This no bake berry icebox cake is one of the best dessert recipes you’ll ever find. Quick, easy and delicious, it’s the perfect summer dessert that will never go out of style. All you need are a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time. The reward is worth it.
- 19 oz of graham crackers
- 8 oz of softened cream cheese
- 2 (3.4 oz) packages of Vanilla Instant Pudding
- 2-1/2 cups of cold milk
- 12 oz of Cool whip
- 3 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
- 1-1/2 cups of fresh blueberries
- 2 oz of white chocolate chips
Mix the cream cheese and dry pudding in a large bowl, mix until well blended. Then add the milk. Stir in Cool Whip, but gently, and reserve 1⁄2 cup. Spread a thin layer of cool whip in a 9×13 pan just to cover the bottom. Layer 5 graham crackers across the center of the pan, then 2 more, breaking them as necessary to fit around the top and bottom edges.
Spread a layer of the pudding over grahams crackers and top that with a layer of blueberries and sliced strawberries. Again, place graham crackers on top of berries, then add more pudding mixture, then layer of berries again. Repeat the graham crackers – pudding mixture – berries layers again (3 times total) and you should reach the top.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Before you serve, melt white chocolate chips in a bowl and drizzle over dessert.
More About The Berries
Blueberries. These are sweet, highly nutritious and wildly popular. Labeled a superfood, they are incredibly low in calories and incredibly packed with benefits good for you.
1. Improved Cognitive Function
Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants that are highly potent when it comes to disease prevention and body improvement. These powerful fruits can help prevent cognitive damage and cure neurotic disorders by keeping you full of anthocyanin, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, copper, magnesium, and phosphorus. Studies suggest that blueberries can help treat damaged brain cells as well as repair memory-enhancing neuron tissues.
2. Speed Up Weight Loss
If you want to lose weight quickly, this nutrient – packed berry is great. It is low in calories, but with just one serving, it provides a whopping 3.6 grams of fiber per cup, meeting up to 14 percent of your daily fiber needs. Fiber moves slowly through your digestive tract, promoting satiety and allowing you to feel more full for longer to help with weight loss.
3. Lower Blood Pressure
Blueberries can reduce your blood pressure. Blueberries seem to benefit people with high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. In an eight-week study, obese people who had a high risk of heart disease noted a reduction in blood pressure of 4–6 percent after consuming 2 ounces (50 grams) of blueberries per day. Other studies have observed similar effects for postmenopausal women.
4. Skin Care
Blueberries are rich with Anthocyanin, which is responsible for preventing oxidative DNA damage, while the vitamin C in blueberries is a major factor in collagen building. That’s why wrinkles, age spots, and acne are prevented. In addition, skin damage caused by dust, pollution, smoke, and UV rays is also prevented.
5. Alleviate Inflammation
The root of most diseases is chronic inflammation. Blueberries have been shown to have a significant anti – inflammatory effect in the body due to their high antioxidant content.
Strawberries. Fresh or frozen, strawberries pack a healthy punch. Rich in nutrients and packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, the benefits of strawberries are endless.
1. Improves Immune Functioning
Just one strawberry serving provides about 150% of the daily vitamin C requirement of the body. This is essential to help the body fight against infection and disease, ranging from common cold to flu. Also, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that harm healthy DNA.
A study conducted by Giampieri et al. suggests that strawberry is a fruit rich in anthocyanins and antioxidant properties and may be useful to prevent free radical-induced damage to the skin.
Quercetin, kaempferol, and anthocyanins antioxidants have all been shown to reduce the formation of stroke – related harmful blood clots. High intake of potassium was also associated with a lower risk of stroke.
4. Fight Cholesterol
Strawberries contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber that lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the body.
5. Promotes Healthy Eyesight
The presence of flavonoids, ellagic acid, and phenolic phytochemicals reduces one’s risk of age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration. These antioxidant compounds scavenge and trap free radicals, preventing them from damaging healthy eye structures.