Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie (Cheesecake) or Trifle-No Baking Needed!

Lately I’ve been trying to explore more recipes that are no-bake, quick to make, or ones where flour is NOT the main ingredient. This of course leads me to a lot of short-cut recipes, or ones that only call for a few ingredients…but who says it needs to fancy and fussy to be good, right? In fact, the other night we had a trifle-like dessert that had chocolate pudding, cream cheese, Oreos and cool whip, delicious! I’m sure I ate almost 1/2 of the pan over the period of a mere 2 days, much as I hate to admit it.

So tonight I had a hankering for something with peanut butter, and in pie form. I wanted something cool and creamy, so no cookies or cakes or anything like that. Now I’ve never heard of a Peanut Butter Pie before, but with as many PB lovers there are out there I just KNEW that there had to be such a thing. And as always, recipezaar.com did not disappoint! I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Pie and pretty much followed it exactly except I omitted the 1/2 cup milk to keep it creamier. Oh, and I did use fresh whipped cream, as we didn’t have any cool whip on hand. I made a graham cracker crumb crust (1 sleeve or 1-1/3 cup crumbs + 4-5 TBLS butter) and topped it with a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate syrup drizzle, and crushed Oreo cookies.

This turned out creamy, fluffy, with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor…almost like a no-bake peanut butter cheesecake. If you want a really intense peanut butter flavor then add in 2/3 cup instead of just the 1/2 cup called for. This is PERFECT straight out of the freezer, making it a great option for dinner parties as it can be made ahead of time and then plated up the second you need it without any fuss.  Besides, this is so much cheaper then buying those pre-made frozen desserts or pies and easy enough that even the kids can help make it.

And as if the recipe above isn’t simple enough already, you can make this even QUICKER and HEALTHIER by turning it into a trifle dessert! Just make up the filling but layer it with plain crushed graham crackers instead, and top off with a pretty cookie or some chocolate shavings 🙂

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