Low-Carb Buckeye Peanut Butter Brownies

My husband, Mr. Pantry, says peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. He swears by these Low-Carb Peanut Butter Brownies, calling them the ultimate dessert, though he’s been known to eat them for breakfast. That’s fine given that this is a healthy brownie made with numerous super foods to fuel you throughout the day.

Low-Carb Buckeye Peanut Butter Brownies

Looking for a classic low-carb dessert recipe that everybody loves? My Buckeye Peanut Butter Brownies will do the trick. This showstopping brownie recipe looks complicated, but those of you who’ve followed me for a while know that I wouldn’t ever give you anything but the easiest of recipes. Right?!

Easy Low-Carb Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe

These amazing grain-free dark chocolate brownies are covered in a thick layer of peanut butter fluff, then topped with rich chocolate ganache. Is your mouth watering yet? The base of my Low-Carb Buckeye Brownies is my fan favorite almond flour Paleo Brownie recipe, sweetened with dates.

Can I Use Sunbutter Instead of Peanut Butter?

If you have a peanut allergy you may be wondering, can I make Buckeye Brownies with sunbutter instead of peanut butter? I haven’t tried that in this recipe, so I can’t be certain, but I’m guessing it will work. If you do experiment, leave a comment with your results.

Low-Carb Buckeye Peanut Butter Brownies

Print Recipe
  1. Bake the brownies and let cool 1 hour while making peanut butter fluff
  2. Place peanut butter, shortening, maple syrup, water, salt, and stevia in a one quart mason jar
  3. Use a hand blender with whisk attachment to blend until smooth
  4. Transfer fluff to top of brownies, spreading until smooth
  5. In a saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate, shortening, and stevia
  6. Pour chocolate ganache over peanut butter fluff
  7. Refrigerate 30 minutes to let chocolate firm up a bit, then slice
  8. Refrigerate 30 more minutes so chocolate can set
  9. Serve
You are a genius!!!!!

What Is A Buckeye?

Anyone who loves the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, needs to know the answer to one question. What is a buckeye? That’s a simple story my friends, and it involves the state of Ohio. Buckeyes come from the buckeye tree, the official state tree of Ohio, also referred to as the horse chestnut tree. A buckeye is a small, shiny dark brown nut with a light tan patch at the top. What does this have to do with low-carb brownies, you may ask.

Low-Carb Buckeye Candy?

Well, the buckeye resembles a chestnut, and is the inspiration for a type of candy that is basically a ball of peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate. See? we’re getting there! I’ve taken the concept of buckeye candy and turned it into a brownie for you. Maybe I’ll make a low-carb buckeye candy for you next. Would you like that? If so, leave a comment below!

What Are Buckeye Brownies?

Full disclosure, dear reader, I am not the first to create buckeye brownies, nor I suspect, will I be the last. I may be the first to create a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, low-carb Buckeye Brownie, though truth be told, there are millions of recipes on the internet, so I cannot make this claim with any certitude. I would guess this would be the easiest Buckeye Brownie recipe you’ll find, because I’ve been food blogging for quite a long time, since 2006 in fact, and have a knack for writing the easiest recipes in the world. At least that’s what I’m told.

What’s Your Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert?

Now it’s your turn! What’s your favorite chocolate peanut butter dessert? Leave a comment and let me know and I just might turn it into your favorite new low-carb classic.


48 responses to “Low-Carb Buckeye Peanut Butter Brownies”

  1. Elana these sound delicious and I will certainly try them. I didn’t see where it states what size pan to bake them in. Could you please let us know what size pan you used?
    I have been following you for so many years and I have enjoyed all of your recipes. They are so easy to make. Thank you so much for all your hard work in trying to encourage people to make healthy choices. I have learned so much from your articles.

    • Barbara, if you click the link in the ingredients portion of the recipe that says “Paleo Brownies” you will be given that info. I’m so happy to be on this healthy eating journey with you :-)

  2. Hi Elena,
    I love what you have done with your website adding all the different diets. Have been also using your cookbooks and been following you for yeas.
    That being said I was recently diagnosed with Insulin Resistance and told to follow Low FODMAP diet. Since I was not able to find this option on your site, was wondering if you are planning on extending your website to include this diet? Or from the current options which one you would suggest to follow?
    Thanks so much! Brigitta

  3. Stevia, or any substitute sweetener, gives me a migraine. Several of your recipes call for stevia. Could I substitute maple syrup or honey and get the same results or would it be too wet?

  4. Oh I am very excited about these!!!! Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio I am very familiar with Buckeyes and use to make them every Christmas for friends at work. Since I have retired and also “cleaned” my diet up a bit, I have not made them. I would be very happy to see an “Elana” low carb “buckeye”!!!! Can’t wait to try these and, like always, I thank you for your amazing recipes and blog! xx

  5. Thank you for your blog. I have been following it since 2008 when my doctor told me I needed to follow a gluten and dairy free diet. When my new doctor suggested the keto diet for improved results after a head injury, I knew where to go for resources.

    Thank you

  6. “Horse chestnut contains significant amounts of a poison called esculin and can cause death if eaten raw.” We have ever so many of these chestnuts on our land in NC and they were around as a child in Michigan. We were told to never eat them. The deer seem to like them though.

  7. THANK YOU! And, yep, would love it if you came up with a recipe for low-carb buckeye candy to share with us. All the low-carb and Keto recipes are so much appreciated! Thank you for all you do!

  8. Is there a substitution for palm shortening? I try to avoid anything palm because its harvest decimates habitat for orangutans and other animals. Thank you!

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