Peanut Butter Cup Brownies: Gluten Free & Vegan

A moist dark chocolate brownie, topped with decadent peanut butter frosting. Oh, yes!

A moist dark chocolate brownie, topped with decadent peanut butter frosting. Oh, yes!

I’m super excited to be featured over at Morsels & Moonshine today, while Aileen is enjoying a vacation!  I first teamed up with Aileen through A Vegan Holiday, and am happy to be continuing our partnership.  I’ve posted the recipe below, but be sure to check out the full post over on her blog!

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Gluten Free & Vegan

The parchment paper makes it easy to take these brownies out and frost them

The parchment paper makes it easy to take these brownies out and frost them

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, separated
  • ½ cup white sugar, separated
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flax seed, dissolved in 6 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tbsp warm coffee
  • ¾ cup gluten free flour, with xanthan gum
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
Just look at that topping!

Just look at that topping!

Topping

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup salted, roasted peanuts
  • Vegan Chocolate Glaze (equal parts powdered sugar and cocoa powder, thinned with almond milk)
There is nothing like a thick layer of frosting to make a brownie better

There is nothing like a thick layer of frosting to make a brownie better

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line a 8×8 pan (or 7×11) with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together applesauce, ¾ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup white sugar, and ¼ cup canola, until everything is incorporated. The mixture should be moist throughout.
  3. Stir in remaining white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix on low until it is homogeneous.
  4. Add in flax eggs and coffee, and beat vigorously, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. With the mixer on low, beat in remaining cocoa, flour, and baking soda. Continue to beat until everything is incorporated and the mixture is glossy. The batter will be thick.
  6. Transfer batter into prepared pan, and bake for 45 – 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely, frost, top with peanuts, and drizzle with chocolate glaze.
  7. To make the frosting: beat together peanut butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, and slowly add almond milk till you reach desired consistency.

    These peanut butter cup brownies are sweet and salty and completely addictive!  Plus, they're gluten free and vegan - what more could you want?

    These peanut butter cup brownies are sweet and salty and completely addictive! Plus, they’re gluten free and vegan – what more could you want?

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