Peanut Butter Cheesecake Mousse

If you are one of those (unenlightened) people who think that healthy food can’t possibly be good, you may as well stop reading now because you aren’t going to believe a word I say. I’m glad to keep this whole thing a little secret between me and all the other healthy food lovers. Besides, that just means there’s more cottage cheese to go around for us. Not that there’s a shortage, but just in case there ever is.

Yep, you heard me right. Cottage cheese. You may have noticed I’m on a kick lately – I’ve been making creamy, low-fat, protein-packed meals like this Asparagus Soup. I also eat it plain as a snack or even add some to my tuna salad – that might sound weird, but it’s a great way to add a little creaminess and bind it together. Lately I’ve been experimenting with mix-ins, and I even find that I can eat cottage cheese for dessert. Seriously, folks. You know what is even more remarkable? My HUSBAND is not only eating, but enjoying, cottage cheese for dessert. Many gals I know can’t imagine their husbands touching cottage cheese, and my own guy didn’t know he liked it until last week. Now he’s also mixing it up with his tuna and enjoying my mousse-like cottage cheese creations.

Just how does one make a cottage cheese “mousse” and what’s like? Well, you simply blend it up with something sweet and your favorite flavorings until it’s completely smooth. And then you put it in a bowl, grab a spoon, and act like you are eating a creamy cheesecake filling out of a bowl. And it’s like, totally delicious. I promise! Would I lie to you?

I’ve made a few different yet-to-be-blogged versions, but today I will share with you the latest – a peanut butter and dark chocolate cheesecake creation. I’m really loving these blends for dessert as opposed to something like light ice cream, frozen yogurt, or even nonfat pudding because these are all-natural, and have much more protein and less carbs. And did I mention they are delicious?

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Mousse with Dark Chocolate
2 servings

10 oz low-fat cottage cheese
1 1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter (24 gm)
Your choice of zero-calorie sweetener*
2 squares dark chocolate, chopped (such as Hershey’s Extra Dark, the small individually wrapped squares that come in a bag)

Use a blender (a regular one, or an immersion hand blender) to process the cottage cheese, peanut butter, and sweetener until completely smooth. It may take a good couple minutes, but you can get out all the lumps. I promise! Transfer to a serving dish and chill for about 10 minutes in the freezer. Or, if you can’t wait, just eat it right away. Top with the pieces of chopped chocolate.

*I’m cutting out the artificial stuff as much as I can from my diet, so at home I currently have Zsweet and Truvia. For this, I used 5 tsp of Zsweet. You can of course use real sugar or whatever other sweetener you prefer – if you’re counting calories and carbs, just make sure to add them.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 222.5
Total Fat: 11.5 g
Cholesterol: 18.8 mg
Sodium: 546.3 mg
Total Carbs: 18.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 18.4 g

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28 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cheesecake Mousse”

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    Megan — April 28, 2009 @ 11:43 pm Reply

    That sounds amazing!

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    b*schus — April 29, 2009 @ 1:16 am Reply

    well, you have a winner! I made this tonight for my husband, and after the first bite he had a huge smile on his face. Then, he asked “is this bad for me?”. It was so nice to say no! He didn’t ask what was in it, so I’ll keep it to myself for now. Thanks Cara!

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    Cara — April 29, 2009 @ 1:57 am Reply

    b*schus, thanks for the update, good to know! I guess we should both officially add our my list of talents, “getting men to happily eat healthy food!”

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    Joelen — April 29, 2009 @ 1:11 pm Reply

    This looks delicious Cara!

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    Briana @ Zsweet — April 30, 2009 @ 3:57 pm Reply

    Cara! I just discovered your blog & your dishes look so scrumptious! Thanks for helping educate people on healthy, delicious ingredients and sharing your recipes to make it easy.

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    Liza — May 1, 2009 @ 2:39 am Reply

    yum! gonna have to try this. thanks!!

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    Kalyn — May 2, 2009 @ 1:12 pm Reply

    Very creative, and this sounds delicious!

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — June 9, 2009 @ 9:54 pm Reply

    Looks incredible – I am printing this one now!!

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    THE AUTHORS — January 2, 2010 @ 1:05 am Reply

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    THE AUTHORS — January 2, 2010 @ 1:07 am Reply

    Cara, thanks for this — the low-fat cottage cheese does indeed smooth out after a minute or two in the blender. I added a couple tablespoons of whipping cream as well to help smooth it out and make it a little richer. I also added a heaping spoonful of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa, just to really amp up the chocolate flavor. Just stuck it in the freezer, so we'll see how it turns out… -Megan

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    What's the scoop? — April 27, 2010 @ 11:16 am Reply

    Mmm..This may have to be my next snack! :)

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    Me — May 1, 2010 @ 11:09 pm Reply

    Hooray! Thank you for the great idea. I played around with this a bit, added gelatin, and turned it into a full-on no-bake cheesecake :) I've posted it (with credit back to you, of course!) I'm loving your stuff, I'm sure I'll be making plenty more of it.

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    Me — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Hooray! Thank you for the great idea. I played around with this a bit, added gelatin, and turned it into a full-on no-bake cheesecake :) I've posted it (with credit back to you, of course!) I'm loving your stuff, I'm sure I'll be making plenty more of it.

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    What's the scoop? — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Mmm..This may have to be my next snack! :)

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    THE AUTHORS — March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 pm Reply

    Cara, thanks for this — the low-fat cottage cheese does indeed smooth out after a minute or two in the blender. I added a couple tablespoons of whipping cream as well to help smooth it out and make it a little richer. I also added a heaping spoonful of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa, just to really amp up the chocolate flavor. Just stuck it in the freezer, so we'll see how it turns out… -Megan

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    Looks incredible – I am printing this one now!!

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    Kalyn — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    Very creative, and this sounds delicious!

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    Liza — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    yum! gonna have to try this. thanks!!

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    Joelen — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    This looks delicious Cara!

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    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    b*schus, thanks for the update, good to know! I guess we should both officially add our my list of talents, "getting men to happily eat healthy food!"

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    Briana @ Zsweet — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    Cara! I just discovered your blog & your dishes look so scrumptious! Thanks for helping educate people on healthy, delicious ingredients and sharing your recipes to make it easy.

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    b*schus — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    well, you have a winner! I made this tonight for my husband, and after the first bite he had a huge smile on his face. Then, he asked "is this bad for me?". It was so nice to say no! He didn't ask what was in it, so I'll keep it to myself for now. Thanks Cara!

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    Megan — March 28, 2011 @ 8:53 pm Reply

    That sounds amazing!

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    THE AUTHORS — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    Cara, thanks for this — the low-fat cottage cheese does indeed smooth out after a minute or two in the blender. I added a couple tablespoons of whipping cream as well to help smooth it out and make it a little richer. I also added a heaping spoonful of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa, just to really amp up the chocolate flavor. Just stuck it in the freezer, so we'll see how it turns out… -Megan

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    Kalyn — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    Very creative, and this sounds delicious!

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    Megan — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    That sounds amazing!

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    Briana @ Zsweet — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    Cara! I just discovered your blog & your dishes look so scrumptious! Thanks for helping educate people on healthy, delicious ingredients and sharing your recipes to make it easy.

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    Looks incredible – I am printing this one now!!

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