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Coconut Key Lime No-Bake Cheesecake Jars

Key lime cheesecake with a hint of coconut brings me back to the tropics! Having the crust on top makes me feel like a rebel and want to eat dessert first!

Key lime cheesecake with a hint of coconut brings me back to the tropics! Having the crust on top makes me feel like a rebel and want to eat dessert first! Key Lime Coconut Cheesecake Jars Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #KeyLime #Cheesecake #Coconut #nobake #desserts

Where is it said that crust has to go on the bottom?  I’m going full rebellion today and making a crust that I am going to crumble on the top of my cheesecakes!  Every time I think I’m being slightly rebellious, I hear the Judd Nelson quote from the movie The Breakfast Club when the principal allows someone to get up, much to the chagrin of the rebel.

Anarchy starts now with crust on the top!  Anarchy is also the description of my kids morning routine when neither one wants to brush their teeth or get dressed in a timely fashion.  

Whatever happened to waking up and grooming yourself and sitting down to a healthy breakfast like all those commercials we see?  Nope, Nope, and Nope.  At my house, it’s all fighting, shoving, bodily noises competitions, disapproval of lunchbox foods, and running to the car with one shoe on.  Plus who gets Shotgun!

Let’s focus on Anarchy in this case, which is a crust on top!  Buttery, crumbly, sweet and cinnamony graham cracker crust.  Underneath the anarchy? Heaven!

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Heaven is paved with cheesecake, I firmly believe that.  Angels playing harps and floating on clouds made of cheesecake.  I really love cheesecake. And Key Lime Pie. I see them together all the time but I have never made a key lime cheesecake.  

Imagine the two flavors mingling together to create the perfect dessert.  Light and bright citrus flavors juxtaposed with a rich, creamy texture.  Together, they remind me of the unobtainable hot boy in high school that would never in a million years go on a date with me.

Now, with my no-bake cheesecake jars, I can go on that date.  And just like high school, the date involves me, at home in my sweatpants, eating dessert!

At least my date tells me I’m beautiful before I eat it!

An easy, no bake, tropical dessert. Key Lime Coconut Cheesecake Jars Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #KeyLime #Cheesecake #Coconut #nobake #desserts

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Yes, my cheesecake speaks to me…

It will speak to you too with these no-bake coconut key lime cheesecake jars!


Side view of Key Lime Coconut Cheesecake Jar

Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake Jars

Yield: 8 jars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Key lime cheesecake with a hint of coconut brings me back to the tropics! Having the crust on top makes me feel like a rebel and want to eat dessert first!


For the Crust

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Cheesecake

  • 16 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (such as Coco Lopez)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest

For the Garnish

  • Toasted coconut (for garnish)
  • Whipped Cream (for garnish)


  1. Mix the cheesecake ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. If you want the graham cracker crumble for crust then you need to mix the crumbs and melted butter together.
  3. Heat in 350F oven, on a baking sheet, for 5 minutes.
  4. Cool.
  5. When ready to serve, portion out cheesecake mixture into jars.
  6. Sprinkle with toasted graham crumbs.
  7. Top with whipped cream if you desire.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 592Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 45gProtein: 10g

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Saturday 30th of April 2016

These are such gorgeous little treats and love that they are no bake! So perfect when summer finally arrives in my part of the world :D

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Thank you Naina! I love that you can make them ahead of time!

jane @ littlesugarsnaps

Thursday 28th of April 2016

Such neat presentation, Jennifer. I'm practically tasting the lime right now.

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Thanks Jane!

Julie at Hostess At Heart

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

What a light and beautiful looking dessert! I would feel pretty special if that was served to me!

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Thanks Julie!

Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Girl, I hear ya' on the anarchy! I can't follow instructions (read: recipes) to save my life. I'm forever thinking "if I only change this, or do that..." and then new twists on tasty things are born. And thank you for that flashback. That's one of the great quotes (of many!) from that movie! I'm also a fan of "Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?" Ha! The classics. :o)

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

I could watch that movie all day long!

Patricia @ Grab a Plate

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Oh man these are gorgeous!! Loooooove them so much. Can't wait to give them a try (soon)! And I also love The Breakfast Club :)

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

It's a classic just like 16 Candles!

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