This Japanese style no bake cheesecake, or “rare cheesecake” is the perfect not-too-sweet treat. It’s creamy, smooth, cool, and easy to make!
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My favorite kind of cheesecake is no bake cheesecake, because… well, you don’t have to bake it. It’s super easy to make, and you don’t have to turn on the oven when it’s 100 degrees outside. It’s creamy, smooth, cool, and in this case, fruity! When I say no bake cheesecake, what I’m really talking about is Japanese “rare” cheesecake. Japanese rare cheesecake is like American no bake cheesecake, but it’s a little lighter. Most no bake cheesecake uses condensed milk, and is very sweet. Rare cheesecake is less sweet and more refreshing.
Today’s recipe uses Horizon® organic yogurt cups, and it’s so easy to throw together! The five flavors they have are raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla, and key lime. I used the first three, but I think vanilla could work with all types of fresh fruit, and key lime would be great with some extra lime juice and lime zest in it.
My kids LOVE yogurt, and it’s such an easy snack to have around. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or even dessert. My second child will eat plain yogurt with fruit, but my oldest has caught on to the fact that there is such a thing as sweet yogurt. Ha, I’ve been found out! She loves the Horizon yogurt cups, let me tell ya. But I feel good about letting her eat it, because… live and active cultures!
We like to eat our yogurt straight, on top of cereal, and in smoothies, but today I wanted to introduce a not TOO sweet dessert recipe! I’m all about cutting down sugar where I can, and I think this yogurt no bake cheesecake has the perfect amount of sweetness!
My favorite flavor was raspberry, with blueberry being a close second. The raspberry is a little tart and really complements the smooth and creamy cheesecake. The fresh blueberries dotted throughout the cheesecake gives it a great bite.
You can make this rare cheesecake in individual cups, or in a larger dish. If you want to lighten it up even more, you can skip the crust, although I think it adds nice texture and interest. Cutting a larger cheesecake into squares would be perfect for an after school snack, and making it in little plastic cups (try ones with snap on lids) means you can take it on the go. School lunch, perhaps?
Since you don’t have to bake a rare cheesecake, you can really put it in whatever container, and whatever size that you want. It’s so quick and easy to throw together, and with the reduced sugar and the live and active cultures, you can feel good about your kids eating it!
You can find the Horizon organic yogurt cups at Walmart in the dairy section with the yogurts. Go pick some up, it’ll be the perfect back to school treat!
I hope you enjoy this easy recipe. Go check out some of my other cheesecake recipes too!
Yogurt no bake cheesecake (rare cheesecake)
- 1 6 oz container of Horizon raspberry yogurt or other flavors
- 4 oz cream cheese softened/room temperature
- 2 t lemon juice
- 1/4 t vanilla optional
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries or fruit of choice
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 T sugar
- 1 packet gelatin 7g
- 4 graham crackers (equaling 8 squares), optional
- 2 T unsalted butter melted, optional
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- Crush the graham crackers in either a food processor, or in a sealed plastic sandwich bag until fine.4 graham crackers
- Add in the melted butter and combine.2 T unsalted butter
- Press into the bottom of container(s). Use either one large container (I used a 6×8 inch glass baking dish), or individual sized cups/containers (plastic cups/containers, especially with lids, work great!).
- Put three tablespoons of cold water into a small bowl, and sprinkle the gelatin over it to bloom.1 packet gelatin
- Meanwhile, place the softened cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl, and whisk or mix with a spatula until smooth.4 oz cream cheese
- Add the yogurt and whisk/stir to combine.1 6 oz container of Horizon raspberry yogurt
- Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla.2 t lemon juice,1/4 t vanilla
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and sugar and stir until dissolved.1/3 cup milk,2 T sugar
- Heat until just about simmering, remove from heat, and stir/whisk in the bloomed gelatin until completely melted and smooth.
- Slowly add the warm mixture to the yogurt mixture, while whisking constantly.
- When fully combined, stir in the fruit (optional: add the fruit after pouring the cheesecake mixture into the container(s)).1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- Place in refrigerator until cool.
4 thoughts on “Yogurt No Bake Cheesecake (Rare Cheesecake)”
Can anyone tell me the nutritional value???
I have had bariatric surgery, and this seems like something workable for me for the holidays.
Hi Melody, I believe fitness pal and other options are available online where you can input the ingredients and get the nutritional values!
Can substitute gelatine with agar agar of the same amount
Hi Carol, I haven’t tried this recipe with agar agar, but usually you use about 1tsp agar agar per cup of liquid. Also, be aware that you need to bring the agar agar and liquid to a boil and simmer for a couple of minutes for it to set correctly. Agar agar has a firmer texture than gelatin, so your final result won’t have as creamy of a texture. Let me know if you try it with the substitution. I’d love to hear how it turns out!