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Eating meat was always a big thing for me.  The range of vegetables I ate growing up varied from corn to potatoes…and nothing in between.  My poor mother.  It wasn’t until I began food blogging that I started branching out. And it wasn’t until I discovered Como Water that I stopped being a wuss puss about veggies. In June, Tiffany posted a recipe that forever changed the way I looked at vegetarian dishes.

Empamosas. Great googly moogly!

Tiffany has taught me that vegetarian dishes can be delicious. That salads can be a main course.  That tofu really can taste good.  And that grits can be sexy. Thank you so much, my dear 🙂

Today, its all about chocolatey goodness as Tiffany graciously shares her recipe for Salted Peanut Butter Brownie Bites!

 

My great-grandmother is the most elusive person I know. Originally from Alabama, she JUST told our family the story of why/how she moved to Massachusetts in the 1940s. None of us know exactly how old she is. And when she’s sick, she walks herself to the doctor. That being said, she has lived her life according to a mantra that I have heard repeatedly since I was a little girl.
Greatnana says, and I quote, “if you want to live a long life, laugh in the morning, laugh in the afternoon, and laugh in the evening. It’ll keep you young. It’ll keep you alive.”
Well, Parsley Sage is helping me live out greatnana’s advice. Parsley Sage is honestly the funniest food blogger I know and literally leaves me cracking up out loud when I read her posts. I know when I’ve had a stressful day or if a recipe I’ve been working on for weeks is still failing me or if I just need to be cheered up that I can go to Parsley Sage and feel better. So, thank you chica for sharing your voice with us, and for asking me to do a guest post for you (I was honored!).
To celebrate the colors of Cayman despite the wind and rain in DC, I thought I would create a dessert that highlighted M & Ms–a candy that brings out the inner kid in all of us. With salt and peanut butter, you seriously have to make sure you do not eat the entire batch! I hope you enjoy! 😀
Salted Peanut Butter Brownie Bites
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Earth Balance–softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Dandy Blend (or instant espresso powder)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter M & Ms–roughly chopped
1/3 cup peanut butter (I used TJs with sea salt)
extra salt for sprinkling
Method:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add paper liners to muffin tins.
*Melt Earth Balance and mix with sugars. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Mix in almond extract. Sift in cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and Dandy Blend. Whisk in eggs.
*Add chocolate chips to flour. Stir. Add the flour-chips mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir until combined. Spoon batter into muffin tins until they are 1/3 full. Add M & Ms and pinch of salt. Spoon additional batter until tins are 2/3 full. Bake ~10-15 minutes (center should still be a little moist).
*Press the centers down gently with the back of a teaspoon. Let cool. Add a small dollop of peanut butter to the center of each brownie. Top with chopped M & Ms and small pinch salt. YUM!

 

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52 Comments

  1. Your grandma is absolutely a doll! Emapamosas make my mouth water and those salty brownies are dangerous to my bikini season 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! I love me some eye candy 🙂

    http://juicebylouis.blogspot.com

  2. Aww! Tiff's great grandmom sounds adorable! I love salty sweets and seriously if you can make a brownie salty I'm there. Awesome post!

  3. Right on, greatnana!
    Terrific recipe, the picture of the bits of M&M's topping the chocolate in the cup – very pinnable 😉

  4. The past few days have been a not so good week for me, I am happy that I got to stumble upon your blog. I want to keep your grandma's mantra alive in me…I want to laugh all worries out, all problems out. Surely, laughter is the best medicine. Thanks for the recipe! =)
    See, I am smiling already…

  5. Lovely guest post — y'all had me at salted pb brownies bites 😀

  6. What a great guest post ladies….I love to see two of my favorite food bloggers collaborate! And these look just amazing. But you know…I thought that about the empamosas way back when. Tiffany absolutely makes veggies sexy! And both of you make this blogging world a really fun and special place! : )

  7. Yummy! Although I love veggies, I love brownies more! Great job Tiffany!

  8. Just my kind of treat! YUM! Funny about your g'ma being so elusive. Walking herself to the doctor?! 🙂

    I agree, Parsley Sage leaves me crackin' up, too. Love her!

  9. A lovely post indeed. The flavours are amazing. Bookmarked.

  10. Oh my goodness…salt and chocolate are so great together. Peanut butter and chocolate are soul mates. Seriously. M & M's really take this over the top. They look CRAZY good!

    I'm a new visitor here from Como Water! Thanks for having Tiffany guest post!

  11. Oh, awesome guest post! This has everything I love, m&m's, peanut butter and brownies

  12. That's one great advice to follow: some even say that laugh is the cure from all things. Anyhow, these little cuties are just calling my name! 🙂

  13. haha aw that really is the best advice 🙂 Laughing and chocolate! These brownie bites sound awesome, I could live off of peanut butter M&Ms, love this recipe!!

  14. I agree with the comments above — you two put together a great post. I also loved the elusive Grandma story and her advice to laugh!

  15. We love veggies, luckily for me, my kids love veggies! This is a great guest post, Tiffany, your grandmother is a wise woman indeed! And your brownie bites looks so good, nobody can have enough of chocolates, especially if they look as good as these!

  16. Great googily moogily indeed! I love veggies and there are so delicious ways to prepare them. However, these brownie bites – which not a veggie, certainly qualify as delish!

  17. Congrats on your branching out – I LOVE the term wuss puss – I'm going to be using that a lot around here!!!!
    Mary x

  18. Oh my! Brownie bites! YUM! tiny bites of heaven! 🙂

  19. I know this has all the ingredients and colors my nephews are looking for in brownies 🙂 Your greatnana seems like a very wise woman. We should listen to the elderly more often!

  20. These look so delicious! Salted, pb, and brownies all in one! Great guest post!

  21. Oh, gosh, these look so yummy! 2 of my 3 love that chocolate pb combo like I do…so I will treat them with these winners! Great guest post, Tiffany!!!

  22. What a lovely, wonderful post from two lovely, wonderful bloggers! Tiffany, your grandmother sounds like an incredible person. And these cupcakes would surely bring a smile to my face any day!

  23. These brownie bites do entice. I am just imagining all that wonderful flavor with the espresso chocolate and peanut butter-yum! This is a great post to showcase just how versatile you can be in the kitchen. Nice to see you guest posting here. Also, love the quote from your Greatnana!

  24. I love M & Ms! have you seen the mint chocolate ones?

  25. These brownie bites with lots of M & Ms look heavenly!

  26. What perfect words your Greatnana said… There is no doubt Laughter is the key of a good and happy life…
    I”ll carry these words with me always…

    Now for these brownie bites, Delicious!!!
    These will sure add happiness to my life ….

  27. I LOVE greatnana! She is so right. Choosing to laugh and be happy is the secret of life.

    plus.. I think I could use some of these brownie bites just before I go to bed. now 🙂

  28. I'm going to use one of your phrases to describe this PS – it's a super-post when two great bloggers collide. Tiff, I love the story about your greatnana and what good advice she offers. Here's to laughter. PS, laugther is one of the reasons I visit your blog – great food is the other.

  29. What a cool story! Tiffany's greatnana sounds grand.

  30. Love coming to visit you; and your grandma's quote speaks to my soul. Empandas is going on my Must Make Board ….I have to make these. Vegetables are a must for every meal. I think i cold be a vegetarian. Now I am going to visit your friend.
    Rita

  31. Great little bites of the three ingredients everyone loves…M&M, chocolate, and peanut butter…Yumm!
    Nice guest post, from one successful food blogger to another…perfect team:DDD

  32. These look amazing, and I always like a good bite. 😀 It is nice to meet you Tiffany, I will be heading to Como Water soon.

  33. Great to see you Tiffany! And I love your greatnana's quote and I agree – like Parsley Sage is really awesome. I also learned a lot from you about how we can use veggies to eat like main dish because veggie only dishes are always side dishes in my house. Thanks for the great guest post Parsley Sage!

  34. Those look so tasty! I love Tiffany's blog too, she has a way of making veggies look so good. I, too, was only a corn and potato kind of girl until recently. Great guest post!

  35. The dynamic duo is back again, and with an over the top, hard not to overeat treat. Tiffany these look amazing. And Ms. Parsely Sage, thanks for bringing Como Water to The Deep Dish.

  36. Those empamosas look like they could change my mind about anything! And as for the brownie bites, well m&ms and salt are a great way to finish off anything in my books!

  37. Oh my drooling!! There's peanut butter M&Ms in the middle of the cupcake!?! I need to make these asap! YUM!

  38. You are two of the bloggers that I will always check out, and for good reason. These little bites look delicious and colorful. Have a great weekend!

  39. These bites are too delicious – candy in brownies is the best 😀
    Thank you for such an awesome post!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  40. I agree! Laughing keeps the spirit alive. Great brownie bites!

  41. These look AMAZING!!! Salt plus peanut butter = me eating ALL of them! I love you, Tiff. Excellent post!

  42. You had me at salted peanut butter…

  43. These looks wonderful!! I totally believe your greatnana… laughing keeps us young!! 🙂

  44. These look like so much fun to eat. and another use for my dandy blend! Yay! 🙂

  45. Yuuuuuuuumy awesome and delicious thanks to both of you for sharing this recipe!

  46. Yuuuuuuuuuum.

  47. Looks tasty! I am fond of slipping some espresso powder into most of my treats too. It just makes chocolate that much better! Great job with these…

  48. Yummy deliciousness from two of my favourite bloggers!

  49. What a cute post from both of you!

  50. I have not done any baking with salted peanut butter but that turnout as I can see from the pics are good and wanting me to give a try to this recipe. Perfect topping with the colorful M & M's and very uplifting to look at.

  51. I love ComoWater, as well! Great guest post Tiffany =)

  52. Thanks for the honor of doing a guest post! Happy Friday chica! 😀

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