Un-Vegan, Full-Fat, Full-Sugar Goodness

Regular readers know, I like to healthify things.  I like to healthify things a lot.  It’s a good habit/hobby to have.  However, not everything needs to be healthified.


Nutella is one of them.  Oh… and Oreos.  And cheesecake.  Better yet – Nutella cheesecake with Oreo crust

Kevin’s birthday is Thursday, but since I had Friday off from work, I decided to make him a birthday non-cake.  He doesn’t really like sweets, but he occasionally enjoys a good cheesecake.  He also approves of Nutella ever since I made him try it in Italy.  When I saw this recipe, it was really a no-brainer.

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So why the full-fat, white sugar, and everything else?  Magic.  Sometimes you’ve just got to let go, quit worrying, and let the chocolate do it’s magic.  Y’all knew chocolate was magical, right?

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Kevin is always supportive of my recipe flops, tofu dinners, and whatever else I put on the table. He deserved his own special birthday cake… minus the cake. 

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Here’s my history with Oreos.  The last time I bought a pack, I ate an entire sleeve (1/3 of pack) in the car on my way home from the grocery store.  That happened in high school, but I have been terrified of buying Oreos ever since. 

I was also worried I’d over-eat these bars.  But you know what?  I didn’t.  Instead of gorging myself on 5 in a sitting, I enjoyed 1 a day without feeling deprived or guilty.  I made something rich – something good (really good), and I allowed myself to enjoy it.  This was a great feeling.

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I even allowed myself a special Oreo before putting away the package.  Soooooo worth every calorie!


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18 Responses to Un-Vegan, Full-Fat, Full-Sugar Goodness

  1. My love of oreos is strange. I dont’ like them on their own so much, but will eat them in ANYTHING. That looks awesome, Tiff!

  2. You are so right about not everything needing to be healthified… I’ve ruined many a good recipe trying to force it. These look like my cheat day fantasy. 🙂

  3. Nichole says:

    OMG this is the best recipe….ever!!! best of both worlds. WOW

  4. omg Tiff this looks absolutely amazing

  5. Yum! Love this idea!

    There is a time & a place for healthifying… cheesecake making is not one of those times. 🙂

  6. I healthify some things, but when it comes to sweets, I usually like to just go for it. I’d rather have 1 a day until they’re gone and enjoy life. 🙂 Your cheesecake bars look amazingly delicious!

  7. YUM! Some things just cannot and should not be healthified 😉

  8. So true. Although I’m eating vegan right now, part of the reason I add the “with benefits” is because if I want to eat something decadent, I cannot be worrying about the butter or the eggs or the cream or whatever else is in there making it delicious. 🙂

  9. YUM! I do like to healthify things, but I also know that if I don’t allow myself to have the full-fat full-calorie stuff from time to time then I’ll go crazy and probably end up bingeing when I finally to have it!

  10. I could not agree more with this statement “Sometimes you’ve just got to let go, quit worrying, and let the chocolate do it’s magic.” Amen, sister. Amen. 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh, this looks just amazing!
    It can be difficult to have those treats around and not over eat them. That’s great that you didn’t!
    And I agree with you..sometimes you just have to go for the real stuff!! So worth it!!

  12. I like to healthify things too, but sometimes you just need the real deal.

  13. I’m with you; healthy is great but sometimes ya gotta treat yourself to the real deal. Your cheesecake looks fabulous!

  14. Everything in moderation right? Every now & again a treat is nice & we should enjoy it — why not? Key is not to make it a habit 🙂

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