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Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies

Thick, fudgy, peanut buttery brownies from scratch... you'll never go back to boxed brownie mix again. These are that good! Recipe here:



Should I hit “publish”? Millions of complete strangers are going to read what I’ve just written… is it really a good idea to get so personal? Someone could twist the meaning of my words, or I could unintentionally offend someone. What if I’ve worded something poorly and it comes across in a way I didn’t intend? There’s still time to back out!

This was me on Monday, before sending the Chocolate Covered Katie Anorexic? post out into the world.

Close eyes. Hit publish. Can’t back out now.

Thick, rich, fudgy peanut butter fudge brownies:

Whenever I publish a post, I try not to think about anyone reading; I try to pretend it’s back in the old days, like when I wrote my very first blog post and had exactly zero readers aside from myself. And maybe my dog.

Anyway, the worry was unfounded in this case. I’ve never been so moved by a response to a blog post as I was on Monday.

Turning on the computer and seeing the kindness from readers around the world who took time out of their day to message someone they’d never met was so heartwarming.

Hopefully this post does not sound too sappy… I can’t seem to find the right words for just how grateful I am for the support, compassion, and love.

You all mean the world to me. I hope you know that.

Frosted Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

Now I’ll stop talking for a while, and—true Italian that I am—will instead express my gratitude through food.

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies include many of the foods I love most in the world: peanut butter, chocolate, brownies, and… is there even anything else?

Those are the only foods that matter, in my extraordinarily-humble (and not-at-all-biased) opinion.

Thank you again for your kindness towards me… And enjoy the buckeye brownies!!

I only wish I could make and send them to you for real!

Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies

If you could choose just ONE favorite food to eat for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Such a tough question! I’m not sure what my absolute favorite food would be! Oh wait… Yes I am. Winking smile

Vegan Brownies

Oh wait… Yes I am. Winking smile

Gooey peanut butter brownies, with a hard chocolate shell - these buckeye brownies from @choccoveredkt are completely irresistible!



Peanut Butter Buckeye Brownies

Brownie Layer:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp milk of choice (270g)
  • 2 tbsp flaxmeal (11g)
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil (110g)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract (15g)
  • 1 cup spelt, all-purpose, or Bob’s gf flour (120g)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder (80g)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or date sugar (115g)
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • only if using Bob’s flour, add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/3 cup stevia baking blend or regular sugar
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips, optional

Buckeye Brownies: Preheat your oven to 330F and grease a 9×13 pan. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all liquid ingredients with the flax. (Note: If baking with coconut oil, melt first and have all other liquid ingredients be at room temperature to prevent hardening.) In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine all remaining ingredients. Pour wet into dry, stir to combine, and pour into prepared pan. Bake 16 minutes. Brownies will look underdone when they come out but this is okay! Let cool, then refrigerate overnight and the texture will firm up nicely. DO NOT frost and eat until the next day, as the taste and texture will change while they set. (If you’d prefer a flourless option, you can use 1.5x my Black Bean Brownies as the base instead.)

Peanut Butter Layer:

  • 1 cup peanut butter, or allergy-friendly alternative (230g)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (120g), or more if needed
  • pinch stevia, or 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Do this after the brownies have set: Bring the peanut butter to room temperature if it’s been chilled, then stir all ingredients together until smooth. It will look thin at first, but keep stirring until it gets thick! Spread evenly over the brownies, then refrigerate at least 2 hours. Then make the chocolate, leaving the brownies in the fridge until the chocolate is already made:

Chocolate Layer:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder (20g)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (15g)
  • 1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil (38g) (Coconut-Free Option: You can just use melted chocolate chips for the top)

Stir together all ingredients until a thin sauce forms. If sauce is too thick, gently heat until thin. Spread evenly over the brownies, then immediately put back in the fridge to harden the coating. Once hard, you can cut the brownies. My trick is to cut brownies with a plastic knife, wiping the knife after every cut. Store leftovers in the fridge, or they are actually really good frozen as well!

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Published on July 17, 2014

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  1. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl says

    Peanut butter and chocolate the best food combination known to man!!! 😉 Love that you used spelt flour… that is my favorite healthy flour to bake with. I’m also really glad that you hit publish on your previous post. I sure hope that your post puts all of those hurtful rumors to rest.

    • Rebekah says

      Well then you wouldn’t believe that my friends from South Africa believe that the American custom of eating peanut butter and chocolate together is disgusting! 😉

  2. Kimberly says

    What a perfect expression of gratitude! I did not respond to your Monday post, but I was taken with how graciously you wrote about a difficult and personal topic. You have amazing recipes and some people feel like that is permission to meddle in your affairs. I love trying your yummy recipes and can’t wait to bite into these. Is 8am too early for chocolate? (NEVER!) 🙂

  3. Amanda - Create N Plate says

    Oh my gosh, you need to stop posting so many delicious recipes because I don’t have the time to try them all out. I’ll be adding this one to the list of things that I need to make and until that can happen I’ll just be sitting here staring at the beautiful photos on my screen. Yum!!

    • Denise M says

      I think I would have to agree w/ you on the pizza – as long as I am not restricted on the toppings! There are so many options of toppings (even dessert!)!!!! Can’t wait to get home and try these brownies – no oven in my travel trailer 🙁 .

  4. Judith says

    I think these look amazing and you are amazingly strong for being brave enough to post what you did. It takes a lot of inner strength to expose yourself to the world like that and you did. Good on you! I hope that you continue to do what is healthy for you and your body as well as you mind and know that a lot of people support you 🙂

  5. Abby S. says

    These look absolutely delicious!!! And I would definitely choose apples, they give me energy and taste delicious! That natural sugar

  6. EVA says

    Oh man….I wish you COULD mail them over! I’d gladly pay that postage. Oh well, I guess this means I’ll have to take matters into my own hands (literally). This recipe was more than enouh thanks. It looks mouthwatering!

    If I could only eat one thing….hmmm….it might be raw creamy almond butter, cashews, or mushrooms. Really, I’m just nuts for nuts like that bird is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

  7. Danika says

    I’m glad you received so many positive responses!! These brownies look incredible, and I also wish you could send them to us!! 😉

    If I didn’t have to worry about my weight, I think I’d go with chocolate, for sure. Especially chocolate covered things. A chocolate bar is so much better when it has fruits and nuts in it.

  8. Jessica says

    I must say, your brownies are absolutely heavenly!! Ever since I tried your black bean brownies I will never even look at another brownie recipe! Cannot wait to try these 🙂

  9. Lilli says

    Looks fabulous. Just wondering if you generally calculate nutrition info including sugar or stevia? Thanks!

  10. Mia (Mia in Germany) says

    Katie, there’s a saying in German that says “As you shout into the forest, so will come the echo back”. You don’t spread anything around the web but kindness, fun and joy, so you will always receive this back, too. I’m glad you hit the post button and got all the positive response you deserve 🙂
    I was just going to repeat a recipe of nutella peanutbutter brownies which I had made two weeks ago, no I changed my mind and will try these, they sound too delicious!

  11. Mary says

    Hi Katie!
    These look so yummy amazing! My son loves peanut butter and chocolate! BUT… You did it again! 😮 ( I left this question on FAQ the other day waiting for an answer)
    PLEASE let your readers know exactly what final ingredient YOU put into these delicious looking recipes! The milk of choice, all purpose flour or Bobs gluten, the sweetener of choice, vegetable oil or coconut oil… etc, etc … All of these in many different combinations make for many different final results, tastes and textures! So which are you using in the end? You don’t make that clear! Please… As I said you have a some coffee clutch mom fans here hoping you are more clear on YOUR final result of specific ingredients used when showing the lovely photograph of said finished product! Thanks !

    • Emma says

      Agreed. I THINK we’re supposed to assume that the final product has the combination of ingredients yielding the fewest calories and the largest number of servings (so, milk or applesauce instead of oil if given the option, stevia instead of sugar, no optional add-ins; and if the serving size at the top of the recipe says “serves 9-12,” assume the nutritional info is for 12 servings). I always calculate out the nutritional information myself for this very reason. While I appreciate the info being posted, I think it would be more helpful if it was accompanied by something to the effect of “Nutritional information based off of 12 servings, using almond milk, all sugar, and does not include optional chocolate chips.”
      Personally, seeing recipes divided into gram-size servings isn’t very helpful to me either, because let’s face it, who’s really going to plop a scoop of ice cream onto a food scale to weigh it (and moreover, who’s going to scoop some of that ice cream back into the container if it goes over the serving size?)?! Same thing with tablespoons– so maybe you could put something like “Makes eight 15-gram servings or roughly 8 tablespoons” instead. And I totally get what Mary is saying about the different textures, etc., of the finished product– for instance, if the only change you make in a cupcake recipe is using applesauce instead of pumpkin, the resulting cupcakes are a LOT fluffier with the applesauce than with the pumpkin. Different flours definitely affect the final outcome too, so a little more input on the finished product would be helpful as well, even though you’ve said before that you never put alternatives into a recipe without having tested them first– we’d just like to know how using each specific alternative affects the final result!
      Again, I appreciate the effort you put into your recipes and providing the nutritional data and alternatives, but taking one or two more (small) step(s) would be very beneficial to many of your readers!

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Hi Mary,
      If an option is listed, please rest assured that means it has been tried. 🙂 Most of my recipes will go through a trial with spelt flour, ap flour, and gluten free flour. (I have a friend who often does the gf option trials for me.) Same thing with the sugars; if it’s a recipe that has a stevia option and one that calls for pure maple syrup, both will have been tried before posting. For milk of choice, I use Silk almondmilk. Hope that helps!

      • Rosita says

        Wow, you have some demanding followers. What an amazing young woman you are. Take heart that there are thousands of us that read you but mostly say nothing. What you do is already so intensely written with care and a willingness to share so everyone benefits. I find it extraordinary that anyone would criticise or demand MORE from you. Keep going sweetie, you are amazing and and sincerely hope to see you all over the media being an outrageous success

  12. Melody says

    Katie, We live on opposite sides of the country, but I really wanted to let you know I appreciated your post yesterday. Your openness and honesty are refreshing. When I look at your pictures, I see someone who is beautiful and healthy. I also wanted to let you know I appreciate you including the Weight Watchers point values in all your recipes as I am on the points plus plan and it really gives me license to enjoy. Everything you post is totally worth the points they cost! I’ve made your Samoas cookie/bars twice now because my kids scarfed down the entire first batch. I’m looking forward to trying these brownies…the pictures make my mouth water!

    • Emily M says

      Agree – I LOVE the weight watchers points plus! Until I get to a healthy weight, I have to watch these carefully. Once there, I can just go with a eat healthy and portion control method and hopefully not have to count anything. This healthy dessert blog really does help me stay on point, as it is.

  13. Karen says

    Funny! I can soooo appreciate your feelings about hitting the publish button. I go through the same thought process. And then, I too, remind myself that I have few followers, so my chance of offending anyone is quite slim! Anyway…I totally appreciate your honesty and your willingness to share yourself with others. That is the reason I follow you. You are real to me!

  14. Sharon says

    Hey Katie!!
    Can you make a post about your must-have ingredients to make your basic sugar-free desserts? 🙂 Where do you get stevia for baking? Thanks so much for all your inspiring recipes and posts!! xoxo


  15. AnnaBananaBelle says

    oh my gosh these look incredible!!! I cannot wait to try them! I definitely could not choose just ONE food to eat for the rest of my life though! way too hard!

  16. Kinzie says

    I didn’t realize it was possible for pictures of food to give me chills.

    I may have a problem.

    (also: these look delicious.)

  17. belle says

    Mmmmm? ONE favorite food? Well, I’ve always said that bacon-wrapped cheese covered in chocolate and then fried and dipped in (really good homemade) ranch dressing or (really good homemade ) pico de gallo makes the world go ’round. Yuck, I know but you said only one food… this gets it all in there. 😉

    Watermelon is good too. Haha.

    Cheers Katie! Way to be appropriate in standing your ground and reaching out to those that need your love and encouragement and (gently and appropriately) chiding those that are out of line in their comments. As a former anorexic who will always struggle what what she sees in the mirror, I find you to be amazingly wonderful and balanced. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

  18. Adriana says

    Katie, I have a couple questions: 1. Is flaxmeal like an egg substitute? Could you use egg or something else? 2. Could you use melted butter instead of oil? I realize this is probably a vegan recipe, but I was just wondering if changes would affect the taste/consistency at all. I love your website and the name! I am a chocolate lover as well and I appreciate your healthier alternatives. Thanks for sharing with us.

      • Cakey says

        How is it offensive? Whatever happened to being respectful of other people’s dietary choices? This person is just asking about a substitution. Katie and many others probably understand that everyone has different preferences and obviously not everyone who reads this blog is going to be a vegan. There’s nothing wrong with asking about eggs, stop being so narrow minded, what’s your problem?

  19. Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa says

    omg these look like the best brownies I’ve ever seen! I just read your last post and I’m glad you dealt with the rumours!

  20. Colleen says

    I cannot wait to try these! Buckeye brownies Are my favorite and I’m sure you’ve done them well 🙂 Question – I have liquid stevia drops. How do I use them instead of the stevia you used? Will they work or will I lose too much bulk in the recipe?

  21. Jessica says

    My issue is that most foods I could eat everyday for the rest of my life are NOT healthy. My choice today would be Cookie Dough Pop Tarts. If I had to eat healthy, it would be avocados.

  22. Andie says

    Katie, there are no words to describe what an awesome person you are!! the internet is lucky to have you post such fantastic recipes AND all of your non-recipe related posts are always great to read as well. I have been a longtime reader for years, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate being able to see someone living such a full, happy, INSPIRING life that doesn’t involve calorie-counting, weight obsession, crash diets, or any other fad craze at the moment. Please never stop being you! After trying to fathom how people on the internet could say such mean things–that have no basis on reality–to someone else, the only possible conclusion I could come to is that they are jealous. Simple as that.

    Also, this is completely unrelated, but would almonds work in your cashew ice cream recipe?

  23. Christine (The Raw Project) says

    So great that you got a positive response to that post, it was an awesome post. And this recipe looks amazing, so much so that I might be dangerous to have in my house. Tough question on food, that’s hard to narrow down!

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