What can be better than S’mores? 

Adding peanut butter and making them into brownies, of course!

 

Made vegan and gluten free, it is impossible to say no to one of these decadent and delicious brownies.

 

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Vegan Peanut Butter S'mores Brownies
vegan, gluten free PB s'mores brownies
Course dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Brownie Layer
Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Topping
Course dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Brownie Layer
Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flaxseed + water to make flax egg and set aside. Melt together chocolate and vegan buttery sticks. Stir in flax egg, and remaining ingredients. Pour into greased 8x8 pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until center no longer jiggles. Remove from oven and top with marshmallows. Return to oven for 5 more minutes. Meanwhile, combine syrup and peanut butter over stove top. Stir until smooth. Gently stir in protein powder and graham crackers. Spread Graham cracker layer over marshmallow layer. Cool completely before cutting into 16 bars.
Recipe Notes

Macros per bar:

184 calories

18g carbs

11g fat

3g protein

Remember when PETA tweeted that Oreos are vegan, like a month ago? Well, in theory, yes they are vegan since the filling is canola oil based..BUT since they may come in contact with other milk based products during production – Oreos may possibly have trace amounts of milk and cannot be vegan certified. #NowYouKnow. 
 
The good news is that if you only have a slight intolerance to dairy products you will probably be fine. If you’re severely allergic then I suggest you stay away! If you want to make these brownies completely dairy free and vegan friendly, simply omit the oreos and you will still have a delicious “Brookie”!
 
So, what is a Slutty brownie? A slutty brownie is a sinful concoction of cookie, Oreo and brownie – in that order.
 
These slutty brownies have been lightened up with the addition of swerve sweetener (a natural, zero calorie sugar substitute) and made vegan with the use of flax eggs and vegan protein. Looking for a gluten free variation? Simply omit the Oreos or substitute with a gluten free knock-off. 

 
 
 
Almost Vegan Slutty Brownies
Serves 16
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Cookie Ingredients
  1. 100g gluten free flour
  2. 30g vegan protein
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 48g brown sugar
  6. 48g Swerve granulated sweetener
  7. 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water)
  8. 1/2 cup (112g) vegan buttery sticks, softened
  9. 1 tsp vanilla
  10. 2 tbsp Enjoy Life foods chocolate chunks
  11. 9 oreos
Brownie Ingredients
  1. 6og gluten free flour
  2. 15g vegan protein
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1/4 cup (20g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 48g brown sugar
  7. 48g swerve granulated sweetener
  8. 1/2 cup (112g) vegan buttery sticks, softened
  9. 2 oz Enjoy Life foods dark chocolate, melted
  10. 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp water)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the cookie layer, combine vegan butter and sugars in mixing bowl and blend until smooth. Add in flax egg and vanilla. Combine all dry ingredients before mixing with wet ingredients. Gently stir in 2 tbsp chocolate chunks.
  3. Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Spread cookie dough evenly onto bottom of pan. Evenly place 9 oreos on top of cookie dough.
  4. For the brownies, combine butter, melted dark chocolate, and sugars in mixing bowl and blend until smooth. Combine all dry ingredients before mixing with wet ingredients. Evenly spread brownie batter on top of oreo layer.
  5. Place in oven or bake for 20-25 minutes, until center no longer jiggles.
  6. Cool before cutting into 16 bars.
Macros per bar
  1. 240 calories
  2. 23g carbs
  3. 16g fat
  4. 3.7g protein
WITHOUT Oreos
  1. 210 calories
  2. 19g carbs
  3. 14.6 g fat
  4. 3.5g protein
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Fun Fact (but actually not so fun fact for me): My boyfriend is lactose intolerant but refuses to admit he is. Since we officially move in together in one week and will be sharing a one bedroom apartment, it’s probably a good idea that I start making food that is dairy free (secretly, of course). 

 

These brownies were actually made vegan because I realized I was out of eggs halfway through. Easy solution? Use a flax egg! For those who are unfamiliar with a flax egg, it is simply the combination of ground flaxseed + water. The mixture creates a thick paste that acts as a binder just like an egg. After tasting one bite of these delicious brownies, you would have no idea these are egg and dairy free! I am truly amazed by the perfectly soft and chewy texture of these brownies. Vegan or non-vegan, these brownies will instantly become your new favorite dessert.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Brownies
Serves 16
vegan, gluten free peanut butter cookie brownies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Brownie Layer
  1. 72g peanut butter
  2. 1/2 cup (112g) earth balance vegan buttery sticks, softened
  3. 2 tbsp (14g) flaxseed + 6 tbsp water
  4. 2 oz Enjoy Life foods dark chocolate, melted
  5. 64g swerve granulated sweetener
  6. 64g brown sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
Peanut Buter Cookie Layer
  1. 50g bob’s red mill gluten free flour
  2. 1/8 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 2 tbsp (24g) PB Fit
  5. 24g swerve granulated sweetener
  6. 24g brown sugar
  7. 4 tbsp (56g) earth balance vegan buttery sticks, softened
  8. 2 tbsp (32g) peanut butter
  9. 4g flaxseed + 22 mL water
  10. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  11. optional: 2 tbsp enjoy life foods dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flaxseed + water in small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Combine all brownie ingredients together in large bowl and mix until smooth. Pour batter onto bottom of greased 9x9 pan.
  3. For the cookie layer, combine all dry ingredients together in small bowl. Combine flaxseed + water in small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Next, mix together sugars, butter, flax egg and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Spread peanut butter cookie dough on top of brownie layer in small spoonfuls. Use a knife to swirl cookie dough with the brownie layer.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges are golden brown and center no longer jiggles.
  5. Once cool, cut into 16 squares.
Notes
  1. Can use eggs instead of flax egg if desired. For brownie layer use two whole eggs; for peanut butter cookie layer use one egg white.
  2. Can also sub coconut oil for vegan buttery sticks.
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Ever notice that magical recipe on the back of a can of sweetened condensed milk? Those magical bars that somehow always end up at potluck dinners and PTA meetings? Magic Bars, AKA seven layer bars AKA “Hello Dolly” bars are one of the world’s easiest dessert recipes out there as you simply dump all the ingredients into a pan and let the sweetened condensed milk do its caramelized magic. 

The recipe calls for graham crackers, butter, chocolate, coconut, and nuts – all caramelized with this gooey layer of sweetened condensed milk. As delicious as they are, they can easily pack on the calories with these rich ingredients. 

For this healthy variation I have replaced the butter with half coconut oil and half flaxseed, swapped the condensed milk for lite coconut milk and sugar free caramel, added protein, and significantly reduced the amount of unnecessary toppings while still keeping your taste buds happy!! These can also be made gluten and dairy free!

Healthy Caramel Magic Bars
Serves 16
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Crust Ingredients
  1. 1 scoop Syntrax vanilla matrix protein
  2. 120g crushed graham crackers (can use gluten free or regular)
  3. 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  4. 4 tbsp ground flaxseed + 6 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
Toppings
  1. 6 tbsp shredded coconut
  2. 32g walnuts or nuts of choice
  3. 3 tbsp Enjoy Life Foods dark chocolate chips
  4. 3 tbsp peanut butter or white chocolate chips (omit for dairy free version)
  5. 3 oz lite coconut milk
  6. 4 oz sugar free caramel
  7. 1 scoop Syntrax vanilla matrix protein
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together ground flaxseed + almond milk and set aside for 5 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, combine graham crackers, protein, melted coconut oil and flaxseed mixture and blend until smooth.
  4. Spread mixture into greased 8x8 pan.
  5. Evenly sprinkle half of toppings on top of crust mixture.
  6. Mix together sugar free caramel, coconut milk and protein powder then evenly pour on top of toppings. Spread with remaining toppings.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Once cool, cut into 16 squares. Store in fridge for up to one week or freezer for longer.
Notes
  1. *Omit peanut butter chips and use vegan protein for dairy free version.
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I have probably made over a hundred healthy new recipes since 2014.

I have made dozens of cheesecakes and dozens of brownies but it dawned on me that I have never made a cheesecake brownie!!

 

Let it be known that on the 31st day of January, 2018 I created my very first cheesecake brownie recipe. Let it also be known that this is also the very last creation I shot using my Nikon coolpix because today my new Canon EOS 6D comes in the mail!! Originally I was going to wait until my birthday (April 27th wink wink) to upgrade but waiting three more months seemed like an eternity. My Nikon has treated me well, but I’m ready for my big girl camera now!! I have rented several lenses to try out and can’t wait to test them out!  If you are a foodie photographer like me, what’s your favorite lens you use??

Oops I got really excited. Okay back to the brownies; which are equally as exciting! I combined my favorite protein cheesecake recipe with a gluten free brownie made using almond flour and coconut oil. Swirl the two together and you have two of the best desserts in one! 

 

Scroll below to see the full recipe!

 

Gluten Free Cheesecake Brownies
Serves 16
gluten free brownies swirled with a delicious protein cheesecake filling
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Brownie Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup Almond Flour/Meal
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  5. 1/3 cup swerve sweetener
  6. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. 2 oz dark chocolate, melted
  9. 2 eggs
Cheesecake Ingredients
  1. 4.5 oz fat free cream cheese, softened
  2. 150g nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 scoop Syntrax Vanilla matrix protein
  6. 1/2 package sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. optional: white and dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine brownie ingredients together, mixing wet and dry ingredients separately before combining.
  3. Stir until well combined, then pour 3/4 mixture into bottom of greased 8x8 pan.
  4. Using a mixer, mix together cheesecake ingredients until smooth.
  5. Pour cheesecake batter on top of brownie batter.
  6. Pour remaining brownie batter on top of cheesecake in spoonfuls.
  7. Use knife to swirl the brownie batter with the cheesecake batter.
  8. Optional: Top with white and dark chocolate chips before baking.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until center no longer jiggles.
  10. Cool completely then cut into 16 squares.
  11. Store in fridge for 3-5 days.
Notes
  1. Makes 16 brownies.
Macros per brownie
  1. 152 calories
  2. 11.4g fat
  3. 9.2g carbs
  4. 5.5g protein
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Remember when I said that I hated coffee?

Still true.

Unless…. it’s in dessert form of course. These espresso brownies are the perfect way to start your day or fight that afternoon slump. 

But wait a minute, don’t healthy brownies always taste disgusting? Not anymore!! These brownies are made with real espresso, dark chocolate, and almond flour. These brownies are thick, chocolate-y, fudgy and everything a brownie should be!! To top it off, I added a delicious espresso cream cheese frosting! Coffee lover or not, these brownies are a must!

 

Ingredients you will need:

2 tsp espresso powder

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

3/4 cup almond flour

2 oz dark chocolate, melted

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 eggs

2/3 Truvia brown sugar blend

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Frosting

8 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp espresso powder

1/2 cup stevia or swerve sweetener 

optional: 

melted chocolate for drizzling

 

Scroll below to see the full recipe!

Gluten Free Chocolate Espresso Brownies
Serves 16
Rich, chocolatey espresso brownies with espresso cream cheese frosting
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup almond flour
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 2 tsp espresso powder
  5. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  7. 2 oz dark chocolate
  8. 2/3 cup Truvia brown sugar blend
  9. 2 eggs
For the Frosting
  1. 8 oz fat free cream cheese
  2. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  3. 1/2 cup stevia or swerve sweetener
Optional
  1. melted chocolate for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt together dark chocolate and coconut oil in large bowl.
  3. Stir until combined then add in Truvia blend and eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Mix together frosting ingredients and spread on top of brownies once cool.
  8. Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.
  9. Store in fridge for up to 5 days.
Makes 16 brownies. Macros per brownie
  1. 135 calories
  2. 11g fat
  3. 8.9g carbs
  4. 3.5g protein
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