Minichefs: cheesecake in a jar

Chasing butterflies and finding animal shapes in white puffs of cloud are all champion childhood memories instilled by the practice of picnics. Grab some preserving jars and put this heavenly blend of cream and crunch to the test. Adapted from the original no bake cheesecake in a jar, making it will be a simple pleasure for little people.

Picnic perfect cheesecake in a jar

Ingredients (makes 6 x 125ml jars):
½ cup muesli (your favourite variety)
200g plain cream cheese
5 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
120ml fresh cream, whipped
2 mangoes
6 oreo cookies

6 x 125 ml Kitchen Craft Glass Terrine Jars
Mixing bowl
Measuring cups and spoons
Pestle and mortar


1. Fill the bottom of each jar with a layer of muesli to about 1cm thick.

Muesli layer

2. Place the cream cheese, lemon juice and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and blend together.
3. Using a metal spoon, fold the whipped cream into the cheese mixture.

Mixing no bake cheesecake

4. Spoon approximately two tablespoons of this creamy mixture into each jar on top of the existing muesli layer. Spread and smooth into an even layer.
5. Place in the fridge or freezer to set for half an hour.

Spooning in cheesecake layer

6. Slice your mangoes into thin slices.
7. Crush your oreos – a mortar and pestle will do the trick.
8. Remove your cheesecakes from the fridge and choose which ones to top with crushed oreos or juicy mango slices.

Crushed oreo's for top layer of cheesecake

Picnic recipes shouldn’t take a day to whip up. After all, the magic in a picnic is the warm weather-seizing spontaneity.

picnic ready cheesecake in a jar

The kids will be experts at churning out these scrumptious desserts in no time, ready to be taken on any adventure.