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No-Bake Lemon Pecan Cheesecake Cups

Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Course Desserts & Sweets
  • Prep. Time 15 mins
  • Cooking Time 3 mins
  • Refrigeration Time 1 hr
  • Yields 4 servings

You can create the taste sensation of a cheesecake in this simple dessert that requires no baking! It’s special enough for guests yet easy enough for a family treat.

  • Course Desserts & Sweets
  • Prep. Time 15 mins
  • Cooking Time 3 mins
  • Refrigeration Time 1 hr
  • Yields 4 servings

Did you know that 83% of girls and 61% of boys between the ages of 10 and 16 get less than the minimum number of recommended servings of Milk and Alternatives?

Canada's Food Guide recommends 3-4 daily servings of Milk and Alternatives for this age group.

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1 tsp (5 mL) unflavoured gelatin
2 tbsp (30 mL) water
1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar
4 tsp (20 mL) grated lemon zest, divided
1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Ricotta cheese
3/4 cup (175 mL) 2% plain yogurt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) vanilla extract
3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped pecans, toasted


In a saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 5 min to soften. Heat over low heat, stirring, for 1 min, just until gelatin is dissolved. Add sugar and 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the lemon zest and heat, stirring, for about 2 min or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

In a food processor, purée Canadian Ricotta cheese until smooth. With motor running, add gelatin mixture through feed tube and process until blended. Add yogurt and vanilla; pulse until combined.

Sprinkle half of the pecans in the bottom of 4 tall glasses or dessert dishes; pour in cheese mixture, then sprinkle with remaining pecans and lemon zest. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until set, or for up to 2 days.


You’ll need about 2 large lemons for the zest in this recipe. Use the fine side of a box cheese grater or a microplane-style grater and finely grate the flavourful yellow portion of zest, avoiding the bitter white pith. After zesting the lemons, squeeze out the juice and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

To toast pecans: in a small, dry skillet, toast chopped pecans over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes or until browned and fragrant. Immediately transfer to a bowl and let cool.

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Did you know that milk products contain protein, which helps with the formation of tissues such as muscle?

They also contain other nutrients such as riboflavin and zinc, which are factors in the conversion of food into energy.

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Did you know that a serving of cheese is 50 g (1 ½ oz)?

This is the same size as two erasers or a half-pack of playing cards. Easy to remember now, right?

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Nutritional Info

Per serving
Energy: 238 Calories
Protein: 10 g
Carbohydrate: 23 g
Fat: 12 g
Fibre: 0.7 g
Sodium: 86 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

Nutrient % DV*
Calcium: 20 % / 218 mg
Vitamin B12: 23 %
Selenium: 22 %
Phosphorus: 16 %
Zinc: 15 %

*percentage of daily value

*Note: The daily value (DV) is established by Health Canada and corresponds to the daily quantity recommended for each nutrient. The percentage of the daily value (% DV) indicates the proportion of the nutrient provided by a serving of the recipe, in comparison with the quantity recommended.

This recipe contains 1/2 milk product serving(s) per person.

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