My favorite buckeye combo of chocolate and peanut butter is front and center in these vegan buckeye brownies! Rich, fudgy brownies with a layer of peanut butter right in the middle. These are SO indulgent, but they’re full with healthy ingredients, totally gluten free and naturally sweet.
Hello, friends! Hope you’re all having a lovely day wherever you are on this beautiful planet. This girl is loving life lately for about a million reasons, one of those being that it’s officially football season! Which means that every Saturday you can find me and my husband cheering on our alma mater, the Ohio State buckeyes, while of course simultaneously eating some bomb football food.
Buckeyes of course are a classic, but honestly, a little labor intensive (or at least by my standards, haha). If you don’t know, buckeyes are basically peanut butter balls covered in chocolate, with a little bit of the peanut butter still showing, so that they resemble the buckeye nut. Yes, they’re as delicious as they sound. I wanted the classic, irresistible buckeye flavor combination of chocolate + peanut butter, but wasn’t in the mood to do the whole melting/covering in chocolate thing (in my house, mess). So, vegan buckeye brownies were born, and they’re absolutely just as divine as the candies they’re inspired by.
I started with my favorite classic brownie recipe as the base, a simple mix of chickpeas, nondairy milk, oat flour, date paste, cacao powder, and chocolate chips. Simple, healthy, and SO yum. But of course for vegan buckeye brownies we have to take it one step further, right? So let’s slather a nice layer of peanut butter in the center. Simply spread about half the brownie batter in the bottom of the pan, gently spread on some peanut butter, and carefully cover that with the remaining brownie batter.
The layer of peanut butter isn’t meant to be solid or visible after baking, but instead it sort of melts into brownies and makes them insanely gooey and lush. You need these in your life whether you’re a buckeye or not!
These vegan buckeye brownies are everything you could ever dream of! The combo of chocolate + peanut butter will just never NOT be absolutely incredible. Make them for football parties, or for a random Tuesday night cause you’re amazing and you deserve some brownies.
Have a happy, healthy day, friends!
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!