What could be better than a homemade peanut butter cookie or a rich chocolate brownie? Both, fused together in one sweet bite! No one else will notice the healthy ingredient hidden in the dark side of these tempting treats.
Brown sugar, honey, and (spoiler alert) carrots lend sweetness to the two-in-one bites you see here. The results are healthier than your typical candy, yet still delicious–and, I would argue, more satisfying. I think the flavours are great for the Halloween season, if that’s something you like to celebrate.
These dual tone bites also make a lovely, sweet afternoon snack any day of the week. Something you can indulge in with minimal guilt. Or you can opt to combine a classic peanut butter cookie recipe with your favourite brownie recipe to yield rich, decadent treat. It is hard to go wrong with the taste of peanut butter and chocolate either way!
Peanut Butter Cookie 'n' Brownie Bites
For the peanut butter cookie dough
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or unsalted butter, softened
- 5 to 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsweetened fine coconut flakes
- 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg (or equivalent egg replacer)
For the brownie batter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, sunflower oil, or unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pure honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots or peeled and shredded zucchini, packed
- chocolate chips*, optional (for topping)
- Mix together 1/2 cup coconut flakes, flour, and baking soda. Stir in peanut butter, brown sugar, egg white and vanilla until an evenly mixed dough forms.
- In a separate bowl, stir together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking soda. Add carrots, oil, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. Blend with a fork or electric mixer until a relatively smooth batter is formed.
- Into a greased mini muffin tin, add a spoonful of peanut butter dough to one side each cup. Add a spoonful of brownie batter to the other side. Top bites with chocolate chips (optional). Bake at 350 degrees F (180 C) until middle tests done, about 14 minutes. Let the bites cool before removing them from the cups. Store tightly covered. Best within 2 days, or store in the freezer for future use.
* I prefer to use ethically sourced chocolate chips. For this recipe I used Kirkland’s Signature brand from Costco.
This recipe will also appear at Fiesta Friday this week!