segunda-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2017

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie (Low Carb)

When it come to pie recipes, there are three elements that immediately rope me in: 1) peanut butter 2) chocolate 3) no-bake. Sold -- just tell me how to get started. This recipe has all three of these magical elements -- plus it’s grain-free and low carb! Also, unlike other so-called “no bake” recipes that require you use a pre-baked crust, this pie features a bake-free, fudge-like chocolate almond crust. So give your oven a rest and make this rich, decadent, and surprisingly simple PB cream cheese pie.

(Image: Maya Marin)

Things You'll Need
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • 1 or 2 pinches of salt

  • 20 ounces cream cheese

  • 1 cup creamy salted peanut butter

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ¾ cup powdered sweetener plus ⅛ cup for crust (I prefer Swerve)

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • Optional toppings: sugar-free semi-sweet chocolate, sugar-free ganache, sugar-free chocolate peanut butter cups (see recipe below for brand suggestions) 

Prepare the Crust

Step 1

In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, butter, cocoa powder, and salt until moist and crumbly. It's easiest to use your hands.

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Step 2

Put crumbly mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and press into the pan evenly to form a crust about ⅛ of an inch thick.

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Tip
  • This recipe yields a fudge-brownie like crust that’s soft but holds its shape after setting. If you’d like a firmer crust and are not averse to a little bit of baking, you can throw it in the oven at 350° Fahrenheit for about 8 minutes and allow to cool before pouring in your filling.

Step 3

Chill your pie crust in the fridge while you make your filling.

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Make the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Filling

Step 1

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, salted peanut butter, heavy cream, powdered sweetener, and vanilla extract. Use an electric mixer to blend until smooth, thick, and creamy.

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Step 2

Put your filling into your prepared pie crust, then even out the top with a spatula.

 

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Step 3

This is an optional step, but will bump your presentation up a notch. Take a piece of sugar-free semi-sweet chocolate and grate your desired amount over the top of your pie, concentrating on the center.

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Step 4

Chill your pie in the fridge for about 2 hours to set, and it's ready to enjoy!

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Additional Toppings (Optional)

Although your pie looks (and tastes!) fab as is, you can choose to further gussy up your pie (or individual slices just before serving, like I did) by drizzling some sugar-free ganache over the top. (Find a recipe for ganache here -- simply sub regular bittersweet chocolate with a sugar-free version, like ChocoPerfection, to keep your pie low carb.)

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For an even more dressed-up slice, add a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream, and/or insert a half of a sugar-free chocolate peanut butter cup (I used Russell Stover brand).

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Voilà! All the rich, peanut-buttery goodness your heart desires without any of the baking or the carbs. Can't beat it.

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