A low carb, gluten free peanut butter king cake cheesecake bar recipe with simple ingredients the entire family is sure to love.
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It’s about that time to start planning when and where we are going to park our cars for the parades! Get those purple, green, and gold shirts on as we are ready to pile on those long beads.
What was the first Mardi Gras parade you ever attended?
Growing up in Houma, LA, I can’t tell you the first parade I went to because more than likely I was in diapers. I can tell you the first parade of each season I would attend was the Krewe of Hercules. I distinctly remember the parade was on a Friday night, and some years, I was wearing shorts, and other years, I was bundled from head to toe.
Arriving home, I was ready to have my slice of King Cake (my favorite was always Cannata’s King Cake ,and I wonder if that will ever change. Even though my fabulous friends at Randazzo do ship their amazing king cakes, I always long for my favorite from Cannata’s.
While I grew up going to parades, this experience was very new for my Yankee husband (ok, he is from the Midwest), Greg. His first parade took him to the Krewe of Highland in Shreveport.
15 years and 2 kids later we are ready to attend some family friendly parades, and just as we have various parades to attend we have ton of different king cake flavors we can purchase.
A few weeks ago I went to the drawing board to develop various king cakes and started with my Low Net Carb King Cake Bread Pudding, continuing to my Low Carb King Cake Cheesecake Bars. The Krewe of Skinny Louisiana continuing this trend with our Low Carb Peanut Butter King Cake Cheese Cake Bars.
I love King Cake. I love peanut butter. Let’s combine the 2 flavors!
Peanut butter in it self is incredibly popular, from our love of a spoonful from the jar, or in peanut butter fudge, so it naturally sounds like it would be perfect in our Low Carb Peanut Butter King Cake Cheesecake Bars.
Low Carb Peanut Butter King Cake Cheesecake Bars Ingredients
Where to Shop for Low Carb Ingredients
Many of you know my love of Drug Emporium stores. Not only does Drug Emporium have amazing prices (often the cheapest in town), I work with this amazing company in putting on Low Carb Food Demonstrations and product selection for shelves. All my items in the recipes are from Drug Emporium. No Drug Emporium in your town? No worries, I have the links for where to purchase online!
Low Carb Ingredient Substitutions in our Low Carb Peanut Butter King Cake Cheesecake
With any dessert, flour is the basic ingredient. It serves several purposes, mainly as a thickening agent and to hold the wet ingredients together. Flour in the low carb and low net carb world makes us cringe since whole wheat flour has 21 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber per 1/4 cup serving. Enter almond flour! Almond flour is made of almonds that have been ground to a fine texture. It is a gluten-free, keto-friendly, grain-free food and contains approximately 5-6 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup. Don’t panic over the carbs, almond flour has approximately 3 grams of fiber giving this flour a net carb of 3 per serving. And please don’t panic over the fat. Remember nuts are the fats we want to include in our diet. I do enjoy cooking with almond flour, but I personally feel due to it’s heavier texture, almond flour works best in bars, brownies, and muffins as well as in my batters for my vegetables and meats in the air-fryer. The type of almond flour does matter. Make sure to use super-fine almond flour from balanced almonds. We used Bob’s Mill Almond Flour in this recipe. You can purchase online here!
Sugar is used to add sweetness to our dessert recipes. While a spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, at 4 grams of carbs per teaspoon, a low carb sugar alternative is needed. One of my favorite sugar replacer is Swerve. Swerve is a keto friendly sugar replacer and taste amazing. Kick those old blue and pink packets good-bye and pick up this New Orleans product. In this recipe we used 3 types of Swerve, granular, brown, and confectioners.
Swerve granular is an amazing keto sugar replacer in baked goods, while our Swerve confectioners sugar replaces powdered sugar in items such as dips and frostings. Swerve brown sugar replacer is used in our filling.
Can’t find Swerve at your store? It’s always available online!
While my fabulous keto friends will keep the full-fat versions of cream cheese (please do if you are following keto), I used a light cream cheese to keep the calories down in this dish (yes, I look at calories). No fear, light cream cheese does not have any added sugar. Light cream cheese is a healthy alternative to cream cheese with 35 calories tablespoon compared to 51 calories in 1 tablespoon of cream cheese.
No all peanut butters are equal! While many of us love peanut butter as a snack, we have to be very careful in the type we select. Many of our peanut butters have added sugars. Look for a peanut butter with no added sugar. For a keto friendly dish, use almond butter.
We love eggs in the Skinny Louisiana kitchen. Eggs offer us an amazing source of protein. No replacement needed in our eggs.
Yes, the recipe does call for butter. Under any circumstances, we do not use margarine in the Skinny Louisiana kitchen. We are quite mindful of the amount of butter we use, never using more than we need.
A low carb milk alternative is Fairlife milk. Fairlife milk not only taste amazing, but is ultra-filtrated thus taking the carb count from twelve to six and is lactose free. The ultra filtration process increase the protein in the product. Taste? Amazing! Fairlife milk is a staple in the Skinny Louisiana house and works amazing in all our low carb recipes. You can find Fairlife milk in the milk section of most supermarkets.
How to Make Low Carb Peanut Butter King Cake Cheesecake Bars
Start with a Hand Mixer
While I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer, you can easily use a hand mixer.
Steps for Dough Layers.
In a large bowl (or in mixer bowl), combine water, butter, sour cream, vanilla, egg, egg yolk, and butter. Beat with mixer on low for 2 minutes. Turn mixer on low and slowly add almond flour, Swerve, salt, and baking powder. Beat on low until combined, about 2 minutes. Place aside.
Steps of Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layers.
In a small bowl combine cream cheese, peanut butter, and Swerve. Beat with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes. Place aside.
Steps for Baking.
Preheat oven to 325. Line 8 x 8 pan with non-stick aluminum foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Using a spatula, scoop 1/2 flour mixture and spread in pan. Layer with peanut butter cream cheese mixture. Layer with remaining almond flour mixture. Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and cool.
Once our dish has cooled, we can make our simple glaze frosting with Swerve confectioners sugar and Fairlife milk. For fun we made purple, green, and gold colored Swerve sugars and sprinkled on top. To make this, place a tablespoon of Swerve granular sugar in a ziploc bag. Add 1-2 drops of food coloring. Mix.
Low Carb Peanut Butter King Cake Cheesecake Bars
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
3 tbsp. butter
3 1/4 cups almond flour
1/3 cup Swerve granular sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 pkg. light cream cheese
2/3 cup Swerve brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter (can use almond butter)
1/3 cup 2% Fairlife milk
3/4 cup Swerve confectioners sugar
Green, gold, and purple Swerve colored granular sugar
YIELD: 24 bars
Nutrition Facts per Serving:
Calories: 220. Fat: 19g. Saturated fat: 4.5g. Cholesterol: 35mg. Sodium: 30mg. Carbohydrate: 6g. Fiber: 3 g. Sugar: 2g. Protein: 8g.
NET CARBS: 3g.
Carb count exclude sugar alcohols. New carb count is determined with the equation total carbohydrate – total fiber – sugar alcohol.
This recipe was developed and copyright by culinary dietitian Shelly Marie Redmond. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen and upcoming Skinny Louisiana…in the Slow Cooker. She practices out of Eberhart Physical Therapy which she co-owns with her husband Greg. In her spare time, she watches Snapped and Investigation Discovery (let’s be honest!)
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