This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe is a healthy yet decadent dessert! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!

Welcome to October…my favorite month of the entire year! All the best produce is in season, the weather is sheer perfection and the fall colors are simply breathtaking. Yes, I am very grateful I live in a world where there are Octobers! 😉

It’s also my birthday month. Next week I’ll turn 32 {gasp!} so of course I decided I had to celebrate with all of you lovely ladies and gentlemen! If you have been around my corner of the world wide web for 0.2 seconds then you’ll understand why this No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake is the perfect way for me to celebrate getting another year older.

This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe is a healthy yet decadent dessert! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!

To be honest, I don’t really care all that much about my birthday! I’ve never been the type of person who feels like the entire day {or week, or month for that matter} needs to be all about me. I mean, it was my mom who did all the work the day I was born {can I get an amen ladies}?! But it is a great excuse to take a break from cooking, doing the dishes and changing diapers for a day. So I’ll take it! 😉

This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake is exactly the dessert I want to celebration with this year! It’s vegan, gluten-free dairy free and has no refined sugar! It’s also paleo-friendly! However, even though it’s healthy, it is not lacking in the deep, rich chocolate peanut butter flavor department. No in the slightest!

This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe is a healthy yet decadent dessert! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!

No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake: Method

Blender/Food processor. You will need a food processor or high powered blender {You know I used my Vitamix} to make this recipe.

Start by making the crust, then wipe the container clean and move on to the filling. You may need to pause and scrape down the sides, then continue blending/processing.

Let it set. This recipe needs to set in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.

It’s best served at room temperature or close to it. The chocolate and peanut butter flavors intensify when this Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake has the chance to rise a few degrees in temperature. I recommend removing it from the fridge 20-30 minute before you’re ready to serve it!

This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe is a healthy yet decadent dessert! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!

No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake: Substitutions

Ok this recipe is the best ever. So I wouldn’t recommend tampering with it, like at all. BUT if you must, here are a few acceptable substitutions.

Pecans. I have also used walnuts with great results, although I prefer pecans!

Honey/Maple syrup. Either can be used in this recipe {and I’ve made it with both}! Use maple syrup to keep it vegan!

Peanut Butter. Any nut or seed butter can be used, however peanut butter is my favorite. Coming in second is cashew butter and third, almond butter…both of which make this No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe paleo!

That’s it! I do not recommend tampering with any of the other ingredients! You can leave out the chocolate/peanut butter topping if you wish, but why anyone would make that choice is beyond my comprehension! 😉

This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe is a healthy yet decadent dessert! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. First, soak 1 cup of cashews in enough boiling water to cover them for at least 1 hour. After 1 hour rinse and drain and proceed with the recipe.
  2. Crust:
  3. Line a 6” round cake pan (deep) with parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. Put dates and pecans in the container of a Vitamix blender or a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Process until mixture is resembles a coarse meal and is uniform throughout.
  5. Add the rest of the to the blender/food processor and blend/process until the mixture just starts to clump together. (Do not over process here or the bites will become oily)!
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press it evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Put the pan with the crust in it in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
  8. Filling:
  9. In a microwave safe dish or in a small pan over medium-low heat melt together the peanut butter, chocolate, maple syrup and coconut oil until smooth. Set aside.
  10. Place the soaked, rinsed and drained cashews and the coconut cream into the container of your Vitamix blender. Blend until smooth.
  11. Add the melted chocolate, peanut butter & coconut oil mixture, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and salt to the Vitamix/blender. Blend for 30-60 seconds or until silky smooth. You may need to stop, scrape down the sides and continue blending.
  12. Pour the filling into the prepared pan and evenly spread it over the crust.
  13. Place the pan back in the refrigerator until it sets up and becomes solid (about 1-2 hours).
  14. Topping:
  15. Melt ¼ cup chopped semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips with 2 TBS peanut butter and stir until smooth. Evenly spread over firm filling. Return to fridge to set.
  16. To serve, remove from fridge and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. This tastes the best when it’s not straight out of the fridge and has a little time to sit at room temperature!

Notes

This recipe is very rich, so a small slice goes a long way!

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This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe is a healthy yet decadent dessert! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!

Well that’s all for me today! I hope you guys have the best day ever…filled with chocoltae and peanut butter of course.

What’s your favorite birthday dessert?  

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This No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe is a healthy yet decadent dessert! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly!