There are sometimes those occurrences where I have my heart set on making something for a while and plan it all out in my mind, but when it actually comes down to it, it just doesn’t turn out at all how I’d envisaged it! Recipe creating is very much hit and miss and sometimes I feel as though I test a thousand different things and end up not being completely happy with any of them.. but that’s just the way things go. Other times I’ll have a really good run and create lots of different things that taste great (I think so anyway) .. and it really is one of the most satisfying and rewarding feelings when the hours of the work pay off and I get to create something so beautiful and tasty!
Raw cheesecakes were always a slightly uneasy territory for me because they just never seemed to turn out how I wanted them to. Whether that be the flavours or (more often than not) the texture of the cheesecake filling, I just felt like I couldn’t get the hang of it. Buuuuut, I am happy to now be able to tell you that I think I’ve started to get the hang of it and now I’m creating raw cheesecakes left right and centre- there are a few more on their way, so don’t you go anywhere!
Anyway, onto the matter in hand: this raw peanut buttercup cheesecake! So, for my first cheesecake experiment, there obviously had to be two of my favourite things involved: chocolate and peanut butter! Peanut butter cups are one of my favourite chocolately little treats and something that I absolutely love to make, so you can only imagine how I would feel about and entire peanut butter cup cake! Like a whole cake.. that tastes like a peanut butter cup?! Not only that, but I’ve also gone that little bit further and added some actual homemade peanut butter cups, raw peanut butter fudge balls AND raw chocolate drizzle on top. I might have gone just a little bit OTT here, but these cakes are just so much fun to make and would be perfect for a special occasion like a birthday!
So, something else that I wanted to touch on in this post.. how healthy are all of these ‘healthy cakes’ or whatever you want to call them? Well, obviously what I’m about to say is just my opinion and how I see things but, yes, I do personally think that these cakes are better for you than eating a regular sugary and highly processed cake for a number of reasons. Firstly, these have been home made, so you know exactly what ingredients are going into the mix and also that they are all natural like nuts, coconut oil and dried fruit! Yes, these things do still contain sugar and calories, so should not be consumed in excess, but if I do want to have a treat, eating something like this tends to make me feel a lot better internally and provides some sort of nutrient value, like: healthy fats from the nuts and coconut oil. Basically, I’m not saying that because this is a healthier cake you should eat it in stead of your regular meals, but if I do want to have a treat and indulge a little, then this is perfect for just those occasions.
Anyway, I really enjoy making these cakes and getting all fancy when it comes to the decorating part, so I hope that you love the recipe and enjoy it too!