Who else is an absolute peanut butter addict? (I confess!) The only thing better than peanut butter is adding chocolate. If you love Reece’s peanut butter cups, you will LOVE this cheesecake! And the best part?? It’s made with simple, whole-food ingredients (no gluten, dairy or refined sugar!) Yay for healthy desserts!
The entire recipe uses only ten (real) foods. None of the junky chemical stuff or trans fat found in Reece’s. And it’s easy to make. Promise! (Waiting for it to set is the hardest part! … BUT you can totally lick the mixing bowl clean! lol that’s what I always do! Can’t resist.)
The crust is a chewy, NO-BAKE chocolate cookie made with nuts, dates and cacao (so it’s grain-free & gluten-free!) Just pulse together the ingredients in a food processor and press into your pan. Literally takes less than 5 minutes. Easy.
The middle layer is a thick layer of peanut buttery, creamy cheesecake yummyness. (But unlike traditional cheesecakes, this one is dairy-free, egg-free and refined-sugar free!) It has just a few simple ingredients: peanut butter, maple syrup and coconut.
To me it tastes like both a cheesecake and a pie… a chi? Piecake? Haha, whatever you want to call it, it’s SO good!
The top layer is made by simply adding in some melted chocolate and a bit more cacao to the peanut butter cream. So now it’s a basically a giant peanut butter cup! Heck YES. But you won’t feel sick to your stomach after eating it! No sugar bombs here. The fiber, protein and healthy fats slow the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream to prevent spikes in your blood sugar, crashes and post-consumption cravings. #winning
I marbled the layers a little bit with by poking and swirling the top of the cake with a knife before it was set. So each piece I cut had a different pattern inside. Pretty! 🙂
Save a few spoonfuls of the peanut butter cream to swirl on top (to make it pretty, of course!) and to add more peanut butter deliciousness!
Side note: my favorite peanut butter is from Aldi! Do you shop there? They have really amped up their organic and natural foods selection and I am quite impressed! A jar of Simply Nature organic peanut butter is only $3.89 per jar! Score!! AND it’s JUST peanuts and salt! NO oils, sugar, preservatives or other stuff I don’t want in my pb. The flavor and texture are perrrrfect.
Can you ever have too much peanut butter and chocolate? No. The answer is no 😉 Now, on to the recipe!