No-Bake Pistachio Cheesecake

Dive into the world of no-bake desserts with this simple yet exquisite No-Bake Pistachio Cheesecake. It’s a treat that marries the rich, nutty essence of pistachios with the silky smoothness of cheesecake, all without the need to turn on your oven. This recipe walks you through creating a crunchy graham cracker crust, a creamy pistachio-infused filling, and a garnish that adds the perfect finishing touch. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just indulging in a sweet craving, this cheesecake is set to impress with its luxurious flavor and hassle-free preparation.


For the Crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup sugar

For the Filling:

1 cup pistachios, shelled and unsalted

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon gelatin powder

1 1/2 cups heavy cream, cold

1 cup powdered sugar

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

Whole or chopped pistachios for garnish

Optional: Whipped cream


Prepare the Crust:

Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl until well combined.

Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Chill in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.

Pistachio Paste:

Blend pistachios and water in a food processor until smooth to make pistachio paste.

Prepare the Filling:

Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup of cold water in a small bowl; let it sit for 5 minutes to bloom.

In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually add powdered sugar and continue beating until well incorporated.

In another bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, pistachio paste, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until just combined.

Assemble the Cheesecake:

Pour the filling over the prepared crust, smoothing the top with a spatula.

Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight, until set.

Garnish and Serve:

Before serving, garnish with whole or chopped pistachios and, if desired, whipped cream.

This No-Bake Pistachio Cheesecake is a luxurious and flavorful dessert that’s perfect for pistachio lovers. Its creamy texture and rich taste make it an ideal treat for any special occasion or as a delightful finish to a meal.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Chilling Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 8-10

Tips and Variations

Tips for Perfect No-Bake Cheesecake:

  1. Ensure Ingredients are at Room Temperature: To achieve a smooth and creamy texture, make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing.
  2. Be Patient with Chilling: The cheesecake needs to chill for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best. This patience ensures that the cheesecake sets properly and holds its shape when cut.
  3. Gentle Folding: When combining the whipped cream with the cream cheese mixture, fold gently to keep the mixture light and airy. Avoid overmixing, which can deflate the whipped cream.
  4. Quality Ingredients Matter: For the best flavor, use high-quality pistachios and real vanilla extract. The quality of your ingredients will greatly influence the final taste of your cheesecake.


  1. Chocolate Pistachio Cheesecake: Add 1/2 cup of melted dark chocolate to the cream cheese mixture for a decadent twist. You can also sprinkle chocolate shavings on top for garnish.
  2. Pistachio Lemon Cheesecake: Incorporate the zest of 1 lemon into the cream cheese mixture and a tablespoon of lemon juice for a refreshing citrus note.
  3. Vegan Pistachio Cheesecake: Substitute the cream cheese with a vegan cream cheese alternative, use coconut cream in place of heavy cream, and agar-agar instead of gelatin. Ensure all other ingredients are vegan-friendly.
  4. No-Nut Variation: For those with nut allergies, use a seed butter, such as sunflower seed butter, in place of pistachio paste for a similar texture without the nuts.
  5. Crust Variations: While graham cracker crust is classic, feel free to experiment with other crusts such as crushed Oreos, digestive biscuits, or even a mix of crushed nuts and dates for a gluten-free option.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Pair with Coffee or Tea: The rich flavors of this cheesecake pair wonderfully with a strong cup of coffee or a fragrant tea, making it a perfect dessert for brunch or an afternoon treat.
  • Complementary Sauces: Serve slices of this cheesecake with a drizzle of raspberry sauce or dark chocolate ganache for an added layer of flavor and elegance.

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