Brownies with Peanut Butter Swirl

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By the Gracious Vegan

I owe the base recipe to Forks over Knives, although I introduced the date paste to replace half of the maple syrup. The peanut butter swirl satisfies the craving for salty-sweet and, for me, makes the flavor deeper and more satisfying. You could go whole hog and serve these squares as a dessert with chocolate banana ice cream and my healthy, delicious chocolate sauce

Makes one 8-inch-square pan of brownies

Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, extending paper over the edges. 

Wet ingredients. In a small bowl or in a measuring cup, fork-whisk together the following ingredients.

  • 2/3 cup date paste (or you could use another 1/3 cup of maple syrup in addition to what's called for below)

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

  • 2 Tablespoons smooth almond butter

  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry ingredients. In a medium bowl sift together the following ingredients.

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Peanut butter swirl. In a separate smaller bowl, fork-whisk the following ingredients together. 

  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (I like smooth)

  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 Tablespoon whole wheat pastry flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add the applesauce mixture into the flour-cocoa mixture and stir until just combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Drop the peanut butter mixture onto the brownie batter in about 8-9 dollops. Use a knife to swirl and feather it lightly into the top of the brownie batter. 

Bake for 30-33 minutes or until firm. Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then lift the uncut brownies out of the pan with the edges of the parchment paper. Let the brownies cool another 5-10 minutes before eating, or let them cool completely. 

Timing: About 50 minutes, then cooling time.

Nutrition: Whole-food unprocessed; WFPBNO

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