The following recipe and photography were provided by Food Scientist Kathleen Ann of Bread Over Heels.
These delicious and “healthy-ish” Peanut Butter Brownies will satisfy your dessert cravings and provide significant nutritional benefits to start your new year off right!
Flavorful, moist and visually striking, these brownies are a joy to eat and made from a list of ingredients that pack a nutritional punch, including dark chocolate (for antioxidants), whole wheat flour (for a boost of fiber for gut health and satiety) and Heinen’s freshly ground peanut butter (for a minimally processed dose of plant-based protein).
If you are looking to reduce your sugar intake this year, Swerve brown sugar substitute and Swerve powdered sugar substitute can be easily swapped for regular sugars.
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For the Brownie Batter
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- 3 oz. Heinen's dark chocolate chips
- ¾ cup Swerve brown sugar substitute or Heinen’s light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
- Dash of salt
- 1 Tbsp. Heinen’s almond milk
For the Peanut Butter Swirl Topping
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- ½ cup Heinen’s freshly ground peanut butter
- ¼ cup Swerve powdered sugar substitute or regular powdered sugar
- ¼ cup Heinen’s dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Grease with butter and set aside.
- Prepare the brownie batter. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine ½ cup butter and 3 oz. dark chocolate. Microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted, checking frequently after 1 minute to avoid over-microwaving.
- Stir in the brown sugar and add the eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition.
- Add the whole wheat flour and salt and stir to combine.
- Add the almond milk and stir to combine.
- Prepare the peanut butter swirl. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave 2 Tbsp. butter for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until melted. Add the powdered sugar and peanut butter and stir thoroughly to combine.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and spread with a spatula to flatten. The batter will be thick.
- Add spoonfuls of the peanut butter swirl on top of the brownie batter. Using a knife, swirl the peanut butter and brownie batter together.
- Sprinkle dark chocolate chips on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until the brownie batter is set. The peanut butter swirl will look slightly wet, but it will solidify as the brownies cool.
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then finish cooling in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Cut into squares with a sharp knife and serve.