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Feb 14

Skinny No-Bake Mocha Cheesecakes #LightIcedCoffee

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When I was a kid, I always ate the same thing for lunch: a cheese sandwich on sourdough bread with butter, not mayo, carrots, a juice box, and a cookie. Can you guess which of the items was my favorite? If you guessed cookie, you’d be right. I always wanted dessert after lunch, and I still do!

You all know how much I love dessert. I mean…I have a baking blog. It’s kind of obvious. No matter how hard I try to skip dessert, I always give in to my cravings, one way or another. And, like long ago in the school lunchroom, I crave dessert even after lunch. So, while I post tons of not-so-healthy desserts I try to limit my intake of those and mix in some lower-sugar and reduced calorie desserts. You know, so I can eat them more often. Like after lunch and dinner!

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Something I love to make that is lower in calories and fat is cheesecake. I know, it seems like that wouldn’t be possible, right? But it’s really so easy to make a no-bake cheesecake that’s a little more guilt-free than regular. Low-fat cream cheese and fat-free whipped topping cut the calories in these cheesecakes drastically, even though they have real sugar in them.

And, because I have absolutely no willpower, I need portion control. This is why I love making desserts in jars: a serving is absolutely clear. It’s not like when I eat 6 cookies and then try to convince myself that I only ate one serving. (I’m not alone in doing that, right??)

But really, my absolute favorite part of these Skinni No-Bake Mocha Cheesecakes is the mocha. Because I’m a girl who loves her coffee!

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You’ve heard of International Delight, right? They make those yummy coffee creamers. But did you know they also make Iced Coffee? I’d never had International Delight Iced Coffee before, but when I heard they had a Light Iced Coffee version, I was so stoked. There is nothing I like more at 2pm than a caffeine jolt. As the weather warms up I will become addicted to iced coffee again, and the fact that I can drink a light version is awesome. Plus, by drinking this at home I save a ton of money by not going to a coffee house  and buying my afternoon pick-me-up.

Did I mention that a serving of this International Delight Light Iced Coffee has only 100 calories? And that this Mocha flavor totally tastes like chocolate milk? Seriously! I was so torn when trying to decide between the Vanilla and Mocha version at Walmart last week. I finally decided on the Mocha because, well. It’s chocolate!

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Besides my love of desserts, I’m sure you know my love of pie. I am addicted to it! If I can give something a crust, I’m going too. As much as I love lower-calorie desserts, I love them more if they have a crust. Especially when the crust reduced fat too, which is another delicious thing about these Mocha Cheesecakes.

These skinny cheesecakes have a reduced-fat Oreo crust, made with coconut oil instead of butter. I’m always hearing so many good things about coconut oil and I’m trying to use it more in my desserts. The coconut oil mixes well with the cookie crumbs, and hardens right up in the refrigerator without any crumbling, since that’s the nature of the oil. The coconut flavor pairs really well with the chocolate and the mocha flavors.

Really, these are probably one of my favorite things I’ve made lately, and the bonus is they’re skinny. Now, I know you may wonder why I made them in jars instead of single serve cups, or why the filling doesn’t go all the way to the top of the jars. Besides my need for portion control, I have another need when it comes to my willpower for desserts…

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I need to be able to get rid of them as soon as I make them. I mean, these made 8. But if there are 8 in my fridge, it means I’ll eat 8. I am fond of the question, “Have you ever eaten a whole cake…one slice at a time?”

So yeah…I need to get dessert out of my house. Putting these cheesecakes in jars make them great gifts. Attach a spoon and pass them out at school pick-up. You’ll be the most loved mom there!

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Skinny Mini No-Bake Mocha Cheesecakes

Yield: 8 servings


  • 8 reduced-fat chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened or melted
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup + 1/2 tablespoon International Delight Light Mocha Iced Coffee, divided
  • 1 container whipped topping, divided
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans, for garnish
  • 8 half-pint jars or 4 ounce glasses


  1. Crush sandwich cookies in a food processor. Place in a small bowl. Add coconut oil and stir with a fork. If your coconut oil is hard, microwave it for 15-30 seconds so you can scoop it.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of crust into each jar or glass. Press down to compact. (I use a shot glass for this step.)
  3. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Mix in International Delight and sugar. Stir in 2 cups of whipped topping. Equally divide among jars or glasses.
  4. Stir 1/2 tablespoon International Delight into the remaining whipped topping. Equally divide among jars and top with a chocolate covered espresso bean. Chill for one hour before serving. Store in refrigerator.

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65 Responses to “Skinny No-Bake Mocha Cheesecakes #LightIcedCoffee”

  1. aimee @ shugarysweets posted on February 14, 2013 at 4:11 am (#)

    These sound delicious Dorothy! I still can’t find the Light Mocha, but the Light Vanilla is very yummy!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Thanks Aimee! I need to try the Vanilla too. I’m in love with this stuff!


  2. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more posted on February 14, 2013 at 5:44 am (#)

    oh boy, I so wish we had that coffee stuff here, I love iced coffee. I may have to add that to the across the boarder shopping list!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Definitely add it to your list Sue! It’s amazing!


  3. Angela in KY posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:03 am (#)

    I just bought the Light Mocha Monday!!!! I was gonna buy regular and just happened to look up and see the Light version!!!! I was so excited!!! It is only 3 WW points plus for a cup! So cool to find a dessert for it now!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks Angela! And the Light version tastes so good, still thick and creamy. A total skinny win. :)


  4. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:50 am (#)

    Dorothy…my hips and thighs thank you for this recipe. I’m also one of those girls that NEEDS a sweet treat after any meal!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Seriously it’s a must for me! :) Glad I’m not the only one!


  5. katie posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:53 am (#)

    These look so good! I’m all for anything that is “light” and mocha flavored.


  6. Ashley posted on February 14, 2013 at 8:01 am (#)

    Now this is my kind of “skinny” dessert – the kind that you wouldn’t even know it was lightened up unless told so! And the jars are super cute!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Totally! It doesn’t taste skinny at all. Thanks Ashley!


  7. Kristin posted on February 14, 2013 at 8:49 am (#)

    I LOVE iced coffee. I’ve been seeing this in Wal-Mart next to the creamer. You make me want to try it! (Well, as soon as it warms up a bit.)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Yeah, I can’t wait until summer. It’s SOOOOO good. Seriously like chocolate milk!


  8. Di {CookTheTV} posted on February 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm (#)

    Hi Dorothy,
    Oh deliousness! A must try! Thanks for the recipe and coupon:) Di


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      You’re welcome, and thank you!


  9. tanya posted on February 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm (#)

    Love how you portioned these out Dorothy! I have no will power either, especially with anything mocha-my favorite flavor! Thanks for sharing a delicious skinny dessert! I need one after all my Valentine’s day chocolate!


  10. JulieD posted on February 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm (#)

    These are so cute! And I love that they are no bake and SKINNY!


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  12. Cindy Eikenberg posted on February 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm (#)

    Dorothy…seriously, a sugar AND caffeine fix at the same time? That’s light? You are a genius! THIS I cannot wait to try…thank you for sharing this, something that won’t get me into TOO much trouble! :) Happy Valentine’s Day!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Cindy! It really is the perfect treat!


  13. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on February 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm (#)

    Looks delicious. Cheesecake is one of my favs as well, so I am always down with a skinny version. I am trying to use coconut oil more and more these days too.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      It’s so good in this crust! I may have to use it from now on. :)


  14. The Partiologist posted on February 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to try this – I love sweets so much that having something a little bit on the lighter side is a win win! Thanks for sharing!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 14th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you! I am the same way. :)


  15. Rachel @ posted on February 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm (#)

    This looks amazing. I love chocolate covered espresso beans… they look so cute on top of this! Great idea!


  16. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm (#)

    These are so cute in the jars! I love cheesecake and mocha, what a perfect combo! I am with you sister in eating 6 cookies and it only counting as one serving! Hello it was in one sitting so one serving, right? I get like this when I eat out of the pan as well, you know slicing a little bit off and continuing to get that perfect line back? Half the pan later I’ve made myself sick! LOL


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 15th, 2013 at 6:31 am

      LOL I totally get you. TOTALLY. :)


  17. Justin posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm (#)

    Yum! I adore cheesecake, simple recipes and iced coffee, well coffee period as long as it’s sweet!

    Have you tried the vanilla iced coffee yet? I was initially thinking I’d need to find a substitution to make this recipe because I tried the regular version of the vanilla, which is the only flavor I’ve tried thus far, and it was gross to be honest. I found the flavor to be a bit on the artificial side and it left a really gross aftertaste. I was super disappointed because I love sweet drinks and iced coffee so much. But, since you’re giving the mocha a good review I’ll have to give it a try.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 15th, 2013 at 6:30 am

      I haven’t tried the vanilla. My friend Aimee over at tried it and really liked it. This one, I swear, it tasted like chocolate milk! It didn’t taste light at all, but it is!


      • Justin replied on February 15th, 2013 at 8:51 am

        I was really surprised I was so turned off by the vanilla. I think it was the aftertaste more than anything, although I wasn’t that impressed with the overall flavor. I will definitely try the mocha, which I wanted anyway but they were out of when I bought.

  18. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on February 15, 2013 at 6:59 am (#)

    Yum! I love iced coffee but haven’t tried the light kind yet.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 15th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      It’s so good! Thanks Tonia!


  19. Nancy @ gottagetbaked posted on February 15, 2013 at 10:02 am (#)

    I love everything about this dessert, especially the “skinny” part because Lord knows, I consume enough calories as is. When I was in high school, I’d actually take those little packets of International Delight flavoured coffee creamers and chug them like shooter glasses. Pretty gross now that I think about it but they were deeeelicious!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 15th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I bet! I looooove creamer. :) Thanks Nancy!


  20. Wendy @ AMFT posted on February 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness….this looks amazing Dorothy! As much as I love cooking from scratch, I love using products like this to make things easier on occasion. So good!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 15th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Me too! It levels out the time. :)


  21. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on February 16, 2013 at 11:59 am (#)

    MMM i can just taste those chocolate sandwich cookies now! What a great combination of flavor, love it!


  22. Sena posted on February 18, 2013 at 1:01 am (#)

    Thanks for this recipe. Can’t wait to try it. I like it even more since it has the iced coffee in it. Did you see wal mart has the 4 bottle glass jugs as well. Haven’t had the mocha… I’m too addicted to the vanilla.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 18th, 2013 at 6:15 am

      I know! Those little glass jugs are going to be scary for me, ha! :) Thanks Sena!


  23. Sara @ The Football Wife posted on February 18, 2013 at 11:04 am (#)

    What a clever idea to make cheesecake in jars! I love this idea & can’t wait to try it! :)


  24. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on February 19, 2013 at 9:20 am (#)

    I have the same willpower issues…I just can’t stop at one. But treats in jars definitely help. There is clearly a serving set up. I still need to try this iced coffee, I know that I will love it. Funny thing is that I applied for this shop too and said I was going to make this exact thing. Great minds think alike. I better start thinking of a new treat for it :-)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 19th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Ha! That’s too funny. I had tried a baked cheesecake first and it totally flopped. I still want to perfect that!


  25. Back For Seconds posted on February 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm (#)

    You know I love a skinny dessert! Especially cheesecake! These look wonderful – Love the jars :)


  26. Emily @ Sweet Bella Roos posted on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 am (#)

    Totally with you on the one sitting = one serving, for sure. Unless we are eating Girl Scout cookies and then it’s one serving = one box (haha). These look so yummy- totally a fan of all things cheesecake & all things jars!


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  28. Dawn Lopez posted on February 23, 2013 at 5:16 am (#)

    What a great idea! Those looks scrumptious! I love the idea of having individual jars of desserts! Definitely a bit less tempting to eat more than one…. because it feels wrong, lol.


  29. Sue posted on March 5, 2013 at 9:45 am (#)

    Sounds soooomgood, since I love those coffee drinks and cheesecake, but is there a substitution for the coconut oil?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      You can use melted butter instead! Just sub it evenly. :) Enjoy!


  30. dana posted on March 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm (#)

    yum these look so good! can’t wait to try skinny mocha


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 9th, 2013 at 7:52 am

      It’s really very good. I have to buy more today!


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  33. Anna posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm (#)

    Would I be able to do it just by using instant coffee & water?
    I don’t have access to cars and whatnot XD haha


  34. Cindy posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm (#)

    Is there another option for the coconut oil?For someone with a nut allergy?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am

      You can use butter or light butter instead!


  35. Julie posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm (#)

    I’m dying because my 60’s kitchen is being updated and I can’t make these NOW!!! I don’t know how you come up with all these Delish ideas but keep ’em coming. My friends and family love you for it! BTW in the Midwest they sell ID Light at Targets and all Dillons.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 4th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      I’m so jealous your kitchen is being redone! How fun!!! Thanks so much Julie!


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