A coconut and lime filled cheesecake bar with a buttery graham cracker crust.
Today is National Cheesecake Day! SAY WHAT?! Yes! National cheesecake day. Out of all the food holidays that do exist, this one hold a special place in my heart. I am cheesecake obsessed. It’s one of those desserts that I only allow myself to eat on rare and special occasions. Mostly because they are so loaded with calories. #sorryimnotsorry.
Here’s the thing. I have no idea how to actually make a cheesecake at home. Sure, I can follow a recipe, and that is what I did. This past weekend, I successfully made my first homemade cheesecake (following a recipe of course). I was all intimidated by the water bath, but let’s be serious, there is no reason to be afraid of it. I did consult my BBF (best blogging friend) Lindsey for her cheesecake wisdom. That girl bakes one mean cheesecake. Now I am all ready to make cheesecake everyday!
However, today, for National Cheesecake Day I am sharing my favorite kind of cheesecake, the no-bake kind. I’ve got a few different no-bake cheesecake recipes on my blog, and this is right up there in my top 3 favorites. These No-bake Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars are so light and smooth it almost tastes like mousse.
The filling is a combination of homemade whipped cream, a hint of brown sugar, zested limes and flaked coconut. All of these things are combined with a graham cracker crust to create one of those desserts I would categorize as “hard to resist”. As in, get them out of my house before I eat the whole pan myself.
I learned after making my Coconut Cream Pie Cookies that homemade whipped creams helps to create the most tasty mousse texture. Of course, you can substitute Cool Whip instead, and I am a fan of Cool Whip. However, I wanted to try something different with these bars, and I am so glad I did.
These bars remind me of my trip to Miami in May. I had my first key lime pie, which tasted much like a cheesecake. The only thing that makes these bar not “key lime” is that I can’t usually find key limes in my area. So I use regular limes instead. These bars are sprinkled with a little macadamia nut because why not?
Feel free to dive right into this pan, after you let them set for a couple of hours of course. If you need me, you can find me eating a piece of cheesecake, it’s a national holiday after all!
Be sure to check out what everyone else is making for National Cheesecake Day. See below!
Keep up with all the happenings. Follow Beyond Frosting:
- 2 pkg Graham crackers (about 3 cups of crumbs)
- 3 tbsp Brown sugar
- 6-7 tbsp Unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp Corn syrup
- 2 C Heavy cream
- ¼ C Powered sugar
- 16 oz Cream cheese
- ¼ C Brown sugar
- 2 tbsp Heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp Coconut extract
- Zest of 2 limes
- Juice of half a lime
- ¾ C Shredded coconut
- ¼ C Macadamia nuts, chopped
- Prepare the crust by grinding the graham crackers into a fine crumb. Combine with brown sugar.
- Melt butter (6 tbsp) in a microwave safe bowl and pour over graham cracker crumbs. Add corn syrup. Stir until graham cracker crumbs are fully coated. If still dry, add 1 more tablespoon of melted butter.
- Gently press crust into a 9x13” pan. Set aside.
- To prepare the filling, make the whipped cream. Combine heavy whipping cream with powdered sugar. Whip with the wire whisk attachment on medium-high until stuff peaks form. Refrigerate to keep cold.
- Beat cream cheese and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. Add heavy cream and beat on high for another 2 minutes.
- Add coconut extract and zest in the limes. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the cream cheese mixture. Beat into cream cheese until well mixed.
- Add shredded coconut and beat to combine.
- Remove the whipped cream from the refrigerator and gently fold into the cream cheese mixture until mixed. Take care so as not to deflate the whipped cream. Pour over crust and spread with a knife to distribute evenly.
- Use a food processor to grind macadamia nuts into crumbs. Sprinkle over top of the bars.
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Keep refrigerated.
Other recipes you might like:
Apricot ricotta cheesecake from Diethood
Blackberry Goat Cheese Cheesecake from Baking a Moment
Blueberry Ricotta Cream Cheesecake from Hungry Couple
Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake from Wishes and Dishes
Chocolate Cheesecake w/ Whisky Toffee Shards from girlichef
Chocolate chip cookie mini cheesecake from My Sweet Zepol
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cheesecake from Savvy Eats
Coconut Cheesecake with Macadamia Crust from All Day I Dream About Food
Hawaiian Chantilly Layer Cheesecake from Wallflour Girl
Hawaiian Mini Cheesecakes from Pint Sized Baker
Key Lime Pie Cheesecake from Love and Confections
Lemon Cheesecake from Shugary Sweets
Lemon Ginger Panna Cotta Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce from Girl Versus Dough
Lightened Up Apricot-Swirl Cheesecake from Take A Bite Out of Boca
Lilikoi Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Shortbread Crust from Dieter’s Downfall
Mango Cheesecake (vegan) from Jessiker Bakes
Mini cheesecakes with a toasted coconut crust (gluten free) from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine
Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes with Strawberry Balsamic Topping from Boulder Locavore
Mom’s Cheesecake from Magnolia Days
New York Style Cheesecake from URBAN BAKES
Oreo Cheesecake (vegan) from Namely Marly
Oreo Ripple Cheesecake from Overtime Cook
Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutella Ganache Topping from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Cheesecake from Lady Behind The Curtain
Rainbow Cheesecake from In Katrina’s Kitchen
Raspberry Cheesecake with Oreo Crust from Hip Foodie Mom
Ricotta Cheesecake from French Press
Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Snickers Cheesecake from Life, Love and Sugar
Sugar cookie cheesecake from Munchkin Munchies
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake from Wine & Glue
Very Berry Cheesecake with Chocolate Oreo Crust from JavaCupcake
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts and Caramel from Taste and Tell
White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake from Will Cook For Smiles
No Bake Cheesecakes:
Berry Cheesecake from Food Lust People Love
Blackberry Cheesecake from You Made That?
Butter Pecan Caramel Mini Cheesecakes from Simply Southern Baking
Cherry and Pistachio Cheesecake with Animal Cracker Crust from Cravings of a Lunatic
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches from The Food Charlatan
Limoncello Cheesecake from Cake Duchess
Mini Lime Cheesecakes from Miss in the Kitchen
Neopolitan Cheesecake from Grandbaby Cakes
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake from White Lights on Wednesday
Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
S’mores Cheesecake from The Gunny Sack
Black Raspberry Cheesecake Milkshake from Blahnik Baker
Caramel Cheesecake Martini from Happy Food, Healthy Life
Cheesecake Cookies and Bars:
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars from Cooking with Jax
Caramel Overload Cheesecake Bars from Crumbs and Chaos
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life
Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Cookies from Lemons for Lulu
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars from Chez CateyLou
Healthier Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars from Texanerin Baking
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars from Cooking In Stilettos
No Bake Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars from Beyond Frosting
No Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars from Garnish with Lemon
Pear cheesecake with gingersnap crust from Roxana’s Home Baking
Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake Bars from A Kitchen Addiction
Cheesecake Desserts and Treats:
Banana Foster No Bake Cheesecake Shooters from Mind Over Batter
Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake from gotta get baked
Key Lime Trifles from Hoosier Homemade
Strawberry Cheesecake Pots from Barbara Bakes
Triple Brigadeiro Cheesecake Tart from From Brazil To You
Frozen Cheesecakes and Treats:
Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Ice Cream from Chocolate Moosey
Frozen PB&C Cheesecake from Noshing With The Nolands
Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Nutter Butter Crust from Crazy for Crust