Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

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Summer is coming, and with it, strawberry season. Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-picked berries. And since summertime also means warmer weather, I like to have a few dessert recipes on hand that don’t require heating up the kitchen with the oven. That’s one of the reasons I created these chocolate coconut no-bake cookies

This no-bake strawberry cheesecake parfait recipe is a perfect summer option. It’s elegant but super easy to make, uses healthy, seasonal ingredients, and is also delicious. I hope you like it as much as we do!

Making No-Bake Cheesecake

The two main categories of cheesecake are the traditional baked kind and no-bake. Most people are familiar with the baked kind of cheesecake. 

In fact, most of the recipes on my site are baked cheesecake:

While baked cheesecakes rely on eggs and the heat of the oven to thicken and set, no-bake cheesecakes use plain, unflavored gelatin instead. And since gelatin from a good source has some great health benefits, this seems like a win to me. 

Using Gelatin

Gelatin is present naturally in bone broth, but when I’m using gelatin for sweeter recipes, I use this gelatin in powder form made from grass-fed cows.

To use any powdered gelatin, you have to let the gelatin bloom for a few minutes in a cool liquid before adding it to a warm liquid. Otherwise, you might have clumps of gelatin in your finished dessert. For this recipe, use a wide bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over a small amount of cold milk and let it sit for a few minutes before stirring it into some warm milk.

Gelatin is such a great ingredient for digestive, skin, and hair health that I use it in several recipes. Here are some of our favorites:

How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

This dessert is honestly so very easy to make. To showcase the signature layers of a parfait, you need to use a clear glass bowl or bowls. Choose whether you want to make individual cheesecake parfaits or one large one, and alternate layers of strawberries and cheesecake mixture in your dishes.

For the strawberry layers, you just chop or slice fresh strawberries. For the cheesecake layers, you whisk together cream cheese, honey, vanilla, and the milk/gelatin mixture. Layer it in your bowl, chill, and that’s it! 

I usually make it ahead of time and chill it until I’m ready to serve it. You don’t have to chill it, but the cheesecake will be a little thicker and more set if you do. 

Parfait Variations

These parfaits are delicious exactly as written, but there are a million ways you could customize them.

  • Use a different fruit – blueberries, raspberries, peaches, or a combination of fruits
  • Add some crunch – mini chocolate chips, chopped pecans, or coconut granola
  • Add a citrus burst – fold lemon or orange zest into the cheesecake mixture
  • Add chiathis recipe gave me the idea to combine a cheesecake parfait with my blackberry chia seed pudding

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait

A fast and delicious no-bake cheesecake parfait recipe that uses gelatin, honey, cream cheese, and fresh strawberries.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Calories 301kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • Pour ¼ cup of cold milk into a wide bowl.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the milk, and set it aside for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat the remaining ¼ cup of milk until hot.
  • Whisk the hot milk into the cold milk/softened gelatin mixture.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the softened cream cheese with honey and vanilla until smooth.
  • Whisk in the milk/gelatin mixture.
  • Slice the strawberries.
  • In one large glass bowl or 8 individual glass bowls, place half of the strawberries.
  • Spoon half of the cheesecake mixture over the strawberries.
  • Add the remaining strawberries followed by the remaining cheesecake to the bowls.
  • Chill until ready to serve.


Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 187mg8%
Potassium 221mg6%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 795IU16%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Try customizing your parfaits with any of the following:
  • Different berries
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chopped nuts
  • Coconut granola
  • Lemon or orange zest
  • Chopped up shortbread cookies

Have you ever made a no-bake cheesecake? What is your favorite flavor?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


6 responses to “Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits”

  1. Sharon Graham Avatar
    Sharon Graham

    Do you think coconut milk would work instead of dairy milk?

    1. Suzanne Avatar

      I’m sure it would. I’ve made coconut milk panna cotta and it turned out great, so this should too.

  2. Salma Avatar

    Hi Katie,

    These parfaits look great! Can I ask which milk you use for them? What about cream cheese?


  3. Chantal Avatar

    Great recipe! Thank you! Where did you get those adorable jars?

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