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When I think of the warmer months, one of my favorite flavor combinations is pineapple and coconut. Today’s recipe for No-Bake Tropical Cheesecake Bars features both of these quintessentially-summer fruits. This treat also features the classic crunch & timeless taste of NILLA Wafers both in the crust of these bars and as a garnish in the cheesecake topping. With the Fourth of July coming up, these Tropical Cheesecake Bars are the perfect treat to take your celebration up a few notches! If you love summer & enjoy making delicious, easy-to-prepare desserts, then this recipe is a must-try!
When the temps heat up during spring & summer, one of my pet peeves is turning on the oven and thereby heating up the whole house. That’s another reason why I love this recipe for Tropical Cheesecake Bars… they’re no-bake so they are super easy to whip together!
No-Bake Tropical Cheesecake Bars
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Now, let’s get to the recipe, shall we? Start by gathering the ingredients: NILLA Wafers, sugar, frozen whipped topping, crushed pineapple and coconut oil. For the full recipe details, scroll down to the recipe card. I love that NILLA Wafers are so versatile – their delicious flavor is the perfect starting point for so many no-bake summer recipes!
To make the bottom crust for these bars, combine crushed-up NILLA Wafers, sugar and coconut oil. The desired texture is similar to that of wet sand.
*TIP: To crush the NILLA Wafers, you can place them in a food processor. Alternatively, you can place them in a sealed zippered plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
Once the crust mixture is combined, pack it down into a freezer-safe container lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper will make it much easier to remove the frozen bar for neater slicing.
Now it’s time to prepare the cheesecake filling. Combine the frozen whipped topping, cream cheese, sugar, and crushed pineapple. Use a whisk to fully combine.
Pour the cheesecake mixture on top of the crust layer. Place in freezer for at least 2 hours to firm up.
Once firm, remove from freezer. Gently pull up the sides of the parchment paper and the whole thing should come out in one piece. Slice into bars.
Now it’s time to decorate the bars- always my favorite step! Top with toasted shredded coconut, one pineapple chunk and a NILLA Wafer! I love that NILLA Wafers are a quick, delicious solution for hot summer days!
These Tropical Cheesecake Bars are a delicious combination of flavors: crunchy NILLA Wafers, creamy whipped topping, tart pineapple and sweet coconut. In fact, this treat is a delight for the taste buds! Perfect for your July 4th parties & gatherings!
These bars are perfect for summer parties & gatherings. If you’re looking for even more inspiration for no-bake recipes featuring NILLA Wafers, be sure to click here.
Celebrate summer with NILLA Wafers this year. The possibilities are endless for all your dessert needs!
Want to see a video tutorial of how to make this recipe? Watch this!
Look for both NILLA Wafers and NILLA Lemon Wafers at your local Walmart store for all your summer entertaining needs. I picked up both on a recent trip to Walmart. The classic NILLA Wafers are delicious & pair well with so many foods, making them a versatile ingredient for so many dessert recipes. The NILLA Lemon Wafers offer a bright, citrusy flavor that is perfect for adding a little zing to your favorite summer recipes.
Whip up a party this summer with NILLA Wafers. Make these delicious Topical Cheesecake Bars for your July 4th celebrations and be sure to click here for more no-bake dessert ideas featuring NILLA Wafers. What is your favorite way to enjoy NILLA Wafers?
- 2 cups NILLA Wafers, crushed
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz frozen whipped topping
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
- 2 tsp coconut extract
- 1. Combine the ingredients for the crust in a mixing bowl. Pour into a loaf pan that is lined with parchment paper.
- 2. Combine the ingredients for the filling in another mixing bowl. Pour on top of the crust layer.
- 3. Place the loaf pan in the freezer for at least 2 hours to firm up.
- 4. Once firm, remove from freezer. Pull up the parchment paper and the bar should come out in one piece. Slice into bars.
- Optional: Garnish with toasted coconut flakes, pineapple chunks and NILLA Wafers.