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

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Servings 25



Peanut Butter Fluff

Chocolate Ganache


  • Bake the brownies and let cool 1 hour while making peanut butter fluff
  • Place peanut butter, shortening, maple syrup, water, salt, and stevia in a one quart mason jar
  • Use a hand blender with whisk attachment to blend until smooth
  • Transfer fluff to top of brownies, spreading until smooth
  • In a saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate, shortening, and stevia
  • Pour chocolate ganache over peanut butter fluff
  • Refrigerate 30 minutes to let chocolate firm up a bit, then slice
  • Refrigerate 30 more minutes so chocolate can set
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Fridge Time & Resting Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
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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.

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

  1. Hi Elana,
    I enjoy your recipes and your website, but I was wondering what can I use in place of palm shortening? I try to avoid all tropical oils (palm and coconut).
    Thank You

    • Sharon, thanks so much for your comment. I haven’t tried that so not sure. Feel free to experiment :-)

  2. I made these yesterday for my husband as a treat because he loves chocolate and peanut butter and WOW! I was so delighted at how delicious they were. I haven’t used palm shortening before, but it works like a dream in this recipe and tastes delicious. I used sugar free organic peanut butter too. And for the chocolate chips I used Lily’s brand to keep the sugar levels down. I’ve made the paleo brownies 20+ times, they are a favorite. All together this was one of the most delicious desserts we’ve ever had. Thank you for your easy to follow, delicious recipes! Love, from Los Angeles. :)

    • Anne, thanks for letting me know this is one of the most delicious desserts you’ve ever had! Big hugs to you and yours from Boulder :-)

      • Candyce, I just had to say I have only seen my name spelled the same way one other time. I generally go by Candy, but my given name is Candyce. I am also a huge fan of Elana’s recipes.

  3. Fabulous cant wait to try thank you for sharing your hard work and creation true kindness.
    Oooh I do love Snicker bars, reese, Ferrero rockers.

  4. Hi Elena,
    Wanted to know if you have ever checked out the McDougall diet. You could make it gluten free, but it’s basically plant based with no oil.

  5. Can you tell me if you can replace the palm shortening with another oil? I was under the impression palm shortening wasnt good for you im pretty new to paleo eating so im trying to get into everywhere thanks

  6. I just love this recipe Elana! I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio so I am very familiar with “Buckeyes”! Before I retired, I use to make these every Christmas for all my work buddies. I have since tried to clean up my diet and eat healthier so these brownies are just what I would like to try. I would love for you to work your “magic” and create a “low card” buckeye. As always, I thank you for all your hard work creating and sharing your amazing recipes and blog!!! xx

  7. Oh what memories, 2 kids under 5 years another on the way and me making 500, yes 500 buckeyes for a church holiday bazaar. I don’t think I ate even one. but these brownie, we are all in. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put in to helping all of eat better and stay healthy. A big hug from a thankful mom,

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