Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies–“Awright, awright, awright”

For a super fun post about chocolate and Bradley Cooper, please head over (as quickly as you are able) to Julia at The Roasted Root.  Julia is a chocolate lover and BC fan and even calls these “Bradley Cooper Brownies.”  I, however, am a new fan of her site and I found these delicious brownies there.

Julia made these brownies gluten-free by using gluten-free oat flour.   I ground my own oatmeal up (just whatever I had on hand in the pantry) so I don’t know if mine is truly gluten-free or not.   I do know that these are pretty darn tasty.

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I adapted her recipe a bit so my brownies are a bit less sweet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

1 c. lite coconut milk
1/4 c. plus 1 T. coconut oil
1/2 c. agave nectar
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. organic cocoa powder (I use Swanson’s.)
3 farm fresh eggs
1 c. oat flour (or simply place 1 cup of oats in a food processor and pulse until ground.)
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. fine sea salt
1 c. milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

In a small sauce pan,  slowly heat coconut oil, coconut milk, agave nectar, peanut butter and cocoa powder.   Keep on a low setting.   As soon as the coconut oil melts and peanut butter is getting soft, throw it all in the bowl of a stand mixer.   Use the paddle attachment and combine these melted ingredients until smooth.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.    Carefully add dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture and mix until just incorporated.   Add chocolate chips and mix a bit more.

Pour the batter into the baking pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 18-22 minutes.

These are a fudgy and moist brownie and I am adding these to my brownie repertoire.

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In honor of his recent Oscar win, I would also like to rename these brownies.   From this day forward they will be known as the Matthew McConaughey “Awright, awright, awright” Brownies.   Sorry, Julia, I am more of a MC fan.


Congrats on the Oscar, Matthew!


And a big thank you to everyone who sent good thoughts my way about our Meyer lemon tree!

2014-03-04 14.09.54I gave it a severe pruning (as some of you suggested) and it is now leafing out (as are our Calamondin orange and key lime trees).    Thank you, thank you, thank you.   I think they will be “awright, awright, awright.”  🙂

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