Totally irresistible and mouth-watering chocolate brownies with sweet and creamy peanut butter frosting. Vegan treat that even non-vegans will love!
How is your January going? Can you believe the first month of the year is almost over? Me neither! But I'm kinda glad, as January is always a drag and it feels like it goes on forever!
If one of your new year resolutions was to stay away from sweet treats, then you may want to skip this post and come back next week... Because today's post is ALL about sweet, decadent, rich and chewy chocolate brownies with creamy peanut butter frosting. Ready? Let's do this!
Best vegan chocolate brownies ever!
Bold statement, I know. But they seriously are the best vegan chocolate brownies. These babies are so decadent, chocolatey, rich and fudgy that they will have you hooked from the first bite! I have tried many vegan brownies in the past, and there were few good ones there, but none of them came even close to these. It took me three attempts to create this blog post, purely because the first two times the brownies disappeared before I had a chance to take any pictures of them...
Peanut butter frosting- it's what dreams are made of!
Partially, the reason why these vegan chocolate brownies are soooo irresistible, is because of this creamy, smooth and totally delicious peanut butter frosting. It is super easy to make, and takes these brownies to the next level of deliciousness. It could also be very easily eaten straight outta bowl... just saying...
This peanut butter frosting is great to work with and would go nicely with any type of cake or cupcakes. It can also double up as a spread on a toast or perhaps a slice of banana bread.
It's a decadent, rich and indulgent recipe, just like any brownie should be. They are not meant to be healthy, but super good and crazy tasty. As mentioned in my previous post here, this January I'm all about comfort food and cozy treats, rather than calories counting!
How to make vegan chocolate brownies with peanut butter frosting?
There is nothing complicated about this recipe, and if you want, you can prepare it all in one bowl. Start by mixing sugar and coconut oil, which should be melted and cooled down. Add cashew milk with apple cider vinegar and mix again. It's worth adding that you can use any type of milk of choice, cashew is my personal favourite, but the recipe will work with any milk.
Next is melted chocolate and vanilla. You may want to melt your chocolate first, as it should be cooled to room temperature before adding it in, however, if you choose to do it at this point, simply allow it to cool down a bit. Mix all the wet ingredients well and set aside.
After that, all that is left is to mix the dry ingredients in and stir to combine. Pour the brownie batter into prepared baking tin (I normally use 8 inch tin, however on this occasion, when I was taking pictures for this post, I had to use 7 inch one, therefore the brownies came out a bit 'taller' than I desired, they were still tasty AF), place in the pre heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
After that time, check if the brownies are ready by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the bake. It should come out almost clean, but not entirely. Brownie should have slightly moist and wet texture, and it will still settle some more while it cools down. Make sure you have cooled it down completely, before topping it up with the peanut butter frosting.
Today's recipe and styling have been inspired by lovely Mei from nm_meiyee
I hope you will love these chocolate brownies as much as I do, and as always, let me know in the comments if you tried this, or any other of my recipes!
Vegan Chocolate Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
- 200 g soft light brown sugar
- 125 ml coconut oil melted and cooled
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 230 ml cashew milk
- 100 g dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa solids) melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 250 g all-purpose flour
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the peanut butter frosting:
- 250 g smooth peanut butter room temperature
- 115 g vegan spread
- 250 g icing sugar
- 2 tablespoon cashew milk
- Preheat the oven to 180C (fan). Line up the square tin (I'm using 8 inch tin) with baking parchment, leaving some excess to overhang as it will help when removing brownies from the tin.
- In a large bowl, mix together the sugar and coconut oil. Add cashew milk and vinegar, melted and cooled chocolate and vanilla extract. Mix it all well. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then fold them into the bowl with 'wet' ingredients. Stir it all well until just combined, then pour the mixture into prepared baking tin.
- Place the tin in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the inserted toothpick comes out almost clean. Other way to tell if it's ready is when the top has shiny, papery crust and the sides are just beginning to come away from the tin. Set aside to cool completely.
For the peanut butter frosting:
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl of an electric mixer and mix until well combined. You may want to add more/ less cashew milk, depending on desired consistency.
- Once brownie is completely cool down, spread the peanut butter frosting on top of it, then place in the fridge for about an hour, allowing it to firm up a bit. Slice into square pieces. Enjoy!
Please note that all my recipes are developed and tested in metric grams. I recommend that you use digital scales for a more accurate results. I have provided a conversion to US customary in the recipe but please note that I haven’t tested using this method.
If you would like to stay up-to-date with my latest posts and recipes, make sure to subscribe to my mailing list! Let's be friends!
I am totally making these this week. They have my mouth watering right now!
Thanks Jacque! They do have this effect on people 😉 Let me know if you try the recipe, I would love to know what you think!
Chocolate and peanut butter belong together and to think it's vegan too. I am going to have to make this recipe for my daughter and family. They are going to love it, I know. There is a special occasion coming up and we are invited over to their house. I'm taking these brownies. I know they'll be a hit.
Hey Marisa, thanks so much for your kind comment! Very happy to hear you will be making them for your family gathering! Let me know how did you guys liked them!
I love that peanut butter frosting. There aren't many things that taste better than peanut butter and chocolate!
Thanks Anne! I couldn't agree more! My favourite combo ever 🙂
Ohh my gosh! These are absolutely stunning. Your peanut butter frosting looks like a fluffy comforter I want to take a nap in. Plus who can turn down chocolate and peanut butter? Thanks for sharing!
haha, Analida, that made me laugh! What a great expression about PB frosting! love it! Thanks so much for stopping by!
They look amazing! I literally want to grab one off the screen. Chocolate and peanut butter is a winning combo.
thank you Farwin, glad you are also a fan of choc and PB! match made in heaven!
Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli
These brownies are truly decadent! That peanut butter frosting might take them to the next level!
Oh it totally does Nicoletta! 😉 that peanut butter frosting is soooo good, I will happily eat it on its own!
Oh, my! Just look at those brownies! So beautiful and I'm sure they'll be a a treat for the tastebuds too! Chocolate and peanut butter heaven!
hello Saima, thanks so much for stopping by! These are the ultimate treat, and nothing beats the classic combo of choc and PB! Hope you will try them soon!
Look at those photos! There is nothing better than the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
aww thanks Nicole! Glad you like the photos and the recipe 🙂
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
I have been meaning to make this exact thing!! You are definitely making me want to make it soon 🙂
Hey Cathleen, you MUST try them! Simple and easy recipe, but such a delicious and fab results!
Did you say peanut butter and brownies? yes, please. Two of my absolute favorite things in one.Sounds so simple and easy too. Saving for later. Def going to make this soon.
Thanks Veena, it is such a heavenly combo, I'm glad to hear you are also a fan! And let me know if you try the recipe! X
Oh my goodness gracious. I LOVE FROSTED BROWNIES, and these look like heaven! These will be the perfect sweet for my sweetie next month! 😉
hehe, thanks Krista! I hope that your sweetie would love them as much as I do!x
Oh wow! The swirl of that peanut butter frosting looks absolutely incredible! Love that they are vegan too.
Thanks Tara! It's such a great texture on that frosting, and it's so much fun to work with it! Glad you like the recipe!
Love the Peanut Butter option to this Brownie. Have to make it for my family and friends. Great for gifting option too.
Wow! You're pulling out all the stops with these vegan beauties! They're luscious and healthy...two things that are not easy when it comes to vegan desserts. Excellent recipe!
hey Traci, thanks so much for your lovely comment! I wouldn't say these are necessary 'healthy' but they are definitely luscious! 😉 Just how brownies should be! x
frosted brownies are the way to my heart, especially when there is peanut butter involved...
Hi Morgan, I'm with you on that one, just give me a brownie and all will be forgotten!
Peanut butter and chocolate just belong together. Not sure why I've never made a brownie with peanut butter frosting. Great idea.
Hey Stephanie! I couldn't agree more, they are match made in heaven! Glad to hear you like the recipe, thanks so much!
I could never say no to a brownie, and this looks amazing! Throw peanut butter in, and it's heavenly! Great recipe!
Hey Kate, brownies are my weakness too! I'm glad to hear you like the recipe, thanks so much for stopping by!
I wish I could try them, Anna! They look seriously so delicious! 🙂
Thanks Ela! They are little slices of heaven! You would love them! Big hugs xx