Peanut Butter Cup Brownies (dairy-free, whole grain)

These peanut butter cup brownies are dairy-free, 100% whole grain and are super gooey and rich!

100% Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cup Brownies – so incredibly gooey and rich! |

Everyone’s stuffing things these days and I wanted to get in on the action. I took my brownie recipe and my peanut butter cup recipe and put ‘em together. It was a really, really good idea! Fantastic even. I don’t remember ever being this excited to post something!

So. These peanut butter cup brownies look kind of boring without the chocolate on top. And they have a weird shiny (not but greasy!) surface. They definitely don’t need more chocolate on top, but I like things to be pretty. And they’re just more fun when they’re oozing chocolate.

100% Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cup Filling Filled Chocolate Brownies |

They’re nice and gooey but if you decide to leave out the peanut butter filling, I don’t know how they’d be. I imagine that they rely on the sweetness and gooiness of the filling, but that’s just my feeling. So don’t do it, okay?! We need the peanut butter!

If you want, you could use another type of nut butter. Natural nut butter, though and nothing with added oil or sugar! That means no Nutella. ;) This homemade chocolate hazelnut butter would probably be amazing, though.

I tried making these peanut butter cup brownies with honey in the batter but they weren’t as good. And if you’re tempted to reduce the sugar – I wouldn’t. The texture needs the sugar for the gooiness. Less sugar = more cakey. And that’s not what we’re going for here!

Peanut Butter Cup Filling Filled Chocolate Brownies – 100% whole grain and super gooey! |

I haven’t tried it but I’m pretty sure coconut oil would be fine instead of the olive and canola oil in the brownies. Just remember that refined coconut oil doesn’t have any coconut flavor and unrefined might result in a slight coconut-y taste.

So what other types of brownies do I need to healthify? I’m taking suggestions! I’m up for anything without nuts. Except peanuts. Those are okay. :)

If you love peanut butter and chocolate like I do, try this Reese’s fudge from Dinners, Dishes, Dessert! It sounds amazing.

100% Whole Grain Peanut Butter Cup Filling Filled Chocolate Brownies

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies (dairy-free, whole grain)
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  • Yield: 16 brownies



  • 1 cup (~256 grams) salted natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup (106 grams) honey
  • 1/4 (56 grams) cup coconut oil, room temperature (normal butter works for a non-dairy-free version)
  • Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) coconut oil or olive oil (or canola)
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (85 grams) Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) whole spelt, whole wheat pastry, or whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper or spray the pan with baking spray. Preheat your oven to 350°F / 175°C. Combine filling ingredients and place in fridge while you prepare the brownie batter. In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, canola oil, and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat just until combined. In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. It will be really thick, but that's okay. Only stir until combined!
  2. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. To get the peanut butter filling somewhat evenly into the pan, I rolled the filling into balls and smushed them to make them flat, and then used those to cover the first half of the brownie batter. Cover the peanut butter filling with the rest of the brownie batter. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
  3. Take them out when they are set in the middle. The top will be shiny and look strange but it has nothing to do with how done they are. They should not be the least bit cakey, but really really fudgy. Both the brownie part and peanut butter part won't appear to be done when you take it out of the oven, but it is. Let it cool and then put them in the fridge. They will firm up and get fudgy in there.
  4. For the chocolate topping, I just melted some chocolate and added some milk (you're supposed to use cream but I didn't want to open cream just for a tablespoon or so) until it was pourable. If you do that, you should probably keep the brownies in the fridge. I prefer them at room temperature, though!

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  • Anonymous says
    July 26, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Ok, guess you can't use the natural peanut butter that you keep in the fridge? I just made these and the peanut butter looks like a soupy mess. Does this recipe only work with Jif/Skippy shelf stable type natural peanut butter? I'm hoping I can stick it in the fridge after they cool and they may still taste decent. We'll see. Hoping for better results next time!

  • Erin says
    July 17, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    Dalia – Yay! Thank you so much for leaving some feedback and your very nice comment. :) I'm happy that you enjoyed them!

  • Dalia says
    July 17, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    Your brownie is delicious! I made it recently and enjoyed very much. Thank you for sharing and inspiring :)

  • Erin says
    June 25, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    Jon – Thank you so much! That's really one of the nicest comments I've ever received. After I read the second sentence, I even thought, "Are they going to post a link to some random product now?!" But you didn't! I'm about to go to bed and your comment has just made me so happy I think I'll have trouble getting to sleep. Thanks again and I really appreciate your kind words. :)

  • Jon says
    June 25, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

    I must say, your blog is amazing. I am enjoying your recipes very much :)

    Thank you and keep up the great work, it is clear you enjoy this with a passion and that you have tremendous talent!

  • Erin says
    May 18, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Melanie – Thanks a bunch! I had a feeling that people would like the chocolate. :)

  • Melanie says
    May 18, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    Oh my heavens, the chocolate glaze dripping down the bars is what sold me on these. They look delicious!

  • Erin says
    May 13, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    Heather – Thanks! Love yours too. I'm happy I found it today. :)

  • Heather says
    May 13, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    You had me at chocolate and peanut butter…these look amazing. Love your blog!

  • Erin says
    May 13, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    RecipeNewZ – Thanks! Have a great Sunday. :)

  • RecipeNewZ says
    May 12, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

    They are so rich and perfect! Just looking at that glaze makes me hungry :-)

  • Erin says
    May 11, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    Lori – Thanks a bunch! And thanks for stopping by. :)

  • RecipeGirl says
    May 11, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Love your photos & what a delicious recipe to share!

  • Erin says
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Laura – Thanks!

    Heidi – Oh, that makes me feel kind of bad. I don't want to give people sweets cravings, but I guess there's no way to avoid that unless I post some pictures of some unappetizing goodies. Or start posting vegetables. So I guess I should be happy? :) Thanks a bunch for your comment! You always say the nicest things.

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    I don't know how you do it, but you have me MAJORLY craving sweets every time I visit your blog. I'm always so impressed with what amazing things you can do with whole grains and natural sweeteners(love the honey in these) These look incredible! Love your pictures too, the drippy chocolate shots are amazing!

  • Laura says
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    These look absolutely incredible!

  • Erin says
    May 9, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    Rachel – Thanks! :)

    Nora – Haha. Thanks for that. It made me laugh. :) I'm happy you like how they look! I just wish they were gluten-free so that you could make them too.

    Baltic Maid – Wow, thanks. :D You all are a complimentary bunch. And I love it! Thank you.

    Amy – What's weird if that I preferred the taste without the extra chocolate. It just got in the way of the gooey peanut butter layer. :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    oh my goodness, these sound crazy good. + i love the addition of the extra chocolate on top. i could go for one (or maybe 3) right now. YUM!

  • Baltic Maid says
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    You have to be kidding… these look amazing, delicious, unreal, perfect… I want them right now… *drooling* …

  • Nora @ Natural Noshing says
    May 9, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    Oh no you didn't! These look absolutely incredible!!!! OMGoodness, I am floored…and I am totally licking my screen right now…WOW!!!
    Chocolate + PB + Brownies —-are you kidding me?

  • Rachel Cooks says
    May 9, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    These look SO delicious!

  • Erin says
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Natasha – Sorry I missed your comment! I didn't refresh the page before posting mine. And thanks. Drool is always a good sign. :)

    Bianca – Thanks a bunch! :) And I agree, it's the perfect pairing of flavors.

  • Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    These are my perfect brownie! Peanut butter/chocolate is the supreme combination. I love your blog :)

  • Erin says
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    Torie – I try to make it so that you can't tell that my recipes are whole grain because I don't like that taste or texture either! And I'm so happy to have inspired someone to use more whole wheat. Thanks a bunch for your nice comment!

    Lakshmi – Baking cakes all day?! Ooh, I bet that's the gluten-free goodies you mentioned before. I hope everything turned out well! And thanks. :)

    Katie – Aww, thank you! That's so nice of you to say.

    Loretta – Thanks! It's also a lot of guesswork for me. Like with these brownies, the honey version just wouldn't work. Thanks for the super nice comment. :)

    Shauna – Oh Shauna, I'm worried about your substitutions. :( I really, really hope they worked out but I'm thinking with all the extra liquid that they didn't.

    Prairiesummers – For a day?! Haha. I hope you're okay!

    Baking Serendipity – Haha, of course! Okay, no, they're not healthy but they're not *as* bad as normal brownies so we can eat more. That's what I'm going to tell myself. :)

  • butterbaking says
    May 9, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Erin – YUM! I just drooled on my keyboard.

  • Baking Serendipity says
    May 9, 2012 @ 5:55 am

    The whole grain makes these healthy…right?! Because I currently want to eat…too many. Amazing!

  • Prairiesummers says
    May 9, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    *Gulp* I really really want a piece right now. I am on peanutbutter withdrawl for a day lol- rescue me!

  • Shauna says
    May 9, 2012 @ 4:31 am

    These are currently baking. I made the mistake of leaving this page open, and my husband saw, and desperately wanted me to make them. I had to make so many exceptions, it's not even funny. I used mayonnaise in place of one of the eggs, omitted the vanilla, used agave syrup in addition to the white sugar and the honey. So…I really hope they still turn out ok!

  • Loretta says
    May 9, 2012 @ 2:56 am

    I just found your blog (via Pinterest) and I love it! I love that you are more likely to use honey instead of sugar. It takes a lot of the leg work out for me, because it's always a gamble when I'm trying to substitute! Thanks from my husband in advance! I'm now a subscriber and can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  • Katie|Epicurean Mom says
    May 9, 2012 @ 12:47 am

    I agree I love pretty things, but I think these are beautiful BOTH ways! You are so talented my friend!

  • Lakshmi @Purevegetarian says
    May 8, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    If I hadn't been baking cakes the whole day, I would be drooling and licking the screen instead of admiring your creation with a content smile now. They look so good!

  • Torie says
    May 8, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    I love how much whole grain you use in your recipes! I try to use whole wheat flour whenever possible but it's not always easy to deal with the change in texture and taste. You've inspired me to try and hide it in more foods :) And it helps ease a tiny bit of guilt over all the ooey gooey.

  • Erin says
    May 8, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    Erin – Thanks a bunch! And yeah, it's nice to have another picky eater around to relate to. :)

  • Erin says
    May 8, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    Love your blog! This is a dessert right up my alley and your pictures just make it mouthwatering!
    So glad you stumbled across my blog as well and that we can related to each other as picky eaters! :)

  • Erin says
    May 8, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    Amanda – I hope you love them! Let me know how you like them. :)

  • Amanda @ foodfascinations says
    May 8, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    Wow. These look absolutely decadent. I'll be making these for sure!

  • Erin says
    May 8, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    Brenda – Heavenly they are! I gave some to my colleague today and she immediately asked for the recipe. :)

    KitchenSisters – Thank you! Peanut butter and chocolate is never wrong, is it?

    Marisha – Haha. I hope you enjoy them and thanks for the enthusiastic comment. :)

  • Marisha says
    May 8, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    O. M. G. I think you have just made my day. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Love. These look amazingly delicious and yet dreamy at the same time. I absolutely can't wait to try them!!!

  • KitchenSisters says
    May 8, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    These look so delicious! A perfect combination and no doubt that they will taste good!

  • Brenda (Kookt!) says
    May 8, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    This has to be good! I loooove bronies and peanut butter. The two combined and looking like this must be heaven!

  • Erin says
    May 8, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Lauren – Thank you! :)

    Becca – Drizzly chocolate makes everything better 100% of the time. At least I think so. :D And thanks!

  • Becca says
    May 8, 2012 @ 1:39 am

    Wow these look absolutely positively delicious!! And you're right, they look so much better with the chocolate drizzle on top, but that's because I love drizzley chocolate :P

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says
    May 7, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    These look absolutely amazing!! Definitely a must-make ;).

  • Erin says
    May 7, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    Miryam – Thanks a bunch! And hearing that it doesn't look healthy is a great compliment. Your comment gave me a huge smile. :D

  • says
    May 7, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    Wow, this looks out of control!! The chocolate ganache over the brownies? Very luxurious.

    This does not look healthy at all, in a good way!! You should be really excited because this recipe is really really good!! Very creative.

  • Erin says
    May 7, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Sara – Thank you! And what do mean by inability? Because of the sugar? Or because of the taste? Because the filling really tastes just like a Reese's. I hope you can try them out!

    Tara – Thanks! And I'm happy she posted them too. Thanks Caroline. :)

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says
    May 7, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    Ohhh yum. So glad Caroline posted the link to these!! They look fabulous. :)

  • Erin says
    May 7, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    Caroline – I knew you'd liked them! :D Too bad we can't share. Boo to long distances!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says
    May 7, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    Woahhhhhhh! These look amazingly perfect! :D

  • Sara says
    May 7, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    OH my goodness these look amazing!! This may be the solution to my inability to eat Reece's pb cups! Can't wait to try these, and I love the chocolate addition on top!


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