No-Bake Pineapple Cream Dessert

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Isn’t it perfect when simple dessert recipes also happen to be no bake? For instance, this No-Bake Pineapple Cream Dessert recipe is everything you would want to eat during hot summer days because it just tastes out-of-the-ordinary. The tropical flavours of pineapple in a cheesecake along with Graham cracker crust are a lovely combination. The light and fluffy texture is something your guests will drool over. You will want to make this recipe time and again. Also, this recipe is straightforward and uncomplicated to prepare however you will need to refrigerate it for hours preferably overnight for it to set completely. Because cheesecake is something that gains flavor over time, any leftovers taste even better after a couple of days. You can serve it with mixed berries or try macadamia nuts on top for a richer flavor or just eat it on its own. You can also add a hint of Malibu coconut rum or any spiced rum to it for a dash of Pina Colada flavor.

To make this recipe a bit healthier and cut down the calories, you can you can substitute the regular cream cheese with low-fat cream cheese like the Neufchatel cheese. You can use either Stevia, cane sugar or honey in the place of refined sugar. For the crust, you don’t have to add any extra sugar since Graham crackers are on the sweeter side and instead of using butter to bind the crust you can simply switch it with melted coconut oil. This way it also adds a subtle coconut flavor which goes well with pineapple. In the place of whipped topping use coconut cream or even coconut ice cream. You can also make a healthier version of Whipped topping in your kitchen using heavy whipping cream with a cane or organic sugar. To make it extra thick, add a tablespoon or two of instant vanilla pudding when you’re whipping the cream. Adding instant vanilla pudding prevents the watery texture in the whipping cream making it firm which is something you want in this recipe. The possibilities for making a healthier version of this recipe are endless!

Pineapple mainly originated in tropical countries and was first discovered in South America. The nutritional value of pineapple mostly comes from the enzymes present in it that are highly anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and aid digestion. Other essential pineapple nutrients are vitamin C and A. For the best quality of pineapples, always look for Costa Rica- or Hawaii-grown ones. Did you know besides adding pineapples in fruit salads and tropical drinks they are also used in making wine? Apart from Graham crackers for the crust, you can also use other alternatives like wafers, chocolate flavored crackers, ginger snaps, ‘Digestive’ or ‘Rich Tea biscuits,' lady finger crust, shortbread, etc. You could also use Oreo or Sandies cookies, Honey Nut Cheerios, or Sara Lee pound cake, yellow cake mix, Milk Arrowroots, soda crackers, etc. The choice is endless with several excellent options. If you like vanilla pudding, you can, by all means, add a layer on top or in between if you want.

Thank you to Judith Hannemann at The Midnight Baker food blog for sharing this No-Bake Pineapple Cream Dessert recipe with us. Do visit Judith’s blog for more quick dessert recipes that are easy on your budget. You may want to add this exotic pineapple cheesecake recipe to your list of quick dessert recipes, so you don’t have to scramble for the recipe details the next time you want to make it. It’s going to tickle your palate in a new way. Make this pineapple dessert recipe today!

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