Best ever healthier brownies for valentine’s day

I just baked these brownies I made a while back and used a heart shape cookie cutter to make them especial for valentine’s day. If you want something simple and decadent this is it!!

They are great brownies, I must say :-), but if you use semi sweet chocolate chips use 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cups. This time around I did use semi sweet chocolate chips and used 1/2 cup sugar which was enough!!

There is not much to say about these brownies, but just that they are awesome and we love them so I hope you try them soon :-)

In the next few days I will have a post with some healthier baking options for Valentine’s day so stay tuned but until then these brownies will keep you satisfied :-)


Here you can see how I was using the cookie cutter. You can serve the brownies how ever you prefer. I used chocolate syrup, cocoa powder and ice cream afterwards :-)


Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 8-10 servings


1/2 cup olive oil, minus 2 tablespoons
2 eggs
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup unrefined sugar, you can do 3/4 cup if you like
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, I sometimes use chocolate extract or amaretto liquor
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour, minus two tablespoons
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
12 oz dark chocolate chips, 1 bag



Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a square baking pan and set aside.

In a bowl whisk first 5 ingredients. Add flour and baking powder and incorporate well.

In a bowl place chocolate chips and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir well. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.

Incorporate melted chocolate into the batter and mix through. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Let the brownies cool. When completely cool remove the brownies from the pan to a flat table of cutting board where you can cut the brownies using the heart shape cookie cutter. Stamp hearts on the brownies, like in the picture, and serve as desired.

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  1. The oozing peanut butter had my heart pitter-pattering. They look so indulgent! You would never guess they are vegan.

  2. They look dang tempting! Indeed a must try!

  3. Do you leave the peanut butter cups whole or chopped. Are they the regular size peanut butter cups or one of the smaller sizes?

  4. Oh my good lord! I need to make these ASAP!

  5. LOVE this recipe! The pb cup link goes to the milk chocolate cups though, which aren’t vegan. however, Justin’s dark chocolate cups are :)

  6. Just made these for a weekend treat. Super yummy and without the guilt!

  7. Hello! wanted to say that your recipe looks delicious and I cant wait to try them. I wanted to ask you if I can substitute the peanut butter cups for something else or leave it out?
    Hope to hear from you soon!

  8. Just a hint to make things easier for those who use your recipes: list the ingredients in the order in which they are used in the recipe. It’s easier to double check to be sure you’ve added everything. Can’t wait to try these. Bet they’re yummy!

  9. These look amazing! I am wondering if I can use the oat flour I already have instead of the whole oats. What would the conversion be? Thanks!

    • I am not sure how the consistency would be like w/ flour instead of the rolled oats. You can try it but I would suggest making half the amt in case the recipe doesn’t turn out. As far as how much you would need to use I would say a bit less, but then again you will have to experiment. By feeling the consistency of the batter I would be able to tell but since I have not made it w/ just oat flour I don’t know how much the conversion is. Just make sure the batter is not too runny. I hope this helps.

  10. The wording here is confusing.

    It currently says
    “Add the chocolate chips, except for the 2 tablespoons, and the peanut butter cups”

    This made me think I should not add the peanut butter cups as well, causing me to bake the blondies without the peanut butter cups.

    It should say
    “Add the 1 cup of chocolate chips and the peanut butter cups. Save the two tablespoons of chocolate chips for later”

  11. How can I make these delicious blondies using a kitchen aid standup mixer?

    • I don’t have a standup mixer so I don’t know how it would work. If you don;t have a food processor for to pulverize the oats you will have to buy oat flour. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  12. Yummy! Thank you so much for this fabulous recipe. It has quickly become a favorite in my household – my husband adores them and I’m pretty excited about them, too.

    I make them with a cut-up dark chocolate bar and Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups cut into quarters and that works very well for me. I melt a bit of the chocolate bar over a double boiler for the drizzle – no coconut oil needed (though I’m one to throw coconut oil in anything that stands still long enough).

    Tonight I made a batch and subbed raspberries for the peanut butter cups and it’s great. This recipe will be used often!

  13. Wow!! These are amazing!!! We ( in Holland) don’t have those peanutbutter cups, so i left them out, but what a great taste for a gluten free cake! ( and for any cake in that case)
    I don’t even really like peanutbutter so hessitated just a little before making them, but while making this, i got more and more excited. Yummmmie….we finished it all in just 1 day :-)

  14. Hi
    I am from Denmark and i am not sure i know peanut butter cups?
    what is that

  15. Can you use peanut butter instead of the peanut butter cups.

  16. Adorei!Quero fazer!Lindo .Blog e muito proveitoso …beijos!

  17. Hi there! Love this recipe.
    I was wondering what you thought about making the ingredients, and then refrigerating them overnight and then baking them in the morning. Do you see any chance for a mishap in that?

  18. I don’t have peanut butter cups and my son has allergy to peanut. Any substitute to peanut butter cups? I am going to use sunflower butter insteAd but I want to know the substitute of peanut butter cups?

  19. I’ve never tried them but I do know you can buy sunflower butter cups. You could probably cut them in quarters to make them mini.

    I have also made these with frozen raspberries instead of the peanut butter cups and they were tasty.

  20. If I omit peanut butter cups, the other proprtion will still be the same, or I have to add/reduce some Ingredients?

  21. Oh man, these look AMAZING, but I’m allergic to bananas! Would applesauce work just as well?

    • I am no sure but if you wan to swap I would use pumpkin puree instead bc it is thicker in consistency. I would also just do half the batch just in case the recipe is a no go. I hope this helps!

  22. Could you use honey instead of maple syrup? Or is it to thick? Thanks!

  23. Making these for my brother’s birthday this weekend. Thank you!

  24. Perfection. Such an easy recipe to follow and tastes delicious!

  25. I really want to try these but can’t seem to find applesauce, what can I use instead?

  26. These look good! To the person allergic to bananas, you could probably also swap them for avocados too, assuming they’re not cross-reactive for you. I’ll def have to try making them with avocado and again with pumpkin. Y’know. For science ;)

  27. By pulverizing the oats, do you mean make oat flour?

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