Skinny Low Carb Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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Virtually sugar free as well, this cheesecake will ROCK your socks off! Who knew you could lose weight eating peanut butter cheesecake?!

I think I shared with you a while back that my husband became a pastor this year in July. It’s been so much fun to be on this journey together! I’m proud that I get to say his sermon this past week really spoke to me. 
He preached on the Holy Spirit. The Bible describes the Holy Spirit as our Comforter, or more accurately, our Advocate. Interesting though, our advocate against what/who? Sin, evil in this world, of course. But also, and most importantly, against ourselves. Against the internal dialogue that says we’re not loved. We’re not good enough. We’re not worth it. And OH MAN is that me. Mainly how I’m a sub par mom and how I always have a few pounds to lose. 
While I’ve never been really heavy, well besides pregnancy (ha), I’ve always yo-yo’d my weight. Even when I was a kid in dance school, some years I felt really good about myself on stage wearing my dance costumes and other years… well I remember being stressed and embarrassed at having to squeeze into them. Through those years and into middle, high school, and now in adulthood there’s for sure one thing that I’ve learned concerning my weight.
I’ve been entirely TOO HARD on myself.
I remember telling my sister when we were together at Christmas how I was looking through some pictures of myself a few years ago that my husband had taken of me helping out in our church’s Children’s Ministry department. I looked wonderful in those pictures and yet I remember that morning like it was yesterday – those dressy jeans were too tight, I kept picking at my shirt, and just being overall not happy with the status of my weight.
I mean you think I could have been proud of myself for using my talent and gifts in teaching to instruct these kids in the most important truth in life: that Jesus loves them. That they’re worth it to Him.
You know what? He loves me too. I am worth it to Him. Why can’t I be enough for myself?
It’s a challenge daily to see myself the way he sees me. Will you join me? Because you may not have realized until this moment, but insanely loved by God and you are SO worth it to Him. :)

This cheesecake… OH MAN. My love for cheesecake is insane. But I definitely don’t love how bloated and sick it makes me feel after eating the classic version. The crust in this Skinny Low Carb Peanut Butter Cheesecake uses almond flour. You could buy some premade (they carry Bob’s Red Mill brand in Walmart) or you could just grind some almonds up yourself. I choose to use Truvia as my sweetener of choice, I really like that it is granular just like regular sugar. Yum!

Skinny Low Carb Peanut Butter Cheesecake

 
Crust Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup almond flour (or finely ground almonds)
1 tablespoon Truvia
Cheesecake Filling Ingredients:
8 oz package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
8 oz package cream cheese (regular), softened
1/2 cup Truvia
1 1/2 cups all natural peanut butter
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
 low fat Reddi-whip (optional)
 dark chocolate shavings (optional)

Cooking Directions
Combine melted butter, almond flour, and Truvia for crust. Press into a spring form pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool completely.
In a medium bowl, beat softened cream cheese, Truvia, and peanut butter until smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.
On low speed, add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture until well blended.
Spread evenly into cooled crust.
Refrigerate at least two hours before serving. Garnish with Reddi-whip and chocolate shavings as desired. (this is a Trim Healthy Mama S)
recipe adapted from Growing Home

 

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