Food & Drink

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bombs

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Recently, I was perusing Pinterest when I read about these “fat bombs”.  To be honest, the name didn’t sound super appetizing.  These “bombs” are basically made from a high-fat source – coconut oil, cocoa butter, cream cheese, etc.  They are mixed with other natural flavors – berries, chocolate, nuts, etc.  You form them into bite-sized shapes and they make for a great snack for that mid-morning boost of energy.  It’s supposedly a really great snack for people on low-carb or ketogenic diets.

Honestly, I was interested because I do not need an excuse to eat cream cheese.  One of my favorite desserts is cheesecake.  For this recipe, I wanted to replicate the flavor and texture of a cheesecake crossed with a peanut butter cup.  It comes together super quickly, and makes for a great snack!  It’s not overwhelmingly sweet, and the cacao nibs add a sophisticated bitterness to evens out the sweetness from the cream cheese and peanut butter.  Just make sure to pace yourself – they are small so you’ll want to eat all of them in one sitting.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bombs

  • Servings: 15
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Ingredients

  • 8oz cream cheese (1 block), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I used one of those peanut butter grinders at the grocery store and I chose the honey roasted peanuts)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup cacao nibs
  • Optional: sweetener (sugar, honey, agave, stevia, etc.)

Method

  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater or a hand mixer, cream together cream cheese and peanut butter on low until smooth and fluffy.  Beat in cocoa powder.  Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes so it hardens and is easier to work with.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or 2 spoons, scoop out mixture and form into tablespoon-sized balls.  Roll each ball in cacao nibs until generously coated.  Serve chilled.

Recipe notes

  • Because I used a honey roasted peanut butter, I did not find that I needed additional sweeteners.  Taste the cream cheese mixture before refrigerating to make sure it’s to your liking.  If necessary, add sweetener of choice, 1 tsp at a time.

 

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