Double Peanut Fudge Swirl Brownies Recipe Review (THM-S)

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Brownies! I think brownies are treats that can put a smile on anyone’s face! I have never met a brownie that I didn’t like.  That is why I was excited when I saw that the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook had a couple of recipes for these chocolate treats I knew. I knew I would be trying them soon. So thus enters the “Double Peanut Fudge Swirl Brownies” on page 315 in the “Brownies and Cookies” section of the cookbook.

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Now, first things first, these are not the prettiest brownies I have ever made, but hey there was not a picture in the book so I can’t judge them against the book. Yeah, Yeah the recipe says that you should drop the “swirl mixture” onto the brownies and run your knife through them and you should get a “beautiful swirl pattern”. Well it sounds easy enough right? Lol, you can plainly see that I have no such beautiful swirl, lol.  Key words in my case I guess would be “should get”. So I can either beat myself up about these ugly swirled not so swirled brownies or I can just think maybe the reason they don’t have a picture for this recipe is that their batch looked as “not so pretty” as mine did on the day of their recipe shoot. Hey everyone has bad days, right?  Lol, okay most likely that is not why there isn’t a picture but it makes me feel better thinking that.

Okay, truthfully I have no idea why mine didn’t not turn out so beautiful but I followed the recipe to the letter and dropped it in by scoops. However, when I tried to swirl it around the mixture was a bit to dry to swirl so I just did then best I could to get it mixed around into all areas of the top. Maybe it was from my brand of nature peanut butter being a dryer brand than same but who knows what happened?  I wish I did.

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Now that I have confessed (and you can plainly see, lol) that I ended up with ugly brownies lets move on to the taste of these brownies. Right out of the oven the brownie is just “okay”. This wasn’t shocking or a let down to me because honestly most low carb and THM treats taste better after then have sat in the fridge a bit. If you have tried very many recipes in your journey you most likely have discovered this to be true as well.  I think the chilling or resting period gives the sweeteners time to meld with the other ingredients and chill out a bit. I believe the book might even mention something about these being better the next day which I found to be the case for sure. The problem for many, I know, is not having the patience or the “want to” to wait for them to sit and mellow out. Believe me, give them a chance to sit and you will like them much better. My husband always hates the waiting period, lol. I can recall several times he has suffered at the hands of hot desserts!

These brownies have a nice chocolate and peanut butter flavor just as the recipe promises and they would satisfy a craving for a chocolate treat if you suffer from them as I do. However, I would have to say that they are not one I would consider a favorite nor are they a recipe I would rave and rave about like I have with some of the other THM dishes I have reviewed. Now, don’t get me wrong they were pretty good and I believe you should totally give these a try.  The one thing that held me back from upgrading my “pretty good” rating to a “these are fantastic” would be the texture. They were sadly a tad bit too dry to fit my normal preference on brownies. I think maybe adding a little sour cream or yogurt in the batter might help so I may give that a go the next time I will like taking a chance with these.

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I tend to lean toward a more moister or even gooey brownie so at first I thought may be it was just me but my dear husband and son both said they they were dry even for them. I made this pan of brownies a few weeks back and had it scheduled for this week on the blog. Since then I have seen some ladies posting in the THM groups that agree with my thoughts of these being to dry. But then again someone else said they were not too dry for her at all. So, I will just leave it at that and say it may be a preference thing, but to me they needed a bit more moisture. Not a deal breaker but also not a trait that will have me running back for more real soon. I would eat these again any day rather than going off plan for an unhealthy one for sure though! If you have made these I would love to hear your opinion or how your batch turned out in the comments below! Be sure to follow the blog for more recipe reviews like this one and original recipes from around my table of three!

4 comments

  1. Kate E. says:
    My brownies did not look at all like your picture. I added more water to make the brownies more spreadable. The peanut butter layer was like dry hunks. They didn't cook evenly either. I'll try again to see what I did wrong.
    • Keri Bucci says:
      Hi Kate, as you could read in the post I didn't have much luck with their recipe either and honestly haven't made them since. Hopefully it will work better for you next time if you remake them. I have had heard from others that really enjoy them, so not sure what I did wrong either.
  2. joyce says:
    mine didn't look much like your picture, either! the brownie layer was really dry and difficult to spread out in the (greased) pan, so it took a while to get a flat layer. then the peanut butter top layer was very runny, so i couldn't even begin to drop it on the batter by spoonsful. i just poured it all on top of the choc layer and tried to sort of swirl it around (which didn't really work). however, i love the taste and the fudgy-ness of them once they are refrigerated at least overnight. even my 12 yr old, who barely likes any of my thm things thought these were totally delicious! i lovingly, sacrificially gave the last brownie to hubby tonight after supper. time to make more!

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