Vitamix Mother’s Day Giveaway & Easy Lemon Cheesecake Squares

Desserts & Baking, Living, Recipes

I’m SO thrilled to partner with Vitamix to give away a fabulous blender in my favourite ‘colour’ (white of course) to a lucky mom!  The Vitamix is a complete game changer in the kitchen, making this the PERFECT gift for the foodie or health nut…or anyone really!   I’ve had a chance to test drive a number of the Vitamix blenders, and this one is a winner!  I mean, they’re all completely dreamy, but I love the simplicity of the Vitamix A2500.  It has three program settings (for smoothies, hot soup, and frozen desserts) and a digital timer that makes following (and creating!) recipes a breeze.  Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter to win it!  Vitamix is ALSO having a Mother’s Day deal for up to $70 off all new machines through 5/14. You can see more details here https://www.vitamix.ca/shop/ascent-series?cid-17-BLOG-MD

As a foodie mom myself, I always hoped that my children would take an interest in cooking. Charlie, my 5 year old son, is in love with helping me in the kitchen and I seriously couldn’t be any happier.  He wanted to make me a dessert for Mother’s Day (and buy me roses… he already knows I like white ones, he’s the definition of sweet) so we worked together to create a simple ‘sometimes food’ recipe using the Vitamix that he could make for me with the help of an adult.  He knows I love anything lemon and was so excited to make me a sweet treat to enjoy on my special day!  I’ve been teaching Charlie how to use, and respect, some of the kitchen tools, and it’s giving him confidence and a world of creativity as he starts to experiment in the kitchen and create recipes of his own.  He loves using the Vitamix and knows that he can only use it under our supervision. It’s so important to us that our boys grow up knowing how to cook and bake!

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Now, I’d love to say that we whipped up the perfect recipe in one try, cleaned the kitchen and called it a day.  But that would be a big lie.  We’ve made a total of FIVE cheesecakes (and an equal number of complete kitchen disasters) over the past week or so trying to get it right, and let me tell you not a bite has gone to waist waste (bad one, I know).  We made a killer baked version along with an amazing zesty unbaked one with no consensus as to which was better (how little I knew about my family, there are some strong opinions about cheesecake).  In the end we decided to agree to disagree and I’m sharing both the baked and the unbaked version.

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These cheesecakes, though lighter than most others, are clearly still a treat.  Served piled high with berries, they are both such a lovely spring or summer desserts that we’ll keep in rotation.  I tried using both gelatin and agar-agar to set the unbaked cheesecake, each with a different result.  The gelatin produced a firmer cheesecake that was much easier to cut.  The agar produced a MUCH softer cheesecake and didn’t set very firm (see Charlie in the picture below for proof).  If you are using the agar, at this point I would recommend leaving out the yogurt as you will get a better result.  I know that some people may choose agar over gelatin of course.  I used full-fat cream cheese and 2% fat yogurt.  Both cheesecakes make about 16 square servings.

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LEMON YOGURT NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE

 

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs*
  • 1/4 c. melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • pinch of sea salt

 

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 package of gelatine (or 4 tsp. agar-agar powder)**
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. boiling water
  • 450 g (2 c.) cream cheese
  • 3/4 c. vanilla Greek yogurt**
  • 4 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 c. honey OR 2/3 c. powdered sugar

*you can substitute 1 c. of the crumbs for toasted pecans or almonds, just process the crust ingredients in the blender, pulsing and scraping down the sides a few times to create the crust.

**to get a firmer cheesecake if using the agar-agar powder, leave out the yogurt.

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the crust ingredients together and pat the mixture firmly in the bottom of a 9×9″ square pan, using the bottom of a flat glass to firmly and evenly press it down.  Place in the refrigerator to chill while you make the filling.
  2. Combine the gelatine or agar-agar powder with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and stir to combine.  Add the boiling water and continue to stir until well-combined.  Add this mixture to the Vitamix blender along with the remaining ingredients.  Place the lid on the blender and blend on level 5 (medium speed) for 45 seconds, until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour the cream cheese filling on top of the prepared base and chill the cheesecake for at least 4-5 hours or overnight.  Cut into squares and serve. Store any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator.

 

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LEMON RICOTTA BAKED CHEESECAKE

 

You can use all cream cheese if you wish or lighten it up with half ricotta cheese, it’s your choice!  Serve this once cooled, it’s best served lightly chilled.  You will get a bit of cracking on the surface but we piled ours so high with berries it didn’t matter!

 

Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 c. cream cheese (or 1 c. ricotta + 1 c. cream cheese)
  • 4 tsp. fresh grated lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

 

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs*
  • 1/4 c. melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. honey or sugar
  • pinch of sea salt

*you can substitute 1 c. of the crumbs for toasted pecans or almonds, just process the crust ingredients in the blender, pulsing and scraping down the sides a few times to create the crust.

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all of the crust ingredients together and pat the mixture firmly in the bottom of a 9×9″ square pan, using the bottom of a flat glass to firmly and evenly press it down.
  3. Add all of the filling ingredients to  the Vitamix blender.  Place the lid on the blender and blend on level 5 (medium speed) for 45 seconds, until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour the cream cheese filling on top of the prepared base and bake the cheesecake until the filling doesn’t jiggle, approximately 40-45 minutes.  Chill for at least a few hours, cut into squares and serve. Store any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator.

 

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This post and giveaway was sponsored by Vitamix, all opinions are my own!

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44 Comments on “Vitamix Mother’s Day Giveaway & Easy Lemon Cheesecake Squares”

  1. Elizabeth Vlug

    I love anything lemon. Even better than chocolate. lol These two cheesecakes will be saved for a later date. Maybe I will make one for myself on Mother’s Day. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, they look delicious.

  2. Lori L.

    I like the words “easy” and “cheesecake” together! And lemon is my favourite, especially with some white chocolate shavings on top. Thanks for the tips, I think I will use gelatin when I try this recipe!

  3. Stephanie F

    Oh my, wish my daughter can make a cake for me one day with vitamix! 😛 You are one lucky mama… your son is really cute!

  4. Alicia

    So excited to make these. I am planning my sisters bridal shower this summer and this is a perfect dessert

  5. Kristen

    😍😍 does this work with non dairy substitutes!? I never used to be a fan of cheesecake until I found out I wasn’t allowed to consume dairy – funny how that works out haha

  6. Kari W

    What an incredible giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity. These cheesecake recipes look amazing, I don’t know which to make first.

  7. Helene Keuker

    Your lemon ricotta baked cheesecake sounds amazing. My two favourite baking ingredients are lemon and ricotta. How did you know? Thanks for the giveaway, also. I would love a Vitamix.

  8. Jacqueline Watters

    Your lemon cheesecake squares look delicious & thank you so much for this Vitamix contest! I have always wanted one but they are so expensive so I have been saving for one. Really enjoy following you😘

  9. Marilyn

    Thank you for the Vitamix give away ! I’m hoping to win one for my daughter.
    Your lemon squares look so good 🍋😍 and the dish is pretty too.
    Have you tried making ricotta? I’ve made Ina Garten’s recipe. A fun project and next level tasty.

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Thank you! I have made my own ricotta! It was a bit of work… this busy mama will be buying it for now:). Totally make your own though if you can, it’s therapeutic to make your own food isn’t it?

  10. Jen

    These look delicious! My daughters love baking, these recipes will come in handy! Thank you vitamix for the giveaway, I’ve been wanting one for a few years!

  11. Kaytee

    Trying recipe tonight and can not wait!! Can’t wait to have a vitamix too 😉 Just adore your blog and recipes… my go to! ❤

  12. Mary L

    Yumm 🙂 I think I’ll have to try both.
    Can not yet moms enter? I’ve been struggling with infertility for over three years and lots of failed IVFs and heartbreak. This is a rough holiday but I try to focus on my sisters and friends who are moms and my fabulous mom and mom in law!
    Thanks for your recipes.

  13. Julie

    This is so cute. My son is still a bit young (2 yrs) to help in this way, but I do look forward to the day. I have been wanting a Vitamix for years. It’s my go-to wedding gift but I have not yet gifted it to myself. Would LOVE to win. Just had a second baby and I find it hard to carve out time to cook so whipping up smoothies in the morning would be amazing. Eventually, I would use it for more but I’m in the thick of the newborn phase now:)

  14. Deanna Barker

    Looks delicious, can’t wait to try! Thanks for the contest as well…would love to win this! Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day to all! 😁

  15. Patricia

    Way to go Charlie! You are an excellent chef!!! The cheesecake you and your Mom made looks beautiful and delicious! Your Mom is such a great cook and baker and so many people love all of the food she makes. You are a lucky guy to have her as a Mom and to get to eat all of that yummy food! Love, Patricia (Walt’s Mom)
    (Thanks for the raffles Tori…fantastic prizes!)

  16. Karla Sceviour

    ohh,they look delicious,,craving them now! And I have wanted a Vitamix for ever now! Thanks for the chance!

  17. Becky

    Looks delish!! Wow thanks for the chance!! Been looking at Vitamix blenders for a while!!! Tha ks so much!!!

  18. Kai K.

    I can’t wait to try those recipes! I’ve always wanted to try to Vitamix, I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.

  19. Linda S

    What a fantastic give away! Thank you! Have always wanted one of these beautiful blenders – but just haven’t been able to swing it – financially. Thanks Tori!

  20. Kirsten N

    My Mom would love this gift. She is currently undergoing cancer treatment and my family is trying to cook up anything (which isn’t a lot) that her stomach can handle. We are three weeks away from the final treatment and we are looking forward to getting back into the kitchen and cooking up all sorts of tasty dishes – including juices from this vitamix!

  21. Karen

    I would love this vitamix. Also the dessert looks amazing. Anything with lemon and cheesecake is a win!

  22. Amy

    Oh my goodness!! Winning one of these would be such a great mother’s day gift! (And then I could make this delicious dessert to celebrate!)

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