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Welcome to my new obsession. Single serve chocolate peanut butter brownies with a peanut butter drizzle made with Jif™ Peanut Powder. It's as good as it sounds, I promise. There is no question, one of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate and peanut butter. It's my occasional splurge, and I have to say these single serve chocolate peanut butter brownies with peanut butter drizzle satisfies all those cravings with NONE of the guilt. Instead, it's full of satisfaction. They are packed with protein, fiber and are low carb, keeping your sugar from spiking and crashing like that traditional peanut butter and chocolate combo we all grew up eating!
The secret to these low calories, low fat, gluten free, vegan single serve chocolate peanut butter brownies you ask? Jif™ Peanut Powder. Have you tried peanut powder yet? I've been addicted to it for years and could not be more excited that it's reaching the mainstream markets now. I found my Jif™ Peanut Powder at my local Walmart and snatched up the last bag on the shelf. Apparently I'm not the only one that knows about this secret nutritious treasure.
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So what's the deal with peanut powder? Well, it's got 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter with all the peanut flavor and all the nourishing protein. They roast the peanuts, extract the peanut oil, and then ground down what is left after removing the oil into a powder. What you are left with has all the great qualities you are looking for: fiber and protein! I promise, this stuff is addicting and there are so many ways to use it! I've used peanut powder to make pancakes, to make peanut tofu, to make peanut sauce for my Asian Buddha bowl and countless smoothies, cookies and even peanut butter frosting. You will know why as soon as you taste this peanut butter drizzle!
Single serve chocolate peanut butter brownies have peanut powder in the brownie and in the peanut butter drizzle. The brownie doesn't have many ingredients and I only cooked if for about 15 minutes, allowing it to stay nice and gooey on the inside. I made sure to add a touch of salt and stevia to this recipe as well, since the only ingredient in Jif™ Peanut Powder is roasted peanuts (win!). If you have never had peanut powder before, you will get a great idea of how versatile it is and how much stuff you will soon be spreading it on when you make the peanut drizzle. I made extra (for pictures) and ended up using it in a Greek Yogurt bowl with frozen berries for breakfast and OMG so good.
I'm curious to know what your favorite dishes are that have peanut butter in them. I'm thinking we should try to recreate them all with the Jif™ Peanut Powder and see how they turn out!
I am a huge fan of having large amounts of fat in your diet. If you had to label my eating it would be “whole foods with a focus on fats and protein”, and of course chocolate and coffee…. I'm just being honest here. But, I also know that calories can quickly get out of control with dishes like peanut butter brownies around. That is why this is a single serve brownie recipe. Because I honestly have no self control! Truth be told, I will find a reason why I need to keep “sampling” the brownies until half or more then half the pan is gone in one day. And that kind of eating will not help me achieve my fitness goals.
But what will help me get to my goals is having good alternatives to those trigger foods. So I make single servings, and have absolutely no problem with eating the whole thing at once. It takes long enough to make that I have to really want another one, so I won't just mindlessly eat brownie after brownie like I did in the past. My post workout snacks have been more focused on whole food based carbs and protein. These chocolate peanut butter brownies fulfills all those eating requirements and is absolutely delish!
What are some of my other ways to eat for my fitness goals?
- Meal prep – this should be no surprise to you! I'm a huge fan of meal prep and actually write a meal plan that you can purchase to help you with this goal. Having good for you food waiting in the fridge when you get home or when a craving strikes is often the difference between success and failure! Meal prep will get you there! By chopping veggies, making a few quality grains or sweet potatoes and a plan on what you might eat will set you up for success like nothing else can!
- Use protein powder when baking. Replace some of the flour in your recipe with protein. Flour is often full of carbs but lacking in protein, which means it likely will spike your insulin and not help you feel full or satisfied. Protein powder will help keep you feeling satiated and it can add flavor like peanut powder, chocolate, vanilla, etc.
- Have at least 10 glasses of water a day! Yup most of us are walking around thirsty and mistaking it for hunger. Imagine the extra calories we are eating when we could have instead just had a big glass of water! Time to change that!
- Be mindful. This one takes some practice. The next time you find yourself eating just because it's 3pm and you are exhausted at work, or your co-workers brought in cake or because you had an emotional day, ask yourself, “Am I actually hungry?”. If the answer is yes, then hooray you should be eating. But if the answer is no, then find something else to do with your time. Grab a large glass of water or hot tea and an apple. After you get done drinking your water or your tea if you are still hungry, slowly eat the apple (maybe with some Jif™ Peanut Powder made into a spread or drizzle). This will give you a real test on hunger. I often won't eat the apple if I was just “craving” something like chocolate or sweets. But if I'm really hungry, then I'm more than happy to devour the apple.
- Be aware when you indulge. For me life is about balance. Most of my food is made with real, wholesome ingredients that I can recognize and fill me up. But I still love to indulge from time to time. What I have learned is that if you turn off your distractions and be mindful as you eat, then you will actually feel satisfied by that indulgence. So often we shove the food in our mouth, either because we are ashamed we are eating it or because we are giving in to a craving and stuffing our face way to quickly. Instead, turn off distractions, let your brain recognize the food and really savor it! I bet a little will go a long way!
Like I said before, my goal here at PancakeWarriors is to help you realize that nutritious eating and exercise is not only an attainable goal, but a realistic one. And the only way I'm going to convince you that eating nutrient dense foods is sustainable is to give you delicious recipes like this to choose from!
Single Serve Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine the applesauce, peanut powder, cocoa, stevia, chia, milk, coconut flour, vanilla and salt. Stir until smooth.
- Stir in baking powder and scoop into single serve ramekin or small dish.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Make the peanut drizzle while you are waiting for the brownie to bake.
- Combine the peanut powder, milk and stevia in a small dish. Mix well until smooth. The mixture should be the consistency of a thick syrup.
- When the brownie is cooled slightly, drizzle the peanut drizzle and enjoy!
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