Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Parfaits

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pumpkin and peanut butter cheesecake parfaitI am always on the go juggling working full time from home, driving kids to soccer practice and horseback riding and traveling to conferences or press trips.  I know I should get more rest but the truth is I usually don’t get to sleep 8 hours a day and when the afternoon comes around my energy is gone.  The same happens with the kids, by the time they get off the bus at 3pm they are exhausted.  To get everyone’s energy up we all have an afternoon snack and I have found that there are foods that really recharge our energy and one of them is peanuts.

pumpkin and peanut butter cheesecake parfait

Just a couple of  a spoon fulls  of peanut butter in a smoothie, added to oatmeal in the morning or as a dip for celery or bananas provides a energy that lasts for hours. And it’s no wonder because peanuts have more energy boosting protein than any other nut, a whooping 7 grams per serving! Coupled with their more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients, peanuts are real superfood. Not only that but peanuts and peanut butter are really affordable so you get a great value when you buy peanuts: a nutritious super food that delivers lots of bang for your buck! Something else that I love about peanuts and peanut butter is that you can use them to cook everything from soups and meats, to smoothies and desserts.

pumpkin and peanut butter cheesecake

I live in Florida and we don’t really get nice cool weather or beautiful fall colors around here but what we can enjoy are the delicious flavors of the season, so to celebrate fall I decided to make a recipe using peanut butter and pumpkin: a peanut butter and pumpkin cheesecake parfait.  This no bake dessert was delicious, so easy to make and the perfect source of energy for my family.

 

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pumpkin and peanut butter cheesecake
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Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Parfaits
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Author: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz
Ingredients
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree or 1 small can
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • 1/4 chopped peanuts
  • Chopped peanuts for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, blend together 1 package cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. Add pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor or blender, blend together cream cheese, sour cream, peanut butter and 1 cup confectioner’s sugar. Set aside.
  4. Mix graham cracker crumbs, chopped nuts and 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  5. Layer ingredients in desired serving dishes as follows: graham cracker mix, pumpkin cheesecake , peanut butter cheesecake and then the whipped cream. If you have enough space you can layer twice ending with whipped cream.
  6. Sprinkle chopped peanuts for garnish.
  7. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

I love that this dessert has so many layers and textures: the crunchy graham cracker and peanut mix at the bottom and the chopped peanut garnish, the smooth pumpkin cheesecake followed, the sweet and fluffy whipped cream and the rich peanut butter cheesecake. These where big and the kids finished them in no time while I found myself licking the last of the peanut butter cheesecake off the spoon.

pumpkin and peanut butter cheesecakeYou can visit the National Peanut Board website for more information and for great peanut and peanut butter recipes. What is your favorite recipe using peanuts or peanut butter?

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70 thoughts on “Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Parfaits

  1. These would be perfect for Thanksgiving!! Yeah, too early to be thinking about it but it will be hosted at my house….so I have to start planning, yikes!

  2. I definitely pinned this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with us. It looks delicious and yummy. It doesn’t sound very difficult either.

  3. mmm this looks so good. something that I would def. make. I love the glass bowl it’s in. makes it look even better. the whole family would enjoy this.

  4. This looks so good! I love anything pumpkin, and anything cheesecake. Together, what an awesome combo! Thanks for the recipe! :))

  5. This looks really good. I love peanut butter & so does my husband this would make the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. Might just have to jot down this recipe (: Thanks for sharing it

  6. My whole family loves peanut butter so I think this will definitely be a winner in my house. I can’t wait to make this!

  7. I honestly would have never thought to put pumpkin and peanut butter together, but oh wow do these look delicious! And so pretty- Id love to serve these at the holidays this year!

  8. What a pleasing combination this parfait presents. I love both pumpkin and peanut butter but never thought of turning them into an awesome dessert. I’ve yet to hear about pumpkin being bad for us and peanut butter truly is a super-food, Excellent job.

  9. The pumpkin and peanut butter cheesecake parfait looks delicious. I may give tat a try before Thanksgiving so I can make sure I can really make it. Thanks for all the great recipes.

  10. I think I may try this and serve this on Thanksgiving. These look really good. Thanks for sharing. I’m also pinning it.

  11. This dessert recipe is great. It looks as delicious as I am sure it tastes. It is a great dessert for the fall season.

  12. Wow that looks so nummy! This holiday season is going to be tough for me as I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I am not on medication as the Drs want me to manage it with better eating habits and exercise.

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