Nut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake

As many of you can attest, there’s no shortage of peanut butter here at BoB. But, one thing I’ve somehow never done is make my own peanut butter. Recently, however, I received one very good reason to change that: a Vitamix.

I decided to go one step further and make a mixed nut butter using peanuts, pecans, and cashews. My Vitamix made it so simple! I tend to like things the way I like them, and I love getting to customize the nut butter with different nuts.

I used my homemade nut butter as inspiration for a cheesecake. And, I really couldn’t be happier with the result. There are so many reasons to love this cheesecake. The flavor is wonderful. The texture is so smooth and creamy. And, maybe best of all, it’s so simple to make.

Nut butter, chocolate, and cream cheese are the perfect dessert combination in this Nut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake!

Including my wonderful homemade nut butter, I used my new Vitamix three separate times to make this cheesecake. I made both cookie crumbs for the crust and whipped cream for the filling in mere seconds. The best part might be how simple it is to clean. Some water and a little soap, and this thing cleans itself. How great is that?

I must confess that when the lovely folks at Vitamix offered to send me one of their beauties to try, I was excited but not overly so. I’ve had blenders before, so I thought I knew what to expect. But, this is not your ordinary blender. We very quickly became enamored with it. In the last few weeks, we’ve made everything from soups to smoothies to hot chocolate!

And, I’m so excited to be able to give one of you your very own Vitamix! Scroll past the recipe for all the details.

Nut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Nut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 6 ounces chocolate wafers*
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • For the Mixed Nut Butter:**
  • 2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup roasted pecans
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews
  • For the filling:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup mixed nut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • For the topping:
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed nuts
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Instructions

To make the crust:

Place about 1/4 of the cookies in the Vitamix container and secure the lid. Select Variable 1 and slowly increase to Variable 4 or 5 until cookies are ground. Transfer crumbs to a medium bowl. Repeat with batches of remaining cookies.

Combine cookie crumbs, butter, and sugar. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan. Place in refrigerator.

To make the Mixed Nut Butter:

Place peanuts, pecans, and cashews in the Vitamix container.

Select Variable 1. Turn on and slowly increase to Variable 10, and then to High.***

Blend for 1 minute, using the tamper to press the ingredients down toward the blades, or until desired consistency.

To make the filling:

Place cream cheese, measured nut butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until well-blended and smooth.

Place cream in the Vitamix container and secure the lid. Select Variable 1. Slowly increase to Variable 10 and then to High. Blend for 12 seconds.

Gently fold whipped cream into filling mixture.

Transfer filling to prepared crust. Smooth evenly. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

To make the topping:

Combine nuts and chocolate chips in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the cheesecake.

Run a knife around the inside of the pan before removing the sides of the pan.

Notes

*I used Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers.

**If using unsalted nuts, you may want to add salt to taste. The Mixed Nut Butter recipe will yield about 1 & 3/4 cups of nut butter. Store remainder in an airtight container.

***Take it slowly with the nut butter. If the pitch suddenly changes, it’s possible that some air has become trapped under the mixture. Use the tamper to get things mixing again or turn off the blender and start back at Variable 1 and slowly increase.

Mixed Nut Butter recipe and whipped cream method adapted from Vitamix.

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2014/02/nut-butter-no-bake-cheesecake/


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34 Comments

  1. oni February 27, 2014 Reply

    tried to sign up for newsletter and email updates but the links just sent me here http://eepurl.com/sKSiD. an error screen……

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry February 27, 2014 Reply

      The links works when I click it. Maybe try it again? If you still have problems, scroll to the bottom of the page for sign-up links under “Stay Connected.”

  2. Natalie @ Paper & Birch February 27, 2014 Reply

    Wow, this looks delicious!

  3. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken February 27, 2014 Reply

    The cheesecake looks amazing. I can’t believe it is no-bake. Love it. Pinned!!

  4. woah, this looks amazing! I love that you made a mixed nut butter – how much tastier is that!? I’ve been wanting a Vitamix for this reason… *crossing fingers* ;)

  5. cheri February 27, 2014 Reply

    Oh my goodness this looks wonderful. Pretty impressive that your making your own nut butter. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Julianne February 27, 2014 Reply

    I’d love to try some homemade nut butters!!

  7. Jan February 27, 2014 Reply

    I would love to make hot soups,nut butters,ice cream and everything else imaginable!

  8. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 27, 2014 Reply

    Oh wow you made a mixed nut butter, I love it! And then used it in this cheesecake, Which I am even more in love with.

  9. Kelli W. February 27, 2014 Reply

    For starters, I’d make this cheesecake with a new Vitamix!

  10. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 27, 2014 Reply

    Holy Cow. This is amazing!

  11. suzanne February 27, 2014 Reply

    Mmmmm, nut butter, what a great inspiration -where else can I use nut butter?? I’ll have to start looking right away. Thanks for the great idea, Ms. McHenry

  12. Stephanie February 28, 2014 Reply

    I love my Vitamix. Thanks so much for giving me a decadent recipe to use it for! My husband and son don’t love peanuts so I’ll just use other nuts and customize my own nut butter as well.

  13. Ellen@BakeItWithBooze February 28, 2014 Reply

    Wow! I love, love, love cheesecake…Just might need to make this one and add some “spirits”. Thank you!

  14. April Montoya Vaverka February 28, 2014 Reply

    I didn’t even know you could make nut butters in a vitamix…now I really want one!

  15. Cindia February 28, 2014 Reply

    Looks delish! Love Vitamix!

  16. Birdiebee February 28, 2014 Reply

    I would use it to make smoothies, juices and primarily, for soups that I love to make 3-4 days per week. This would work wonders for me.

  17. Bonnie March 1, 2014 Reply

    Can’t wait to try this cheesecake sounds delightful!

  18. Kristi @ MSFK March 1, 2014 Reply

    Great giveaway, and beautiful cheesecake! I recently made my own PB for the first time too, it was so yummy! I wish I had a vitamix though!

  19. Tracy | Pale Yellow March 2, 2014 Reply

    Love the idea of mixed nut butter, so yummy!

  20. Joanne March 2, 2014 Reply

    I am SO dying for a vitamix!! I have wanted one for ages…and even more so now that I’ve seen this cheesecake!

  21. carole March 2, 2014 Reply

    I”d make any kind of cheesecake…………

  22. meredith March 3, 2014 Reply

    I would use it for smoothies and soups

  23. Susan P March 3, 2014 Reply

    I receive your recipe updates via email, however, I didn’t see any place to sign up for a newsletter. Are they the same?

  24. vanillasugarblog March 4, 2014 Reply

    I hope you can include me in the giveaway.
    Those rafficopters things sign me up for so much spam mail, that I wanted to do it here, If not no worries.
    Would LOVE a Vitamix. The money I spend on those Blue Print juices kills my wallet! Juicing is such a great way to exceptional health.
    Wonderful giveaway!

  25. MARY WOOLLARD March 5, 2014 Reply

    Oh my gosh this looks soooooo good. Im celiac but I love good recipes!!! Ill have to make this with a gluten free crust, cheesecake is one of my favorites! thanks for the recipe, and the opportunity to win a Vitamix!

  26. Linda Aljoffery March 6, 2014 Reply

    I really want to attempt to make this.Unfortunately, it is difficult to find Nabisco famous chocolate wafers in my country. Can you pls suggest a good substitute? Thank you.

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry March 6, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Linda. I’ve used other simple chocolate cookies when I’ve not been able to find the Nabisco wafers. Oreos, with or without the filling, would also work. Or, chocolate graham crackers would be a good substitute.

  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!

  28. DONNA COSTELLO March 6, 2014 Reply

    i would love this and the mixer would be a great win…Cheese cake yum.

  29. Joyce Johnson April 13, 2014 Reply

    Hi Jennifer!
    Love, love love your blog… :)
    Can you recommend a Vitamix container, I would like to purchase one for mainly dry ingredients, like making your yummy cookies!
    and while you’re at it, one for liquid… for example protein shakes, smoothies! I went to Vitamix’s website and was a little overwhelmed.

    Best,
    JJ

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry April 14, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Joyce. I have a 62-ounce container and a 32-ounce dry container.

  30. Elsa L April 15, 2014 Reply

    i love my Vitamix!! This recipe looks fabulous. Cant wait to give it a try.

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