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Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe

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This peanut butter cream cheese brownie recipe is layered with delicious peanut butter cheesecake swirls and stuffed with fudgy chocolate chunks!

One of the most popular dessert recipes all around the world is definitely brownies. They’re easy to prepare, really delicious, and quite simple to create. 

The most amazing thing is that this peanut butter cream cheese brownie recipe is low-carb and keto-friendly!

I knew I wanted to recreate those flavors of mouth-watering and delectable fudgy brownies in a low-carb, sugar-free version since I’ve been on a keto diet. These keto peanut butter and cream cheese brownies are absolutely delicious! 

They keep well and maybe wrapped individually if needed, making them ideal for making ahead of time for social occasions.

It’s a recipe for keto peanut butter and cream cheese brownies, since who doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate together? As far as I’m concerned, these two were meant to be best friends!

Do I sound wrong? Don’t you think there are some flavors that were just meant to be together? It’s as though they enhance each other’s flavor profiles to bring out the best in each other.

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter has always appealed to me.

The cream cheese in the peanut butter swirl adds extra fudginess to these keto peanut butter fudge brownies. Cream cheese adds extra moistness to these peanut butter brownies while also enhancing the flavor.

The almond flour base in this recipe is flavored with melted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and erythritol as a sweetener. The keto peanut butter cream cheese swirls are sweet and flavorful. 

They’re the most effective approach to satisfy your sweet desire without consuming too much sugar or carbohydrates.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe Ingredients:

This dish is a variation of the traditional cream cheese brownies. I prepared a peanut butter cheesecake layer instead of a traditional cream cheese layer swirled into the brownies. To create these simple keto brownies, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Brownie:

Peanut Butter Cheesecake:

  • 5 oz cream cheese, softened 

  • 3 tbsp unsweetened creamy peanut butter 

  • 1 egg, room temperature 

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tbsp liquid stevia 

 Topping:

  • 40 g (1/2 bar) Extra Dark Chocolate Bar chunks

Almond flour:

This ingredient is used in the dry ingredients for preparing the batter of the keto peanut butter and cream cheese brownies. It’s low in carbohydrates, high in nutrients, and somewhat sweeter in flavor. 

Almond flour has a nutty taste and is simple to work with. In most recipes, you can simply use an equivalent amount of almond flour instead of wheat flour. 

According to Healthline, 1 ounce (28 grams) of almond flour contains 5.6 grams of carbs, 163 calories, and 14.2 grams of fat (9 of which are monounsaturated). Vitamin E, a group of fat-soluble chemicals that function as antioxidants in your body, is particularly abundant in almond flour. Another component plentiful in almond flour is magnesium. 

It’s involved in a number of bodily functions and may have a number of advantages, including better blood sugar regulation, reduced insulin resistance, and lower blood pressure.

Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate Bar:

The most decadent part of the wet ingredients of keto peanut butter and cream cheese brownie batter is the melted Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate Bar which gives a delicate texture and fudginess to this recipe. 

We will be using melted Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate Bar for this purpose and its chunks to top off the brownies. 

You can use milk chocolate as well but we are using Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate Bar because it has no added sugar, it is gluten-free, is Non-GMO Verified, and Fair Trade Certified.

Dark Chocolate Chunks:

Adding dark chocolate chunks on top of your brownie batter before putting it in the oven will give a very scrumptious and silky texture to every bite of your brownie. 

This makes the brownies fudgier and mouth-watering. The chunks melt while baking and ooze into the batter resulting in the perfect luscious texture.

Erythritol:

To sweeten the peanut butter brownie cheesecake recipe, we will use erythritol. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, which means it belongs to a group of chemicals known as sugar alcohols. 

According to Healthline.com, it contains only 0.24 calories per gram. Even though it only has 6% of the calories of sugar, it still has 70% of the sweetness

Erythritol is made in large-scale manufacture when yeast ferments glucose from maize or wheat starch. Erythritol looks to be a good sugar substitute for those who are overweight, diabetic, or have other difficulties connected to metabolic syndrome.

Butter:

To bind the peanut butter brownie cheesecake recipe batter firmly, we will use melted butter in our recipe. 

A tablespoon of butter contains 0.01 grams of carbs, 11.52 grams of fats, and 102 calories. It is recommended to consume butter in moderation so we will only be using half a cup of it in our recipe.

Unsweetened cocoa powder:

The cocoa powder will be added to the dry ingredient for the brownie batter and we are using the unsweetened one because we got to keep an eye on those carbs while enjoying the sweet kick from these brownies!

According to WebMD, a quarter of a cup of cocoa powder contains 12 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fats, and only 49 calories. Iron, zinc, selenium, and magnesium are just a few of the minerals found in cocoa powder.

Theobromine, found in cocoa powder, helps to reduce inflammation and protects against diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Iron, zinc, and selenium are all found in cocoa powder. These minerals support your body’s functions while also boosting your immune system.

Magnesium is necessary for muscle contraction regulation and neuronal function. In addition, the mineral protects nerve cells and lowers the risk of neurological illnesses. Because cocoa powder includes magnesium, it can aid in the maintenance of good muscular and neurological system function.

Eggs:

Eggs are used as emulsifiers or easily speaking as a binder because eggs are both fat (yolks) and protein (whites), putting them into brownie batter aids in binding the fat elements with the other ingredients.

To put it another way, eggs bind oil to water and prevent them from separating while baking. A large egg typically has 77 calories, 6 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and trace carbohydrate levels.

Liquid stevia:

This ingredient is used in the peanut butter cheesecake mixture. Nutritionix.com says that a teaspoon of liquid stevia contains 0 grams of fats, 0 amount of cholesterol, and 2.3 grams of carbs.

Cream cheese:

One of the two core ingredients of the peanut butter cheesecake batter is cream cheese. 

An ounce (28 grams) of regular cream cheese contains 2 grams of carbs, 10 grams of fat, and 99 calories. Cream cheese is rich in fat and has a low carbohydrate and protein content. 

It’s high in vitamin A and has a small amount of riboflavin (vitamin B2).

Unsweetened peanut butter:

The core flavoring ingredient of the peanut butter cheesecake batter is creamy unsweetened peanut butter. According to Healthline, a 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion of peanut butter contains 22 grams of carbs and 51 grams of fat.

Keto Peanut Butter and Cream Cheese Swirl:

The batter of the peanut butter cheesecake is going to be used in the design of swirls after scooping it in the brownie batter. These peanut butter cream cheese swirls look absolutely eye-catching and beautiful making you drool over these delicacies even more!

How to make the perfect swirl?

Swirl the peanut butter topping into the brownie batter with a thin knife to marble it. To make circular vertical zig-zags from one side of the pan to the other, swirl your butter knife through the batter. 

In the opposite way, repeat the swirling pattern. To make a chain-shaped swirl in a square pan, swirl opposing zig-zags all the way around the pan

Resist the impulse to make a zillion swirls; the more swirls you make, the less marbled the cake will seem, and the more it will look like a jumble when you slice it.

Vanilla extract:

A dash of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor of the peanut butter brownie cheesecake recipe.

Baking soda:

For this Peanut butter brownie cheesecake recipe, baking soda is used as a leavening agent.

Instructions:

These keto peanut butter and cream cheese brownies are very easy and simple to make. The method includes preparing the brownie and peanut butter and cheesecake batter and just assembling them and baking it. 

Follow the instructions below!

Preparing the brownie batter:

Mix all the dry ingredients which are almond flour, cocoa powder, erythritol, and baking powder, and all the wet ingredients including melted butter, melted Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate Bar, eggs, and vanilla extract for the brownie batter separately. 

The next step is to incorporate both these mixtures to combine into one batter.

Preparing the peanut butter cheesecake:

For preparing the peanut butter cheesecake, mix the softened cream cheese, unsweetened creamy peanut butter, egg, vanilla extract, and liquid stevia in a small bowl until properly incorporated into a smooth mixture.

Prepare an 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper. Scoop the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan leaving random open areas. Scoop peanut butter cheesecake batter into open areas. 

With a butter knife, insert and drag in a zigzag motion left to right and top to bottom until a swirl forms. Top it with Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate Bar chunks and place in the preheated oven at 350F / 175C for 35 minutes or until the center is set. 

Let it cool for 30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Share Your Results! 

I hope you enjoy making this keto peanut butter cream cheese swirl brownie recipe as much as I did. If you make this recipe, please let me know how it turned out! 

I absolutely love to see your creations! If you happen to make one of the recipes, would really love to see it! Just use the hashtag #sweetketolife, tag me on @sweetketolife, or just let me know by comment!

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Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe

Yaidy Santiago
This Peanut butter cream cheese brownie recipe is layered with delicious peanut butter cheesecake swirls and stuffed with fudgy chocolate chunks!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine gluten free, keto, low carb, refined sugar free
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

Brownie:

  • 5 tbsp melted butter
  • 40 g (1/2 bar) Extra Dark Chocolate Bar, melted
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup erythritol or monkfruit sweetener

Peanut Butter Cheesecake:

  • 5 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp liquid stevia

 Topping: 

  • 40 g (1/2 bar) Extra Dark Chocolate Bar chunks

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F / 175C. Prepare an 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk wet ingredients (melted butter, melted Lily's Extra Dark Chocolate Bar, 3 eggs, vanilla extract) until well combined.
  • Add dry ingredients (almond flour, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, and erythritol/ monkfruit sweetener) and whisk until fully incorporated.
  • For the peanut butter cheesecake, mix all ingredients into a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  • Scoop brownie batter into the prepared baking pan leaving random open areas. Scoop peanut butter cheesecake batter into open areas. With a butter knife, insert and drag in a zigzag motion left to right and top to bottom until a swirl forms.
  • Top it with Lily's Extra Dark Chocolate Bar chunks and place in the oven for 35 minutes or until the center is set. Let it cool for 30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!
Keyword baked, barra de chocolate, brownie, cheesecake, chocolate chunk, peanut butter
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Yaidy Santiago

Former collegiate volleyball player that loves to cook and try new healthy recipes. My boyfriend and I follow a strict keto diet and I challenge myself to make delicious low-carb foods that we both enjoy every day!

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