Monday, February 11, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Avocado Cheesecake Bites with Wheat-free Chocolate Walnut Crust

Just got back from my first PAC meeting and got nominated in as treasurer...........I feel like such a grown-up. I have no idea what is going on with the school system so don't know how much I am going to add but I can write a mean cheque. And I whipped up another mean avocado dessert yesterday to take to a Valentine's party.
Another low carb avocado dessert - a wheat-free dark chocolate walnut crust topped with peanut butter, avocado, chocolate cheesecake. A nice little bite of deliciousness.
They tasted pretty awesome to me but I'm definitely moving on to something else now. I love avocado's but three days of Banana Chocolate Avocado Pie, some avocado deviled eggs and now avocado cheesecake bites and I'm ready to move on. And I think I have been overdoing it on the "treats" even if they are full of healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber. My goal is to overcome my sugar addiction and getting in the habit of eating pie or cheesecake after every meal isn't going to help even if they are clean. I know I'm starting to overdo it when I'm looking for something sweet after breakfast or making sure every breakfast is topped with maple syrup......not good. So I will be making these tasty little morsels again but not for a while.

And trust me - no one will know they are made with avocado's...........
I topped this one with a dollop of coconut whipped cream. Yum!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Avocado Cheesecake Bites with Wheat-free  Chocolate Walnut Crust

Makes 10 cupcakes

Crust
This crust was based on my wheat free walnut chocolate crust but adjusted to use in lined muffin tins.

2 tbsps dark chocolate chips (over 70% cacao is best)
1 cup walnuts
1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse the chocolate chips in a food processor until they are like fine sand. Add the walnuts, oil and vanilla to the food processor and blend until the walnuts are like course sand and ingredients are fully mixed. Press the walnut mixture into 10 lined muffin tins (I used a spoon and put about 1 tbsp of walnut mixture into each tin).  Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool fully before topping with cheesecake.

Cheesecake Topping

2 oz Neufchatel cheese (or cream cheese)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 ripe avocado - peeled, pitted and cubed
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 drops liquid Stevia (use some honey if you don't have)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (over 70% cacao is best)

Put the cheese, peanut butter, avocado, vanilla, and Stevia in the food processor. Pulse until fully combined and smooth. Melt the dark chocolate chips. I did this in the microwave as follows: 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir. You may have to adjust for your microwave strength - just make sure they are all melted but stop as soon as they melt. Pour the melted chocolate into the food processor with the avocado mixture and pulse until combined. 

Assembly
Put about 1 tbsp of cheesecake topping on the walnut crust in each muffin tin - smooth out the top. Let chill in the fridge before serving and keep in fridge until ready to serve. You can top with coconut whipped cream, peanuts, coconut - whatever you feel like. 

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