Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

The last time I posted was 5 days ago. There’s a reason for my absence. I spent all week in Philadelphia at the Healthy Living Summit living it up with some great friends. I learned and did so many things in Philly that I can’t wait to share. But not yet. I got home late last night and my head(and bedroom floor) are currently a mess.


One thing I can share is this brownie recipe. Like the almond flour brownie recipe, I baked these and packed them up to bring to Philly and share with bloggers. Most of all I was excited to share these with Cynthia, who also has food allergies(gluten, soy, almond, hazelnut, refined sugar, and dairy). I didn’t have a recipe that avoided all of those allergens, so I made one up and said a little prayer. At first I worried they came out too cakey for my preference, but one taste and I was sold. The only question remaining was how would other people like them.


The response to these was overwhelming. As soon as I tweeted out, the brownies started selling like hotcakes(but way better because they’re brownies, duh). Cynthia really enjoyed them, as did Meghann, Julie, and too many other bloggers to count. I don’t care how good food tastes; nothing feels as good as sharing it with others. 

If you’re baking for someone with a peanut or tree nut allergy, sunflower seed butter makes a great substitute for peanut butter.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients(makes 16 brownies):

  • 4.5oz unsweetened baking chocolate(I used Scharffen Berger because it’s soy-free)
  • 1 3/4 cups maple syrup, divided
  • 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour(I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the chocolate and whisk in 1 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the baking powder, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Whisk in 2 eggs and 1/3 cup of water.
  4. Mix the chocolate-peanut butter mixture into flour and eggs until completely combines. Pour this into a greased 8×8 baking pan. If the batter is too thick to pour, add extra water until it’s runny but still thick.
  5. Make the peanut butter part by whisking together the remaining maple syrup, peanut butter, and egg.
  6. Pour the peanut butter mixture on top of the brownies and lightly swirl the two batters together a couple times, making sure not to over mix them.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely before cutting.


Make sure to share these after making them. That way they’ll taste all the better.

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17 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
  1. Emily
    August 23, 2011 | 9:07 am

    Found your blog thanks to all the HLS bloggers and I have to say I am LOVING it 🙂 Your recipes are amazing, and I love the GF ones, too 🙂 These brownies look incredible!

  2. Paige @ Running Around Normal
    August 23, 2011 | 9:27 am

    Evan, that was so thoughtful of you to think of Cynthia’s and others allergies while baking these. Sounds like they turned out great! (again, I missed the brownie boat!!)

  3. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    August 23, 2011 | 10:34 am

    That was so nice of you and I’m so glad they turned out! They look delicious! 🙂

  4. Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    August 23, 2011 | 10:39 am

    They were INSANE. Seriously…whoa. And they weren’t just “good for GF” brownies, they were ridiculously delicious brownies, period. We were all so glad you shared! (And some of us were extra glad that we were sitting at the same table you were handing them out from…muhaha.)

  5. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 23, 2011 | 10:55 am

    I totally agree–nothing is better than sharing food with friends. Great recipe!

  6. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
    August 23, 2011 | 11:22 am

    I noticed on Twitter that everyone seemed to be loving your brownies. So glad you posted the recipe – they look wonderful!

  7. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 23, 2011 | 11:46 am

    This looks like a great way to use up my sunflower seed butter that I’m not a huge fan of on it’s own. Sounds like you were the hit of the conference with these!

  8. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn
    August 23, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    I never got a brownieeee!!! Will you send me some for comfort at college? 🙂

  9. Cynthia (It All Changes)
    August 23, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    A. I’m sooooooooooooooo (I could add more o’s but then it would be ridiculous) thankful you made these. They made my weekend and will make an appearance in my kitchen this weekend.

    B. Cakey brownies are the best as evidenced by my “I can’t talk while I inhale this brownie” first taste.

    C. Sharing food had to be the best idea ever for HLS. Your table was the party table.

    D. Now when are you going to work on recreating that cinnamon roll? Katie and I are waiting on the edge of our seats…

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 23, 2011 | 1:37 pm

      I can’t find the cinnamon rolls on their website! I should have snapped a picture of the ingredient list so at least I would have something to go off of.

  10. Ela
    August 23, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Sounds like you had an awesome time. Thanks for sharing the ‘share’ spirit, and it sounds like a fantastic recipe to do it with.

  11. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 23, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Evan the brownies look great and I am all about the fudgy rather than cakey brownie myself. Glad to hear you created a winner!

    And your time at HLS..and with Madeline. Can’t wait for a post on that!!!!

  12. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
    August 23, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    Again, I’ve never met a brownie I didn’t like! These look awesome! Can’t wait for HLS recaps!

  13. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    August 23, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    so sweet of you to share these brownies. They look and sound amazing!!!

  14. s
    August 24, 2011 | 12:03 am

    i made these tonight since school closed and i had nothing better to do. they are amazing and will also be part of my breakfast tomorrow 🙂

  15. Heather
    August 24, 2011 | 10:43 pm

    They were pretty awesome.I liked the others with the almond flower too.

  16. Ramona
    August 28, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    You had me with the mention of PB and Chocolate. I love that combination and putting them in a brownie is yum-tastic! Great recipe. : )