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Chocolate Cheesecake Peanut Butter Granola Parfait

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I have an interesting relationship with granola. I love it because it tastes so darn good…and I also hate it for the same reason. Because something that tastes that good? Makes me want to eat it allllll.

Then, if I put granola in something like, say, a Chocolate Cheesecake Peanut Butter Granola Parfait? Well, then. All bets are off.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Parfait is the most indulgent way to eat granola! Layers of no bake chocolate cheesecake, whipped cream, and peanut butter granola make for one stunning dessert.

Name one thing that you cannot get enough of. Is it bread? Chocolate? Steak? Vegetables or Fruit?

{Seriously, if anyone said vegetables or fruit I’m not sure we can still be friends. Also? Teach me how to love it that much.}

I have a lot of those foods that, when in the house, they don’t last. One of the big ones? Cereal. And the major subset of cereal that is my undoing? Granola. Specifically? Peanut Butter Granola.

I love eating granola because it satisfies me. Often times I’ll eat a bowl of regular cereal and I’m hungry an hour later. But if I eat a bowl of granola I’m satisfied. I also love the crunch and the flavor of granola. I love it with milk, I love it on yogurt. And now? I love making dessert parfaits with it.

If you’re as addicted to granola as I am, you’re going to love this recipe for two reasons.

1. It’s no bake chocolate cheesecake layered with peanut butter granola. How could you not love it?

2. The granola I used? It’s unbelievable. I have no words.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Parfait

My favorite new granola is Cascadian Farms Peanut Butter Bliss. This is some serious granola. It’s crunchy, sweet, and decadent, so it’s the perfect pairing with a dessert recipe. And if you don’t like peanut butter granola, don’t worry. They have a Chocolate Lover’s one too. It’s got actual chunks of chocolate inside.

Honestly, I think I ate a whole bag of Peanut Butter Bliss just by myself. Jordan loved the Chocolate Lover’s. Mel even liked it. And you know how Mel is.

So pretty much this granola is golden. And since it pairs so well with a decadent dessert, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, or date night, or a random Wednesday.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Parfait

Let’s talk about this recipe. It’s no bake, it’s full of peanut butter granola, whipped cream, and chocolate cheesecake. Do I need to say more?

The chocolate cheesecake is super easy  to make and it’s so rich and good. And it’s easy; melted baking chocolate is mixed with cream cheese and some granulated sugar. Then you fold in whipped topping or whipped cream to give it some volume.

Simply layer the chocolate cheesecake with more whipped cream and layers of granola. You can use pretty dishes, bowls, or even shot glasses for your servings. These little parfait dishes came from Kohls (I think) and they’re actually deceivingly large. I filled 3 of them, which is actually about 6 servings…but it’s hard not eat a whole one. Use whatever dishes, jars, or little glasses you have on hand. You could also use a larger trifle dish for one big parfait, if you want.

These lasted about 24 hours in my house before they disappeared. Overnight the granola softened a little but still had good texture. If you want crunchy granola, make and serve these the same day. If you don’t mind a softer (but still yummy) texture, you can make them ahead of time.

However you make them, you must try the Cascadian Farms Granola. Holy cow, I’m not kidding. Favorite granola – ever.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Parfait is the most indulgent way to eat granola! Layers of no bake chocolate cheesecake, whipped cream, and peanut butter granola make for one stunning dessert.

Cut the recipe in half and make it for two. Or one. I won’t judge. 🙂

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Servings: 4 -6 depending on size

Chocolate Cheesecake Peanut Butter Granola Parfait

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Layers of no bake chocolate cheesecake, whipped cream, and the best peanut butter granola makes an indulgent dessert!


  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 4 ounces cream cheese — softened/room temperature to avoid lumps
  • 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups whipped topping or freshly whipped cream — divided
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter granola


  1. Heat baking chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments on high power, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Cool 5 minutes.
  2. Add cream cheese to the chocolate and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Beat in sugar and vanilla. Chill for 20 minutes, until completely cool. Then fold in 1 cup of whipped cream or whipped topping.
  3. To make trifles: layer chocolate cheesecake, granola, and more whipped cream in small trifle dishes. This makes 4-6 servings, depending on the size of your dishes. My dishes (pictured) were a little large and held about 2 servings per dish.
  4. Store in refrigerator. If you use Cascadian Farms Peanut Butter Bliss Granola, the granola will soften overnight, but it won’t get soggy and is still good even after 24 hours. The same can’t be said for all granola brands.

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This post has been sponsored by Cascadian Farms. All opinions are 100% my own. And oh my goodness, this granola. Go buy some.

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  1. Granola is crack. In fact, there’s a bakery here in DC that calls it “hippie crack.” Add PB or chocolate chunks (or both) and I’m a goner!
    This parfait is pure heaven. Cheesecake in there is a stroke of inspiration! And we all know I can’t live without peanut butter.

  2. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with granola, too! I’m addicted to it! These parfait looks delicious, Dorothy! Cheesecake and peanut butter are the best combo. Pinned!

  3. I can’t keep granola in my desk at school because I’ll end up eating all of it in one (or two) sittings. Grade a paper, reward myself with three handfuls of Carrot Cake Granola. Grade five papers…reach into bag and all that’s left is crumbs and plastic. I’ve had Cascadian Farms cereal, but I’ll have to try this granola. It looks delicious. I love these, Dorothy!

  4. I can’t get enough of Pancakes! 🙂
    But I also adore anyandallthings peanut butter, and I LOVE Cascadian..I live so close to their farms.
    And then you put it with cheesecake and basically made my life compl-eat! Pinned!

  5. This looks really amazing, Dorothy! And since it has granola in it, I’m pretty much calling it breakfast and I’ll take some right now. Thanks!

  6. I can’t buy or make granola because I would not stop eating it. Seriously, that stuff is dangerous!

  7. These look so simple yet so SO delicious! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that granola – thanks for recommending it!

  8. You just reminded me to add Cascadian Farms to my grocery list!!

  9. I can’t get enough fruit! All fruit. It has to be super ripe, sweet, and juicy though. Please don’t unfriend me! I do like granola also. I mix into my oatmeal for texture whenever I decide to have it for breakfast. And these parfaits sound like heaven. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

  10. Chocolate, cheesecake, PB and granola? This parfait is rocking!! Pinned! 

  11. Seriously, Cascadian Farms has that?! I WANT! 

  12. Oh boy does this look good!!  I love pb and chocolate combos but I would have to say the one thing I can never eat enough of is ice cream.  I actually hide some in the freezer as my secret stash (ridiculous I know)!

  13. Since this is granola, it’s healthy right 🙂 ?

  14. This look so good, oh god I’m drooling! I love granola especially when it’s Peanut Butter granola and you paired it with cheesecake! That’s a whole lot of awesomeness put together! Love it! Pinning.

  15. This is like the best idea ever! Peanut butter, chocolate, cheesecake, and crunchy granola… yum! I love granola, and usually have a bowl with milk or Greek yogurt. I would love to have one of these parfaits for dessert any day!

  16. I am obsessed with peanut butter and am always looking for new ways to consume it so I have to make this granola parfait. Just divine Dorothy!

  17. This is stunning Dorothy!! I love that this parfait has chocolate cheesecake in it – can’t get better than that 🙂 Pinned!

  18. How do you think of all these great ideas?  You are a genius!  I want this for breakfast!!!

  19. Oh so delicious!!! I made peanut butter granola this past weekend which was delicious! It didn’t last long. I guess I will have to make some more in order to make this dessert. Can’t wait!!

  20. I can’t control myself around granola. I would devour these parfaits! YUM!

  21. I love cereal too! Sometimes I have it for dinner! Granola… it’s so convenient and healthy, but easy to eat too much!!! I am a PB junkie so this looks fantastic all-around – the cheesecake sounds so rich and creamy!

  22. Oh my gosh, I am obsessed with granola and can seriously finish the entire batch or box if I’m around it too long! These parfaits are gorgeous! I love the cheesecake and peanut butter combo!

  23. Love that you combined cheesecake and granola! These parfaits would disappear in a hurry around here!

  24. I’ve got to buy some of that granola for my husband! He is crazy for all things peanut butter!

  25. This looks so yummy – I also have zero control around granola! Granola + Almond Milk = one of my favorite breakies ever!! A food I probably can never get enough of is pasta … and cookies!!! 🙂

  26. I totally understand this whole love/hate thing.  I love this and would never want to let it go so I would eat 3 of them and them hate them.  That’s how perfect they are.

  27. I heart granola!!! This looks really good.

  28. I could seriously eat this all day. My true weakness is ice cream, but anything with chocolate and peanut butter will suffice, which is why this is now on my Chocolate & Peanut Butter Obsession Pinterest Board!

  29. Since we both live in EG, can I just come pick some of this up to eat?!! It looks so delicious! 

  30. This looks amazing! I’ve become obsessed with granola recently, sorta got on the bandwagon a little late, but I love the idea of it in desserts. Especially with chocolate, peanut butter, and cheesecake!

  31. I had no idea that I wasn’t alone in my granola addiction! It is something I only buy if I have a specific purpose for it. Otherwise, I could easily eat it all between the supermarket and home. Its the combination of sweet and crunchy that does it for me. Using granola (especially peanut butter chocolate granola) in this parfait would be an excellent reason to buy some!

  32. Oh my gosh this looks amazing. I love any and all granola but this is just like the cream of the crop! So I’ll be trying this asap! Pinned 🙂

  33. I am so in love with these parfaits. I am such a parfait fan. They are just so cute and people always seem to love them. Peanut butter granola just takes it to the next level. I must try this stuff immediately.

  34. I am so in line with you – that granola is crazy delicious.  And the chocolate??  I have been sneaking handfuls of it every time I walk past the pantry.

    Love what you did here – what a fun dessert.  I know I’d devour one in no time flat!!

  35. Granola is my fave. You ask what’s one thing I can’t get enough of? Granola is in my top 5! I can’t stop eating it! This parfait looks amazing. Must make ASAP! Pinned!

  36. Dorothy I absolutely love these parfaits! The cheesecake and granola together is just perfect. And no bake?! I am in! Pinned! 

  37. Yes! I made some caramel apple trifles in the fall that used granola, and it’s SO good in desserts like this! Love these!

  38. Yummy! Breakfast and dessert in one 😀

  39. This totally qualifies as breakfast right?! Awesome. Best breakfast ever! 

  40. I am ALLLL for eating chocolate and cheesecake for breakfast! 

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