I love the elegant flavors in this cranberry cheesecake parfait. Sweet, creamy vanilla bean cheesecake is topped with cranberries sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with a hint of cinnamon and orange zest – perfect for the holidays. You can leave the graham cracker base plain, but I love to stir in some melted dark chocolate to add a little more sweetness.
For someone who’s constantly keeping up with the news and monitoring trends, sometimes you’d think I live under a rock. I bought a pair of short boots (can we all agree that “booties” is a horrible word that should never be used?) three years ago but finally wore them for the first time this fall. I didn’t check out the “new” wine bar around the corner until two different people from out of the state told me I had to go. Desserts in jars… what’s the point?
Until we eventually visited that wine bar and ordered a key lime pie in a jar that rocked our world. There’s something about a dessert in a jar that’s so much more fun than a normal slice of cake or pie. I immediately knew that I needed to give in to the trend. I’ve been buying (and filling!) jars ever since.
These no-bake cranberry cheesecake parfaits super easy to make and ridiculously cute, which makes them perfect for entertaining. They’d be a great way to end Thanksgiving or Christmas on a sweet note, but you don’t need to save them for a holiday. I love how the jars offer built-in portion control (it’s literally impossible to go back for “just another little sliver.”) Plus, since I used GO VEGGIE Vegan Cream Cheese for the base, they have less calories and fat than traditional cheesecake and can be enjoyed by vegans or anyone with lactose intolerance.
Traditionally, no-bake cheesecake recipes call for whipped cream or sweetened condensed milk to help the cheesecake base set up. Since I wanted to keep these parfaits dairy-free, those options weren’t available to me and I had to get creative. I ended up adding a tablespoon of coconut oil into the mix – since it’s solid at room temperature, it did the trick perfectly.
For more dairy-free dessert recipes, try: Mexican chocolate cream pie//dairy free banana cupcakes//chocolate-chai zucchini muffins
I created this recipe for my client, GO VEGGIE As always, thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen.