Dessert, especially during pregnancy, can be decadent, delicious, and still a touch of healthy. While it is so easy to grab cookies or a piece of cake, women and their families can still have a delicious treat that satisfies the need for something that is both sweet and savory. I love peanut butter and I try to incorporate it as many recipes as I can because I think it’s an excellent source of protein with great taste. Its also a versatile food that can bought fat free or low fat, all natural or chunky and used in sweet, savory, or ethnic recipes.
This recipe is an easy way to have dessert or a snack without spending a lot of time baking or preparing. In fact, there’s no baking at all! The ingredients are things that most people have available and the flavor profile can be changed simply by changing the toppings. This is truly one of those recipes that anyone can make and that cannot go wrong.
Try this recipe for a weeknight dessert or as a unique dessert to bring to a party or for a hostess. It holds up well for several days in the refrigerator and best when served cold.
* If allergic to peanuts or peanut products, do not prepare or eat this recipe!
Peanut Butter Mousse
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 8-ounce package light cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter (any brand)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar (Confectioner’s)
- In the bowl of a stand-up mixer or in a large bowl, use the whisk attachment or an electric mixer and medium-high speed to whip heavy cream until stiff. Set aside.
- In a second bowl, add cream cheese, peanut butter, and vanilla to bowl and beat on low-medium speed until combined.
- Slowly add in powdered sugar and beat to combine. If too stiff, add in extra tablespoons of heavy cream or milk.
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine. Do not over-mix.
- Spoon mousse into individual serving dishes, ramekins, or glass bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours or overnight.
- Top with crushed pretzels, chopped peanuts, grated chocolate or chocolate curls, mini chocolate chips, or a ½ teaspoon of chocolate cookie crumbs.
Featured photo by Brooke Lark