No Bake Cheesecake ‘n Berries in Low-Fat Pretzel Cups

No bake cheesecake topped with berries in a pretzel crust that is shaped into a cup! It’s a delicious, light and easy dessert that’s diet friendly too thanks to a secret substitution.

No Bake Cheesecake and Blueberries in a Low-Fat Pretzel Crust

I’m not sure what I like best about this recipe. The easy, creamy no bake cheesecake filling. The luscious berries. Or, the tasty pretzel crust shaped into cute little cups which have been skinnied down by using applesauce instead of butter.

No Bake Cheesecake, Berries and Low-Fat Pretzel Crust

I pondered this question at the photo shoot. It was a tasty and fun affair with lots of input from my faithful partners in dessert creations. (For instance, “Wouldn’t these be great for S’mores?”  and “What if we used chocolate instead of berries?”)

All great ideas that have been tucked away for another kitchen adventure.

Meanwhile, all I know to be true is that these taste great and don’t break the calorie bank.

And…they are easy to make. 🙂

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Directions

Add an 8 ounce package of cream cheese and 1/3 cup of sugar to a bowl. Using a hand mixer, stir and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Fold in an 8 ounce tub of whipped topping and stir well. (I gave it a little whirl with the mixer just to be sure everything was well combined.)

Use whatever cream cheese and whipped topping make sense for your family. I used low-fat products. There are also dairy free options out there.

Allow the filling to set in the refrigerator for about an hour. Or, make it a day ahead and assemble the next day for easy entertaining.

The Skinny on the Low-fat Pretzel Crust

I took a recipe for your standard, buttery (and yes…very delicious) pretzel crust, such as this one by Southern Living and replaced the melted butter with apple sauce. It worked. Very well.

It’s less sweet and a just a tad more chewy than the traditional version. But, it’s a very nice base for the creamy cheesecake. And, given the calorie savings, I’d take this crust over a buttery one any day.

Low Fat Pretzel Crust

To make the crust into little cups, press about 2 Tablespoons of the mixture into a cupcake tin coated with cooking spray. Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees to firm it up.

No Bake Cheesecake, Berries and Low-Fat Pretzel Crust

Top it with your favorite berries.

No Bake Cheesecake in Low-Fat Pretzel Crust

And, enjoy!

No Bake Cheesecake and Blueberries in a Low-Fat Pretzel Crust
No Bake Cheesecake 'n Berries in a Low-Fat Pretzel Cup
Low-fat pretzel crust shaped into cups is filled with a creamy no-bake cheesecake and topped with fresh berries. The diet friendly swap? The crust uses applesauce instead of butter.
Servings: 12 -14 cups
  • 2 cups of finely ground pretzels I chopped mine in a food processor
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 8 ounce tub of whipped topping
  • Your favorite berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, washed and sliced
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine pretzels pieces and brown sugar in bowl.
  3. Add applesauce to the dry mixture and stir to thoroughly incorporate.
  4. Place about 2 Tablespoons of the mixture in the well of a muffin tin that has been coated with cooking spray.
  5. Press mixture firmly to the bottom and sides.
  6. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes or until cups begin to firm up and are slightly browned.
  7. Allow pretzels cups to rest in the muffin tin for several minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
  8. To make the filling, add cream cheese and sugar to a large bowl.
  9. Using a hand mixer, beat and combine the cream cheese and sugar until it is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  10. Fold in whipped topping and stir to thoroughly incorporate.
  11. To assemble, spoon creamy mixture into cups and top with berries.
  12. Keep dessert cups refrigerated until ready to serve.

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  1. Great twist w/ the pretzel crust!

  2. This looks amazing! Love the pretzel cups! So cute! This would make a great 4th of July dessert with red white and blue colors!

  3. Pretzel crust? I’m in! These look awesome!

  4. what a great idea

  5. What an adorable idea! Perfect for picnics and dinner parties!

  6. Ginny McMeans says:

    I love the no bake directions for this recipes. Really sounds delicious.

  7. I adore no bake recipes, and this one is absolutely perfect. Love the pretzel crust, the cups are way too cute.

  8. These pretzel cupcakes are so cute!! What a neat idea! I love no-bake recipes 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  9. I am loving the pretzel cups! So cute!

  10. Pretzel cups FTW! Yes.

  11. What a cute idea for cups! A perfect portion too!

  12. I love cheesecake, it is my favorite dessert. I am intrigued, I have never had it with a pretzel crust.

  13. Sweet + Salty is one of my favorite flavor combinations, so I’m totally loving these. And I love them even more for being low fat!

  14. I love anything no bake right now! This is such a great idea using pretzels!

  15. Sounds delightful! I love the sweet/salty flavor combo too. And the fact that there’s less guilt? That’s totally awesome.

  16. Love the blueberries and strawberries together! Yum!

  17. I love the combo of sweet and salty – great recipe for summer Marjory Pinned!

  18. Anything No Bake has my name on it and this looks delicious- Yum! Thanks Marjory!

  19. I’ll be making these. Looks so delicious!

  20. These look amazing and anything that I don’t have to bake is a winner winner in my book!! Yummy!

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