With the exception of Brandan’s adventures, it seems we’ve fallen into a bit of a dessert-o-rama here in the Kids In The Kitchen series. Just look – there were brownies not long ago, along with chocolate peanut butter fudge and peanut butter cups. Okay, so maybe that’s not just a dessert-o-rama, but rather a chocolate-peanut-butter-o-rama. But the former is a bit easier to say, don’t you think?
Anyway, I digress. I couldn’t deny Matt an opportunity to make brownies as well. Besides, brownies are one of my favorite food groups. And these were slightly different than other brownies, even if only that they included peanut butter. I started with my favorite brownie recipe and made adjustments from there. It’s a relatively simple recipe – and I love that it only uses one pot. It’s almost as if it makes up for all of the dirty dishes that usually accumulate in my kitchen. (Okay, not even close. But let’s just pretend, shall we?)
Verdict? These were lovely. Chewy on the edges, fudgy in the center, with a slight peanut taste. Personally, if it were my choice, I would have opted to swirl in the peanut butter, rather than blending it in completely, but this was Matt’s choice. He wasn’t complaining - and neither was anyone else. Let me just say – it will be hard to keep these around the house for longer than 24 hours.
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Brownies
7 T palm shortening
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/4 c plus 1 T sweet white rice flour
1/2 t guar gum
1 t unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t kosher salt
1/2 c semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 c creamy all-natural peanut butter
Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 X 8 pan (or line with parchment and grease the parchment) and set aside.
Melt the shortening and chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Once completely melted, remove from heat and whisk in sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until incorporated. Add rice flour, guar gum, cocoa powder and salt and whisk to blend completely. Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter, and pour batter into prepared baking pan.
Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20-30 minutes. Cut and serve unadorned, or you can get fancy and top with peanut butter, ice cream, or frosting.