Peanut Butter Brownies – Vegan and Flourless
Not just for the kids, these peanut butter brownies are also a delicious adult treat!! Flourless, dairy free, soya free and egg free this brownie is definitely not taste free!!! Made with peanut butter and bananas, there isn’t an avocado or black bean in sight. Delicious and gooey you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it!!
16 tablespoons Peanut Butter (1 cup)
4 tablespoons Honey (0.25 cups)
3 tbls cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
(optional dark chocolate chips)
Blend all the ingredients together
Oil baking dish (optional, I’ve oiled and not oiled and it’s never really made a difference)
Fold in optional chocolate chips
Bake @180 for 30 mins or so
Let cool (important step to make it solidify and so it’s not lava hot)
I came across these peanut butter brownies when I was on a search for quick, easy sweet treats with simple to source ingredients. I wanted a recipe without anything fancy like “xanthan gum”. Because of the kids, I also didn’t want anything “weird” like black beans or avocado (very common vegan brownie base ingredients). I also needed it to take literally 5 minutes to prepare!! Finally I came across a recipe for a “double chocolate flourless grain free brownie” on Pinch of Yum.
The Vegan Peanut Butter Brownie of Awesomeness
This brownie ticks all the boxes, it has 5-ingredients, all of which can be found in a regular-persons kitchen cupboard, regardless of whether they have dietary restrictions or not. You can put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz it up in less than 5 minutes. The baking and waiting is what takes the time!
The original recipe has now disappeared from the website, it suggested that this would make 6 portions. I realistically I think it yeilds 9 – 12 portions, or up to 16 child/snack sized portions.
I have used 100% peanut, peanut butter and it was a much less sweet treat. Sadly in the UK, peanut butter with added sugar is cheaper than 100% natural peanut butter. The type you get off the supermarket shelves, even the value kind makes this into an amazing sweet treat, perfect for a birthday tray bake!
Health benefits of Peanut Butter
Peanuts butter is full of protein and can help control hunger if you are on a calorie controlled diet. I’ve been known to have a table spoon of peanut butter as a snack and it’s just enough to curb those sweet cravings! I’ve suggested a smaller portion size than the original recipe, I think a small slice with a cup of tea or coffee is the perfect little mid-morning or afternoon treat!
Peanut butter is a good source of fiber (great for bowel health), healthy fats, magnesium to fortify your bones and muscles, Vitamin E and antioxidants.
Dark Chocolate & Cocoa for Health
I’ve noticed a lot of US based blogs call for ‘vegan chocolate’ here in the UK pretty much all of our dark chocolate is vegan. In fact most of the suppliers of dark chocolate here in the UK also have a very high ethical rating.
It’s also no secret that dark chocolate has been proven to be better for you than the sugar packed milk-variety. Some people suggest that plant-based products, such as carob are better for toddlers and young children. However I think in moderation there are some real health benefits from this sweet ingredient!