Real Food Cheesecake Parfaits

I have a sweet tooth, or perhaps a whole mouthful of sweet teeth. I love chocolate and ice cream and dessert. I’m also trying to make better food choices for myself and in the way I cook for my family. What’s a mom to do?

Who knows how I stumbled across these Snickers Cheesecake Parfaits over at All She Cooks? I only remember that I made them with some Chocolate Day peanut butter cups and my family LOVED them. Yeah, “healthy” kind of went out the window that day…but balance, right? So I thought I’d try to health-ify the recipe so we could still enjoy our treats once in a while.

Real Food Cheesecake Parfaits from A Chat Over Coffee

I used homemade strawberry preserves to layer my parfaits, but fresh fruit would be even better. If you want to splurge on something not-at-all-healthy then crushed cookies, chopped candy bars, or chocolate chips are options. Layering the parfaits into half pint canning jars is not only super cute but also makes the treats easy to pack in a cooler for car picnics. I’ve also served the parfaits in custard cups. You’ll get 6-7 jars or around 10 custard cup servings from this recipe.

Real Food Cheesecake Parfaits
from AChatOverCoffee.com

Serves 6-10, depending upon serving size

What you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • Fresh fruit or homemade fruit preserves for layering

What to do:

Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and honey and mix well to combine. The mixture will be runny. With the mixer running on medium speed, slowly add the cream until it is all incorporated. Then turn the mixer up to high speed and beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

Whip the cheesecake mixture until stiff peaks form. | A Chat Over Coffee

Whip the cheesecake mixture until stiff peaks form. | A Chat Over Coffee

Put a layer of fruit, preserves, or whatever you’re using to flavor your parfaits in the bottom of a half-pint canning jar. (I use these.) Add a layer of cheesecake mixture, then another layer of preserves. Repeat the layers once more so there’s a layer of preserves on the top. Add a lid to your canning jar and you’re ready to go!

Store your parfaits in the refrigerator or a cooler until you’re ready to eat them.

Update: If you like peanut butter, you might want to try these peanut butter cheesecake desserts!

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Update: Here are the other (mostly) real food no cook cheesecake dessert flavors you might want to try.

This post was shared at Healthy Living Link Party #60, Five Star Frou-Frou #47, The Pretty Pintastic Party #103, The Homemaking Party (4/27/16)The Art of Home-Making #102 and What’s For Dinner? Sunday #41.

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30 responses to “Real Food Cheesecake Parfaits

  1. This looks really amazing! And I have to check out your homemade vanilla extract! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up!

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  2. These look delicious and something my family would love. We especially like recipes using honey as a sweetener! 🙂 Thank you for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! I have pinned this 🙂

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  3. Good morning! Just a little note to let you know that this article has been FEATURED today at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again this week 🙂

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  4. You and I can be best friends! lol I do have a mouthful of sweet teeth. I am craving for one now and I will make sure to make this. Thank you for sharing this over at #healthyliving link party. You are an awesome host and I appreciate you. Pinned!

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