Healthy(er) Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Even though I love football, I still think the food is an important part of watching the game. Chips and salsa, pretzels, chili, cornbread, and cookies are all fun to make and eat for the game. Still need an idea of something to bake for the Super Bowl this Sunday? What about making some brownies that are secretly healthy? I know putting beans in your brownies sounds gross, but I guarantee they taste good. I fed them to my friends last weekend without telling anyone what was in them (sorry 😉 )and they disappeared quickly. Go ahead and give them a try! I think the beans make them fudgy and all the more delicious. And if you have skeptical friends, just don’t share the secret ingredient 🙂 Bonus: these are gluten-free and can easily be made vegan. A yummy brownie anyone can eat!


Healthier Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies


1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)

2 eggs (feel free to use flax eggs to make these vegan)

3 tbsp vegetable oil

3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup agave (maple syrup or honey also work well)

1/4 cup + 2 tsp granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup peanut butter (I used PB2, but any smooth or creamy kind will work)

2 tbsp powdered sugar

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more – I’ve never heard of using too many 🙂 )



Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Use a nonstick 8×8 baking pan and coat with cooking spray or lightly grease with olive oil.

Add all ingredients up to baking soda into a food processor and pulse until combined (about 2 minutes). Add the chocolate chips and stir until combined. The thickness should be a little less thick then frosting but not too runny. Add 1 or 2 tbsp of water if necessary.

Poor batter into pan and make sure it is evenly distributed.

Measure out peanut butter and mix with 2 tbsp powdered sugar. Add dots of peanut butter mixture to the brownie batter in the pan. Swirl with a fork. Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes (test with a fork to see if cooked through).

Slice and serve!


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2 thoughts on “Healthy(er) Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

  1. Yum, these look absolutely sinful! Have you tried making these using flax eggs? I’ve found that brownies can be very difficult to vegan-ize, I’d love to hear any tricks you may know of!

    Thanks for linking up to Healthy Vegan Fridays! Please make sure to link this recipe to this week’s HVF post on one of the co-hosts blogs!

  2. Pingback: Healthy Vegan Fridays #4: Hemp-tastic Giveaway!hello, veggy!

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