Skinny peanut butter and chocolate cheesecakes

Cheesecake!!

My guilty pleasure just got a little less guilty and whole lot more pleasurable! These little suckers are super low calorie (only 110 calories each!!) but taste like they could be made with all full fat ingredients!

This recipe is so versatile too! If you don’t like peanut butter, you can definitely substitute lemon juice or melted chocolate (or whatever!!) to make it to your liking.

Ingredients
11 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
6 oz non-fat Greek yogurt (I used plain, but vanilla will work too)
1/4 cup sugar (I used Truvia, but any sugar you like will be fine)
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 Tbl flour
3 Tbl PB2 (if you can’t find this, regular peanut butter will work – just use 2 Tbl)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and add 1 Tablespoon of the crushed cookies to each cupcake liner. With a spoon or your fingers, pack crumbs down to form a crust.

In a bowl, mix together cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in yogurt, vanilla and egg and blend until combined. Mix in flour and PB2 just until combined. Be careful not to over mix at this point. Spoon mixture into cupcake pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate for a few hours.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

Why?

Why did I make these?

I now have 12 cupcakes sitting on my counter that need to be consumed. 12 amazingly delicious, totally guilty, rich and decadent chocolate peanut butter cupcakes.

Well, actually now that I am writing this, there are three left. Oops.

I should feel bad. But I don’t. I feel awesome. These are awesome. You are awesome if you make them.

What a great way to start off your weekend. Had a good week at work? Treat yourself to cupcakes. Graduating soon? Cupcakes. Need a chocolate fix? These are for you.

You’re welcome.

Ingredients

Cupcakes
from Chocolate Covered Katie

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbls corn starch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup yogurt (I used Greek)
3 Tbls canola oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Combine all dry ingredients. Add all of the wet ingredients to the dry. Be careful not to over mix. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

Peanut butter frosting

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 stick butter at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and blend with a electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.

Enjoy!!!

Happy Birthday!!

Today, one of the most special people in my life is celebrating a birthday. Even though we could’t be together for this special day, I wanted to do something for it anyways. I made these tiramisu cupcakes for my mom because she makes the most AMAZING tiramisu. These cupcakes don’t really do her’s justice, but they are pretty tasty.

Mom, you are an inspiration and have set such a wonderful example for me. I wish we could be together today to celebrate your birthday, but we will be seeing each other soon!

Go and do something special for yourself today – and while I eat these cupcakes, I’ll be thinking of you. 😉