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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • ½ Cup Earth Balance 1 Stick, Melted and cooled
  • 1 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Flax
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • Cup Apple Sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips or Chunks divided
  • ¾ Cup Peanut Butter
  • ¼ Cup Agave Nectar
  • teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350*F and prepare an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with baking spray.
  • In a small bowl combine flax, water, vanilla and applesauce and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • In another small bowl, combine peanut butter, agave and salt and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine earth balance and cocoa powder with a spatula. Add sugar and stir well. Next, add the flax and applesauce mixture. Stir well with a spatula. Next, add flour baking powder and salt and gently fold together until everything is just combined. Next, add ½ cup of chocolate chunks and fold together to distribute.
  • Transfer brownie batter to a pan and spread out. Onto the brownie batter, distribute dollops of the peanut butter and agave mixture. With a knife or a spatula, swirl the peanut butter into the brownie mixture. Top with the remaining ½ cup of chocolate chunks and using a spatula, gently press them down into the brownie batter.
  • Bake on the center rack of a 350"* F oven for 35-40 minutes. The edges should be starting to brown. I don’t recommend testing with a toothpick here because you will likely go straight through a chocolate chip wherever you test.
  • Let cool completely, cut into desired sizes and serve up!
Keyword brownies, peanut butter, peanut butter cup