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Vegan Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

By Sunday, June 30, 2013 , , , , ,





Combining my love for peanut butter with a chocolate brownie was always going to be a good idea. I made this recipe up on the spot, trying to find a way to make a gluten free and vegan brownie that was still moist, chocolaty and sweet enough, and it was definitely a success. These brownies are decadent and rich, and taste exactly like a real brownie, except they're gluten free, vegan and 100% good for you too.




You will need:

For the batter:

2/3 cup (60g) almond meal/flour
1/4 cup (30g) buckwheat flour
1/2 cup (60g) other gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup cacao powder
3 chia eggs (Each chia egg is 1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsps water)
12 (250g) medjool dates
3/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup (50g) coconut oil

For the swirl:

6 tbsps natural peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsps coconut sugar


Preheat your oven to 180C and form your chia eggs, by combining 3 tbsps chia seeds with 9 tbsps water and leaving it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to firm up and become gooey.

Meanwhile combine the flours in a bowl with the cacao powder, then stone your dates and put them in the food processor with 1/4 cup of the almond milk and the coconut oil. Process until it makes a thick, gooey caramel and then add it to the bowl with the dry mixture. Add the chia eggs and the remaining almond milk and stir until it makes a thick, gooey batter.

Pour into a square 8" baking dish. Mix your peanut butter swirl mixture together well, then place in dollops on top of the batter, using the end of a knife to swirl it through the mixture a little and create a pattern. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until the top of the brownies are crispy, and leave to cool before cutting. These keep for up to a week in a cool cupboard or in a fridge.

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26 comments

  1. Could I use 100% almond flour or 100% wholewheat flour? I am not gluten intolerant :) Or a vegan - I eat eggs! So could I miss the flax whatnot and use eggs?

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    1. This recipe is especially made to be gluten free and vegan, so I think if you changed both of those things it wouldn't work very well at all! I recommend you Google search for a recipe using wholewheat flour and eggs to make sure your banana bread is a success :)

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    2. I'm not making banana bread, I'm making brownies hehe

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    3. Sorry for the confusion!

      I recommend searching for another recipe for brownies which are not gluten free and vegan, because this recipe is especially made to use buckwheat flour and flax eggs and will probably not work if you change that

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  2. Hi Siobhan!
    I was wondering if I could use chia eggs?
    Thanks xxx

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    1. hey, i used chia eggs when i made banana bread and they worked fine and i've used them before in other brownie recipes and they have all worked out great for me so i don't see a problem with it!

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    2. I agree with the anonymous reply, chia eggs will work absolutely fine in place of flax eggs :)

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  3. thankyou so much for the recipe, i'm literally drooling at the pictures haha! do you think if i skipped the pb swirl and just made normal chocolate brownies and then added on a homemade pb frosting after they've cooked it would still taste nice? thanks again! x

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    1. Thank you! They would taste nice without any peanut butter at all, they're chocolate brownies! If you like frosting, then I'm sure that they will be fine :)

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  4. Every other brownie recipe I've ever seen also adds in melted solid chocolate or chocolate drops/chunks, is there a reason you didn't, were they chcolatey enough? :P I think I will add a small pack of cacao drops for texture, also I might skip the swirl and add walnuts. Thanks for the base recipe though, you're a genius :) x

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    1. I used cacao powder instead of solid chocolate for this recipe simply because I wanted to. These were incredibly rich, moist and chocolaty just with cacao powder, so I don't feel chocolate is a necessary addition at all. Adding chocolate chips and walnuts would work fine in this recipe though :)

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  5. Would normal milk or coconut milk work well? Or some type of water-based mixture? Or even coconut water? I don't want to buy almond milk just for this... Also, how do you stone dates?

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    1. Soy milk, rice milk or skim dairy milk should work absolutely fine. And you just pull the date apart and remove the stone with your fingers. Medjool dates are incredibly soft and gooey so it's quite easy to do!

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  6. I just made these! They just came out of the oven & they smell delicious! I am so excited to eat them. I didn't have any dates so I used brown sugar instead. It seemed to have worked well.

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    1. I'm so glad they worked well! Brown sugar should work perfectly in place of the dates, so I hope they taste great!

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  7. hi! i couldn't find any flaxseed so i can't use it in this recipe, but how many normal eggs would you recommend? i know it defeats the purpose of this being vegan but I plan on making them tonight and don't have time to shop around. thank you! x

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    1. Hey! The recipe calls for 3 flax eggs, so I assume you'd want 2 or 3 real eggs, but I can't promise it'd work out exactly the same because I've never tried it. You might need to adjust other things in the recipe too, like how much liquid, as eggs are different to flax eggs. Good luck and I hope you like them!

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  8. Hi Siobhan,
    Thank you for this recipe. I have made these brownies on Wednesday evening and they are now all gone (well, some colleagues helped).

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  9. I made these last night and they're delicious! hard to believe they're so good for you. I did replace the buckwheat flower with wholemeal wheat flour and I used a real egg and they worked out really well!!

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  10. Uh, yum!!! Just made these and they turned out absolutely perfect, deliciously moist and rich. You are a genius! xx

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  11. I made these last week, they're delicious. :) Even better after a few days in the fridge, they seemed to become even more moist. I'm making your double chocolate walnut brownies tonight!

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  12. Hi Siobhan, I'm planning on making these as soon as I can because they sound AMAZING (As do every single one of your recipes! ) Would oat flour/meal instead of buckwheat do fine? I don't have any but I really want to make these ahaha xx

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  13. Thank you so much for the recipe!)

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