Apr 17, 2014

PB2 Flourless Chocolate Brownies


I replaced the flour with PB2 (powdered peanut butter). So moist, and no flour! Less than 135 calories each! #glutenfree

These brownies are pretty amazing! Made with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) instead of flour plus cocoa powder, raw honey and chocolate chips – moist and delicious, you won't believe they're only around 130 calories each!


I'm not a baker. Baking is an edible science that requires accuracy and precision. It requires the perfect balance between flours, leaveners, fats, and liquids. When I bake, I feel more like a mad scientist because I break all the rules. So when something actually works and turns out awesome, I'll be honest, I'm often surprised! These brownies are the perfect example – no flour, no oil or butter, but they are amazing (happy dance)! And the best part, you don't need a fancy mixer. I mixed this all by hand in a large bowl with a whisk and a spatula.

If you've never heard of PB2, it's basically a powdered peanut butter with 85% less fat. You add a little water to make it a spreadable peanut butter. I personally prefer real peanut butter if I'm spreading it on toast, but for baking and adding to smoothies, PB2 is excellent. I used to buy it on Amazon, but now I see it in my local supermarket. Here's the Amazon link if you can't find it near you.


Moist, chocolatey and delicious, you will LOVE them! They also happen to be gluten-free, and if you use dairy-free chips they can be dairy-free as well. If you have nut allergies however, these are not for you. But my other brownie recipe called: Amazing Flourless Brownies are your nut-free answer. Those are made with black beans instead of flour but I swear, you'll never know! Both recipes are great yet different. Curious to see which you like best!



PB2 Flourless Chocolate Brownies
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12  • Serving Size: 1 bar • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 131 • Fat: 5 g • Protein: 6 g • Carb: 26 g • Fiber: 3 g • Sugar: 20 g
Sodium: 217 mg • Cholesterol: 20 g

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup PB2
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a nonstick 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Beat the egg and egg white in a small bowl with a whisk.


In a large bowl combine the PB2, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda and mix well with a spatula. Add the egg and egg whites and stir. Add water, honey, vanilla and stir with a spatula until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool, then cut into 12 bars cutting 3 rows x 4 rows.

170 comments :

  1. These brownies were really yummy, thanks for sharing them Gina!

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  2. I actually use peanut flour instead of PB2 when I read the label and found out PB2 has sugar in it! Peanut flour is way cheaper too and tastes amazing!

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    1. If you use peanut flour, you may need to add more sweetener to these.

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    2. I don't use PB2 because of the added sugar. Where do you get peanut flour?!?! Amazon?.

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    3. Check out iHerb! or Vitacost! Look for Protein Plus Peanut Flour! It's the best.

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  3. Keep buying it on Amazon...it's so much cheaper than at the market -- at least for me! Love finding new recipes for pb2...thanks!

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    1. I also buy it in large quantities via Amazon and sell it at cost (usually $4) at my Weight Watchers meetings. The cheapest at the supermarket, if they even have it, is $4.99 and some stores charge close to $8.

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    2. Fred Meyer has it in OR and NOT in the peanut butter isle but the health dept for around $4.99

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  4. Love the brownies ,can I use almond flour ?

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    1. Hi Gina, can you use almond flour with some almond butter as a sub?

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  5. Is the PB2 measurement powder or reconstituted?

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  6. I love finding new PB2 recipes! I have a question though. I really dislike the flavor of honey. Would I need to add more liquid if I replaced the honey with brown sugar?

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    1. Mrs. B, you might find that types of honey such as acacia is a lot milder and doesn't taste as distinctive as most other honeys, but I am sure you could use agave nectar or maple syrup instead :)

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    2. You can't taste the honey. The honey adds moisture so if you swapped it, I am not sure if they will be as moist. Maybe swapping for agave would be a closer swap.

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  7. Hi Gina! Could you use chocolate PB2 in these? I think that's the only kind I have at home right now. Curious if you've tried it w/ chocolate too?

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    1. I haven't tried, but I think it might work.

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    2. I have both at my home - I love PB2 :) I prefer the regualr PB2 for PB & Fruit "jelly" sandwiches. However I like the PB2 chocolate for baking.

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  8. I have only found PB2 on iHerb before, but Amazon sounds like a good shout too! Personally, I agree with you, peanut butter is way better than the powder mixed with water, but PB2 works soooo well when it comes to incorporating into cakes and whatnot :D
    When I noticed I have all the ingredients to make this, I did a wee dance too, they look SO good! :D Thanks for sharing, mad-scientist-tastic or not ;) x

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    1. My local WalMart carries PB2...and very reasonably priced too! :D

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  9. Do local organic and vegan shops sell PB2?

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    1. I found PB2 at Target.

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    2. ....and at Kroger.

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    3. And Whole Foods has it.

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    4. I found the PB2 in ShopRite in Woodbridge NJ.

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    5. I get mine at Hy-Vee

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    6. Stop & Shop and Giant.

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    7. Walmart has it also.

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  10. oh my word I am TOTALLY making these TODAY!!! Thank you!!!

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  11. I get so excited about peanut butter and chocolate anything. These look great. I loved your black bean brownies so I will definitely give these a try.

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  12. I'm not gluten-free, but I might have to try these anyways! They look amazingly fudgy, and it's just an added bonus that they are healthier than other brownies. I'll have to look for PB2 at my grocery store.

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  13. Definitely need to try this out!

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    1. Definitely don't!!! They are bitter and have the consistency of a sponge.

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  14. I saw PB2 and I was ALL OVER THIS!

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  15. PB2 is the cheapest on iHerb.com...just saying. Its actually a fantastic website for health nuts ;)

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  16. what a great recipe idea, I needed a recipe where I could use up my PB2, because I dont care for it, as peanut butter, but using as a ingredient will be awesome , you are so clever! thanks Gina

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    1. Same here! I'm not a baker either, so this sounds right up my alley.

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  17. Hi Gina! Love your recipes. Just a quick question: if I use egg beaters in lieu of an egg and an egg white, do you think I could just use two egg's worth of the beaters without affecting the recipe too much?

    Thank you!

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    1. Yes, I made them with all egg whites and they worked fine. I just felt the one whole egg made them a little moister. But yes, it will still work.

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    2. Can I replace the eggs with Chia jell??

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  18. This post says, "If you have nut allergies however, these are not for you. But the these Amazing Flourless Brownies are your nut-free answer."

    The statement needs editing to be clear, accurate, and safe for your readers!

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    1. Seems pretty clear to me.

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    2. If you click the link on the "Amazing Flourless Brownies" you'll see what I'm talking about. Different recipe, made with black beans. Sorry if that was confusing to you.

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    3. I didn't find that confusing at all!

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    4. I myself was worried about that, too, and it is very rude to act as though she were out of the line for making a simple request. She was very polite about it, unlike you, Miss Jackson. Shame.

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  19. Whole Foods just started carrying PB2 as well. I have not bought it in awhile but it is on my grocery list for this week!

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  20. PB2 is the most amazing thing in the world and i put it in EVERYTHING. great recipe!

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  21. Let's get real - PB2 is peanut flour with added sugar and salt

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    1. The sugar and salt content is quite low, and for those of us who crave peanut butter, this is a much healthier option because we don't have all the oil (fat) found in traditional peanut butter. Not to mention, no preservatives!

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    2. Exactly, it's great as a PB substitute.

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  22. I buy my pb2 on netrition.com and it's cheaper! I buy it by the 12 pack case because I use it SO much! I'm a health coach and my clients use it on their brownies, etc. It's a lifesaver! Our program + your recipes + pb2 have literally been the three biggest tools in my losing 30 pounds in four months! Thanks Gina!
    http://healthconfessions.com
    http://www.youfit.tsfl.com/explore

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  23. SERIOUSLY!? I have been such a good girl this month, and I have been CRAVING brownies for my birthday treat next week! These will be perfect! I was about to make your black bean brownies, but I LOVE PB and CHOCOLATE w everything! With a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, these will be sublime! THANK YOU! Making your chicken cheese enchiladas tonight!

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  24. These brownies look really dense and amazing! Can you freeze them?

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    1. I had the same question, where are the black beans you were talking about?

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    2. that's for a different recipe she uses without nuts....it's for people who want to make healthy brownies but have a nut allergy so they can't use this one

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    3. It's the Amazing Flourless Brownies (link above) they are made with black beans, no peanuts.

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    4. Its interesting to note, people see a great recipe and right away proceed to make changes to it!

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  26. Do you have a substitute for the egg? Allergic :(

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    1. Have you ever tried a soaked flax seed mixture to replace eggs in recipes? Sometimes even a banana can work when the eggs are just a binding agent.

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    2. You can try using 1 TB ground flax/chia seeds + 3 TB water

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    3. Meant to add, that's the equivalent of 1 egg

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  27. Looks delicious! Happy Easter!

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  28. For someone who should eat sugar free, would Stevia-in-the-Raw or Splenda work? I wonder how you could compensate for the moistness lost? Thank you.

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    1. Perhaps using two whole eggs would work in place of honey, and a tablespoon more water if you replace the honey with stevia.

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    2. I used light agave and it worked great. We're diabetics in my household so I watch our sugar intake :-)

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  29. I cannot wait to make these. I just know that they willl taste even better than the picture looks...YUMMY in my tummy! YOU ROCK Gina!!!

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  30. I am so sad to be at my desk at work and therefore unable to make these right now! I love peanut butter and chocolate anything, so I am definitely doing a happy dance!

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  31. Looks amazing...and THANK YOU for always adding the old points number for us WW old schooler's ;) will be sharing this on facebook

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  32. Thank you for including the info on where to find PB2. Because I've never even heard of it, let alone having the first idea where to look!

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  33. These look absolutely amazing! I have celiacs and it is pretty hard to find a good, healthy brownie recipe
    thanks!
    Justice

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  34. I just made this!!!! It was amazing!!! I'm definitely saving this one in the recipe book. Thank you so much for sharing..I LOVE IT!!! i added pecans for an extra crunch and it was perfect!

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    1. Yum, I love nuts in my brownies. I'm doing that next!

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  35. Yum! These brownies look so moist and delicious! I recently bought PB2 for the first time and didn't know what to use it for. Now I have a reason to use it!

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  36. can you use agave nectar instead of the honey?

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    1. I'm thinking yes as some of the other commenters have used it with success

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  37. Gina, I made the brownies for dessert tonight, and we enjoyed them very much. I didn't want to go to the store, so used what I had in the pantry. I didn't have the full amount of honey, so I used part honey and part agave. I also discovered that I only had 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, so that had to do. They still came out fine, although next time I'll use the full amount. Saved me a point by using just the 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and ideas!

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  38. Cant wait ot try them!! I made some swaps in the recipe, changed the egg by egg beaters, instead of 3/4 cup of chips i'll use 1/3 and instead of honey i'll try sugar free maple, i entered the calories and they will come out at 74 calories each! Do you thinkt hey could work?
    I hope so!

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  39. I haven't tried these YET... but I will. I have to tell you that I LOVE the flourless brownies with the black beans. I have shared them with everyone and given out your recipe and blog address to anyone who will listen. Everyone loves them, and wouldn't suspect that there are black beans in them if they weren't privy to the secret. Thanks for a great blog. Your recipes are amazing.

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  40. I used dark chocolate chips and the taste was amazing! Mine did have a weird almost rubbery texture on top but it may have been old PB2 or baking soda. Very moist and tasty! Can't wait to try these again!

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  41. YUMM ! I REALLY WANT THESE !

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  42. I made these last night but substituted the cocoa powder for chocolate protein powder, & I didn't add the chocolate chips. They came out amazing! I will definitely be making these again :)

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  43. Angela tatlock4/18/14, 7:42 AM

    Hi i live Uk how much is cup measurement please always confuses me..

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  44. I wish people would make the Recipe as stated, if this one doesn't suit you, Find Another or better yet, Make up your own recipe to suit your needs. This recipe is Perfect the way written, End Rant :-)

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    1. Totally agree with your rant. Experiment people that is what Gina did. I feel bad for people who post recipes because they get hounded by all these questions. Gluten Free Girl has been experiencing this for years and finally said ENOUGH! We will help if we can but we can't recreate the recipes for each and everyone of you. Figure it out people!!!! I find that if you Google "substitute for ___________ (whatever you are trying to avoid) that works wonders and you avoid relying on other people who have more important things to do with their time beside hold your hand through life. End Rant. :)

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    2. TOTALLY AGREE! I wish there was a way to filter out the dumb whiners. UHG especially all the vegan ones! and ALL the people who suddenly have gluten allergies...bc apparently that's cool now????? go somewhere else for your freaking vegan/GF recipes!!

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    3. Thank you for the BEST laugh of the day!!! WHY do I sit here reading all of these idiotic questions?? I guess I was hoping someone (namely you two) would R*A*N*T I love it and I love Gina and her recipes.

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    4. Agree - we all benefit from this site so much and it is bold to ask Gina all of your different twists and turns if it is not in the original recipe do you really expect her to go back and try it with agave, no egg, etc. and update you - seriously people!

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  45. This look fab...I cannot wait to try! The chocolate PB2 would be good too!

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  46. I've been so curious about PB2!! Seriously have been considering it for years, these sound wonderful and gluten free to boot! Thanks!

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  47. Keep the PB2 recipes comin!!

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  48. YUM!! I bet these are super full of protein!

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  49. Is there a difference between raw honey and regular honey in terms of nutritional content or WW points? Thanks!

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  50. What kind of choc. chips did you use in your recipe?

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  51. I have chocolate PB2 can I use this instead? and if so would I omit the coco powder?

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  52. Wow, this looks delicious =) Thanks for sharing this. I also have low calorie recipes one of which a recent one is on a sandwich for less than 300 calories a day. Feel free to check it out on my blog if you have some time. Thanks again and nice post =)

    http://sprinkleofmetime.blogspot.com/2014/04/nutrition-sandwich-under-300-calories.html

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  53. I have two bottles of PB2 at home, I love it! It's at Walmart and I paid $4.69!

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  54. People really like this stuff?! Maybe I got a bad batch. I tried it a couple of times and had to stop. I really wanted it to be good.

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  55. Am I missing something here.....what happened to the black beans that were supposed to be part of this recipe?

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    1. She was talking about another brownie recipe that is nut-free and uses black beans which she linked

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  56. I am wondering the same thing as anonymous above. In your commentary you mention using black beans instead of flour in the last line before getting to the recipe but then black beans are not in the ingredient list. Can you clarify?

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    1. She was talking about another brownie recipe that is nut-free and uses black beans which she linked

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  57. Check the link... that will take you to the recipe that uses black beans. See, the recipe above is for the PB2 brownies. Some people need to avoid peanuts, so they should click on the link for the OTHER brownies (with beans, without peanuts)

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  58. Would regular honey work in these or is raw honey the only option? I just want to make sure before I give it a try because PB2 is expensive and I don't want to waste it!

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  59. Wow, these look awesome! Can't wait to try them

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  60. Looks delicious!! I love PB2! Can't wait to try these brownies. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  61. I made these today and the batter was runny like water. Is this normal?

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    1. Mine too! It's baking now. I hope it's ok!

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  62. I buy PB2 from Netrition.com for 3.99 for a 6.5 oz. jar. Also available in larger sizes.

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  63. Do you think you could sub the cocoa powder for chocolate protein powder? Or would it not bake properly?

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  64. Tries this amazing recipe today with daughter !!! We love, love, love the brownies they were moist and very delicious a chocolate lovers dream ! Also had never even heard of PB2 and we now consider this a new staple in our pantry! Have a daughter on gluten/dairy free diet, I watch my nutrition and weight and 2 other daughters on Paleo style plans and they all tried the brownies and gave them a big thumbs up!! Keep the great recipes coming :)

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  65. I happened to have everything I needed to make these already sitting in my cabinets! I made them last night and half of them are already gone! My husband and I both love how chocolatey and gooey these are :)

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  66. I have fructose malabsorption...I would be ok to sub maple syrup for the honey right? I wonder if we have something equivalent to PB@ in Australia?

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  67. These are delicious. My husband is attempting to eat gluten-free which has been a tough adjustment, but he LOVED these brownies. Thanks so much!

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  68. What type of chocolate chips did you use for the recipe? Semi, milk, dark?

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  69. Made these for my boyfriend for Passover (no flour) and they were soooo good! I use semi-sweet chocolate chips so they had a richer, not so sweet flavor. YUM! I will definitely make these again! Thanks!!

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  70. I made these yesterday. The were A-Mazing! SO Tasty! Everyone was so impressed with them. They didn't know the little secret about how healthy they were. Thanks for sharing these. I have pinned so many of your recipes on my adventure to eat healthy. This might be my favorite.

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  72. Yanno, I understand how some get frustrated with people changing things up...but I can't tell you how many times I haven't had all the ingredients needed for a recipe, but within the comments...poof! There was a great substitute! I suspect most of these recipes came from trial and error...and I find the changes/substitutions/additions pretty helpful! I LOVE this place! :D

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  73. I use Better Butter peanut butter. has consistency of regular peanut butter. How much do you think I would need to use to replace PB2

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    1. My guess is that using regular peanut butter would throw off the consistency of the brownies. The PB2 acts as the dry ingredient to replace flour in the recipe. Adding peanut butter means the only dry ingredient would be the cocoa powder and I'm guessing they would never set up.

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  74. Made these with Easter dinner...they were AWESOME!! I used Chocolate PB2 & it was great! Thanks for this "keeper" recipe!!

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  75. Can I either omit the PB2 (I'm not sure where to buy that here in Montreal) or use real peanut butter instead?

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    1. I'm guessing not because PB2 is a dry ingredient, so if you omitted or used real peanut butter, it would throw off the dry ingredients and it wouldn't set up properly.

      You can always order PB2 on Amazon

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    2. Amazon.com will not ship PB2 to Canada, but there's a few online retailers here that have it and I suspect that there are many stores in MTL that stock it. I'm in Ottawa, and most health or natural food stores have it. Online try fitshop.ca.

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  76. So funny, I was wondering why mine turned out so much darker than yours. They were BLACK. Then I saw that someone above asked if you could use chocolate pb2. I used half chocolate and half regular pb2. So I believe that's why they were so dark. But they were beautiful! And they were SO SO good. I really recommend using half chocolate! I'm glad that I can't read lol! Because I thought your recipe called for all chocolate. So I used half and half since I was running out of it.

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  77. I made these brownies and it was very good. My hubby and 21 yr old said they were too rich for them LOL. I will try to cut back on unsweetened cocoa a bit and add bit more honey...not sure yet. I loved them...of course I am a chocolate addict!

    I couldn't find PB2 in grocery stores in my area. I went to Amazon.com and ordered a jar.

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  78. Just took these out of the oven! SO YUMMY! Thank you so much for posting!

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  79. I'm curious about the calorie count... I'm only going on the calories posted in the recipe, but if it's 5 grams of fat (45 calories) + 6 grams protein (24 calories) + 26 grams carbs (104 calories), the total would be 173 kcals, not 131. Even with fiber taken into consideration, which would hypothetically put it at 161 net kcals. Is there any error in the recipe posting or an error in the calculation? Thanks!

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    1. I found the same thing by entering the ingredients in to MFP - they came out to 239 cal each, 9g fat, 39g carbs and 8g protein

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  80. I'm not used to using raw honey. The raw honey that I have (Trader Joe's) is solid. Do I need to heat it up to liquify it before adding to the recipe? Can I substitute regular honey?

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  81. To the person who suggested buying on iherb, their prices are higher than the supermarket for PB2. To whomever was concerned about the added sugar, it's only 1 gram per serving. And if that bothers you, use less sweetener in the recipe. To Gina, can this be made without the chocolate chips, presumably for lower ppv?

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  82. I bought my PB2 at Whole Foods. If memory serves me right, their price was below $5. It was the first time I had seen anything like it. I have used it in smoothies, but now I will try out a new recipe! Trying to avoid gluten and see if it helps with some other issues.

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  83. Hi Gina! I tried these exactly as the recipe stated - And they were WONDERFUL! Thank you!

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  84. I made these last night and WOW! So good! I used a brownie pan I bought from a Pampered Chef party that makes individual brownies, so portioning was a cinch! It also cut the cooking time to 20 minutes. When done, they pop right out and put them on a cooling rack before putting them away. I will be making these A LOT!

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  85. These are awesome and so moist! My go to brownie recipe for now on!

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  87. Hi, I'm wondering if using the peanut flour cuts back the carbs?

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  88. Gina- I made these last night and was surprised by the texture. Mine came out almost cake-like with a light crumb, not dense as I expected. Is that how they are for you? I just wondered if I did something wrong. They are very rich and chocolatey! I had two for dessert-they are so good :)

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  89. Hi Gina! If you use almond flour instead how much should you use? And do you also need to use almond butter? If so, how much almond butter?
    Thanks!!

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  90. Could you make this in a single serving ramekin or small iron skillet in the oven? If so, how would the measurements change?

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  91. I made these for my family yesterday, and they are mostly gone today! These are really moist and delicious, and the chocolate chips make all the difference. Great recipe. :o)

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  92. Sooooo good. I made these tonight for my family dinner and everyone loved them (kid approved...There were 6 kids and they all gobbled them up and asked for more). I didn't have raw honey so I just used the regular stuff and they turned out great.

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  93. Is the cocoa powder unsweetened?

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  94. So I made these last night with dairy free chocolate chips and all egg whites instead of egg because I'm supposed to be on an extremely low fat diet. I also used a different brand of peanut butter powder because I couldn't find PB2. (And at $8.00 for the jar I'll be searching amazon next time!). I was worried before I baked them as it was like pouring water in the pan, didn't thicken up like I thought it would. But they taste amazing, nice and dark. The texture however is not brownie like, more like a chocolate cake, which is just fine!

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  95. These were really good and I think I can appease my brownie loving husband with them. Thanks Gina for another keeper.

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  96. I'm wondering if these brownies have a peanut butter taste? My husband loves peanut butter and loves chocolate, but just not together. I've not made anything with PB2 yet.

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  97. Thank you so much for this. My husband and I loved them. When friends of mine talk about eating healthier, I always tell them to check out your site.

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  98. These are wonderful and freeze well. In fact they are even better out of the freezer. ;-)

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  99. I've made these twice now, and this second time I added about 3/4 of a cup of frozen raspberries to the recipe (and used regular honey) - best thing ever. It's like a chocolatey peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

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  100. I took these to work for a colleague's birthday celebration at lunch. Everyone loved them! Thanks for a great recipe! :)

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  101. These are super good. I like the texture. Kind of like chocolate cake. Really nice taste. Not too sweet. Just right.

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  102. For anyone who may not have enough PB2 on hand (and an intense sweet tooth); I used half PB2 (all I had) and half coconut flour and they still came out great! The look/texture wasn't a standard brownie but the taste was delicious and chocolaty, more like a cake! I can't wait to try these with full PB2!

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  103. I just made my second pan of the week and posted on FB that my house smelled like chocolate...my work peeps knew I was baking a pan of these for them tomorrow :) They are just awesome!!

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  104. We're transitioning to a gluten free diet and these were exactly what I've been need in the last few days.. so good! Wish we would have had some nuts to go in them! Nice job Gina!

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  105. I live in Germany and I really wanna try them. But PB2 is way to expensive where I live so I wanted to know, if anyone tried it with wheat flour?

    Thanks in advance

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