Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars

{Healthy, Vegan and GF-adaptable} These rich, creamy peanut butter swirl cheesecake bars are a decadent-tasting dessert-- but they're healthier than your average cheesecake recipe!

These rich, creamy peanut butter swirl cheesecake bars are a decadent-tasting dessert– butΒ they’re healthier than your average cheesecake recipe!

{Healthy, Vegan and GF-adaptable} These rich, creamy peanut butter swirl cheesecake bars are a decadent-tasting dessert-- but they're healthier than your average cheesecake recipe!

Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars

In a house filled with cheesecake lovers, no one argues over what their ultimate favorite dessert is.

That’s helpful when it comes time to prepare a big family meal, but– and isn’t this the way?– we all seem to prefer a different topping for our cheesecake. Cherries, strawberries, chocolate chips, lemon curd… all good options, and I wouldn’t turn any of them down. My favorite thing, though, is to smother my cheesecake in peanut butter.

{Healthy, Vegan and GF-adaptable} These rich, creamy peanut butter swirl cheesecake bars are a decadent-tasting dessert-- but they're healthier than your average cheesecake recipe!

When it came time to make my birthday cake last year, I knew I wanted to just incorporate the peanut butter right in. It was my birthday and everyone would just have to go with the topping that I wanted. πŸ˜‰

These rich, creamy cheesecakeΒ bars are swirled with peanut butter to make for a deliciously decadent-tasting dessert.Β I made a peanut butter pretzel crust for an extra-special treat, but a graham cracker crust tastes just as wonderful!

{Healthy, Vegan and GF-adaptable} These rich, creamy peanut butter swirl cheesecake bars are a decadent-tasting dessert-- but they're healthier than your average cheesecake recipe!


Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 12-16 bars

Ingredients

    for the crust:
  • 2 cups peanut butter-filled pretzels (or 5-6 graham cracker sheets)*
  • ΒΌ cup baking stevia or sugar (omit if using graham crackers)
  • 4-5 tablespoons almond milk
    for the bars:
  • 16 oz. NeufchΓ’tel cheese, room temperature*
  • ΒΌ cup powdered sugar
  • ΒΌ cup baking stevia, or more powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ΒΌ cup creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°; line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, crush the pretzels or graham crackers into fine crumbs, then add the sweetener. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a dough-like consistency forms. Press firmly into the pan and set aside.
  3. Process the NeufchΓ’tel cheese until smooth, then add the powdered sugar, stevia, and vanilla extract until everything is evenly combined. Pour over the crust.
  4. Heat the peanut butter to a stirrable consistency. Drop spoonfuls over the top of the cheesecake and swirl it through with a knife.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes. Turn the oven off but allow the bars to sit inside it with the door closed for another 10.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 6 hours before slicing.

*This recipe is vegan with the appropriate cream cheese substitute, and gluten-free with the appropriate pretzels/graham crackers.

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{Healthy, Vegan and GF-adaptable} These rich, creamy peanut butter swirl cheesecake bars are a decadent-tasting dessert-- but they're healthier than your average cheesecake recipe!

Thinking Out Loud

  1. Currently Reading: The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian. He’s one of my favorite authors, so I’m super excited. πŸ™‚
  2. I’m always looking for more books to read, and this list of 23 Highly Anticipated Books of 2017 is a good place to start!
  3. I’m still working through the things that piled up while I was away, so I feel really behind on everything. Usually I’m pretty good about coming home from a vacation, but this time I really didn’t want to leave! πŸ˜‰
  4. Recipes that caught my eye this week:
    Golden Turmeric Garlic Fries – A Whisk and Two Wands
    Teriyaki Waffle Fries – Teaspoon of Spice
    …Clearly I’ve been craving fries!

Shared at Foodie Friday; Healthy Vegan Fridays with Rock My Vegan Socks and VNutrition; Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up with Marathons and Motivation and IlkasBlog; Meatless Monday with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands; Wow Us Wednesdays. For a complete list of where I share, click here.

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84 comments

  1. Amy says:

    I love Peanut Butter and I love Cheesecake, so this recipe just jumped out at me. I can’t wait to try them. I’m also a fan of lemon and noticed that you have a similar recipe for Lemon Swirl Cheesecake Bars. I will be trying them too. Thank you for sharing at Sugar and Spice Link Up Party.

  2. Farrah says:

    That is such a perfect swirl–these cheesecake bars are absolutely gorgeous! I’m not sure why I never thought to combine PB + cheesecake but this is definitely a winner in my book! <3

  3. Julie says:

    These look absolutely delicious! I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and cheesecake so I can only imagine this being even better than either of those things on their own! And I can’t wait to check out the books to read this year as I’ve been working on my 2017 reading list!

  4. Laurie says:

    Courtney,
    Looks sooo good! Interesting combination – bet it tastes fabulous! Pinned to share. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your awesome recipe with us at Brag About It. Can’t wait to try this πŸ™‚

  5. Leslie says:

    Those are so gorgeous! I’ve never heard of peanut butter on cheesecake before, but then again, peanut butter goes well with just about all desserts, doesn’t it? Yum!

  6. kimmythevegan says:

    Holy moly girl that looks so good! It’s so pretty. You got the swirling down pat! And yes, when it’s your birthday – it’s all about what you want =)
    Going to check out the fry recipes and the 27 books link!

  7. April J Harris says:

    Love how you have made these delicious treats healthier, Courtney! Scheduled to tweet and also pinned, and scheduled to share on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul!

  8. Miz Helen says:

    I just pinned your awesome bars, can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  9. Ilka says:

    Courtney – you really outdid yourself with these fabulous cheesecake bars. I love the peanut butter swirl – it looks so creative and I’m sure it’s beyond delicious!

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