I’ll be honest, while I love chocolate, I’ve never been a huge peanut butter fan. And I know this sounds weird, because I often feel like everyone else goes crazy for the peanut butter and chocolate combo. But I’ve always been more of a fruity treat kinda gal. Give me a berry or stone fruit crisp with a scoop of vanilla and I’m in dessert heaven! But after making (and quickly running out of) my 7 Ingredient Fudgy Brownies there was a huge indisputable void in my life that only chocolate…. and swirly nut butter could fill. And so I present to you, these Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies!I know that peanut butter can be problematic for some people whether you are strictly paleo or allergic but these are easily made peanut free as it is not in the brownie batter. So if you’re not on the peanut butter train, just substitute the peanut butter with any nut/seed butter you like for the swirl. Just be sure to use a natural (single ingredient if possible) nut/seed butter that is creamy but not crazy thick or very drippy. Choose a brand that has extra oil at the top of a new jar. And be sure to give it a very good stir in the jar before measuring it out. I used and loved this brand. These brownies are super moist and fudgy and perfectly complemented with the seductive peanut butter swirl. And best of all, they come together in a flash and are made with better for you ingredients that you can feel good about using!
paleo friendly (gluten/grain/dairy free), vegan-option, no refined sugar
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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
A super fudgy and chewy brownie with a healthy dose of peanut butter swirled into the top. Perfect for the chocolate and peanut butter lovers in your life! These brownies are super moist & fudgy, deeply chocolatey, and extremely delicious without feeling over-indulgent. Made with real, better-for-you ingredients and comes together in a flash! Pretty sure it doesn't get any better than that!
paleo (gluten/grain/dairy free), vegan option, refined sugar free
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted and cooled
- 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs if vegan
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips or chunks
- 1/3 cup peanut butter or other nut/seed butter. see notes on consistency for ideal swirl
Heat oven to 360 degrees and prepare square (8 or 9 in) baking dish by spraying, greasing with oil, or lining with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed and no large chunks remain in the flours, set aside.
In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the wet ingredients until light and frothy.
Add in the dry ingredients and stir until just fully incorporated, ensuring not to overmix.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into the prepared baking dish, and using a rubber spatula, spread out into one even layer. Make the swirl by adding large dollops of the peanut butter all over the brownie batter and with a sharp knife or toothpick gently swirl the peanut butter throughout the top of the brownie batter.
Place baking dish in center rack of the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes. If you like your brownies super soft and fudgy, bake for 12-13 minutes. The edges should be just starting to darken and the center just set. If you like your brownies on the firmer side, bake for 13-15 minutes. The brownie will be a bit puffed when you remove it from the oven, but it will settle once its cooled.
Cool in baking dish for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
Swirl Notes: Feel free to sub for any nut/seed butter you like! Just be sure to use a natural (single ingredient if possible) nut/seed butter that is creamy but not crazy thick or very drippy. Choose a brand that has extra oil at the top of a new jar. And be sure to give it a very good stir in the jar before measuring it out.
These will last about a day or so at room temperature in an airtight container.
Brownies freeze brilliantly! Slice any uneaten portion and store in a freezer-proof bag/box!
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