2 cup leftover strawberry puree, which can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and used to make strawberry milk, or to drizzle over ice cream. Melt the gelatin mixture in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds on HIGH power and set aside to cool briefly.

  • Finish the filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a large bowl with a handheld mixer, place the chilled whipping cream and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Transfer the mixture to a separate bowl and place in the refrigerator. In the same bowl, place the cream cheese, remaining 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, and confectioners’ sugar. If using a stand mixer, switch to the paddle attachment. Beat the mixture on high speed until very light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). With the mixer speed on low, add the melted gelatin mixture, then about 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) of the strawberry mixture to the cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth and well-combined. Remove the whipped cream from the refrigerator and carefully fold the whipped cream into the strawberry cheesecake mixture until only a few white streaks remain. Be careful not to deflate the whipped cream.

  • To make a 9-inch cake: Remove the crust from the freezer, and pour in the filling, spread it into an even layer, and decorate with the optional fresh strawberries. Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. After 2 hours, cover the pan with plastic wrap to prevent the cake from drying out. Unmold, slice and serve chilled.

  • To make popsicles or individual servings of cheesecake, pour the mixture into popsicle molds or small mason jars, filling the containers nearly full. Insert popsicle sticks into the popsicle molds, and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours or until fully formed. For the individual servings, top each with an optional fresh strawberry, cover tightly, and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.


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  • Carie
    June 16, 2020 at 7:57 PM

    I have a ridiculous amount of fresh raspberries that I need to put to delicious use. Any prediction on the substitution of raspberries to strawberries? I usually rice some of my raspberries to remove some of the seeds. I’m concerned raspberries are much more “watery” than strawberries.

    Thoughts? I can only make so much jam with this bounty :)

    • Nicole Hunn
      June 16, 2020 at 8:15 PM

      Hi, Carie, the short answer is that I do think that raspberries would work, but you’re right that you’ll want to remove the seeds—and probably cook it down a bit more to thicken the mixture. Once you’re done cooking and pureeing the berries, just pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds. That should do it. I’m jealous of your bounty! But I am sympathetic to your plight. It would be a shame to freeze too many of those, since you can buy them frozen any time.

  • Ella
    June 15, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    If you are trying to make it lactose free, what is a good substitute for the whip cream?

    • Nicole Hunn
      June 15, 2020 at 5:04 PM

      Please see the Ingredients and substitutions section, Ella!

  • Lynn B
    June 14, 2020 at 11:13 PM

    What brand of cream cheese is gluten free? I called about Philadelphia brand cream cheese several years ago and the company said it could not guarantee that it was gluten free.

    • Nicole Hunn
      June 15, 2020 at 8:50 AM

      Hi, Lynn, Philadelphia brand cream cheese is made by Kraft, which practices truth in labeling which means that they don’t hide any allergens in their ingredients. If something like maltodextrin is derived from wheat, the label will say so. That’s really all the information I have, as I always use Philadelphia cream cheese without an issue, as its contains statement only lists milk.

  • amma52
    June 14, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    i love your idea of popsicles and individual pots of pudding.
    how very creative of you. thank you.

  • Vicki
    June 13, 2020 at 1:21 AM

    Has anyone ever tried to make this with Stevia (no sugar)?

    • Nicole Hunn
      June 13, 2020 at 11:37 AM

      I’ve never tried to make this recipe with a sugar alternative, but since the sugar is there mostly for sweetness, it might work. I prefer Lankato brand monkfruit alternative sugars, but they do tend to be drying so watch the video carefully and pay close attention to consistency at each stage.

  • Judy
    March 26, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    This sounds delicious! Can I use raspberries instead of strawberries and would all of the measurements stay the same?

    • March 27, 2016 at 6:28 PM

      Raspberries should work, Judy. You might actually want to cook and puree the raspberries, then pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, since raspberry seeds are a bit larger.

  • Jessica Marfoe
    March 25, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Would have nutritional information available? Looking for carb count in particular. thank you!

    • March 27, 2016 at 6:29 PM

      I don’t provide nutritional information for my recipes, Jessica. Feel free to plug the recipe into an online calculator yourself, though!

  • Mary
    March 25, 2016 at 10:14 PM

    Thank you! I’m looking foward to giving this a try tomorrow.

  • Donna Halls
    March 25, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    This sounds yum & not too much sugar!

  • Carole
    March 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Is there a mistake in this recipes directions ???
    Would like to make it for Easter !!!!

    • March 22, 2016 at 11:45 AM

      I’m not sure what you’re referring to, Carole. The recipe is correct as written.

  • March 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    I love that you didn’t use Cool Whip in this recipe! I am so ready for strawberry season and will have to try this recipe :) Pinning!

    • March 22, 2016 at 11:45 AM

      Love Cool Whip, London, but as a topping! ?

  • Victoria Donaldson
    March 22, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    I actually only like the unbaked kind of cheesecake? with strawberries! , why have I never thought of that?

    • March 22, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      Good thing we had this talk, then, Victoria. :)

  • Rita L
    March 21, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Am I missing sonething? The instruction say to add 8 oz of the strawberry mixture to the cream cheese mixture. I’m thinking 16 oz of strawberries plus the sugar should yield something closer to 16 oz, so where is the balance used?

    • March 22, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      Rita, yes you are missing something. 16 ounces of strawberries is a weight measurement. 8 fluid ounces of the strawberry puree is a volume measurement. When the strawberries and bit of sugar cook down and reduce, and are then pureed, you will have a bit extra, but less than 1/2 cup (or 4 fluid ounces) left over. You can drizzle it on top, if you like, or just serve it alongside the cheesecake.

      • sunny
        March 22, 2016 at 12:04 PM

        thanks for the quick clarification!

      • Rita L
        March 22, 2016 at 12:46 PM

        Thanks Nicole! Making this for Easter. I know it will be a huge hit. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

      • SueF
        March 27, 2016 at 1:48 PM

        I have more than one cup of strawberry puree left over – did I add too much air in the blender? Should I put most of it in?

        • March 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM

          I really can’t imagine why you’d have so much puree left over, Sue, unless there was an error in a measurement somewhere else along the line. The recipe is correct as written, and you should only add 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) of the properly made strawberry mixture.

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