I love peanut butter. I love it so much that I try not to keep it in my house because I know I will attack it with a spoon and believe me, it never has a chance. It’s one of those foods I have the hardest time keeping to a proper serving size. So when my partner came home with a container of peanut butter I asked him to hide it from me.
It didn’t work. When there’s a will, there’s a way and I knew there was peanut butter in the house. I found his not so great hiding spot (behind the toaster) within a few minutes. Poor guy, he actually thought he could hide it in the kitchen.
Anyway, I realized my best hope at not devouring the entire container of peanut butter was to bake with it. And bake with it I did!
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
Moist, rich chocolate brownies swirled with a creamy peanut butter mixture. These are so delicious no one will ever know that the secret ingredient is beans!
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup navy beans, mashed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond)
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (any granulated sugar will work)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
Peanut Butter Swirl-
- 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup navy beans, mashed
- 2 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Place dates in a 1/2 cup dry measuring cup and pour hot water over them until the measuring cup is full. Let sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on how hard dates are).
- Add peanut butter, beans, non-dairy milk, coconut sugar and vanilla to a food processor or blender (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until combined. Add the soaked dates and the soaking water and blend again until smooth.
- In a medium bowl mix together cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
- Pour the blended mixture (from step 3) into the bowl (from step 4) and stir until combined.
- Pour into lined 8 x 8 baking pan and set aside.
- Prepare the peanut butter swirl my adding the peanut butter, beans and non-dairy milk to a food processor or blender (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth.
- Using a spoon drop spoonfuls of peanut butter swirl batter randomly over the brownie batter.
- Insert a butter knife into the center of a peanut butter swirl blob (right down to the bottom of the pan) and pull the knife away from the blob in a swirl-like pattern. Repeat until all of the peanut butter swirl blobs have been cut/ swirled into the brownie batter.
- Bake for 45 minutes and let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.
- Enjoy and share with your friends/family!
And there you have it, how I solved my peanut butter predicament. For the record, I could have easily eaten all of these brownies myself. I was able to restrain myself, however, and brought some to share with my friends at work. I think they appreciated the brownies much more than they would have appreciated me bringing a jar of peanut butter and spoons!
Calories: 115.5, Fat: 6.6 g (1.2 g saturated), Carbohydrates: 12.7 g, Fiber: 2.8 g, Sugar: 6.5 g, Protein: 4.4 g
Nutritional information is based on a serving size of 1 brownie, 1/16th of recipe. Nutritional information was calculated using this.
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