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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake THM S with variation

Cheesecake is an all-time favorite dessert for myself and my sweet husband, I think we passed that love on to our children, because they are always requesting cheesecake. I have an old not-so-healthy cheesecake recipe that was my favorite. One day I experimented with it and found I could tweak it to fit the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. I had some reservations because cheesecake ingredients are expensive. However, with a little know-how, patience, and prayer, it was a success.

It has been a long while since I posted this recipe and I have added a few updates, and I definitely wanted to share our newest changes. I hope you enjoy this low carb, sugar free, chocolate peanut butter cheesecake that is sure to please even the pickiest child or husband.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake – THM S

CRUST

Line a spring form pan with several layers of aluminum foil.  Do not skip this step.  You’ll be using a water bath to cook the cheesecake.  I’ve purchased many spring form pans and they all leak.  An another option would be to generously grease a round pan that is at least 8 in by 3 in.  Melt butter and pour into pan.  Sprinkle in nuts and mix well with the butter.  Pat it all down evenly along the bottom of the pan to make the crust.

FILLING

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese, cream, and Sweet Blend until smooth. Add eggs, and beat well.  Then mix in vanilla and zests of lemon and orange.  Gently pour onto crust.  Put pan inside a large roasting pan.  Put pan in the oven, and carefully add enough water to the roasting pan to come two-thirds up the side of the cake pan.  *Optional: For more of a peanut butter flavor, you could add 2 T of peanut butter to the filling.  We opted not to since some of us wanted more of a traditional cheesecake flavor.

Ovens may vary a little, but it usually bakes in about 2 hours, but just check to see if it’s firm.  You may want to check it after about 1-1.5 hours to be sure that the top is not browning.  If it is, you can simply and gently lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top, especially if you are not going to top the cheesecake.  Once the cheesecake is done, turn the oven off, but leave the cheesecake in the oven until completely cooled.

TOPPING

1/2 cup Lily’s Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Chips
3 tbsp grassfed heavy whipping cream

You can choose how much topping you’d like on the cheesecake.  We actually cut ours first and then drizzled topping over each piece so we could have some without topping, but you could just drizzle it over the top of the entire cheesecake.  Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for about 20 seconds at a time until completely melted. Whisk in whipping cream adding additional if needed to make the consistency of the chocolate easy to pour.  Drizzle over the cheesecake.

1/4 cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (sugar free)
1 tbsp grassfed heavy whipping cream
1/32 tsp Pure Stevia

Stir peanut butter well being sure to incorporate oil because it separates.  Whisk in heavy whipping cream to a consistency that is thicker like ganache, but still loose enough to slowly pour.  Drizzle over cheesecake and chocolate.  Store cheesecake in refrigerator until ready to serve.

If you’d like to make a simple cheesecake, this one is amazing without the chocolate chips in the filling and without the topping.

Enjoy!!

Mandy

Jesus follower since 1987, wife since 1993, mommy since 1996, working from home since 1998, homeschooling my 4 blessings since 2003 (two of whom have graduated and are currently in college). This is my calling: to encourage, coach, and mentor women, helping them find balance in their lives as they depend on The Lord–to cheer them on and lift them up on their quest for rubies amidst the ruckus and struggle of day-to-day living. I am a Trim Healthy Mama, encourager, lifestyle blogger, organizer, time manager, and wellness enthusiast (currently healing from hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue), and life coach. I am also a small business owner of two businesses: www.ruckusandrubies.com and www.etsy.com/shop/treasuredsparrow.

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