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No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe – How to Make it in 15 Simple Steps

This is a sliced vegan peanut butter cheesecake with chocolate powder and nuts.

Many people believe that making a cheesecake from scratch is something that only expert bakers can accomplish. After all, you’re taking a runny, dairy-based batter and baking it into a thick, rich, and semi-solid dessert. Sometimes the cheesecake cracks and then your cheesecake doesn’t look all that great.

To get a perfect cheesecake, you have to control humidity in the oven by using a water bath, you must take care while beating the ingredients, and you have to let the cheesecake cool gradually in the oven. Even if you do these things, sometimes cracks will still develop on the surface of the baked cheesecake.


No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe

April Freeman
What could be better than the combination of chocolate and peanut butter? Why not add the dreamy richness of cheesecake to the mix? Our recipe for No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheesecake does exactly this. Diet food? No way. But if you are looking for a recipe that is luscious, rich, and absolutely scrumptious, this recipe is just that.
Prep Time 20 mins
Refrigeration Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings


  • Springform Pan
  • Food Processor
  • Zip-Top Bag
  • Rolling Pin or Meat Mallet
  • Microwave-Safe Dish
  • Fork
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Electric Mixer
  • Wire whisk


Crust Ingredients

  • 10 pcs Whole Graham Crackers rectangular
  • 8 tbsp Melted Butter
  • 2 tbsp Sugar

Chocolate Cheesecake Ingredients

  • 3 pcs Eight-Ounce Blocks of Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • cups Chocolate Chips melted

Peanut Butter Topping Ingredients

  • 2 cups Peanut Butter melted
  • 1 cup Confectioner's Sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray the bottom of a springform pan with cooking spray.
  • To prepare the crust, crush the graham crackers by pulsing them in a food processor. Alternatively, you can put them in a zip-top bag and crush them into crumbs with a rolling pin or a meat mallet turned on its side.
    The graham crackers are crushed with the use of a rolling pin.
  • Melt the butter by microwaving it in a microwave-safe dish for 20 seconds. Stir it and microwave it for another 20-25 seconds. 
  • Pour the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of the springform pan and add the sugar. Stir in the butter with a fork, tossing the crumb in butter until it resembles something like wet sand. 
  • Use your fingers to press the crust into the bottom of the pan in an even layer.
    The graham cracker crust is arranged at the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Bake the crust for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven. Remove the crust from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
    The layer of graham cracker crust is then baked.
  • Melt the chocolate by putting it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaving it on 50 percent power for 30 seconds. Stir it. Continue this, warming it slowly on 50 percent power in 30-second bursts, stirring after each burst. This will help you melt the chocolate without scorching it.
  • After the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, move on to make the cheesecake filling. Work quickly, so the chocolate will not have time to set up. 
    The chocolate is melted in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, whip the cream cheese until it is smooth. Add the powdered sugar and the vanilla, mixing until smooth.
    The cream cheese is whipped in a bowl with an electric mixer.
  • Add the melted chocolate, mixing well until it is of a uniform color.
  • Pour the chocolate cheesecake filling into the cooled crust, smoothing it into an even layer, and refrigerate the cheesecake for about half an hour. 
  • Rinse out the bowl in which you made the cheesecake mixture and wipe it out with a paper towel. In this bowl, microwave the peanut butter for 30 seconds, stirring it well. It should be slightly runny. Add the powdered sugar and whisk the mixture until it is smooth.
  • Pour the peanut butter topping over the top of the chilled chocolate cheesecake mixture, spreading it into an even layer and smoothing it on top. 
  • Refrigerate the cheesecake, covered in a layer of aluminum foil for two to four hours. Slice the cheesecake into wedges and serve.
  • Store leftovers covered in aluminum foil for up to 5 days. 


This recipe is a no-bake cheesecake, which means that the problems that occur when a cheesecake is baked will not happen. No-bake cheesecakes are much simpler to create than baked ones. There are no eggs in a no-bake cheesecake, so there is no need to bake the cake.
You just create the crust, mix up the filling, spread the filling in the crust, and refrigerate. In the fridge, the cheesecake will firm up so that you can slice it. These recipes are pretty simple to make, and any child who is old enough to read a recipe, use an electric mixer, and do basic baking can create a no-bake cheesecake. 
The results of a no-bake cheesecake are very good. It’s not exactly like a traditionally baked cheesecake, but most people will still enjoy it. No-bake cheesecakes do not have the dense, rich, almost fudge-like texture of a traditionally made cheesecake. No-bake cheesecakes have a fluffier, lighter texture than a traditional cheesecake. The texture is more like a mousse, and it is a much lighter dessert than a traditional cheesecake.
However, if you are creating a no-bake cheesecake, remember that it may not hold up under a heavy topping. The light texture of the cheesecake calls for lighter toppings, like the peanut butter topping in our recipe. Additionally, the fact that your recipe doesn’t call for baking can give you a bit more flexibility when you use it.
You can use the batter of a no-bake cheesecake as a layer on your layer cake, or you may spoon the batter into individual ramekins or even mason jars for individualized treats. 
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