No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites

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Enjoy the sweet summertime flavor of strawberry lemonade in No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites.

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When I think back to the summers of my childhood, I remember hopping on my bike after breakfast, and not returning home ’til dinner. Tossing then collecting dive rings at the local pool for hours on end. Chasing crawfish out from underneath creek rocks, but being too afraid they’d pinch my fingertips to put my whole heart into catching them.

Bomb Pops.

Lightening Bugs.

Sidewalk chalk.

Ice-cold lemonade.

Every week during the summer, my Mom would let my brothers and me each pick out a packet of Kool-Aid from the dazzling display at the grocery store to sip on during the week. Although Purplesaurus Rex, Surfin’ Berry Punch, “blue”, and “red” were all very tempting, plain ‘ol Lemonade was usually my first choice. Tart, sweet, and totally thirst quenching, I always looked forward to a big ol’ cup of it after playing outside all day.

There’s still nothing as refreshing as a frosty glass of lemonade (perhaps with a shot of sweet tea vodka?) after a hot day in the sun, but these days I’m also enjoying the sweet, summertime flavor in dessert form with No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites.

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With a texture somewhere between a custard, pudding, and jello, No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites are tart, sweet, creamy, and taste exactly like a glass of lemonade accented with the fresh taste of strawberries.

They’re perfect for a portion controlled sweet treat and, best of all, there’s no baking involved!

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Start the No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites by making the graham cracker crust for the bottom of the bites. Add 4 sheets graham crackers into the bowl of a food processor (a blender would probably work) then process until they’re fine like sand.

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Next add 2 Tablespoons melted butter, and 1 Tablespoon brown sugar to the crumbs.

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Pulse until everything is combined.

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Next, bust out some mini muffin tins. I use these babies all the time for everything from Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups, to Mini Corn Dog Muffins, and Mini Orange-Glazed Poppyseed Muffins. Everything just seems to taste better in mini form, me thinks. ;)

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Spray the muffin tins with non-stick spray, then spoon 1 heaping teaspoon graham cracker mixture into each cup, pressing down firmly with a flat-bottomed shot glass to form the crust.

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Pop the tins into the fridge while you make the lemonade-flavored filling for the bites!

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Start the filling by creaming together 8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese that’s SUPER soft, with 14oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk, and 1/4 cup egg beaters’ egg whites, until light and fluffy. Make sure your cream cheese is VERY SOFT before mixing, or risk a lumpy batter. Arg!

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Next beat in 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons worth.) This is what makes the bites taste like lemonade!

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Finally, dissolve 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin in 3 Tablespoons boiling water.

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I heated a cup of water in the microwave for about a minute, then spooned it over the gelatin and whisked with a fork. Let the mixture cool for about 2 minutes, then beat it into the filling mixture.

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Grab the mini muffin tins from the fridge and spoon a heaping Tablespoon of the filling into each cup, then pop them back in the fridge for at least 8 hours to firm up.

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When you’re ready to devour, run a small sharp knife around the outside of the bites, pop them out of the tins, then top with half a strawberry each. No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites are served! :D

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No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites

Print this recipe!

Makes 24 bites

Adapted from Ellie Krieger

Ingredients:

For the crust:
4 graham cracker sheets (8 squares)
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 Tablespoon brown sugar

For the filling:
8oz-1/3 less fat cream cheese, very (very!) soft
14oz can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup egg beaters all whites, or regular egg beaters
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
3 Tablespoons boiling water
12 small strawberries, sliced in half

Directions:

  1. Place graham crackers into a food processor and process until very fine. Add butter and brown sugar then process to combine. Spray 2 mini muffin tins well with non-stick spray, then spoon 1 heaping teaspoon graham cracker mixture into each cup. Press down firmly with a flat-bottomed shot glass to form the crust, then place muffin tins into the fridge.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and egg beaters until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add lemon zest and juice and beat until fully combined. In a small bowl whisk together powdered gelatin and boiling water until dissolved. Let cool for 2 minutes, then beat into the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Fill each mini muffin tin cup to the top with the filling, then place in the refrigerator to firm up for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Run a small knife around the outside of each cup to pop it out of the mini muffin tin then top with half a strawberry. Store in the refrigerator.

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Seriously love the cooling flavor of these mini bites!

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The strawberry on top totally makes ‘em, and I just love the tartness from the fresh lemon juice and zest. Great for kids, and kids at heart! :)

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Hope you like ‘em!

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What were your favorite parts about summer as a kid?

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Comments

  1. Trisha 07.10.2012

    Oh, wow…these look super refreshing & tasty! I LIVED at the swimming pool when I was a kid. I liked sleeping in so I’d attend noon swim team practice & then stay right at the pool until 5:00 practice started. After practice, I’d bike home, eat dinner & go back to the pool until closing time. Of course there were some days when the pool just didn’t appeal to me so you could find me jumping on the trampoline with the neighbor kids, making money at my lemonade stand, or playing on the slip ‘n slide. Bomb Pops were an essential part of my summers too & I kinda want to go get a box right now!

  2. I was always a lemonade fan myself! These look like bite sized bits of heaven :)

  3. Lauren T 07.10.2012

    I love your recipes! They’re always so fun, refreshing and delicious looking! I bookmarked this recipe for (near) future use :) Thanks for sharing!!

  4. These look beautiful, not to mention they sound delicious! The only kind of desserts I love more than chocolate ones would have to be lemony desserts! So perfect for summer.

  5. Sam 07.10.2012

    Those are so freakin’ cute. Absolutely perfect for summer.

  6. These look so delicious and totally right up my alley! I can’t believe they are so easy! I absolutely love anything lemon flavored.

  7. OMG- what a perfect summertime desert… I love that!

  8. Kristen 07.10.2012

    I too remember picking out packets of Kool-aid at the store!! These look amazing! and Just an FYI, you should ask Nikon for some commission. I am Purchasing a D3100 to enhance the photos on my blog! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  9. Kayte 07.10.2012

    These look beautiful and delicious. What do you suppose would happen if I left out the egg whites completely? Are they used to help set the filling and therefore it wouldn’t set up properly? Just curious…have everything else on hand but egg white ingredient would require trip to store.

  10. Man oh man those look awesome! I just love lemon desserts!

  11. Elle 07.10.2012

    Lightning Bugs!!! I could spend hours catching them to put in a mason jar. We don’t have them here where I live and I feel bad that my son has never experienced them.

  12. Tamara 07.10.2012

    I want to eat those… they look amazing!

  13. Em 07.10.2012

    Your food photography is looking sooooo splendid lately! Nice work! :)

  14. AC 07.10.2012

    We have a family reunion at the beginning of august… last summer, i took your strawberry stuffed with cheesecake bites… I was just starting to look for recipes to try & top those… You came thru in plenty of time! They look so yummy!!

  15. Ooh these look delicious! They look so light and refreshing, perfect for this time of year!

  16. Chris Hoebelheinrich 07.10.2012

    We would ride our bikes 2 miles out to our cousin’s farm & just roam & explore all day long. So much fun for a city kid!

    Love those forks, btw!

  17. ashley 07.10.2012

    summer time in florida was the bomb! we rode bikes all day, had tree forts, played kickball and rollerbladed, swam in our pool and acted like aerial from little mermaid. when we were old enough we would ride our bikes to universal studios 2 miles away and get in with our annual passes. Sometimes we just stayed for an hour after we rode our favorite coaster. HA…good ol stinkin days of summer! We also spent many summer days in JErsey with grandma…aahhh the boardwalk and lightning bugs =)

  18. Erin 07.10.2012

    Ahhh this recipe is my childhood! My mom made these as “bars” all the time when I was a kid. Love it :)

  19. Teresa 07.10.2012

    This is one of my favorite soft cheesecake recipes. You can make It without the egg whites and it will be just fine. The old recipe used eggs but when people started worrying about the raw eggs the Eagle Brand recipes started showing up without it.

  20. Bek @ Crave 07.10.2012

    I love how petite they are!

  21. Joanna 07.10.2012

    My favorite parts of summer has a child was going to visit my Oma and Opa. I would spend all summer on their ranch. It was so much fun. The treats look amazing. My family will love them. I love your forks. They are so cute. :)

  22. Cindy 07.10.2012

    After breakfast, when my mom would shoo us outside, point to the sky straight above her, and say, “Come home for lunch when the sun is right above your head,” and my brother and our friends would go play in the fields and mountains surrounding our neighborhood, or ride bikes, or go to the pool, or play video games. Man, being a kid was awesome.

  23. MARY 07.10.2012

    Hi Kristin,
    I have enjoyed your blog for 2yrs now and am a proud Iowa lover (my family has a farm near Decorah). Even though I don’t eat beef or pork my family HIGHLY recommends Polasheks products (www.polashekslocker.com). Their T-shirts for “Got Jaternice” are cute too. “Czech” them out and spread the word.
    Keep on with the good blog-M3

  24. Deborah 07.11.2012

    Oh do these look good! Best memories of a kid is in SD and my brother, sister and me would play with all the neighbor kids past dark – – oh to be a kid again! :)

  25. Considering it’s been 100+ degrees here in KC – these look like a great way to cool down! Yum :)

  26. AbbieD 07.11.2012

    Ummm…I’m really not sure how you can pass up Purplesaurus Rex. It was the BOMB! (And here I thought my sister and I were the only ones who remembered it!)

    My favorite part of summer was…SUMMER! Taking off on my bike first thing in the morning and heading up to Lions Park for Urbandale Park & Rec, then riding my bike to either my house or my friend Kathy’s house for lunch (close to 2 miles between houses), then back up to the park. Then maybe home at 3:00 to watch Scooby Doo and Eight is Enough in the air conditioning. :)

    Boy how times have changed…no parent would ever allow their child to put the miles on their bike that I did as a kid! I rode that thing ALL.OVER.TOWN. And since there were no cell phones, Mom had to take her best guess at where I might be.

  27. Lyndsay @ItMom 07.11.2012

    Another BEAUTIFUL post. Your blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Pinned this gorgeous recipe. :)

  28. Mary Sandage 07.11.2012

    I made these last night, omitting the egg and changing up the lemon with lime – absolutely delish! I grew up in Iowa and miss a lot about living there. Summers for me were about riding bikes on gravel country roads, listening to red wing blackbirds on the barbwire fence, picking wild plums to take home for my mother to make into jam, and eating fresh tomatoes and corn from the garden.

  29. Kayte 07.11.2012

    Thanks to those who answered the egg white question for me…I can leave them out, Yahoo! Thanks!

  30. Kim DeBerge 07.12.2012

    This looks scrumptious! But I’m even more in love with those pretty jeweled forks! I want some:)

  31. I love these! Perfect for summer!

  32. Marci Johnson 07.12.2012

    These are beautiful and look so simple to make. I also love that they are the perfect sized dessert portion!

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  34. Erin W 07.17.2012

    I so want to make these..they look and sound so wonderful! However, I’m new to using egg beaters. Are they safe to eat raw? I don’t want to serve them to my young kids if there’s a chance they could get sick. Thank you!

  35. Not only do these strawberry lemonade bites sound like some tasty eats, you’ve made them look like they should be on display! I’ll have to give them a try. :)

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  38. Lindsey Dittoe 07.22.2012

    I have made these twice now and they are delicious! The batch I have right now has half with strawberries and hald with raspberries :)

  39. Heather 08.31.2012

    You helped me win the bake off at my husband’s office with these! They were awesome and ironic, since, technically, there was no baking involved. I did forget to add my zest to the filling, so I diced my strawberries and added it in to make a garnish and it was great!

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  41. Vicki Lindsay 10.11.2012

    Just wondering how long these will last in the refrigerator? I made a batch (tasted great) a week ago and have a few leftover.

  42. Melva 12.19.2012

    I’m going to make these for an office holiday party. Instead of me using 4 graham cracker sheets to make the crust, I bought the graham cracker crumbs. I’m not sure how many cups processing 4 sheets of graham crackers will make. How many cups would I need using the graham cracker crumbs?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 12.20.2012

      I’m not 100% sure, but if I had to guess I’d say a little less than 3/4 cup. If it appears to crumbly, just add a bit more melted butter!

      • Joy 02.12.2013

        Thanks for giving the 3/4 cup measure for the crumbs…I’m going to use chocolate crumbs! Mmm…

  43. Melva 12.21.2012

    I made some of these for our office staff Christmas lunch yesterday and they were a hit! Very delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  44. lynda 12.23.2012

    Hi,
    I live in Australia and we dont have graham crackers. can you plese explain a liitle about them so I can find something similar here in OZ.
    Thank you. Lynda

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  46. Julie 05.25.2013

    Would there be a way of adding alcohol to this recipe? I have a girls night bbq coming up. In the past we would go crazy with jello shots, but now that we are getting a bit older, something like these might be more suitable. Any suggestions?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.27.2013

      Hmmm, I’m not sure – maybe a little lemon vodka would be good in place of the water? Or half of the water? Let me know if you give it a try!

  47. Christine Hairstone 05.30.2013

    Could I use whole egg in place of egg whites? Otherwise they sound delicious

    • Iowa Girl Eats 05.31.2013

      The pasteurized egg whites are used since these bites aren’t baked. I’d stick with them to be on the safe side!

  48. Kelly 06.09.2013

    Made these for a company picnic today. HUGE HIT!!!! Thank you! They were fun to make, too! Not too difficult (I like that!)
    I will definitely be making these again!
    P.S. I ended up having a bunch of leftover ‘filling’, so I layered it with graham crackers and put it in the freezer. Cut them up and tasted like the BEST ice cream sandwiches! LOVE!

  49. Debra 09.23.2013

    Sounds good but with egg whites don’t think they’re a no bake treat.

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