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Keto Peanut Butter Pie

Keto peanut butter pie is a gloriously flavorful low carb giant peanut butter cup and the perfect creamy indulgent dessert for special occasions. You won’t believe it’s gluten-free and sugar-free!

You don’t have to know me long to know I’m pretty much a chocolate peanut butter fanatic. As a matter of fact, chocolate peanut butter has long been one of my favorite flavor combinations. Moreover, I admit my almost daily treat is a small keto peanut butter cup.

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As a kid, my mother’s favorite restaurant in town was and still is, well-known for their delicious giant pies. We would go there fairly often, but especially for her birthday or for Mother’s Day when they give all mothers a free piece of pie!

The dilemma for me, however, was the difficult choice between the coconut cream and peanut butter supreme pies. I remember truly agonizing over this decision, and as a child it was intense!

One piece of the peanut butter supreme pie had a basic crust, then a layer of chocolate, then mounds of peanut butter filling, all topped with peanuts. I still remember the joy when it was put in front of me, and trying to eat the entire thing that filled an entire plate. Really, it should probably be 2-3 servings.

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Keto peanut butter pie

The years went by, and when I got married I began to make my own chocolate peanut butter pie. I played with the recipe for a while, with input from my husband. Therefore, if you came to our house for dinner at some point you probably were served one version of it or another.

However, it is definitely a TREAT pie. I cannot begin to tell you how much sugar and calories are in the thing. So, of course, I became determined to make a keto version of it.

Why? Because quite frankly my husband still wanted me to make it, and I couldn’t resist eating some of it. Ergo, the keto peanut butter pie was born!

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I’m going to live until I die, and everything in between is just another excuse to eat peanut butter.

– Dana Gould

For the love of low carb peanut butter pie

When my daughter was almost two years old, we discovered she had a peanut and tree nut allergy. To be completely honest, this was horrifying for many reasons. The utmost being, of course, nut allergies are incredibly scary and can be life-threatening.

If you have not experienced yourself or a close family member with such an allergy, it is very difficult to imagine the terror constantly in a mother’s mind. All senses go on-alert at all times for any hint of a nut that could be a danger to the child.

The smaller, depressing, and selfish thing that was horrifying to me was that I was going to have to give up eating all nuts. I snacked on peanuts and tree nuts at work and home all the time, and it was a BIG change. BUT it was possible, and there are plenty of alternatives out there we tried, like Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) and others.

Thankfully, she is one of the 25% of children (according to our allergist) who grow out of a peanut allergy. We did the skin and blood testing, and finally an in-office peanut butter challenge she passed with flying colors. Unfortunately, we still have many allergies to other tree nuts so my alert is still always on constant for open bowls of cashews and plates of baklava.

However, can you imagine my joy and renewed love of the flavorful peanut?! Oh, yes the peanut has enjoyed a huge resurgence in our house. Possibly, I fixate on it even more than I did before for its flavor, and as a low carb snack.

Keto peanut butter pie is a fabulous low carb special occasion treat. The perfect gluten-free, sugar-free chocolate peanut butter dessert to satisfy cravings. #lowcarbrecipes #ketopie

🍽 Equipment

To make keto peanut butter pie you’ll need: 

Recently, my trusty, yet boring glass Pyrex pie plate met an untimely demise on my parents’ frozen driveway. To make matters worse, it was full of a magnificent keto Boston cream pie. I was devastated and tempted to eat my smashed pie from the driveway, glass shards and all! I noticed a child at the window so came to my senses and cleaned up the mess.

However, it gave me the opportunity to try out a new kind of pie plate. I chose a fluted tart sort of pan to make the keto peanut butter pie have even more the look of a huge peanut butter cup.

I love it so far, and the removable bottom makes it very easy to get out of the pan. The only negative I’ve found is that it’s a little sharp on the edges so I’ll probably not let the kids handle it much so they don’t cut themselves.

At home, you can use whatever you have, a tart-style pan like mine, a regular pie plate, or even a springform pan.

Bite out of keto peanut butter pie

🥘 Ingredients in keto peanut butter pie

  • finely ground blanched almond flour
  • powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioners)
  • cocoa powder
  • butter
  • unsweetened peanut butter
  • cream cheese
  • heavy cream
  • vanilla extract
  • unsweetened chocolate
  • coconut oil

🔪 Instructions

How to make low carb peanut butter pie

To begin this fabulous pie (can you tell I really like this pie?), take a medium bowl and whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, and sweetener.

Second, I quickly melt the butter in the microwave or you can do it on the stovetop. Then turn it out and pat it down evenly in the pie plate, along the bottom and up the sides. I like to use the bottom of a glass or a measuring cup to press down the crust around the pan, so try that out or just use your hands.

Keto Peanut Butter Pie crust, use a measuring cup to press out the crust #ketocrust #ketopie

Now, bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes then put it in the freezer or refrigerator. Baking it binds the crust together a bit, and I prefer the strength it gives it.

Meanwhile, mix together the butter for the filling, peanut butter, cream cheese, sweetener, and vanilla. In another bowl whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks, with a hand or standing mixer. Then fold it into the peanut butter mixture carefully until completely combined.

Keto Peanut Butter Pie filling #ketopie #peanut butter pie

Pour the keto peanut butter pie filling into the prepared crust. Next, even it out with a spatula and return it to the freezer.

At this point, you have a perfectly wonderful peanut butter pie, and if you prefer to leave it as-is and sprinkle some peanuts on it to decorate, you’ll have a finished pie.

Keto chocolate ganache topping

*ganache recipe updated 7/29/2020

However, to kick it up a notch, I like to make a keto ganache topping. I’ve found the Swerve sweetener makes it harder than a typical ganache so another option is to place the chocolate ganache directly on the crust and then fill with the peanut butter mixture so it doesn’t smash out as you cut a bite.

Keto Peanut Butter Pie with sugar-free ganache

Personally, I like the idea of the giant peanut butter cup and put place the chocolate on top.

To make the keto chocolate ganache, put the finely chopped unsweetened chocolate, sweetener, and two tablespoons of peanut butter in a medium-sized bowl. Next, heat the heavy cream and coconut oil on the stove until it just simmers but doesn’t boil, then pour it over the chocolate.

Why coconut oil? I’ve tried many versions of ganache, and the traditional without the oil becomes harder and is difficult to cut through. Add in the coconut oil, and it’s a perfect ganache topping consistency.

Let it all sit together for 5 minutes, and then whisk until it melts together completely and comes together as a ganache. Pour it over the top of the pie and even it out with the spatula. Lastly, refrigerate it at least an hour or until ready to serve!

Bite of keto peanut butter pie

It’s like peanut butter and chocolate. Each is great, but they’re better together.

– Richard Whitehead

Keto desserts – is peanut butter pie keto?

I have always had a sweet tooth, and one of the many reasons I now eat keto is to get rid of my sugar addiction. This keto peanut butter pie is definitely a rich, indulgent dessert.

It’s low carb and gluten-free but very high fat and I like to eat it as a fat bomb or birthday or special occasion dessert. I LOVE it but can’t keep it around too long or else I eat too much of it!

That said, you can always eat half a portion. Or, if your group doesn’t eat the entire thing, put in the freezer in small portions for your own treat!

For me, I always keep snacks and treats in the freezer for that occasional emergency so I don’t succumb to the storebought cheesecake or whatever dessert my husband’s brought home for himself. I hope you try it out!

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Keto Peanut Butter Pie

Keto Peanut Butter Pie

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Keto peanut butter pie is a gloriously, flavorful giant peanut butter cup and the perfect creamy dessert for special occasions. 

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup powdered sweetener such as Swerve confectioner's
  • 8 tbsp melted butter

Filling:

  • 8 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup powdered sweetener such as Swerve confectioner's
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Ganache topping:

  • 2 oz chopped unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener such as Swerve confectioner's
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, and sweetener. Pour the melted butter and mix together to form the crust dough. Spread evenly into the pie pan, along the bottom and up the sides. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes then place in the freezer.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the butter, peanut butter, cream cheese, sweetener, and vanilla. In another bowl whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks, then fold it into the peanut butter mixture until completely combined. Pour into prepared crust, even it out with a spatula, and return to the freezer.
  3. For the ganache topping, place the chocolate, sweetener, and peanut butter in a medium-sized bowl. Heat the heavy cream and coconut oil on the stove until it just simmers but doesn't boil, then pour it over the chocolate. Let it all sit together for 5 minutes, and then whisk until it melts together completely and comes together as a ganache. Pour over the top of the pie and refrigerate at least an hour or until ready to serve.

Notes

Nutrition Facts:

Servings 16.0 Amount Per Serving: 1 slice Calories 418  Total Fat 40 g  Saturated Fat 18 g Monounsaturated Fat 13 g Polyunsaturated Fat 5 g Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 65 mg Sodium 97 mg Potassium 243 mg Total Carbohydrate 9 g Dietary Fiber 5 g Sugars 2 g Protein 10 g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 16 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418

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Maribeth

Friday 31st of July 2020

I made this for my husband’s birthday tonight and it was amazing, what a treat! And staying on keto

Lauren

Friday 31st of July 2020

It's one of my husband's favorites too. I'm so glad you all liked it, and happy birthday!

Traci

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

This is hands down the best peanut butter pie. I’ve made this twice always a hit. My daughter requested this for her birthday instead of cake. We’re so excited to be having this pie this weekend. Thank you for this fabulous recipe.

Lauren

Sunday 27th of October 2019

Can I use coconut flour instead of almond flour?

Lauren

Sunday 27th of October 2019

Usually, about 1/4 cup of coconut flour is equal to 1 cup of almond flour. However, I don't see coconut flour working very well for the crust in this particular recipe, but I have not tried it.

Valerie

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Can you use Truvia instead of Swerve?

Lauren

Tuesday 14th of May 2019

Personally, I don't use Truvia so don't have experience with it, but if it's the same sweetness level as sugar it would probably work. Again, I've not worked with it before.

Lindsey

Thursday 7th of February 2019

Could you tell me what kind of peanut butter you use or even a link to it? I'm dying to try to make this but not sure what peanut butter to buy. Thanks!

Lauren

Thursday 7th of February 2019

I use just the basic Kroger brand natural peanut butter with peanuts and salt, no sugar! It's even better to get organic if you can find it sugar-free. I'll link to some in the post!

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