Need a gooey, decadent dessert? Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies to the rescue! Plus, they’re vegan & soy-free

Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies

Sometime last year, I worked on a brownie recipe for VegNews Magazine, as part of my regular Sweet Eats column. Now, after failing literally nine times – NINE TIMES – I made the most luscious, rich, chocolatey brownies and was so excited. Are these brownies healthy? They most definitely are not. Are they crazy delicious? Hell yeah, they are! That being said, I thought I’d use up some beautiful, fresh strawberries and switch up this recipe just a tad. Thus, born unto this blog: Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies! *Insert 5 heart eye emojis*

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Need a gooey, decadent dessert? Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies to the rescue! Plus, they’re vegan & soy-free

These brownies are straight up show stoppers. Swirls of strawberries and creamy peanut butter, embedded into a rich, chocolate, brownie base. Because of this they take a little longer to bake, but it is SO worth it. I’ve now made variations of these brownies for a few different occasions, and they’ve always been a hit. They evoke funny responses from non-vegans like, “how is this so rich without dairy?” and “how are these vegan?” That’s always a good sign, right? 😉

Need a gooey, decadent dessert? Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies to the rescue! Plus, they’re vegan & soy-free

Now, with Spring coming to an end pretty soon (sad face), strawberries will be at their ripest and most-gorgeous. So, take advantage and get-to-gettin’ with this recipe, and maybe try some of the many others I have on here, while you’re at it.

Need a gooey, decadent dessert? Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies to the rescue! Plus, they’re vegan & soy-free

If you find yourself making these, know that you will need a large glass of almond milk on deck. It really pairs perfectly with the peanut butter jelly brownies, with its cool, smooth flavors. Have a nut allergy? Use creamy sunbutter in place of PB, and roasted sunflower seeds instead of peanuts! I haven’t tried it yet, but I can imagine it being super tasty.

Need a gooey, decadent dessert? Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies to the rescue! Plus, they’re vegan & soy-free

And before I give you the recipe, know that a sparkling mimosa post and a giveaway are coming up in the next week! Keep your eyes peeled, because you will not want to miss them. <3

Need a gooey, decadent dessert? Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies to the rescue! Plus, they’re vegan & soy-free

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These Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos are filled with fresh fruit, lots of protein, and wonderful flavors from cacao nibs and creamy quinoa! #Vegan #Glutenfree #HeartYourself #Soyfree

Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos

It may sound hard to believe, but a lot of times I don’t switch up my breakfasts much. I mean, I LOVE breakfast food. A lot. Those days when your first priority is getting coffee inside of you, and the second is nutrition, find me often. Typically, breakfast is one of four things: smoothie, pancakes, oatmeal or maybe toast. So, I thought I’d put together a fun brunch treat that is as tasty as it is nutritious, Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos!

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 These Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos are filled with fresh fruit, lots of protein, and wonderful flavors from cacao nibs and creamy quinoa! #Vegan #Glutenfree #HeartYourself #Soyfree

Now, I remember when I first went vegan, quinoa was just gaining in popularity. It makes sense, as quinoa has as much as 18% protein content, and is high in vitamins and minerals. When it became trendy, things needed to be considered in the cultivation and harvesting of this seed. Just like coffee, cacao or sugar, it’s best to look for quinoa that is Fair Trade-certified (since it’s internationally grown). It also helps when quinoa is organic & non-GMO certified, which means growing practices won’t ruin the land.

These Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos are filled with fresh fruit, lots of protein, and wonderful flavors from cacao nibs and creamy quinoa! #Vegan #Glutenfree #HeartYourself #Soyfree

All of that to say, not many brands have all of these certifications going for it. I Heart Keenwah, on the other hand, does! I’ve munched on a variety of their puffs and clusters, in the past – which are always delicious. But, this time I got to make a recipe with their Toasted Quinoa. Typically, quinoa found in stores is not toasted, and can taste a bit grassy. (I know Corey hates that about it) But, this toasted variety is more nutty and has a deeper flavor, without you having to worry about burning it yourself! I may have done that in the past. 😉

These Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos are filled with fresh fruit, lots of protein, and wonderful flavors from cacao nibs and creamy quinoa! #Vegan #Glutenfree #HeartYourself #Soyfree

These Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos are filled with fresh fruit, lots of protein, and wonderful flavors from cacao nibs and creamy quinoa! #Vegan #Glutenfree #HeartYourself #Soyfree

I imagined the quinoa would be great made creamy and served with sweet fruits. The cacao nibs and hemp hearts on top don’t hurt, either. These toasted quinoa-stuffed mangos a filled with beautiful fruit and flavor! I remember, after making them, my mom was around and “famished”, as she put it. As soon as I was done shooting these beauts’ she tried them and fell in love. It’s not hard to do, let me tell you.

These Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos are filled with fresh fruit, lots of protein, and wonderful flavors from cacao nibs and creamy quinoa! #Vegan #Glutenfree #HeartYourself #Soyfree

Say you have a brunch scheduled and you need to bring something fun, gorgeous and delicious. These are what you should bring! They’re perfect for sharing, snacking on, or you can eat two for a full serving. If you’re craving even more protein, top the toasted quinoa-stuffed mangos with toasted almonds!

These Toasted Quinoa-Stuffed Mangos are filled with fresh fruit, lots of protein, and wonderful flavors from cacao nibs and creamy quinoa! #Vegan #Glutenfree #HeartYourself #Soyfree

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These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are easy-to-make, fun to customize, and always a crowd pleaser! From the book, But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! #vegan #soyfree #eggfree

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies + Giveaway

What better way to celebrate the weekend being here than with cookies and a giveaway, am I right? And, when it’s a copy of But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan by Kristy Turner, you know it’ll be good! This stellar sequel to But I Could Never Go Vegan, came out last year and is perfect for holidays and gatherings. You know, events you go to, bringing the only vegan dish and hoping someone will try it/like it. With Mother’s Day here, maybe you should think about making her some of these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies?

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are easy-to-make, fun to customize, and always a crowd pleaser! With a gluten-free option, from the book, But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! #vegan #soyfree #eggfree

Before we get to the recipe + giveaway, let’s talk about this gorgeous book, shall we? If you’re not familiar, Kristy runs the blog Keepin’ it Kind. She makes and styles fantastic vegan food, while her husband, Chris, takes gorgeous photos. Basically, the ideal power couple; if you must know, I’m friends with them both and they are amazing humans. In this second, drool-worthy cookbook, Kristy and Chris have put together beautiful recipes suited for everyone!

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I’m loving the chapter names like “My family demands bacon and eggs for breakfast.”, and “The inlaws just added this to their list of my faults”. With so many more titles, it’s hard to pick favorites, but each is a commonly heard excuse for those who are vegan, or are headed that way. Kristy breaks down pantry staples, cooking basics, and essential kitchen equipment for those just getting into cooking.

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are easy-to-make, fun to customize, and always a crowd pleaser! With a gluten-free option, from the book, But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! #vegan #soyfree #eggfree

Aside from these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies, a few other recipes caught my eye! With foods like Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi, Deviled Potato Salad, and Mini Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Tarts, how could you not work up your appetite? Whether it be a comforting classic or a quick, kid-friendly recipe, this book has it.

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are easy-to-make, fun to customize, and always a crowd pleaser! With a gluten-free option, from the book, But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! #vegan #soyfree #eggfree

Now, I’m sorry to keep you waiting. Made with ingredients from every pantry, these cookies come together super quick and easily. I literally did no shopping before making these Wednesday night. Another point, this recipe makes 30 cookies, and as of this morning there are none left in my house. That’s how good they are. So, enjoy and make sure to enter the giveaway!

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