2/16/2023 | By Breana Killeen

Satisfy your sweet tooth and add an essential nutrient with these protein-packed peanut butter brownie bites.

This not-too-sweet mini dessert combines the flavors of peanut butter cups and chocolate cake. Quinoa flour adds protein and makes these bites gluten-free, but feel free to substitute white whole-wheat flour instead.

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

peanut butter on chocolate - peanut butter brownie bites

Serves 24

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


  • 3/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour or white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat a 24-cup mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Beat peanut butter and butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk quinoa (or whole-wheat) flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared mini muffin cups and sprinkle the tops with chocolate chips.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a brownie comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cool completely before storing, about 1 hour.

Tasty tip:

To make ahead, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.

Recipe nutrition per serving: 133 Calories, Total Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Cholesterol: 23 mg, Carbohydrates: 13 g, Fiber: 1 g, Total Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 3 g, Sodium: 93 mg.

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Breana Killeen

Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD, is EatingWell's former test kitchen and editorial operations manager, where she oversaw the development, production and nutrition analysis of 500-plus recipes per year and helped manage day-to-day operations to keep everything running smoothly. Breana has a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu London, a Wine Spirit and Education Trust-trained sommelier and a registered dietitian. When she's not cooking or chasing toddlers, you can find her out on her farm wrangling 150 chickens, 8 cows, 2 dogs and her tractor-loving husband.