Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake

For the longest time I’ve wanted to make a Raw Cheesecake.  You know, the ones with a date-nut “crust” and a cashew-coconut filling?  I think I pinned this Cheesecake over 3 years ago.  Yes, THREE YEARS.  I don’t know why it took me that long to make a dang Raw Cheesecake.  Actually, I do know why.  They are very time consuming, expensive, and although they’re all natural and made with good-for-you ingredients, they’re not as nutritionally balanced I’d like (very heavy on the fats and sugars, not so much on the protein and fiber).  But, it was time to finally bite the bullet and make the Cheesecake.  I made this Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake lower sugar and higher protein than typical Raw Cheesecakes, and, I made it in a flash!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Instead of making my own cheesecake base (which involves many steps, such as pitting a bunch of dates, grinding said dates and a ton of nuts in a food processor until it’s the texture of a Larabar…), I just bought a bunch of Larabars (since they were on sale at Sprouts Farmers Market, cuz I’m frugal like dat) and used those to make a “crust.”  That step alone saved probably 30 minutes, some moola, and a burnt out food processor.

Being healthy in a hurry is always a plus  👌

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Sprouts Farmers Market is a bit like Whole Foods.  It’s got lots of healthy choices.  But it’s different because they’re actually decently priced.  Aka, they don’t gouge your eyes out with astronomical prices (i.e. like that 16oz jar of raw almond butter at WF that costed $18.00!).  Whether you’re an on-the-go workaholic or whether you need to whip something up on a time crunch, Sprouts has all the ingredients and brands you need to make it a breeze  🙌

So, when I saw Larabars go on sale at my local Sprouts, you know what I did?  I grabbed a handful and tried to get myself to checkout before eating them all  😏

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Score some major savings on some of your favorite Better-For-You brands at the Sprouts Better-For-You Sale Event, which is goin on right now y’all.  Discover all those delicious and healthy snacks with meeeee!  🙋🏻

Better yet, Sprouts is hosting a “Get and Give Back Sweepstakes” — FIVE winners will receive a $2,000 Sprouts gift card (!!) and get to nominate a local food bank to win a $2,000 donation (!!!!).  Get the chance to earn and give back to your community.  What would you do a $2,000 gift certificate?  How would you support your local community with the “give back” portion of the prize?

Personally, I would start by buying ALL. THE. CHOCOLATE. and ALL. THE. PEANUT BUTTER.

And of course, I’d share that chocolate peanut butter love with everyone I possibly can  🍫🍴

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I haven’t won the Sweepstakes (yet, that is! 😏), so I’ll share the chocolate and peanut butter with you the best way I know how:  this Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

7" cheesecake

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Base:
  • 4 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabars
Filling:

Directions:

Base:
  1. Line a 7" springform pan with a parchment paper circle.
  2. Unwrap the Larabars and flatten them out into the pan.
Filling:
  1. In a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix), add the almond milk, peanuts, peanut butter, vanilla extract, stevia extract and salt.  Blend on high until completely smooth.  It will thicken slightly.
  2. Pour in the melted cacao butter and blend again.
  3. Add the protein powder and blend one last time.
  4. Pour the filling over the "crust" and spread it out.  Tap the pan on the counter a few times to help get rid of air bubbles.  Freeze for ~3 hours, or until the surface is firm when tapped.
  5. Use an offset spatula to separate the cheesecake from the springform.  Slice and serve!

Notes:

This recipe is considered "high-raw."

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Fully welcome in Spring with this Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake!

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake (no bake, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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21 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Raw Cheesecake

  1. Soooooo I think you’ve completely outdone yourself with this recipe. Oh my gosh Jessica this is AMAZING <3 I'm thinkin' this will be my birthday dessert this year! 

  2. Looks very delicious!

  3. Oh my goodness! What a great idea with the Larabars, so genius and such a time and ingredient saver…especially if you find them on sale! And this looks amazing, so simple too! Just might have to make this on the weekend, thank you 🙂

  4. I was just told to cut out dairy from my diet and this looks amazing. I thought I would never be able to have cheese cake again! 

  5. oh my goodness girl! You’re killing the game lately with this and the red wine ice cream <333

    xo
    Sarah Grace

  6. Hi . i live on France and dont even know what larabars is and i would like to know how to replace them un an easy way
    Thks

  7. If you don’t have Lara bars, what would be a good made from scratch recipe? I’m from the Philippines and Lara bars aren’t available here. Also, most healthier and vegan versions of snack bars are disturbingly expensive…

  8. NO WAY is this healthy. I LOVE that you made Larabars as the cheesecake base for this recipe–SO clever! A raw chocolate peanut butter cheesecake that is high in protein and low in sugar is a total game-changer. DEFINITELY keeping this one in mind!

  9. This looks and sounds amazing!!! Peanutbutter and Chocolate is one of my favourite Combinations so this could be my new favourite Thing! <3

    I just wanted to ask, could you just leave out the protein powder or is there any substitution? Definitely trying this very soon!

    • I haven’t tried omitting the brown rice protein powder so I can’t be sure. However, the protein powder helps thicken the mixture, so you could probably omit the protein powder and increase the cacao butter to 6oz. Hope this works out for ya, and I hope you LOVE the cheesecake!! 😀
      -Jess

  10. I couldn’t find cacao butter but the health food store in my area thought cacao powder would work well.  Any thoughts?  Thanks, can’t wait to make this!

    • I’m afraid cacao powder won’t replace the cacao butter. Cacao butter is like a chocolate-flavored coconut oil, which solidifies when it’s cold. Cacao powder is just like cocoa powder, and the cheesecake filling won’t firm up with that. I buy my cacao butter on Amazon.com because it’s cheaper than in Whole Foods or any other health food store. But, if you don’t want to use it then you can use 1/2 cup coconut oil + 1/4 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder. Just note that the filling won’t be “peanut butter-colored” and it’ll be be chocolatey instead.
      Hope this helps Linda! 😀
      -Jess

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  12. Can you use any type of protein powder or does it have to be specifically the brown rice protein powder?

    • The brown rice protein powder helps thicken the filling. I’m not sure what protein powder you were thinking of, but I’m almost positive that whey protein, casein or egg protein won’t work here. I haven’t tried hemp or pea or soy protein, so I can’t be sure if those will work.

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