peanut butter brownie bites

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. When you have spent 24 V-days with the same person, there is a whole lotta love to celebrate! Chocolate and peanut butter is a perfect combo and one that usually makes everyone happy. This year, because Valentine's is smack in the middle of the week, my family will use it as an excuse to eat as much chocolate as possible. 

These little nuggets are perfect. They can be eaten with your hands and if you can stop at one, there is no guilt, right? My guess is that is going to be really hard, so give yourself a break and go a little crazy. It is the "Chocolate" holiday for heavens sake! 

I used a boxed gluten free brownie mix to make them even easier. Find one with clean ingredients and follow package instructions. I put the batter into small muffin tins and it made @ 4 dozen. That may sound like a lot, but these can be frozen and stored for up to 3 months. I'm sure you will be able to find excuses to grab one here and there, when your sweet tooth strikes!

Below I am giving you the recipe for peanut butter mousse. This is an amazing recipe to keep in your arsenal. It can be used for filling in your favorite cake, eaten as a stand alone dessert, topped with a chocolate ganache or made into little tarts with your favorite crust.

What you will need

  • 1 gluten free brownie mix (I used King Arthur)

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

  • 1/2 jar smooth natural peanut butter

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 4 Tbs. maple syrup (Split)

  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese

Peanut Butter Mousse

  • Using a stand or hand mixer, whip heavy cream. When cream is almost finished, add 2 Tbs. maple syrup and continue to whip until complete. Transfer cream to medium sized mixing bowl.

  • Using mixer again, add cream cheese 2 Tbs. maple syrup and whip.

  • Add 1/2 jar natural no sugar added, smooth peanut butter and whip.

  • When these ingredients are completely combined, fold in whipped cream, to make mousse.

  • Using a piping bag or spoon, top mini brownies. Make sure brownies are cooled or mousse will melt.

  • In a double boiler or small glass bowl to microwave, melt chocoalte chips and drizzle over finished brownie bites.

  • These should be placed in the refrigerator until ready to eat and then stored in a glass container.