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Peanut Butter Brownies

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on January 24, 2011

It was a weekend of memories. Memories made, memories found. Thoughts erupted onto paper, using the pens that were all the rage in elementary school. Gel pens, with their shimmery swirl and flowing text. There were old rolls of film (and much more recent ones) discovered. Some were printed, others were simply pulled out of their hiding spaces. Smiles captured nearly a decade ago spread like wildfire across our faces as we reminisced and looked at how far we’ve came. Kittens and puppies, now cats and dogs. A wide-eyed girl in grade seven, now in my last year of high school. A boy just learning to play, now making it onto the big teams (congrats, “little” brother!).

That’s where the memories being made part falls into play. I started to break in a new apron, from a dear friend. We found my first camera. Ever. I love that thing, and cherished it so much. Still do. Then, to cap the weekend off? I made these. Peanut Butter Brownies. After all, today is National Peanut Butter Day. Why not celebrate with something as fantastic as brownies, laced with swirls of peanut butter?

Even better? This month, I’m hosting Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free. The theme is “Follow the Calendar” where you celebrate food holidays – there are still a few days left to join in!  I would absolutely love to have you. Plus, maybe you’ll create new memories that will shine through the years. I know we did.

This recipe is based off my favourite brownie recipe.  With that, it has little bits of peanut butter throughout.  I opted for a thin peanut butter swirl, rather than stiff chunks.  You get the lovely peanut butter flavour without forgetting that you are indeed having a brownie.  In my opinion, they are best when they’ve set up and are at room temperature, and aren’t still warm.  That way, they’re also much easier to slice!

I love how rustic they are. Dips and valleys and memories of violently bubbling peanut butter, just beginning to settle into its brownie cave. Perfectly imperfect.

I cut them a hair before they were cooled.  I couldn’t help myself.  The light was fading, and I really wanted to be able to celebrate peanut butter day with you on peanut butter day!  I love that you can clearly see the different layers all waiting to give you a lovely peanut butter twist when you bite in.

Ah… so lovely.  I think I need to go grab another one, right about now.  Yum.

With all that said, thank you to everyone who has joined in to Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free so far this month!  It’s been a joy to see how you celebrate the food holidays of January!  If you haven’t already, it’s definitely not too late.  After all, there’s still Chocolate Cake Day, among others :).  All the info you need is here. No matter what, I’ll have the round-up up at the very end of January, so everyone can check out all of the lovely creations!


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Olga @ MangoTomato January 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm

the dessert looks great and I love gel pens!!!

Abisaac Saraga January 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

This was an immediate forward to my wife! Looks so good. Its hard to resist chocolate or peanutbutter, but both together! Whoa!

Do you always mix your own gfree flours? Would any of the all purpose gfree flours work well too?



Lauren | Celiac Teen January 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Hi Abisaac! Thank you :). Yes, I do always mix my own flours. I like the control it gives me over the end result. I’m honestly not sure it it would work with an all-purpose blend, as I don’t tend to keep them on hand. However, if it’s what you prefer, you could replace all of the flours (and xanthan gum if your mix contains it) with an equal amount by weight. I hope this helps!

Jess January 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Yummie! Looks awesome!
Jess : )

Joy January 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Lauren, these really are lovely. After you tweeted this recipe this afternoon I was inspired and went into the kitchen to construct my own peanut butter and chocolate recipe in honour of Peanut Butter Day. I won’t necessarily be taking part in Go Ahead Honey because I only sometimes bake gluten free but I do know that I will be inspired by you.

Christine January 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Did you know that I’ve never made brownies? Sad day, I know! Once I’m done this fast thing I’m on (vegan, no sugar or leavening agents), I’m definitely going to make this. Peanut butter and chocolate is probably one of the best combinations ever.

Gluten Free Diva January 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter – a marriage made in gluten free heaven!! Beautiful job on the brownies. And your writing just keeps getting better and better – a joy to read Lauren!

Angie Halten January 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love that eating gluten free can still include my two favorites…Chocolate and peanut butter! I love the look of these brownies. I’m also very encouraged to see a teenager like yourself running this website…you inspire me!

GFree_Miel January 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

Lauren, these look amazing! Chocolate and peanut-butter has to be the best combination when it comes to sweets. Beautiful brownies!

Nancy - The Sensitive Pantry January 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Lauren – the memories are sweet…just like the lovely brownies. As usual your post and recipe hit the spot.

Aline February 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Hi Lauren, thanks for your great recipes ! Living in Switzerland, I just have some problems finding what you call “Sweet rice flour”… I found in a Asian market something call “Glutinous rice flour” which is really like a starch (very fine and completely white). Is yours like that or is it really a flour ? I tried your cornbread recipe but mine doesn’t seem as great as yours… I was wondering whether it was because of this flour. Thanks for your answer! Aline

Lauren | Celiac Teen February 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Aline, I’ve been told that they are the same thing. Yes, it’s sort of between a starch and a flour – doesn’t squeak between your fingers, but the lightest flour I use. I hope that helps!

Erika K July 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

If there’s one thing my kids can bribe me with, it’s peanut butter and chocolate. However, I’ve never had them together in a brownie – holy buckets!

Been a while since I’ve used sweet rice flour, but this recipe would be worth it. And National Peanut Butter Day? Wonder if we have that here in the US! Great recipe – bookmarking this one right now, and going to find out where to get some quinoa flour and sweet rice flour.

Erika K

Prakash January 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Hi Lauren
You use 1 stick or 1/2 cup of butter in you recipe…can you tell me what weight that is either in grams or oz please?


Lauren | Celiac Teen January 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

Prakash, a stick of butter is 4 oz or 113 grams.

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