These light, lemony no-bake bites topped with fresh strawberries are easy to make and totally addicting!
What are your favorite ingredients to cook and bake with in the summer? For me, it’s fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables like strawberries, zucchini, lemon and bell peppers. I do much more stovetop cooking than hot-oven baking in the summer, though, since firing up my oven during Austin’s scorching summers is low on my list. But with these no-bake bites, I can make my dessert and enjoy it without breaking a sweat!
These little bites are absolutely addicting. They’re light and lemony, with a buttery graham cracker crust and a soft, custardy filling made with Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Of course, I had to use the very best!
Philadelphia Cream Cheese is made with fresh, local milk from nearby farms and is combined with pure cream to make for a silky smooth base. Due to Philadelphia’s high standards and commitment to developing delicious, quality cream cheese, they’ve been America’s favorite since 1872. They have amazing new flavors out now, like Spicy Jalapeno and Honey Nut with real jalapenos and pecans, which I can’t wait to pair with fresh summer fruits and veggies from my favorite Austin farmer’s market!
You’ve gotta love really good desserts made with real, wholesome ingredients! You can check out many more delicious, easy Philadelphia recipes at the Real Women of Philadelphia community page.
But, back to these blissful lemon bites! It is impossible to stop at one, and that’s a fact. Citrusy and smooth, with a slight chew from the graham cracker crust and a tangy-sweet bite from the strawberry topping, these are my must-make for every BBQ and summer occasion!
One bite and I think you’ll agree that they need to make an appearance at yours, too! That is, if you have the self control to not eat them all first…
I know you’ll enjoy these light, summery bites just as much as we did! They’re easy and fun to make, and everyone from adults to kids will agree that they’re the perfect summer dessert, appetizer or snack. No hot oven required!
No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites
For the crust:
- 4 graham cracker sheets, 8 squares
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- Nonstick cooking spray
For the filling:
- 8 oz. Philadelphia 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese, softened until very soft*
- 14 oz. can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup egg beaters all-whites, or regular egg beaters*
- 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
- 3 Tablespoons boiling water
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, from 3-4 lemons
- 12-24 small strawberries, sliced
For the crust:
- In a food processor or blender, process graham crackers until very fine. Add butter and brown sugar, processing to combine.
- Spray the cups of one 24-cup (or two 12-cup) mini muffin tin generously with nonstick spray. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of graham cracker mixture into each cup. Press down firmly with a flat-bottomed shot glass to form the crust. While making the filling, place muffin tin(s) into refrigerator to chill.
For the filling and garnish:
- In a large bowl, beat together softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and egg beaters until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered gelatin and boiling water until dissolved. Let cool for 2 minutes (no longer – this is crucial), then add into the cream cheese mixture along with lemon zest and juice. Beat until fully combined.
- Fill each mini muffin tin cup with a heaping tablespoon of filling, right to the top. Place filled muffin tins into the refrigerator to firm up, at least 8 hours or overnight.
- To remove chilled bites, run a blunt knife around the outside of each cup to pop it out. Top with half a strawberry, sliced in half or thin slices, as you prefer. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container, up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 3 weeks.
YUM! I love anything no-bake. Especially on those hot summer days. These are so cute! I can eat a lot of these… :D Thanks for the recipe Georgia!
So pretty! Like you I love cooking with the summer fruits and veggies. This summer I am loving them all. Corn, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes. I want to use and eat them all! I love that you made these light with light cream cheese, it is what I always buy anyway. So these are just perfect!
Oh My! These do look GREAT! And sound totally addicting!
Thanks for sharing :)
Loooove the look of this! Pretty colours and a sure bet for fabulous flavour :)
I’ve been trying to find ways to avoid turning on the oven too, damn heat!! These look perfect and incredible!
Yes please! Love that these are no-bake… great for the Texas heat!
These are going to get me into major trouble!
Strawberries are definitely one of my summer favorites. These are beautiful!
Strawberry and lemon is one of my favorite summer combinations! Love these little no-bake bites!
Yummy yum yum, Georgia! I love that these little bites are no-bake. And the strawberry-lemon combo? Get OUT. :)
Love these flavors!
Such a simple and cute little treats, just love it. In fact I’ve been going crazy with fruits, and this one is such a beautiful one to make.
These are beautiful and such a great idea to beat the summer heat! :)
I’m a sucker for no bake treats! Also, I love Philadelphia cream cheese. I’ve tried many other brands but I always go back to it. It’s definitely a staple in my fridge!
WOW what can I say?
No bake and they look this delicious? Sign me up, definitely going to make! Thanks!
They look so very adorable!
No Bake. Love that. And the lemonade flavor has got to be so refreshing!
Georgia, these little cheesecake-like bites are darling! They look so refreshing as a no-bake treat. Sorry I missed you this morning. (Usually, your blog is one of my very first stops first thing.) My site has been down for most of the day with a major outage. Grrr. Not a good Friday–especially leading into my birthday weekend. Ugh. But, you brightened my day! I love “breaking out the silver” and working with Philly Cream Cheese. The best! Thanks for sharing, keep cool down there in Austin and have a great weekend!
These bites are the cutest, I adore the strawberry lemonade flavor!
These are so pretty! I love no bake summer desserts.
is eating the filling alone acceptable :P
Aw, these look absolutely lovely. I like how light and healthy they are too, yum! x
Oh man Georgia. These look delicious. A perfect summer dessert!
These are genius my friend! I love lemon ANYTHING and the fact that they’re no bakes makes them even better!
I just love this. Sweet, little, refreshing bites of cheesecake in a way :-) What a great summer treat!!
Not only are these absolutely beautiful, they sound like the perfect summer treat! Love this idea!
Yum, these look great! I totally agree with you about heating up the oven – I hate to sit down to dinner all hot and sweaty! (Then again, I try not to use the stove very much either :) )
Is it possible to live on these? I’m willing to give it a try.
I love fresh berries, citrus, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and corn in the summer. These no-bake cheesecakes are gorgeous and look just delicious! I can’t get enough of no-bake cheesecake these days!
They look so cute and delicious. I guarantee that I would have trouble sharing these with others. :D No bake… this is definitely for me!!
These little cheesecake bites are too adorable. They would be perfect for any party… especially a baby-shower or a Bridal-shower. :) Gorgeous!!
These are absolutely gorgeous! I’m always so in love with your bright, clean photos.
Just stunning, Georgia! The hubby loves lemon almost as much as chocolate…and these would make him very happy!!!
These are perfect! I love little food – especially little desserts :) They look super easy too. Great recipe Georgia!
I would love a bite!! Love mini desserts- especially no bake ;)
I’m crazy about all the fresh veggies and fruits this time of year- so fun and delicious creating recipes with all the bounty. I’m enjoying following your creations ;)
Those bites do look wonderful!!! Not only are they easy to make, they must be so creamy and delicious!! Great job Georgia… Pinned for later
Simple and amazing looking treats. These are going to be my party favourites. Thanks for the recuipe.
I’m all about fresh fruits and veggies during the summer! And these bites are ADORABLE!!
My first visit to your blog but for sure not the last one!
Love the healthy, fresh recipes and great pictures.
These sweet bites look delicious .
I would have NO self control when it came to these. They’re beautiful and so delicious looking, a perfect summer treat, for sure!
These are positively delectable Georgia! Love that they’re no-bake! They look so light and refreshing.
These really do look like fun, and are certainly easy enough to eat. And during hot weather, anything no-bake grabs my attention! Really good stuff – thanks so much.
These are adorable! I love mini desserts.
These bites look delicious! Great little summer treat.
we certainly love strawberry lemonade…that converted into such little pretty bites will probably make us forget to drink it and we will be opting for these no-bake dainties all the time…..just can’t get enough of these treats…yummmmm :-)
Looks so good. I love how you made the crust and used shot glasses, I was wondering if that was store bought or homemade. Love.
Loving this cute little bites of heaven :)
I want to pop 50 of those in my mouth! YUMMMMM!
Well, since I’m pregnant, I can eat twice as many of these little bites of heaven…right? I’m pretty sure that’s how it works ;)
How delightful are these!! What a lovely idea to bring to a summer gathering…little dessert appetizers ;)
These are gorgeous! Love that they’re no-bake and hooray for Philadelphia cream cheese. :)
This looks amazing. I wonder how long did it take to create such delicacy.
Oh my gosh, how gorgeous are these, Georgia!? I love them and LOVE that they’re a cinch to make and no-bake :)
These are so cute and look delicious!
These look soo delicious! I was wondering though if it was possible to substitute the lemon for another type of fruit flavor? And if so what kind of juices would i use? I have some family members allergic to citrus and wouldn’t wanna leave them out of tasting this awesome little treat!
Thanks! I’m really not sure about substitutions, since you need the zest and juice of a citrus fruit.
These look amazing ! Question : can you sun or leave out the gelatin powder? I can’t have gelatin :(
These look so delicious and perfect for summer. My husband is a cheesecake purist. I want to make these for him, but without the lemon zest and juice. If I omit it and the volume decreases, is there a substitute you could recommend or could it do without?
Hi Jennifer – Since I don’t know of a substitution for lemon juice in this recipe (and I wouldn’t recommend going without it), I think you’d be better suited making my Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes (minus the lemon) or Mini Berry Cheesecakes.