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    •  12/12/2013 9:59:40 AM
    • Holiday Healthy Peanut Butter Brownies

      Looking for a healthy CHOCOLATE treat this holiday season?  What if it was gluten-free, oil-free and vegan?  Check out this recipe my mother shared with me.  So good!  Can’t wait to make them again.  My kids approved!


      Brownie Batter-

      1/2 cup dates
      1/2 cup all natural peanut butter
      1/2 cup navy beans, mashed
      1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond)
      1/4 cup sugar (I used sucanat, but any granulated sugar will work)
      1 tbsp vanilla extract
      1/2 cup cocoa powder
      1/4 tsp baking soda
      1/8 tsp sea salt

      Peanut Butter Swirl-

      1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
      1/4 cup navy beans, mashed
      2 tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond)



      Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
      Place dates in a 1/2 cup dry measuring cup and pour hot water over them until the measuring cup is full. Let sit for 5-10 minutes (depending on how hard dates are).  Add peanut butter, beans, non-dairy milk, sugar and vanilla to a food processor or blender,  and blend until combined. Add the soaked dates and the soaking water and blend again until smooth.

      In a medium bowl mix together cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Add the blended mixture and stir until combined.

      Line 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper.  Pour the mixture into baking pan and set aside.

      Prepare the peanut butter swirl my adding the peanut butter, beans and non-dairy milk to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

      Using a spoon drop spoonfuls of peanut butter swirl batter randomly over the brownie batter.
      Insert a butter knife into the center of a peanut butter swirl blob (right down to the bottom of the pan) and pull the knife away from the blob in a swirl-like pattern. Repeat until all of the peanut butter swirl blobs have been cut/ swirled into the brownie batter.
      Bake for 45 minutes and let cool completely in the pan before cutting and serving.

      Hope you enjoy!

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