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(Ultra Fudgy!) Keto Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies 🍫 gluten free

These gluten free and keto peanut butter brownies are ultra fudgy, ridiculously chocolatey and insanely delicious… at just 2g net carbs a pop!

Stacked keto peanut butter brownies with a glass of milk
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

(An Ultra Fudgy!) Heavenly Match

Absolutely decadent, these keto peanut butter brownies are a wonderful play on our famous (1g net carb!) suuuper fudgy brownies. With said peanut butter swirls doing absolute wonders to cut through the rich chocolate goodness!

They’re simply ridiculously good guys. And just like the original, expect easy-peasy stuff and with all staple pantry ingredients!

Oh, and if you’re into cheesecake (who isn’t?!), don’t miss out on our keto cheesecake brownies!

How To Make Fudgy Keto Brownies

Allow me to start with the most important brownie baking rule: do not over-bake the brownies! Timing might just be the most important rule when making any type of brownie, so you don’t end up with a dry and crumbly mess.

Keep an eye out for them, and take them out once the center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out moist (but not drenching). Remember that they continue to cook while cooling!

I even prefer to slightly under-bake them and chill them in the fridge before cutting. That’s the secret for extra fudgy brownies!

You’ll also want to use eggs at room temp. Reason being that if your cocoa/butter mixture is not warm enough (and your eggs are very cold), they’ll solidify the butter and your batter will be too thick (doesn’t affect the end results, just annoying to spoon rather than pour!).

As you can see from the pictures below, both the peanut butter and the brownie batters are relatively thick. And the closer in texture they are to one another, the cleaner your swirls will be.

Texture is most affected by the sweetener you use (see section below), but you can add a couple tablespoons of almond milk to loosen up the brownie layer if using erythritol (the peanut layer already has 1/4 cup).

The peanut butter and brownie batters in glass bowls with whisks
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

Next you’ll want to spread half your brownie batter onto the baking pan and add the peanut butter layer and the remaining brownie batter in dollops.

Adding the peanut butter swirls to the keto brownie batter
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

Then simply swirl the two layers with a knife!

Keto peanut butter brownie swirled batter
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies
Freshly baked keto peanut butter brownies with flaky sea salt
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

The Chocolate

Cocoa or cacao? Both work great, just know that quality really matters here. My favorite will forever be the Dutch-processed alkaline cocoa Valrhona, known to be one of (if not the) best cocoas in the world.

But feel free to use a raw cacao powder (arguably more nutritional perks here), though keep in mind that your brownies will be lighter in color and more reddish in hue. Both are well and good, as long as they’re unsweetened.

p.s. a lightly sprinkle of flakey sea salt works wonders to cut through the chocolate in these guys! And Maldon flakes are the undisputed best, by a mile.

The Peanut Butter

My suggestion is that you go for an unsweetened and salted variety (I really like the 365 brand from Whole Foods). Though a crunchy peanut butter would create a nice texture contrast too!

Whatever peanut butter you decide, just be sure it’s runny at room temperature (i.e. that its natural). You see, the ‘always solid’ varieties have generally had some of the natural fat drained or have added emulsifiers.

The Keto Flours

This recipe uses almond flour only (!!). Yup, that’s it! 

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthony’s or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds.

Keto peanut butter swirl brownies with flaky sea salt
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

The Sweetener

You’ve got a couple options here. Xylitol (non corn to avoid tummy troubles!) and allulose (using 30% more) have become my top choice (no aftertaste, best and chewier texture), followed by Lakanto (barely any aftertaste, but thicker texture).

If using erythritol in any form, because it needs a little extra help to dissolve than xylitol (and they vary so much from brand to brand because of different fillers and so on!), you’ll want to be sure to use a powdered form. If you only have granular on hand, don’t sweat it, and simply blend it in your (very dry!) bullet or blender until powdered. Easy-peasy!

And one more thing to keep in mind, is that a few of you who have used erythritol (Swerve in particular) report back periodically that your batter ends up thick. This seems to be improved by microwaving rather than using a water bath, and using powdered rather than regular. Though there seems to be no hard rule here.

Doesn’t seem to affect the taste in the end, so just spread the batter rather than pour it in. But if you’re finding your brownies feel too thick, simply add in an extra egg or a couple tablespoons of almond milk (just don’t over-whisk or they could become more cakey).

Fun fact: it might also be my taste buds here, but I’ve noticed that stevia-based sweeteners (such as Pyure) don’t work so great when chocolate is involved as the aftertaste is accentuated. So I cannot recommend enough that you don’t use stevia-based sweeteners here.

Oh, and if just paleo or gluten free (or not restricted by sugars), simply sub 1-to-1 with coconut or regular sugar.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup (or kitty!) around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Stacked keto peanut butter brownies with a glass of milk
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies
Gluten free and low carb peanut butter brownies
Gluten Free & Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

Looking for more peanut butter keto treats?! Don’t miss out on our (one bowl!) peanut butter blondies and (the easiest!) peanut butter cookies.

Stacked keto peanut butter brownies with a glass of milk

(Ultra Fudgy!) Keto Peanut Butter Brownies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Keto Peanut Butter Brownies, Peanut Butter Brownies, Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 175 kcal

These gluten free and keto peanut butter brownies are ultra fudgy, ridiculously chocolatey and insanely delicious... at just 2g net carbs a pop! 

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cupsfor an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

For peanut butter swirls

For keto brownie layer

Instructions

  1. See recipe video for guidance on the keto brownies! 

  2. Position a rack in the lower third of your oven and preheat to 350°F/180°C. Line with parchment paper the bottom and sides of a 8x8-inch baking pan. Set aside. 

  3. Make the peanut butter layer first by whisking together the ingredients until thick and smooth. Please note that xylitol and allulose will dissolve more readily, while erythritrol granules will remain! Set aside.

  4. Whip up a batch of our (suuuper fudgy!) keto brownies. Please note that your batter with xylitol and allulose will be thinner than with erythritrol (where you can add an extra egg or a couple tablespoons of almond milk to losen up a bit for cleaner swirls!- see brownie post for more deets).

  5. Spread half of the brownie batter into prepared pan. Add the peanut butter layer and the remaining brownie batter in dollops (see pictures in post for reference), swirling the two batters together using a knife. 

  6. Bake for 27-35 minutes (I did 30), or until the center is just set and still jiggly. This really does vary (a lot!!) from oven to oven (think convection etc), so give them a check from minute 20 the first time around. 

  7. Allow to cool completely on a rack. Lift brownies using the edges of the parchment paper and cut into desired size (I do 16!). To get extra clean edges (and extra chewy brownies!), place in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to cutting. 

  8. Store in the fridge for 3 days and freeze for up to 3 months (they freeze great!).  

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*The lower quantities are for more keto-adapted palates, while the larger ones will get you more 'traditional' sweetness. Please see section on sweeteners for deets and possible substitutions. Just keep in mind that stevia or pure monk fruit don't work (at all!) for these! 

**If measuring the cocoa with tablespoons rather than grams, be mindful of how you scoop as you can end up with a lot more cocoa powder than needed. Drop the cocoa powder into the tablespoon and level it, rather than scooping it out of the bag with the tablespoon (which can lead to overpacked tablespoons!). 

***Must use eggs at room temp. Reason being that if you add cold eggs, you'll solidify the batter and won't be able to mix the flours properly. 

Please note that we always subtract sugar alcohols from total carbs to calculate net carbs (as is customary). 

Nutrition Facts
(Ultra Fudgy!) Keto Peanut Butter Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 peanut butter brownie)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 151mg 6%
Potassium 176mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 5%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

18 comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hi, how would you recommend warming them up after putting them in the fridge or freezer for a few days? Is there an oven temp/time you like to use? I want to stay away from microwaving them!

    • Honestly I LOVE these cold! The xylitol/allulose gets super chewy in the fridge (seemed to be the consensus for everyone who tried them too!). Ahem, they’re even good frozen… (don’t ask lol!)

  2. Carolena says:

    I would it if you would start including the measurements for pure Monk Fruit as a sweetener choice. (Not the stuff that is cut with other sweeteners, I’m referring to the “pure’ monk fruit.)

  3. Mary Anne B says:

    *DROOLS ALL OVER KEYBOARD*

    They look amazing girl, they may need to happen tonight! Question, can I use the lakanto powdered sweetener that’s twice as sweet?

  4. Kat says:

    Your brownies including the cheesecake ones are my absolute favorite keto recipes! Cannot wait to try these thank you for all that you do Paola!!!!

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