These dark chocolate peanut butter cup brownies will satisfy all your chocolate peanut butter cravings in the most delicious, fudgy way. You’ll have a hard time believing that they’re totally dairy-free.
I love reading, but I’m also kind of the worst at it. Growing up (and still) I either rip through through books in less than a month or I don’t read for a year. I guess it’s my all or nothing kinda personality, but for some reason I never got into a good rhythm with reading.
However, this past year a lightbulb totally went off. I thought “I love listening to TV shows and podcasts while I’m working around the house, why don’t I listen to books.”
My subscription to Audible* (pretty much like netflix for audiobooks) has been a complete game changer. I’ve consumed more books this year than the past 8 years combined.
On the days I develop and shoot recipes for ze blog, I put on a book and jam out. The reason I’m telling you all this is because as I look at these mouthwatering double chocolate peanut butter cup brownies I’m reminded of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink* that I’ve been reading/listening to. It’s like when you hear a favorite song or smell a familiar sent and are instantly brought back to that moment.
I’m a total Malcolm Gladwell junkie and can’t consume his work fast enough. Blink is all about the power of the unconscious mind’s ability to make split second decisions. He goes into the science and behavioral economics of why people make the judgements they do without having to actively think about them.
It’s definitely made me think a lot about how powerful our intuitions is and how it’s ok if we can’t always articulate why we know something to be true.
When we’re in school and growing up we’re taught SO many rules without the rational behind them. It’s suffocating feeling like you’re “supposed” to be doing all of these arbitrary things.
It happens all the time with food. There are so many dieting rules and tips and tricks and guidelines that we’re supposed to be following when really the most powerful guide is our body.
Society has taken things like scales, calories, BMI and clothes sizes, things that are tiny pieces of an overall equation and made them THE equation. I wonder if we ate when out body was hungry and moved when we felt restless or energized and rested when we were sore or tired and trusted that our bodies were taking the shape they needed to instead of trying to make them something they didn’t want to be, if we would be healthier and happier as a result.
Anyway, tuning into your intuition and your gut is hard, especially in a world that’s telling you not to trust yourself in order to fit into measurements that don’t tell a full story. But I think we can all benefit from quieting the outside voices and doing more gut checks. For our bodies, for our minds, for our relationships, our careers. I believe there’s enormous value in getting a “good feeling” about something even if I can’t always articulate why.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Brownies
Before I leave you, let me just say these dark chocolate peanut butter cup brownies are in-sane. If you follow me on snapchat you already know that I created a delicious moster when I made these. In fact I had to give them away so I wouldn’t eat the whole pan myself (because I was pretty damn close to.) The chocolate nut butter makes them so rich and fudgy without dragging you down. You are going to LOVE them.
- 1 egg
- ¾ cups of chocolate almond or peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ of coconut oil, melted
- ¾ cups of coconut sugar
- ¾ cups of flour
- ½ cup of dutch cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 10 mini peanut butter cups, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- In a medium size bowl mix together egg, almond butter, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and coconut sugar until well combined
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, dutch cocoa powder, baking powder and salt
- Combine dry ingredients with wet mixture
- Fold in the chopped peanut butter cups
- Bake in an 8" greased square ban for 20 minutes until cooked through
- Allow to cool
- Cut into 16 pieces
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- What books are you reading right now?