No-bake brownies with peanut butter and pecans
When I first started this blog I absolutely hated peanut butter, I did not understand peoples obsession with it at all and I honestly found it downright repulsing. Haha yeah a lot has definitely changed since then! It all started with me finally trying proper peanut butter, you know the kind where there is only added peanuts and a bit of salt. The other peanut butters I had tried were full of nasties and probably only had very little actual peanuts in them, I remember them being so sticky that it almost glued my mouth together and it tasted so awful. When I finally tried proper peanut butter I started to see why some people might like it, but I was still not convinced, I started to add small amounts to my recipes, but I still didn’t love it. I think it is safe to say that that has changed ;)
I went from adding small amount to adding kinda embarrassing amounts and eating it a little too often, it is definitely one of those things that you should try to eat in moderation – not that I have ever been very good at that! So I have pretty much found myself become completely obsessed with peanut butter lately, I mean it just makes everything taste better! I love adding it to my smoothies, to desserts, to slices of apple and fresh berries, to skyr/greek yoghurt and I could go on and on! My latest peanut butter creation/obsession are these no-bake brownie slices and oh mama, they are DELICIOUS!! Haha I am eating a slice as I type this and I know I probably will have to get one more later when I watch another episode of Grey’s Anatomy season 12, (thank you Netflix for finally adding it!), hah I have completely binge-watched it for the past few days, I am slightly embarrassed to say that I am almost done with the entire season..oopsie ;)
Not a fan of peanut butter? Find my other brownie recipes right here!
1 cup / 270 grams pitted dates
1/2 cup / 55 grams pecans
1 cup / 90 grams rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla powder
5-6 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons pure maple sirup
3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
30 grams (a handfuld) chopped dark (70% cacao) chocolate – optional
A pinch of sea salt
I topped mine with chopped dark (70% cacao) chocolate, chopped pecans and a drizzle of peanut butter.
Start by adding the oats and pecans to a food processor and give it a quick pulse, then add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until you have a sticky coherent dough. Add the dough to a container lined with baking paper (I used a bread pan) and make sure sure distribute it evenly and press the dough down nice and tight. Put it in the fridge or freezer to set. I put it in the freezer for about half an hour. Cut it into slices of your desired size and add your toppings of choice – I topped mine with chopped dark (70% cacao) chocolate, chopped pecans and a drizzle of peanut butter. Store in the fridge until serving, enjoy!