For Halloween, here's a devilish, Vanishing Black Cocoa Brownies recipe that will quickly vanish right before your eyes and all those goblins, vampires and zombies lurking about, will wanna get in on the action too! Scarfing down these brownies are thrilling because they're topped with a peanut butter frosting with Reese's Pieces and chocolate chips! That is until they're gone! Umm...Whaaa??? That's frightful!!
The good thing is, you can make them over and over and over...till death do you part!
Ahhhh! I know that sounds a little morbid, but we're coming up on Halloween, my favorite holiday and we have to have a little spooky fun here, ya know? So were-wolf with me, k?
Black rich cocoa will make the darkest chocolate cake or cookies you've ever seen.
I used King Arthur's Black Cocoa and Dutch Cocoa in these brownies, which by the way are very moist, yet cake-like and the texture is amazing. If you've never used black cocoa give it try! Black cocoa is a super-dark Dutch-process cocoa. It gives your chocolate treats an intense, deep chocolate color and is ultra-rich in flavor, so you don't need to use as much.
That's why these are perfect for Halloween, right? By the way, besides the deep dark chocolate components, these brownies were made with whole wheat flour, bananas, and peanut butter. So therefore, we are healthy-ish, up until we add the creamy peanut butter frosting, chopped Reese's Pieces and mini chocolate chip cookies.
Sounds like a well-balanced compromise to me! Dark chocolate and peanut butter together make me happy!
These Vanishing Black Cocoa Brownies will vanish before you know it! Enjoy! Bring these to the parties, office, birthday celebrations and the closet! The closet?? LOL! I'm a hoarder of chocolate, what can I say? And now it seems peanut butter has always been following suit!
More Chocolate and Peanut Butter Dreams!
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- Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cookies
- Delish Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
- Home-Made Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs
- Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Pie - It's Phenomenal!
Vanishing Black Cocoa Brownies
Black Cocoa Brownies
- 2 bananas ripe
- ¾ cup canola oil or coconut oil melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup whole wheat flour or all purpose I used whole wheat
- ¾ cup granulated sugar or coconut sugar
- ½ cup black cocoa powder sifted if lumpy (I used King Arthur's Black Cocoa)
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted if lumpy (I used King Arthur's Dutch)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
Peanut Butter Frosting
- 1 cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Pinch or two of salt
- ½ cup melted peanut butter
- ½ cup melted milk chocolate
- Reese's Pieces chopped
- Mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x9 baking pan with non-stick spray.
- Using mixer, beat bananas until pureed.
- Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients, and whisk together for about a minute or two on medium speed.
- Pour into prepared 9x9 baking pan and bake until the center has firmed, about 30-35 minutes.
- After the brownies have cooled, prepare frosting or melted peanut butter/chocolate drizzles.
Peanut Butter Frosting
- Using mixer, beat butter, peanut butter, vanilla, cream and salt together until well mixed. Add confectioners sugar and beat well until smooth and creamy. Frost brownies with a spatula knife>
- Sprinkle chocolate chips and chopped Reese's Pieces on top. Cut and serve.
- Drizzle melted chocolate and peanut butter all over the brownies.
Recipe adapted from: Banana Peanut Butter Cake Brownies @ Olive and Artisan.
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Kim Lange says
Yes but it won't have the cookie texture because it's brownies, but yes! 😉
Holly Gilmer says
If black cocoa tastes like Oreo cookies, then putting in white chocolate chips would taste like cookies and cream, right?
Have you tried Amazon? That's where I got it or you could try King Arthur Flour. It's their black cocoa that I used. Thank you so much, I love the color too and it's gives the chocolate a deeper flavor when you use it. I love it! 😀
I LOVE the look of these! They sound amazing and that black colour is stunning.I'm only gutted that I can't get hold of black cocoa powder for the life of me in The Netherlands or even online to ship it here. I'll just have to look at your brownies whilst I eat my own regular coloured ones trying to taste the darkness :'D
You are very welcome Claire! These are super yummy brownies!!
Claire P says
My son would just love this thanks a lot for the recipes 🙂
Aww thank you so much Deepika!
I need these brownies in my life!! And I need the black cocoa powder too!! These are the most decadent brownies of all..All decked up with the frosting and toppings! They look so amazing Kim!
Christina I know where you are coming from! Thank you so much!! Hope you give them a try!!
Try it Maria! Let me know how you like it!! 😀
Maria | kitchenathoskins says
I've never used black cocoa before, but these brownies might just make order my first pack. The color is just darn spooky and perfect for Halloween.And it helps that they are healthy too, Have a great weekend Kim:)
I've never used black cocoa before but after seeing your amazing looking brownies, I can't wait to try them out! Yummy!!! I need to level with you though, I'm a brownie batter and cookie dough fiend. I don't think I would have any brownies to bake after I had my way with the batter NOM NOM NOM!
OMG that sounds soooo cool for sure Heather! I'm gonna have to check that out! Thanks!!! 😀
Wow that 'spooky' gingerbread does sounds so cool Heather! I need to check that out! Thanks so much!
heather (delicious not gorgeous) says
i love how dark and rich these look! plus the bananas definitely counteract all those reese's (; also, i feel like you'd appreciate the spooky gingerbread at disneyland! they made a massive one for the seasonal haunted mansion ride decorations, and it looks so cool.
I hope you try it Ashika! 😀 Thank you dear!!
Ashika | Gardening Foodie says
Dark Chocolate and peanut butter...the best baking combination on earth. These brownies look soooo good. I have never used black cocoa in baking before, it sounds amazing and it gives the brownies a great dark colour. Definitely want to try this one out.
Thank you Catherine! 🙂
Wow, these look incredibly rich and fudgy!! So many delicious ingredients, they would definitely vanish right away in my house! 😀
Thank you Liz! I love this combination! Totally irresistible!
Whoa, these are fabulous! I love the super black color and the peanut butter frosting makes them even more irresistible! They'd definitely vanish around here!!
Yes Katherine they were and it's perfect for that deep dark chocolate flavor!
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
I'm glad I read through the comments because I was going to ask where you got your black cocoa from!! I'm a big Amazon orderer of things so I'll definitely check there. These are were-wolf- wonderful!!!
Thank you Kelly! xoxo I'm totally a brownie girl! 😀
Wow! I am surprised you can't even find the Special Dark locally. But yes, we have a knack for online ordering, but honestly I get most of my baking stuff through Amazon because it's so much easier than looking all over for it. I hope you try it! I am loving it Lori!
Right on Kelsie! 😀 You saw right through that..LOL!
You are very welcome!! Can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate together. 😀
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
I'm drooling over here! These look like the richest, most decadent brownies ever! And since they're made with whole wheat flour I don't have to feel guilty for eating them ALL 🙂
Oh dear ! My son's favourite ingredients ! Thank you so much !
Great minds think alike! I was just looking into black cocoa this weekend for a recipe! Of course, I can't get it anywhere local so am thinking I'll go with the King Arthur as well. I saw someone recommended Special Dark but that's not available local either. Darn midwest living! hehe Good thing I'm very versed at online ordering! Thanks for sharing the recipe! These look devilish!
Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats says
Brownies are the best! But I am seriously loving the black cocoa you used and the deep dark color of these brownies! They would definitely "vanish" at my house!! Xoxo