Quinoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

This is what I often do on days like Sunday when it’s well below freezing outside and my wimpy self can’t bear the cold– I create some new sweet concoction in my warm kitchen!

It’s a dangerous hobby to partake in when I’ve got the beginnings of middle age spread creeping in.  But it’s something I am passionate about, it brings me happiness and I love the feeling I get when I am lost in the moment of what I am doing.

I just have to be very careful about eating too many of them!



I came up with a variation of my Mocha Quinoa Brownies.  I had just made a batch of my Quinoa Lentil Sweet Potato Burgers that morning and had some leftover quinoa in the fridge.  By the way, I added horseradish to the burgers this time and they came out with a fabulous flavor that I really love.

Here is today’s recipe.  It’s basically the same as the Mocha Quinoa Brownies but without the coffee extract in the brownies, and the frosting recipe is different:

Quinoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Brownie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sea salt as desired

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (melted)
  • sea salt as desired


Preheat your oven to 350.  Blend up all brownie ingredients in a food processor or blender until incorporated and smooth.  It will be thick.  Using a spatula, spread into a small baking dish (I used a 6″X6″).  Mixture will be very sticky.  Bake for 20 minutes.

While brownies are baking, stir together the frosting ingredients in a small bowl.  It will be ready to spread on the brownies shortly after they come out of the oven.  Store in the fridge or freezer.


Check out Healthy Vegan Fridays!  It’s a place to share your healthy vegan recipes as well as find new ideas for plant-strong whole-food based meals, snacks and treats:



This entry was posted in Chocolate, Sweets and Treats and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

41 Responses to Quinoa Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. I am literally going to the kitchen right now to start those!

  2. Wow, these look delicious!
    I am dying over that frosting! I LOVE peanut butter so this is right up my alley.

  3. Corinne Goff says:

    I LOVE peanut butter too- it’s definitely one of my daily staples!

  4. xquiles says:

    I just made this, wow wow wow ! unbelievably delicious ! thank you for the wonderful recipe !

  5. Sarah says:

    These were pretty good! Thanks!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I made these with sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter and they tasted amazing!!

  7. Holley says:

    These look amazing! I love that I have all the ingredients on hand. No trips to the grocery store + brownies=win!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I just found your recipe on Pinterest, and was so surprised to read that you are also in RI!

    Can’t wait to try these delicious little goodies!

  9. Wow, these look amazing! Are they as fudgey as they look?

    • Corinne Goff says:

      They’re delicious!– ok, maybe not exactly equal to the fudginess of brownies made with butter and white sugar but they’re still totally satisfying, sweet and chocolatey!

  10. Hey! This was one of the most popular recipes on HVF this week, congrats 🙂 So we’re highlighting it, make sure to stop by to see it!

    Also, would you mind putting a link to HVF on this post? Thanks!

    • Corinne Goff says:

      Wow, thanks– that’s exciting! I’ve got the Healthy Vegan Fridays link added now. Thanks for all you do!!

  11. Pingback: healthy vegan friday #27 | the veggie nook

  12. Pingback: Healthy Vegan Friday Recipes & Vega Giveaway

  13. Melissa says:

    This recipe looks so good! Do you think it would work with coconut oil instead of the coconut butter? I don’t have any coconut butter on hand (but I certainly wish I did).

  14. I’m drooling over here. And love that they are light on sweetener. And use quinoa. And have a peanut butter frosting. Yum. I’m pinning these.

    • Corinne Goff says:

      🙂 I was just browsing around your blog…(love your doggies) Looks like you have a bunch of interesting recipes that use really healthy ingredients too! 🙂

  15. Robyn says:

    Pinned and made…so good!

  16. b says:

    these came out veeeeeery good!!

  17. Pingback: Thursday Thoughts « versatilevegan

  18. Kelly says:

    I made these yesterday. They are amazing! Thank you!

  19. Wendy says:

    I finally made these and the batter barely made it out of the food processor!! I can’t believe how delicious these are!!! These are the best brownies i have ever had!!! Next time i make them i’m going to triple the recipe!!! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

  20. Laurie says:

    These sound so yummy! Do you have the nutritional values?

    • Corinne Goff says:

      Hi Laurie,
      I entered the ingredients into Spark People’s Recipe Calculator. This info is based on 6 servings and is approximate.
      Per brownie: 265 calories, 11g fat, 40g carbohydrates, 5.5g protein, 5.5g fiber. It did not calculate individual nutrients; keep in mind that compared to traditional brownies these are higher in vitamins and minerals and contain healthy fats from the coconut (I know the fat from coconut is controversial to some people– but it is a wholesome, nutritious food!). Enjoy!

  21. Heather says:

    WowWOWWow! My husband says these are the best treats I’ve made! Very good recipe… and for those who have allergies, I used WowButter and it was fantastic. Can’t even tell the difference. Thanks so much. I’ll be checking this site often.
    Best wishes,

  22. Jessica D says:

    Hi! If I doubled this recipe and put it in a 12×8 pan would the cook time still be 20 minutes? I would need it to serve 20 small portions…

  23. Pingback: Chocolate Quinoa Brownies | the quiet baker

  24. Emily says:

    I wanna make these! Think I could sub out crunchy almond butter for the peanut butter?

  25. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly loved surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing
    in your rss feed and I hope you write once more soon!

  26. CeCe Blinka says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I loooove these! I make them in mini muffin tins and they are so cute after I pile on frosting.

  27. Abbey says:

    Is there any recommended substitute for the dates? I don’t carry them in my pantry!!

    • Corinne says:

      Hi Abbey! I have never tried using another dried fruit but raisins might work. If you have never tried medjool dates I highly recommend locating some– they are positively nature’s candy– so sweet and caramel-like!

  28. Pingback: Quinoa Brownies

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *