Rich chocolate cake with a fudgy peanut butter center! These vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge cakes for 2 are gluten free and naturally sweetened.
I’m sad to say this is the last Valentine’s Day-ish recipe I have for this year. I say “-ish” because these vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge cakes for 2 are totally perfect for you and your Valentine on the big day.
BUT they’re also pretty great for stuffing your face with chocolatey and simultaneously healthy ridiculousness on a Friday night binge watching TV after a loooong week.
So if you don’t have a Valentine, what you DO have is dessert for the next two nights. Plus, these are easy to fall in love with…I mean, chocolate + peanut butter can NEVER result in any disappointment whatsoever, am I right?
Can we talk nut butter for a sec? I constantly feel this internal conflict that DOES NOT exist in real life, but it’s that I must have just one favorite nut butter. Fortunately for me, the decision isn’t even close! I LOVE almond butter.
But then I feel all guilty like some horrible nut butter-loving parent and like I’m neglecting peanut butter…because of course I grew up eating peanut butter like it was my job. My mom can attest to years of my packed lunches containing a peanut butter and more peanut butter sandwich. Jelly was not to be interfering in those days. I have come to my senses on that front, though.
So really it’s not that I don’t like peanut butter – I love it!! So, so much. I just like quadruple love almond butter. However, I totally get that it’s way more expensive, and some people don’t like the flavor as much as I do (GASP). Also, people seem to have much easier access to peanut butter on a regular basis.
The moral of this weird nut butter tangent I’ve now taken us on is that I freaking love all nut butter AND that these vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge cakes for 2 don’t HAVE to be made with peanut butter! You really could pick any nut butter for your fudgy center. But the name “vegan chocolate nut butter fudge cakes for 2″ didn’t sound as enticing.
Better make one with each of your favorite nut butters, ya know, just to see which you prefer. 🙂
When I set out to bake this recipe, I had a pretty specific goal in mind. I wanted a 2-person portion size – got that right, at least! Originally my plan was to make a lava-esque cake, with a melted center.
Long story short, the first trial I forgot to spray the bowls and only had the last part of a jar of natural peanut butter – if you’re familiar with natural nut butter, the bottom is usually quite hard. So that batch literally cemented itself to the bowl (think several minutes and so much scraping to clean – the WORST), and the “lava” center was a ball of chewy peanut butter.
So rather than cursing and baking something totally different, I cursed and tried again the next day. I used a new jar of peanut butter so that it would be much thinner in consistency. Oh and I sprayed the bowls.
This time, the peanut butter was so perfectly melty that it kind of seeped into the cake itself, but there was still a noticeable center. At first I was pissed, thinking it was another failure. But then, my favorite taste tester slash husband took a bite and proceeded to inhale the entire thing. I love it when that happens!
The best part of these vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge cakes for 2 is they’re easy while tasting so rich and indulgent. All you need is almond flour, cocoa powder, date paste, almond milk, and of course some nut butter. Almond flour gives a great soft texture to the cake, and date paste adds even more richness and natural sweetness. They come together so quickly! Simply mix the cake batter, spoon some into the bowls, then the peanut butter, then top with more batter. Don’t worry about getting the peanut butter perfectly in the center! As I mentioned before, it will ooze into the cake a little bit anyway.
Made with a few simple, healthy ingredients, they’re so rich and decadent you’d never guess they’re gluten free and naturally sweetened. The center is thick and fudgy, and the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, per usual, is absolutely divine. These vegan chocolate peanut butter fudge cakes for 2 are such a fun, special, sweet treat for you and someone you love. Personally, I’ll be baking up a few of these for my amazing husband who just got accepted into a Master’s program, YOU GO BAE! Another batch of these little cakes is definitely in order to celebrate my wonderful, fantastical, favorite human.
Oh and PS, extra peanut butter on top is always necessary.
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes/what you think! Take a picture and tag me @beamingbanana on Instagram. Happy baking!