No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

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Summertime calls for desserts that are light, fresh, and don’t require the oven. No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie is super fluffy, filled with fresh strawberries, and is served chilled for a beautiful, refreshing dessert.

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Calling all strawberry / summer / dessert fans…this one’s for you!

Every month or so I sit down and brainstorm potential recipes to share on this website. Usually the seasons and our family’s current appetites are the only inspiration I need. If it’s something we’re loving to eat at home, we always hope you will like it too! But my brainstorming list can be particularly revealing about my own cravings.

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Take, for example, this spring when the brainstorming list included no fewer than 3 strawberry cocktails (with a mocktail version for pregnant me), strawberry muffins, 2 strawberry desserts, a strawberry granola, and a salad featuring strawberries, pistachios, and fresh mint. I’ve fallen hard for strawberries this year. Maybe it’s just an eagerness for early summer. Maybe it’s the thrill I’ve been getting from the surprise strawberry patch in our new backyard. Or maybe it’s the sad truth that I can’t go strawberry picking this year because reaching those little berries over this pregnant belly is out of the question.

Whatever the reason – this is the year for strawberries. And of all the strawberry recipes I’ve been testing, this one has been my absolute favorite.

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Freezer Pies Win at Summer

For some reason I haven’t made many freezer pies. I’m not a huge pie fan (let’s keep that a secret between us, okay?). But the light, fluffy texture of a freezer pie like this one makes it something totally different than a classic, fruit filled pie.

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You’ve probably seen or eaten some version of pie like this made with that store-bought whipped topping, but this version uses fresh whipped cream. There really is no competition when it comes to the flavor you get from real whipped cream. And it takes 5 minutes to make fresh whipped cream. 5 minutes…worth it.

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But here’s what I’ve really discovered is so great about this pie – you freeze it a few days ahead and just let it defrost when you’re ready to serve. It has been a game-changer for summer entertaining at our house. No need to scramble around making dinner and dessert on the same day. I make one of these pies early in the week, cover and slide it in the freezer and then just transfer it to the fridge in the morning we want to serve it. It’s great for last minute summer get-togethers too! Everyone is impressed when you magically produce a homemade dessert after a casual early-summer dinner.

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The freezer helps to set the filling and insures it’s nice and chilled. Letting the pie defrost a bit before serving softens it enough to bring out a light, fluffy texture that is so irresistible.

This final version shown here was an easy favorite. Strawberry jam gives the filling a light pink color and strawberry flavor. (Note: I tested the recipe with fresh strawberry puree, but it turned icy during freezing….jam made the best results.) Chopped fresh strawberries are folded in for texture and flavor.

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At one point during testing we had three versions of these pies tucked away in the freezer. We served them up to everyone who dropped by, and even the runners up got great reviews.

See what I mean?

Freezer pies + summer = true love

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No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie
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No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie

Summertime calls for desserts that are light, fresh, and don’t require the oven. No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie is super fluffy, filled with fresh strawberries, and is served chilled for a beautiful, refreshing dessert.
Prep: 4 hours 30 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Stand or Handheld Mixer
  • Pie Plate

Ingredients 

Crust:

  • 8 ounces Graham Crackers
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter, melted

Filling

  • cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ½ cup Strawberry Jam (I use seedless jam for an extra smooth filling)
  • 1 ½ cups Heavy / Whipping Cream
  • 6 ounces Strawberries, fresh or frozen, chopped (defrost and then chop if using frozen)
  • Extra strawberries and / or whipped cream, for garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Pulse graham crackers and melted butter until finely ground. Press into the bottom of a pie dish.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  • While crust is cooling, in a small bowl, whisk together condensed milk and strawberry jam. Set aside
  • Beat heavy cream in a standing mixer or handheld mixer on high until it forms stiff peaks, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Fold condensed milk / jam and strawberries into whipped cream (don’t worry if everything isn’t evenly combined – the streaks of ingredients will create a nice marbled look).
  • Pour filling over cooled crust. Smooth out the top.
  • Freeze the pie until set, at least 4 hours and up to 4 days.
  • Let the pie defrost for 30 minutes at room temperature or for 6 to 8 hours in the fridge before slicing and serving.

Notes

Note: Definitely feel free to use a pre-made pie crust in place of the crust listed. Saves time and a few dishes!

Nutrition

Serving: 10g | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $5.00
Calories: 338
Keyword: dessert, freezer pie, no-bake, strawberries, summer dessert, summer recipe
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I shared this pic over on Instagram recently, but I keep coming back to it because my now four-year-olds are looking so grown-up these days. I love watching them grow into their own people, but I wouldn’t mind if time would slow down just a tiny bit. 😉

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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi Jess, many thanks for this wonderful recipe! I am a volunteer cook at the Sr. Center in our small Oregon town & this beautiful presentation was a huge hit! I made it in two 9×13 pans, cut it in squares & decorated the tops with cut berries. It was as yummy as your photos!

    1. Oh Evelyn, what a wonderful thing to do, and I’m so glad that this was a hit at the senior center!!

  2. Hello! A friend told me his mom used to make strawberry cream pie. I’ve made many desserts except this. So I just made your recipe and it’s in the freezer! I tasted the filling before freezing and it’s already delicious! And it was fun to make. I hope my friend likes it. Thank you for the recipe.

  3. This looks so delicious! We are thinking of having friends come over for the 4th of July weekend, and this would be the perfect dessert to serve to everyone.

  4. 5 stars
    It is so nice to find a no-bake cream pie that doesn’t call for Cool Whip. Never liked it when I could get it and now we can’t get it where we live.
    Strawberries are peaking here and your pie recipe sounds lovely. I have fresh cherries coming out my ears currently, thinking of trying the recipe with cheery jam (just canned) and fresh cherries.

    1. I totally agree, Ron! I don’t love the stuff and we lived for so long overseas where we couldn’t get it either that we’ve just adapted most recipes to work without it. I’m SO jealous of all your fresh cherries!