I was never a "cheesecake person." As a picky eater during childhood, I considered tangy flavors in dessert simply unappetizing. Although that changed during adolescence, I still disliked cream cheese in general, as well as the heaviness and richness of cheesecake. I did eventually discover that the ever popular cake-pie hybrid was not completely unwelcome to my palette--I will indulge in a vegan version occasionally, although that introduces a separate issue regarding tofu-based pies--but it has never been my top dessert preference.
But if anything could test my long-standing hesitation to fully embrace the realms of cheesecake and vegan tofu-based pies alike, Sexy Vegan Mama's Vegan Peanut Butter S'mores Cheesecake may very well be it. This is one seriously decadent vegan indulgence: layers of vanilla, peanut butter, and chocolate cheesecake filling atop a buttery graham cracker crust.
The Vegan Peanut Butter S'mores Cheesecake was definitely rich, but that richness masks the dessert's tofu presence (you may recall the aforementioned issue I have with tofu-based dessert fillings). I particularly liked being able to enjoy distinct layers of filling; the dense richness of the fudge-like chocolate component was made less intense by the relatively lighter, but still distinct peanut butter and vanilla flavors. Although the cheesecake was more peanut butter cup than peanut butter s'mores, I'm not complaining. It was tasty, held together nicely, and froze beautifully, too; pulling a pre-sliced piece (or two) from the freezer and having it thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours became an effective way to savor the indulgence while practicing portion control.
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