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Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes with Chocolate/Espresso Crumble

by Lisa on May 22, 2012

I finally did something new in the kitchen today. With traveling, work, and my lack of managing my stress lately, I haven’t had the time or the creative mind to do anything new (or much of anything at all) in the kitchen.

Today, I did this.

Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes with Chocolate/Espresso Crumble

Step 1:

Melt 3 Tbsp coconut oil.

Mix it with the following until smooth:

4 Tbsp smooth natural peanut butter
1/4 (heaping) tsp liquid vanilla stevia

Fill about 10 mini muffin cups with 1 Tbsp each of this mixture, and put it in the freezer while you do the next steps.

Step 2:

Crush about 4 Tbsp of chocolate covered espresso beans. Note: there is about 14g sugar in 3 Tbsp, if you divide this into the entire recipe it adds just over 1g sugar to each mini cheesecake.

Remove the pb cups from the freezer and equally divide the crushed espresso beans between them. Return to the freezer.

Step 3:

Blend 6oz softened cream cheese (I use cultured Organic Valley) with 1/4 tsp (heaping) liquid vanilla stevia.

Step 4:

You have two choices. You can pipe the softened cream cheese mixture onto the pb/espresso cups (I used the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator), or you can soften it further (until it’s “pourable”) and you can add 1 Tbsp to each. If you choose the first option, put the finished cheesecakes into the fridge, and serve cold. If you choose the second option, put the cheesecakes in the freezer for about 10 minutes, and then move them to the fridge (assuming you want to eat one right away).

I’m not sure if all that sounds complicated….but it’s not! There are just a few steps, but I think the ingredient list is pretty simple. You could substitute in cacao nibs for the chocolate covered espresso beans if you want to leave out some of the caffeine or added sugar. I ate three—they were amazing. In fact, that was my lunch, and I don’t feel guilty at all.

Make sure to keep them in the fridge until right before you serve them—and you may just want to eat them with a fork, especially if you pipe the topping onto them!

News/Notes: I don’t have a lot to say right now about what’s going on with me—I have a lot going on, life-changing actually, but not things I really want to talk about at the moment. Have you noticed how things in life often come in opposites? Like, something that seems “bad” comes along but it opens a door to something “good?” I’m trying hard not to label things—I know I talked about that before. Challenges are opportunities, and I really believe that. That doesn’t mean the challenging part is any easier, it just makes it more valuable in the long-run. So I’m just plugging along, working out, doing my work, and figuring things out.

In other news, I am throwing a baby shower at the end of June, and if you have any great baby shower ideas, games, decor, etc….please tell me! I know we’re going to ask people to bring a favorite children’s book instead of a card for the mama (my cousin’s wife), and we’re going to plan on playing two games. I really really don’t want to do the cheesy ones—are there any un-cheesy games?! The mama-to-be is super classy and her wedding was like a country-meets-city theme at a stallion ranch in Southern Cali…We’re having the shower at a cottage on Keuka Lake (it’ll be a little rustic), so I’m thinking of going along those same lines. Oh, and boys are invited, so that adds an interesting twist too!

Any fun baby shower ideas?

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  • Heather (Where’s the Beach)

    Those look amazing. I hope all is well and things are changing for the best. As for baby showers…my best advice is to make it just a fun relaxed party. I went to 2 different ones where presents were brought unwrapped and set on a table. This mean the mom didn’t have to sit and open packages while everyone stood around watching her open diapers and onesies. 

  • http://spabettie.com/ Kristina

    thinking of you, hoping what is happening goes smooth and that you are okay. <3

    baby shower – the last one I went to we also brought books, I loved that idea! when we arrived there was a table set up with fabric markers, templates and several different sized white onesies – we all sat around talking and drawing, making cute little sleepers for the baby!

  • http://glutenfreehappytummy.com/ Caralyn

    those look so stinkin’ good! my mouth is watering! thanks for sharing!

  • http://anediblemosaic.com/ Faith

    You are my healthy kitchen guru…I’ve been dying for a sweet end to my night and this is it, my friend!

    The baby shower sounds like fun!  Not sure if it would be too much work, but maybe you could whip up a few healthy, “gourmet” popsicles — like the chocolate avo pudding ones?  ;)   Or refreshing pretty popsicles like lemonade with whole blueberries or sliced cucumbers…yum.  :)   As far as baby shower games go, I’m sorry I’m no help there, lol!

  • http://www.thenondairyqueen.com/ Sarena

    I am so that way too! I am really trying to find the opportunity or adventure in all situations. No bad stuff…only good or different! Keep your chin up. I know you will find it. 

  • http://blissfulbritt.com/ Brittany

    Oh thank god you tried something new, these look spectacular! Just bring these to the baby shower, this is all you need! 

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

    pb + chocolate + espresso – > what a fantastic combo!! thanks for sharing the recipe, lisa!
    hmmm, i was going to share a couple share game ideas but they are definitely cheesy and will not fit with the vibe/atmosphere you describe.  but i love the idea of bringing a book. and the setting sounds lovely!
    life is like a roller coaster with its ups and downs and you’re either doing one or the other! sorry to hear you are facing some challenges – but your attitude is positive and yes, ‘this too shall pass’ and you will swing up again. but in the meantime, i am sending you positive vibes!! hope things settle down!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    These cheesecakes sound HEAVENLY!!!  Wow, I want dessert instead of breakfast this morning :)
    I don’t have any great ideas for baby showers, as I haven’t been to many.  But, my wedding shower is in June too and I can’t wait to see what they have in store!

  • http://eatdrinkbreathesweat.com/ Jess

    Change can be both good, bad and scary all rolled into one. Thinking of you as you navigate what sound to be some interesting waters. hang in there!

  • http://caitplusate.com/ Caitlin

    I totally wouldn’t want to do the cheesy shower games either. Not that I’m a “classy mama to be” like your friend haha, but I don’t like gross out stuff, so that whole “guess the candy bar in the poopy diaper” game would not fly with me. I love the children’s book idea! I’m not sure about uncheesy games. The foodie in me is tempted to suggest something like a cupcake or pastry tasting!

  • Cosmic Cowgirl

    A few games I have tried…
    match up the name of the baby animal with its mother. (kitten-cat. foal-mare,etc.) Look some up on the seb – they’re wild!
    Try to guess the Hollywood stars by the name they were given at birth.
    Guess the speaker – quotes by famous mothers/fathers.

  • claybaboons

    I don’t know that there are any non-cheesy shower games.  I think that just getting everyone together is enough…there will be plenty of laughter already!  The only game that I kind of like (but it is VERY cheesy) is the one where you get clothespins and you aren’t allowed to say “baby”.  I get really competitive during that one.  Ha!

  • Lisa_healthy_diaries

    These look so good! I’ve been bad with using my coconut oil in the last week or two so I need to start using it again and this looks like the perfect recipe! I still need to make your pb & choc cups though… I will make them!! lol

    For my shower this weekend, we’re having the guest do an activity. They’ll be making Roberto’s first ABC book! We printed out each letter on a card stock piece of paper and guests can draw a picture representing whatever letter they get! 

    I’m not for the typical cheesy shower games either so we’re not going to play any.

  • http://thehealthybeehive.com/ Jane

    I don’t have any fun shower ideas, sorry!  But your cheesecakes do look good!  You are the piping queen – I am terrible about piping frosting or anything – yours always look so pretty!

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

    I swear I’m bad at the piping thing…I cheat with the easy accent decorator, and then I pick out the few that look ok….and then I turn them to their best angles for pics! Lol.
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