The past two “Dessert for Breakfast” Posts have both been kind of fruity, so here’s one that’s extra indulgent and literally fruitless. Not that your effort to enjoy it will be fruitless, because it turned out quite amazing. But there is no fruit involved in today’s decadent creation. Just intense chocolate, sassy cream cheese, and sweet mini peanut butter cups.
You’ve heard of cheesecake brownies, brownie cheesecake, peanut butter cup cheesecake, peanut butter cup brownies… but has anyone ever heard of a peanut butter cup cheesecake brownie? I tried combining three of the most rich desserts into one…and making it healthy enough for breakfast as well. I’d say I was successful. This recipe only makes enough for one person, and really only a taste, but a taste is enough as it is rich and super-indulgent-tasting for the A.M. In terms of health benefits, this recipe is healthy because the cocoa and peanut butter provide fiber, and the agave sweetener has a lower in glycemic index than sugar. It may not be quite as healthy as bran cereal, but it is a small indulgence that pays off in the ling run: if someone were to offer you a huge wedge of cheesecake brownie later in the day, you would not even feel like it and it would be easy to say no due to your earlier taste of cheesecake brownie. As I stated previously, sometimes a taste is just right.
This is rich and delicious enough to be a dessert. The brownie part is not too sweet, but this is balanced out perfectly by the peanut butter cups. Come on, this is an excuse to eat candy for breakfast! What are you waiting for?
Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Brownie
based on this recipe from realmomkitchen.com
makes one serving
- 1 tbl unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp organic raw agave syrup
- 1/2 tbl Peanut Butter & Co. brand Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
- 1/2 tbl warm water
for cream cheese swirl
- 1 Laughing Cow light creamy Swiss spreadable cheese triangle
- 1 tsp agave
- 5 Reece’s brand mini peanut butter cups
Directions: In a little microwaveable mug or bowl, combine 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 tsp agave, 1/2 tablespoon chocolate peanut butter, and 1/2 tablespoon water. Mix until all dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated into the wet ingredients.
In another little bowl, combine the Laughing Cow cheese and 1 tsp agave. Gently use a spoon to mush the cheese triangle into the agave and mix.
Pour the cheese mixture into the brownie batter mixture and swirl around.
Microwave brownie for 30 seconds. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate until cool. (I refrigerated overnight.)
To serve, remove foil and top with mini peanut butter cups.
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