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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

by Lisa on April 4, 2012

It’s one of those weeks when I thought I was going to have a lot of free time, and it is turning out not to be that way! I’m getting ready for a trip to SC for next week, and grading final projects for one class, along with all of my regular duties. I found a little time in the kitchen today though, and I’m pretty excited with what I came up with. I’ve got an idea for what to do with my next batch of the frosting too…but it has to be tomorrow because I’m not in the mood to clean up another mess!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

The first step: Make brownies in a mini muffin pan. You could also make chocolate cupcakes for this part. If you’re into low-carb and/or low-sugar treats, try these! Let them cool.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Frosting

1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp stevia (liquid)

With a hand mixer, beat these two ingredients on high until you’ve made whipped cream. Set aside (in the fridge).

In another bowl, mix:

8oz cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp peanut butter (natural)
1/2 tsp stevia (liquid)

Add the whipped cream, and mix with a hand mixer until smooth. Refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.

Glaze:

2 Tbsp Coconut oil, melted
3 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp stevia

Stir until smooth.

To assemble:

Frost the brownies. I used the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator. Clearly, I’m not a professional at this. Next, dip each one (just the frosting part) in the glaze.

As always, you can sub in a different sweetener if you don’t like/use stevia, but I’ve only made them this way! Are you a pb and chocolate fan?? If you make these with the coconut flour chocolate cakes or with a low carb brownie mix (I don’t recommend that though…I tried the low carb brownie mix that was sent to me free in the mail, and it was NOT GOOD), these are very low carb and low sugar. There may not be many micronutrients involved (so have a green juice first if you’re eating them for breakfast!)…but there isn’t anything “bad” either!

I used to make a version of this that was white chocolate instead of pb...that is darn good too, and easy to "garnish" according to occasions....like raspberries and blueberries for July 4th, pastel M&Ms (when I used to eat those) for Easter/spring, etc. I swear, I'd take them to girls night and they'd be gone in 10 minutes!

News/Notes:

What are you up to this weekend? Any Easter dinners planned out there? Any ideas for non-candy Easter presents? Matthew is coming over tomorrow night, and I feel bad I’ll be gone all next week when he’s on spring break! I’ll miss him, but I’m going to stay with a friend and her family in Charleston, so I know that will be fun.

Side note: Dad, I’m sorry I did not tell you about my surgery and stitches and that you found out by reading my blog post. That was just rude of me. I’ll do better next time. Thanks for lunch on Saturday. Love, Lisa

I wish I was always thoughtful and I’m going to work on that.

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  • Heather (Where’s the Beach)

    Um those look flipping amazing. And you didn’t tell your dad????? Tsk tsk 

  • http://www.pure2raw.com/ Pure2raw twins

    YUM! these look rich and heavenly! 

  • http://merigoesround.com/ meri

    I don’t know what you’re talking about- your decorating is great!  These look delicious, again… I wish I liked making baked goods more but I give all my time to my veggies and beans!

  • http://atasteofmadness.blogspot.ca/ ATasteofMadness

    Oh my word. I don`t think I`ll ever look away. These look great!

  • http://www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com/ cathy@1970kikiproject

    well, you impress ME with your icing decorator skills, lisa! (i have not used any of the ideas or decorating tools from feb 2011 when i took the cake decorating class!). i love how you are using pb in a lot of your recipes – i’m going through a phase right now!
    this weekend: SPRING CLEANING on friday, working saturday, family easter sunday. glad you have your trip next week, and fun that you can see matthew today.
    i don’t give the nieces chocolate, either. yesterday i gave them bunny ears (ok, i doubt that would fly with matthew), activity books and colour-by-number easter themed colouring + markers. i am sure he will enjoy any treats you come up with!
    you are sweet to apologize to your dad.
    enjoy your weekend!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    I thought about you when I was decorating my brownies yesterday, Cathy! When you took that class, I was both envious and thought you were crazy because it looked hard! Lol
    PB is definitely on my addiction list right now—and it’s really easy to work with!
    Have fun spring cleaning—I did some last weekend (I don’t know if I mentioned it anywhere online—I cleaned out my second bedroom (which has been used as a closet since we are closet challenged) and I cleaned out all of my clothes and got rid of two huge bags full. Just in case you needed some inspiration…it feels SO GOOD to have that done!!!

    I bet your nieces were thrilled with their bunny ears! As they get older….it gets a little more complex!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Thank you….They’re so yummy, and I ate so much of the leftover frosting that I can probably take a break from them for a few hours :-)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    I think you’ll be better off in the end with your veggies….no matter how “sugar free” I make things, it’s still junk!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    These sound SO GOOD!!  My only issue these days is that many of the most delicious-sounding dessert recipes call for coconut in some form (either oil or milk or just shaved coconut).  I hate it because coconut gives me the worst stomach issues.  I need a replacement!!  

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    This one can be totally coconut free! The glaze is 100% not necessary …it’s an extra burst of peanut butter flavor, but honestly, the frosting is great by itself. I just took all the pics with the glaze because it made them look shiny and pretty. I’m planning to use the leftover frosting in a parfait….

  • claybaboons

    Oh my, I love these based on the title alone.  My parents miss my old blog…they always found out a bunch of mundane stuff through it.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember to tell the people you love about everything that’s happening in your life!

  • http://eatdrinkbreathesweat.com/ Jess

    OMG haha I love your note to your dad at the end of this post! So funny!
    Hmm Easter ideas – how about some books? My husband gives me an “easter basket” and puts books and healthy snacks and last year he gave me a new pandora charm for my bracelet. was really sweet. And of course – my favorite dove chocolates were in there too ;-)

  • http://www.DiningAndDishing.com/ Dining and Dishing

    I wish you lived closer (and I was rich) so I could hire you as my personal chef!! Seriously, every recipe you’ve been posting lately sounds like it was just MADE for my taste buds :)

  • http://www.pickyeatingrd.com/ Allie @ PickyEatingRD

    WOW! Those pb brownies look incredible! My parent’s used to give us some candy but then ended up giving us small $ amount gift cards to our favorite stores. But, we were also girls who loved shopping so I’m not sure that helps!

  • Lisa_healthy_diaries

    You’re killing me with these recipes Lisa!! These look so good!!

    Rinaldo & I will be having Easter at our home again so I have lots of cooking to get done this weekend! I got all my nieces and nephews candy so i have no ideas.. I know… I’m a bad aunt but couldn’t think of anything else.. :)

     

  • http://caitplusate.com/ Caitlin

    genius, genius, GENIUS as usual.

    we are having an easter party on sunday. it’s gonna be great! i’m making a healthy 5 bean side dish and am also opening a bottle of wine my friend brought me straight from italy. ive been saving it for a special occasion!

    oh my goodness haha seeing your news about the surgery on the blog must have been rough for the dad. at least he has an apology in writing ;)

  • http://www.cottercrunch.com lindsay cotter

    i wonder if this would work with coconut flour and pb combined, thoughts?

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    For what part?
    I used a low carb brownie mix once, but it was gross….the coconut flour chocolate cake recipe works great with this, and regular brownies would be fabulous (but out of my league).

    On Thu 05/04/12 14:57 , “Disqus” sent:

  • Brianne Izzo

    I love the double dose of peanut butter frosting and peanut butter glaze.  I bet it would be awesome on the black bean cupcakes I posted last weekend.  Have a wonderful Easter and visit to Charleston!

  • Brianne Izzo

    Oh, but a question.  For the frosting, you say 4T peanut butter and 1/2 t peanut butter – is that a mistake?

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Yes that was an error…it was supposed to say 1/2 tsp stevia…thanks!

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