Peanut Butter Cheesecake (Low Carb, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, THM S)

I have been on a peanut better kick lately in my desserts and even in my morning protein shakes. I just love peanut butter and always have.  You might be a witness to this if you read my last post on my version of Peanut Butter Cookies.  I am so glad I am not alone in my love of this nutty butter and that so many of you enjoy it also. I mean how can somebody not like peanut butter, right? I have never met anyone that doesn’t. Have you and were these peanut butter haters trust worthy? Just kidding, I am sure there are good people out there that do not share my addiction love of peanut butter. Maybe.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake by My Table of Three Blog

I would have to say that the only other thing I love as much as my dear peanut butter would be cheesecake! Again, you might be aware of my affection for this confection from my Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake post.  Aww, look at that! I am a poet! Get it “affection for this confection”? Not impressed with my skill? Well thankfully this cheesecake should more than make up for my poetry talent or the lack of said talent.

It’s okay, I know you guys don’t just come by for my mad rhyming skills. Thank goodness that pressure if off! But now back to the reason you ARE here! The Peanut Butter Cheesecake! I baked this and most of my cheesecakes for that matter in my favorite 9″ tart pan but you could absolutely bake this cheesecake in a cake pan or casserole dish, say maybe a 11×9 or so. This amount of filling and crust fills up my tart pan perfectly but if you do it in a casserole dish or other dish don’t stress over getting it up the side too much. Just press the crust mixture into the bottom evenly so it is the same thickness (or as close as possible) with each piece. This will ensure the crust bakes evenly also.

No matter what style baking dish you use this cheesecake should serve about 6-8 people and put a smile on each of their faces. It sure hit the spot with my crew. Granted those smiles are dependent on how generous  you are in sharing. Oh and if sharing is not your thing when it comes to your healthy treats I have just this to say… hide it and hide it fast!

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Unlike my Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake there is no need for fancy swirls or different mixtures to add to the pan making this cheesecake super simply and a quick treat. I think from start to finish this simple and tasty cheesecake takes me about an hour to prepare. Yes, that includes mixing it up and baking. Great, right? Yes! Three cheers for simple and fast! Now I might be leading you astray a bit when I said it was so simple. Because if I am a true friend, and I aim to be…. I need to tell you that there is one complicated part of this cheesecake. Here it is….WAITING! Yes, waiting for this peanut butter piece of heaven to cool and chill for a couple of hours is no easy feat. Just ask my husband, whom I had to warn over and over “do not cut this cheesecake” before I left the house to run errands. Lol, I love him…and know him too well. Had I not warned him you guys would not have these pretty pictures to gaze upon while reading my ramblings…and sad poetry attempts. Your, welcome!

Thankfully he held out as hard as it was for him and when I returned it was chilled enough. So he was a happy man when I finally cut into it and served him up a slice or two. He says he is still a “growing boy” and needs his energy! Ha…well since I do love him so much I did reward him for his patience with a drizzle of sugar free chocolate and a squeeze of fresh whipped cream. He is still thanking me for this one a week later.

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter makes me think of…”tried and true friends”….”dreams come true”….”soul mates”….you get it right?  Well…throw them into a cheesecake form and you have a “till death do us part” kind of dessert! What? Over kill? Well…we have established before that I can be a bit of a dramatic type.  So why stop now, right? Glad we agree on that because after all these years of being me there is just no hope of changing.

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 Peanut Butter Cheesecake (Low Carb, Sugar Free, THM-S)

Oven Temp: 325                                        Servings: 8

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 16 oz of softened cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup of Peanut Flour or natural peanut butter
  •  1/2 cup Truvia or Pyure
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla
  • pinch of salt

**You can use this chart via THM if using other sweeteners. Note: I have only made this recipe with the sweetener s I mention so I am not sure how others will taste in comparison.

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cup of Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend (almond flour would work also)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Truvia or Pyure
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 stick plus 3 tsp of melted butter

Directions: In a food processor mix your dry ingredients for the crust until all incorporated then slowly drizzle in the melted butter while the processor is on. When your mixture is done it will look like moist crumbs. Pinch some between your fingers and if it holds together it is finished. Press the crust mixture into the pan you are using. I used a 9 inch Wilton tart pan but an 11×9 baking dish or cake pan will work also. Once you add your crust to the pan then press it down evenly over the dish and up the sides bit if possible. In the cake pan or baking dish don’t worry about the sides, only an even bottom crust. Blind bake the crust for about 8-10 minutes in your preheated 325 degree oven.

While your crust is blind baking toss all your filling ingredients into a clean food processor. Mix the filling ingredients well until they are very smooth and creamy. If the filling looks too thick you can add in another 1/4 cup of cream or half and half and mix again. Once your crust is out of the oven after it blind bakes pour your filling into the crust. Spread it around evenly.  Then bake your cheesecake for about 25 minutes in the 325 degree oven. You are looking for a cheesecake that does not wiggle. Pull the cheesecake out and let it cool completely. Once cooled, chill the cheesecake for a couple of hours or overnight before serving.  Optional: I like to serve mine with a little melted sugar free chocolate chips drizzled over the top and some whipped cream but it is just as delicious plain. I use Lily’s brand chocolate chips but if you are not a purist you can use SF Hershey’s chips.

 

 

 

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Bangin’ Ranch Drums (THM Recipe Review Only)

I know it has been a while since my last recipe review so I thought I would share one this week with you all. I may even try to post review more often for those interested. I always find it hepful to find reviews of food I am interested in before I try it myself.  I will try to do more recipes from the THM Cookbook as well as low carb recipes found online and Pinterest.

When I say review that is strictly what it is when it comes to the THM Cookbook, so please don’t be disappointed when the recipe is not posted.  It is copyrighted so you will need to pick up the book and flip to page 162 to find this recipe. If you don’t have the book, I really do recommend it if you like to cook and follow the THM plan. It is amazing! For the other recipes online I will share the link to that recipe for those that want to try it themselves. Now enough of my rambling and off to the review! Also, I am not paid to write these reviews, they are strictly my personal views and experiences I want to share.

THM Recipe Review by My Table of Three
These drums are a THM S and will pair nicely with non-starchy veggies or a big leafy green salad like I did here.

I knew this recipe would be a hit with my husband and son because they love the dark meat and anything ranch.  I, on the other hand, am not a huge fan of dark meat (on the bone) so I normally cook drumsticks or thighs for them and breasts or wings for myself. There is just something I can’t get past when eating dark meat on the bone. However, I do enjoy boneless thighs so that might be the route I go next time.  When using white meat I think  flavorful coating would keep the breast meat from drying out in the oven as it often does.

No mater what cut of the chicken you use there is n denying the tasty mixture they put onto the chicken is a “winner, winner, chicken dinner”.  Lol, okay corny joke, sorry I couldn’t help myself. I just wanted to make sure you know it was good.  I mean how can you go wrong with the flavors of ranch dressing.  If you don’t like ranch dressing then you I would still recommend trying this dish as it doesn’t taste anything at all like those store bought dressings you may be thinking of. The flavors are nice and mild and they help jazz up the meat nicely. My family and I love garlic and big bold flavors so I might even toss in some extra garlic and dill the next time we have this. Isn’t it great to have such a great recipe base that we can tweak and make our own? I sure think so!

Bangin' Ranch Drum Recipe Review by My Table of Three
This recipe makes enough for six lbs of drumsticks. Feeds roughly 6 to 8 people according to the recipe in the book.

This recipe is not only tasty but it can be very affordable. This week I was able to get 5lbs of drums for around $4 and any time I can feed my family protein at that cost I am excited. Naturally if you go with breast meat or the boneless thighs it will raise the cost but just watch for sales on those cuts and stock up so you have it when your ready. Another bonus of this easy dinner is that I have heard from other THM sisters that these do well as a freezer meal. I have not tried that myself as of the time of this post but plan on it soon.

My tip for an even easier recipe and clean up would be to line your baking trays or pans with aluminum foil before placing your chicken on them. This will make the pan clean up quicker.I also broiled my drumsticks at the end of the cooking time to get a little more browning on them. I think it looked more appealing than leaving them a lighter color.

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My over all opinion of this recipe is a good one and I will definitely be making it again soon but maybe on a different cut of chicken for me. I also think that it is just one more reason you should think about investing in the cookbook if you haven’t already. Do you have to have the cookbook to do Trim Healthy Mama? No, you totally don’t but it sure does make it easier when you have all the yummy recipes right at your fingertips. If you don’t have it you might check at your local library or you can pick up a new copy HERE at my WalMart affiliate link.

Recipe Review from My Tableof Three

Peanut Butter Cookies (Sugar Free, Low Carb, Gluten Free, THM S)

Cookies! I get as giddy as a young kid when I see or smell cookies baking. I know the holiday season is over and my pictures still show Christmas decor but believe me these Peanut Butter cookies are a great treat any time. Besides, I don’t think I have ever met a cookie I wouldn’t eat year around. I wanted to have this recipe out on the blog back before Christmas but with all the rush of season I simple didn’t get to it. But, I am sure you will enjoy them just as much now as you would have then. After all, they are cookies and who would ever be mad at cookies? Not this fluffy chic!

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This version of my peanut butter cookies is low carb, sugar and gluten free as well as Trim Healthy Mama S friendly. These cookies are sure to satisfy any peanut butter lover but without the off plan ingredients like sugar.

Isn’t it great that we can eat cookies as part of our journey to healthy? I feel a bit sad for those that choose an eating plan that would limit cookies though. Can you imagine?  No cookies, now way! A bit of honesty here in my next statement so be prepared.  I can become a serious grump and may seem a bit dangerous like a hungry bear when denied cookies or any dessert for that matter. Am I alone there?  Don’t worry, my family is safe from my grumpiness because Mama Bear’s cookie jar will be full!

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This cookie recipe is one I have been working on for a while and thanks to some of my local taste testers (that follow low carb and/or Trim Healthy Mama) I think I am finally happy with them. These great ladies and my husband are always willing to be my taste testers and offer great feedback on my recipes. Thank you Katie, Audrey, Leslie, Michelle, Tami and Anthony for being my taste panel!! I love our local THM support group and the friendship and encouragement we find there!

Of course my drive for perfection (no of course it is not blogger/baker OCD) will keep me working on these beauties well after I post this on the blog but I will update the recipe if I find anything amazing that I feel will make these cookies more amazing. Although being as they are peanut butter and won’t add inches to my thighs I think they are pretty close to great just as they are. I hope you guys do too. ***Update: I have now made this recipe with the Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend for those that were asking about it. They turned out great with only a few miner adjustments to the recipe. I have added this option below to the recipe section.

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One thing I just though of to try is adding chocolate chips. Oh my word, why did I not think of that until now? Chocolate and peanut butter is a classic combo that makes all my wildest food dreams come true! Wait, did I just admit I dream of food? Well at least it is a sugar and gluten free dream right? I must say since I have been blogging, I have had some pretty weird dreams about food but  I will save that for another time and post.

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Just a few more pictures to drool over… I mean browse over…lol

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For more of my silliness or yummy treats like these be sure to follow the blog and I look forward to sharing more with you this year around my little table of three.

 



Peanut Butter Cookies (LC, SF, GF and THM S)

(Yields 2-3 dozen depending on size)

  •  2 sticks of soften butter
  • 1 cup Truvia or Pyure Sweetener (if using a different sweetener you may need to adjust the amount you use here)
  • 1 tsp Molasses (optional)
  • 3/4 cup of almond flour
  • 2/3 cup of Oat Fiber
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter (I like crunchy)
  •  pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  •  1 tsp baking soda

Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend Version

  •  2 sticks of soften butter
  • 1 cup Truvia or Pyure Sweetener (if using a different sweetener you may need to adjust the amount you use here)
  • 1 tsp Molasses (optional)
  • 1 cup THM Baking Blend
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of Natural Peanut Butter (I like crunchy)
  •  pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  •  1 tsp baking soda

**Note: These cookies have a softer more cake like texture more than your full sugar and regular cookies. The Baking blend version does have a more cookie like texture.

Directions for both versions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream softened butter and sweetener in a mixing bowl until all smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time until they are all incorporated. Next add in the vanilla, Molasses, peanut butter and mix well. Lastly add in your dry ingredients to the mixer and mix until all the ingredients are mixed in evenly.  Let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before scooping the cookies out onto a sprayed cookie sheet.  Use a greased fork to press the cookies down a bit.  If you use the one inch cookie/ice cream scoop you will bake your cookies for about 12 minutes (14-16 minutes for the baking blend version, just watch closely after 14 so they don’t burn). Once you remove them from the oven, let them set on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before you move them to a cooling rack or plate.

Happy New Year! My 2015 Blog Reveiw.

Can you believe that 2015 is coming to a close tonight? I really am just sitting here googling my brain to figure out how time flies so fast! I have been so blessed over the past year and I couldn’t let today go by without posting here to wish all of you my readers a very Happy New Year. I wanted to personally thank each of you for reading my posts, putting up with my silly humor and sharing in my recipe creations.

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Yes, that is my crazy self on the right with my beautiful friend Leslie. Being silly comes to me naturally….sometimes despite my efforts to be serious.

I also know many of you have blessed myself and my family by ordering through many of my affiliate links that I share to items I love.  Each time you graciously order through those links I receive a small commission but most of all it makes me so happy that you are finding content and products here that you will love as much as I do!  I love sharing these recipes and post with you all. I hope you continue to find posts and recipes you enjoy on my blog in the upcoming new year.  I know I look forward to sharing more of my recipes and my journey to a healthier me with you.

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This little guy is the reason I am working to get healthier and shares my silly side as you can see here!

Though I deemed this post my “year in review”, I have only been blogging for the last three short months. I had been thinking of blogging for a long time but I couldn’t bring myself to picture anyone having any interest in some southern girl rambling about her love of cooking and her journey to health (yes, I know I haven’t actually shared much personal insight but it is coming in 2016). Man oh man did you guys surprise me beyond my wildest dreams!  Never did I even think for one minute when I typed my first post (September 29th, 2015) that I would ever have 10,000 visitors on my blog, much less having 15,000 views in 3 months. Yes, I just about fell out of my chair when I got my report and had to keep reviewing it to make sure my eyes were not lying to me. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for coming back post after post and sharing this journey with me! I am so super humbled and I enjoy being apart of your journey too. 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys (their words not mine…honestly lol) prepared a 2015 annual report for me and here is a small excerpt from that below. I was blown away and yet again humbled. I must say it does make me a bit nervous to know all of you are reading and I feel the pressure of putting out some great content for you guys.  I promise to work hard to bring you original posts, my tried and tested recipes and me on a plate…wait…me on a blog…oh never mind, you get the picture I am sure. One thing I can’t promise is perfection so beware.

Here’s an excerpt from that Word Press Report I mentioned above:

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”

Things I have learned on this blogging adventure so far:

  • Blogging is terrifying and hard, yet so rewarding when you get comments and emails from people that have enjoyed your posts and recipes! I love hearing from you here and via social media!
  • Blogging is not as easy as I had thought it would be. Not sure what I was thinking…or not thinking was the problem. I have tons…yes TONS to learn to grow this blog to what I want it to be for myself and for all my readers. Pray, I mean really pray for me as my brain is the brain of a tired home schooling mom covered in low carb flours. Yeah…so you get it rihgt?  Pray harder. Ha!
  • Blogging is like following my THM Diet. Yep, you heard me right a diet lol. With blogging you have to be determined and willing to learn all about what needs to be done and what not to do.  Also, I need to allow myself GRACE and know there is a learning curb here in writing as it is when we are on our dieting journey.
  • Anything that can go wrong in the kitchen will go wrong when you are cooking and trying to meet a deadline!! Oh if you could only see the disasters I have had! You just might not come back..lol. There are times I almost didn’t try again myself!
  • Lastly, I have learned that no matter how much work and learning I have to go, I love it! I will try and fail. I will have those that do not enjoy my recipes or my silly side. I will have those that say my writing is horrible, but nothing is going to keep me for going forward and growing with all of you. I do love it!

Things to come for the blog in 2016:

  • More low carb, sugar free, gluten free and Trim Healthy Mama recipes!
  • More YouTube videos on my channel that goes along with this blog.
  • Contests and product give away to show my appreciation to the readers! Stay tuned the first one is mid Jan!
  • New posts on my personal journey to health, how I do THM and maybe some on our Homeschooling.
  • Last but not least more product,recipe and book reviews. I am really excited about the books!

So there you have it my lovely friends my short blogging year in review. I know you are asking yourself “how in the world did she have so much to say about only three months of blogging?” Right? I am asking myself the same thing, but if you have stuck around long enough to read all this just know….it is always like this. Consider yourself warned.  Hey, you get what you get with is chic! Hope you like it and stick around. In closing, Happy New Year to you and your family. May your new year be full of blessing and health from our table to yours!