And while I certainly appreciate how amazingly easy it makes cooking (what pregnant mom of a toddler doesn't like something that allows her to flip a dial and leave dinner cooking for a few hours), I also missed being able to pop something in the oven and have it be done in like 30 minutes. Mainly, I missed making desserts that I could gobble up in like five seconds.
And so I broke down and made some peanut butter brownies. Now don't get me wrong dear readers, I'm actually not one of those peanut butter addicted people, in fact, I think I'm the only person in my family that doesn't go utterly gaga for the sticky sweet stuff. But when I get a craving, it needs to be squelched and these brownies did the trick. They have just enough peanut butter in them that they take the edge off the your craving, but they're not overpowering so you can basically eat the entire pan. Oh, and the vanilla frosting on top certainly doesn't hurt either.
Oh, and to make matters worse, it's the kind of brownie where the edge pieces are actually as good, if not better, than the middle pieces.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Vegan peanut butter brownies (because I said so)
(Makes a 9X9 pan of em)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter (we used Willow Run)
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
(you can add 1-2 TBS almond milk if it feels too thick, I can't stand runny icing so mine is usually a bit on the thicker side).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pan (either spray or grease it up and flour it).
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and peanut butter (it took my microwave about 30 seconds, it's crazy powerful though). You basically want the peanut butter on the soft side and the butter melted. Stir in the brown sugar.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and soda, milk and oil. Add in applesauce and melted peanut butter and butter. Stir with a spoon until the batter is blended, but still a little bit lumpy (kind of what your normal chocolate brownies would be, only these will be more on the sandy side because of the brown sugar and peanut butter combo).
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the edges of the brownies become a darker brown and pull away from the edges.
While your brownies are baking, use your hand mixer and blend powdered sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract in a small bowl until smooth and well blended. Stick in the fridge while you wait.
Once brownies have cooled, spread the icing on and enjoy. And try to share, because you don't want to eat the WHOLE pan.