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*
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? 😉
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.
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.
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
Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies
Need a gooey, decadent dessert? Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies to the rescue! Plus, they’re vegan & soy-free
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup chopped, roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup natural, smooth peanut butter
For the strawberry sauce, in a small pan, warm strawberries, sugar and water over medium heat. Once simmering, adjust heat to medium-low and simmer for 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and lightly mash the strawberries down into smaller pieces. Move to a bowl and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
For the cake, preheat oven to 350F. Line one 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a small mixing bowl, whisk non-dairy milk, sugar, brown sugar, coconut oil, flaxseed and vanilla until combined.
Add wet mixture to dry, and stir until just combined. Fold vegan chocolate chips and peanuts into batter. Pour batter into baking dish, smooth out to fill dish, spoon strawberry sauce and peanut butter into repeating lines across the batter. Using a butter knife, drag it through the PB&J lines to make swirls.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the top has risen and is not too jiggly. Place baking dish on a cooling rack for 45-60 minutes. Once brownies have cooled, carefully lift them out of baking dish by pulling up parchment paper. Slice into 16 squares, drizzle with salted date caramel and lightly sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Serve immediately, or refrigerate brownies for up to one week.