People often look at Panu, and then they look at me (or my blog or my instagram feed). And they wonder how on earth he looks the way he does when he has to live with me.  Not that there’s anything wrong with living with me. I cook, I clean, I don’t snore and I even smell quite nice, or so I’m told. And on the odd occasion, I also bake some awesomely delicious things.

What does Panu bring to the relationship? Well, he has a mad six-pack.

So I’m not complaining.

Friends often ask how he stays as fit as he does when every weekend, I’m churning out cupcakes and cookies and ice cream and well, he just has to try them. Well, it hasn’t been too difficult. A few years ago, we agreed to eat disgustingly healthy on week days and let loose on weekends.

And boy, do we let loose 😀

I do try and find healthier alternatives for baking too, but one thing is for sure – I will never ever compromise on taste. So, as a result, my recipes are usually still full of butter. But one can only do so much. I’ve started looking for recipes which swap out flour and have come across a few. My favourite is this quinoa chocolate cake, which not only swaps out flour but adds quinoa and we all know that quinoa = high protein right?

And recently I made these chocolate and peanut butter brownies from Citrus and Candy. This recipe swaps out flour for hazelnut meal, which is even better than quinoa because it’s just nuts! And what do health freaks like more than nuts? Pretty much nothing. So this is a winner!

ps. after doing the healthy thing, I usually revert back to something awesome like this ice cream filled doughnut. YES.

Flourless chocolate and peanut butter brownie
100g unsalted butter
100g natural unsweetened peanut butter (100% peanuts) – I used crunchy, because I like crunchy.
120g castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
100g dark chocolate, chopped (I used 70%)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100g hazelnut meal
  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C/340°F. Grease and line a 20cm square tin.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let it sit for a minute to melt, then stir in until completely dissolved.
  4. Add the beaten eggs and stir in, and then add the hazelnut meal and mix until totally combined.
  5. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 15-17 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then remove and cut into slices.
  7. Serve with cocoa, icing sugar or ice cream. Or they’re also delicious on their own.
Makes 9-12 slices, depending on how big or small your slices are 🙂

9 Thoughts on “recipe | flourless chocolate and peanut butter brownie

  1. Nuts are totally good for you. I’ll have two slices, no, make that three 🙂

  2. Looks absolutely delicious! I would love to try the recipe one day.

  3. Maybe that’s what I’m doing wrong – pigging out five days a week & trying to be good for two. Whoops!

  4. Hehe they always ask hubby that too as he is a bit of a rake! I thought you might include a pic of the six pack! Ha! 😉

  5. Helen: I know! HEALTHY BROWNIE omgggg 😀

    Spencer: Yes you should! It’s easy too!

    Miss Piggy: Hahahahahaha.. well at least it’s 2. Better than none?

    Lorraine: Good point! Maybe I should 😉 readership might rocket!

  6. yummo and so easy to make! this is like a tasty protein bar!

  7. These look absolutely delicious! And I love that they gluten free!

  8. you guys are so cute 🙂 and it’s really amazing how Panu is able to keep a six pack wow!

    my boyfriend gained 20 kgs since going out with me 😛

    I’m gonna try these I love brownies!

  9. Crunchy til I die yo!!! This looks so super moist – it HAS to be bad for you 😀

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