All I gotta say is darn you Pinterest! (Insert visual of me shaking my fist in the air). I was perusing through the addictive website we all know and love, looking for inspiration of what to make for our last episode of Season 1 of Bits & Pieces. That’s when I stumbled across a few pics of fluffy and magical No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes.
If I was a normal person, I could’ve stopped researching right there, because it seemed like the perfect thing…a quick, easy, and low maintenance summer time treat featuring Nutella! I actually was searching for something to make with Nutella, ever since we walked through the Nutella bar inside of that Italian market, Eataly, the last time we were in the city.
So what’s the problem Julie? Well, since I felt like there were already several people posting pics of something similar, I felt like I couldn’t post about it too! Told you I wasn’t normal. So instead, I played around with making weird brownies…then chocolate cake. Both flops.
So back on Pinterest I went, and there were those darn Nutella cheesecakes again, calling my name and haunting my dreams! UGH okay! (Insert visual of somebody twisting my arm). Finally I decided to test out a general recipe that everyone seemed to be using. It was pretty good, but of course I couldn’t leave it at that. You know I had to add my own Julie tweaks!
For instance, I decided to put mine in cute little wide mouth 8 ounce jars because jars just make things look more special, don’t you think? You get your own little portion and it makes you feel like you’re eating a present.
Secondly, I don’t make a hard crust like most people do. Usually, the recipe calls to mix melted butter in with some Oreo crumbs. Then you press it into the bottom of your serving dish and it hardens in the fridge.
Personally, I found that this was unnecessary and kind of annoying to eat, because I ended up stabbing the rock solid crust with my spoon repeatedly to try to get it out of the container. So instead, I omitted the butter and just used loose cookie crumbs. So it ended up becoming more like a mousse-like cheesecake trifle dusted with glorious Oreo cookie rubble…. um… yum.
And then I threw some strawberries into the mix because we all know that Nutella and strawberries are best friends. The fresh juiciness of the fruit helps cut through some of the rich chocolate creaminess. And don’t forget the chopped hazelnuts. That savory nutty crunch adds the perfect texture.
The truth is though, it’s all about your preference. This recipe is so easy and flexible that it’s practically impossible to mess up, so make it your own! You can see how I whip up my version of these easy creamy and dreamy No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes with Strawberries in EPISODE 20, our LAST episode of Season 1, of Bits & Pieces: