Family Dinner


by Sheena Dinga (AVAC) – via

Whenever “Family Dinner” happens we always do a potluck style so one person isn’t stuck doing all the cooking. I always bring the desserts…

This last “Family Dinner” we had was a little more special, as us four kids planned to intervention our dad about his weight and eating habits. We got together the week before and planned out what days we each were free to get with him and do some kind of exercise/activity and we presented all of this to him. Seeing as though this was a dinner with a theme I didn’t want to bring just any dessert. As I was searching I found this awesome healthy dessert blog called and thought I would share this dessert I made. For how gluten and sugar free it is, it was delicious and my dad didn’t even realize what was missing.

Here it is…

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Ball

¼ cup peanut butter or allergy-friendly alternative (I used almond butter)

8oz cream cheese, such as Daiya or Tofutti (I used Tofutti)

2 ½ Tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar or Sugar-Free Powdered Sugar

½ cup mini chocolate chips, or more if needed

Bring the cream cheese and peanut butter to room temperature (to a stir-able consistency). Mix together with a spoon in a deep bowl, then add the cocoa powder and vanilla and stir. Gradually add the powdered sugar: It will seem dry at first, but just keep stirring and it will eventually become creamy. Cover the bowl and freeze 6 hours or overnight (depending on the type of peanut butter used), until the mixture is no longer too sticky to spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Bring up the sides of the plastic wrap and twist very tightly to form a ball shape. Freeze in the coldest part of the freezer for 2-3 hours or until firm enough that the plastic wrap can be removed without the ball sticking to the plastic wrap. Place the chocolate chips in a large bowl or Ziploc bag, then roll the cheese ball until evenly coated with chocolate chips. Freeze until ready to serve (or refrigerate if not serving until the next day). Serve with graham crackers, sliced fruit, or anything else you desire.

Side note: Since the chocolate chips of course not sugar free, I left them off. I sliced a piece and served it with just a couple chocolate chips, strawberries and raspberries. That way I could choose how much sugar my dad actually got. I hope you all ENJOY!

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