Brownie Alert! These Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownies, inspired by Claire Saffitz's Malted Forever Brownies are a must-try for any peanut butter & chocolate lover!
Step aside cakey brownies! These Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownies are ooey-gooey fudge brownies lovers.
What makes a brownie perfect to me?
I want loads of chocolate, in the form of cocoa powder & a high quality chopped chocolate bar.
I'd like to compare these brownies to Fudge, in a way. If baked for less time, they resemble a square of fudge with a lightly crisp exterior crust. If baked for a bit longer, the result will still be fudgy, but a thicker crisp texture around the edges.
Let's talk chocolate & peanut butter!
This flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a lifetime favorite of mine. It started with my best friend's mom's Chocolate Peanut Butter layer cake - this way a treat! And I can't forget the margarine-filled chocolate peanut butter diamonds from the Jewish cookbook growing up- those were always incredible.
There's something incredible about how these two flavors complement each other, and it makes for magical recipes!
The Best Peanut Butter to Use
As much as I love and advocate for Whole Foods, real ingredients store-bought items, there is nothing like Skippy Naturals peanut butter in baked goods. Personally, I like to choose a conventional brand for baked goods like this, so that the results will always be consistent and reliable. Any other conventional brand will work in this recipe as well.
You can definitely try a real unprocessed peanut butter that is freshly ground. This would probably taste phenomenal too!
Peanut Butter Alternatives
If you're allergic to peanut butter or simply don't enjoy the flavor, their are plenty of other nut butters or seed butters that can be used in its' place. Try out almond butter or even a sweetened tahini; both should work wonders!
How to Make Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownies
Making these peanut butter brownies is essentially a one-bowl recipe (aside from the quick cocoa-water blooming that happens in a small bowl).
Start with "blooming" the cocoa powder in boiling water. This will help enhance the flavor and also allow the cocoa powder to evenly distribute in the batter without any clumps. Thank you to Claire Saffitz for teaching me this trick!
Once the cocoa is bloomed, it's added to a ban-mare setup, along with chopped chocolate, plant based butter and oil. This gets cooked slowly, taking about 6-10 minutes.
Next, you'll remove the bowl form the heat and mix in sugars, followed by eggs & vanilla extract.
Add your dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture!
Last but not least, add in the melted peanut butter. Only half though! Save the remaining peanut butter to create a swirl on the brownie batter once in the pan.
Baking time matter. Once the brownie is set in the pan and ready to bake. You can bake for about 35 minutes for a super fudgy brownie. Alternatively, bake a couple more minutes for a slightly more set brownie with a cakier texture.
If you like these Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownies, you may like:
Mini Chocolate Cream Cakes
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie Sticks
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