Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle Brownies

Going gluten free has forced me to up my game in the kitchen and become more creative with what I whip up.  It's also presented the opportunity for me to partner with various gluten free brands and help get the world out there about their gluten free goodies! 

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One of my favorite partnerships has been with a gluten free bakery in Utah.  I get to pick a few products from their bakery website each month and then highlight them by coming up with a creative recipe and sharing it on my Instagram.  

I placed my first order after spotting a gluten free brownie mix that looked fantastic.  I emailed the bakery to let them know I wanted to try the brownies and immediately knew my plan: I'd make the batter, drizzle in some peanut butter, swirl it all together and bake it up.  Peanut-butter-chocolatey-swirly-goodness.

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I couldn't wait to get baking when the package was dropped off at my door.  I opened the box and there were my brownie... poppers - already made little brownie bites!  Oh no.  Where was the brownie MIX?  My immediate reaction was to panic, but I knew that it was overly dramatic and quite unnecessary.  Instead, I let out uncontrollable laughter at my mistake when I realized that I didn't specify I wanted the brownie mix, so of course when I order "brownies", they are going to send me just that!  Dave got a good chuckle out of it, too. 

Now that's a lesson in asking for what you really want. :-P

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It suddenly clicked that I could still use the same flavors that I wanted to initially, but I would just change it up a bit and incorporate the peanut butter on top instead of inside.  And that's how these drizzly brownies were born.

I drizzled on some chocolate, then drizzled some peanut butter, then finished it off with a little extra chocolate drizzle.  

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Oh, heck yes.

The best part of this recipe is you can make them using your favorite gluten free box mix, or you can dress up already made brownies.  Today, I'm remaking them using my favorite store-bought mix.  Can't wait to dive in!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 box of your favorite gluten free brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup GF smooth, creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup GF semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp melted ghee (can also use coconut oil or melted butter)

Directions: 

  1. Bake brownies to package instructions.  Let cool and cut into slices.  Keep the slices together (not spread out).
  2. Create a double boiler by filling a medium saucepan with two inches of water.  Bring the water to a boil.  Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to maintain a constant simmer.
  3. Place an aluminum or glass bowl (or one that can withstand heat) on top of the pan, ensuring the water will not touch the bottom of the bowl when simmering.  If the water comes into contact with the bowl, this can cause your chocolate to seize up and basically harden and become unusable.  
  4. Pour the chocolate chips into the bowl.  Within a minute or two, the chocolate will begin to melt.  Slowly stir together until all chocolate becomes melted.  Throughout the process, you may need to occasionally stir the chocolate and scrape the chocolate from the sides of the bowl, to keep it all melted. 
  5. When the chocolate is fully melted, drizzle in 1 teaspoon of melted ghee.  Stir together.
  6. Take a fork, dip it into the chocolate then drizzle on top of the brownies.  
  7. Place the peanut butter into the microwave for about 20 seconds on medium heat until it becomes a little more loose.  Then, add in another teaspoon of melted ghee.  Stir together.
  8. Take a new fork, dip it into the peanut butter then drizzle on top of the chocolate.
  9. Do one more layer of drizzle on top of the peanut butter.
  10. Sprinkle with some sea salt or pink Himalayan salt.  
  11. Enjoy!