Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

A friend asked if I could make Lenten brownies for him. I know a few years ago I made vegan brownies with bananas, but I cannot find the recipe anywhere! Looking over a few classic brownie recipes, though, I realized this is one of the easiest desserts to veganize, and these vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies were born 😀

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
I replaced the butter with peanut butter, and egg is replaced with banana. I was also able to cut down on refined sugar thanks to the natural sweetness of the bananas. For my friend, I kept them extra “healthy” (I mean, they’re still brownies) by using chopped dates in place of chocolate chips. I’ve tried this recipe with a gluten free flour mix and it worked just as well, although the brownies were a little fudgier – is that a bad thing?? Nope.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
Bake until beautiful 🙂

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
I didn’t even get to try one whole brownie because they were promised to another, but…I cut off a piece to make a nice, even square. And it was wonderful.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
3/4 C natural peanut butter
8 squares unsweetened chocolate*
1 1/2 C sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1 C flour
optional: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc

Preheat oven to 325.
In medium saucepan, heat peanut butter on low for approximately 5 minutes. Add chocolate and stir until completely melted. Add sugar and stir to incorporate. Add mashed bananas and vanilla, and stir until incorporated. Add 1 C flour, stir to incorporate. Removed from heat and fold in optional ingredients.

Pour batter into a greased 9×13″ baking dish. Bake at 325 for 25 to 30 minutes.

By the way, these are perfect for a strict fasting day since there’s no added oil!

*1/4 C vegan chocolate chips can be used in place of unsweetened chocolate squares. Since chocolate chips are sweetened, I’d recommend cutting the sugar to 1 1/4 C unless you eat like John Travolta in Michael.

25 thoughts on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

  1. FABULOUS RECIPE! I do want to point out you forgot to put the “cup” after your peanut butter amount. Yum I love dates too, what a great idea! love your post

    • Yeah, I was afraid the dates would make the brownies taste a little too healthy, if you know what I mean, but they worked really well! I’m being bad tonight, though, and making a batch with extra peanut butter and sprinkled with chocolate chips.

  2. I’m not vegan but these do sound appealing – of course, I love peanut butter in almost anything. This is a great guide for how to “veganize” a dessert.

    • Yeah, hope it’s not too long! I have a feeling you will want to cut down the sugar even more, but that should be fine 🙂

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