Have you ever decided that you wanted some Nutella on a cold Winter's day only to open the jar and discover that the consistency of your Nutella is well, hard? And not to mention completely unspreadable on bread? Well one day, a friend of mine introduced me to Nutino. It's like Nutella only it doesn't become a strange texture on cold days! Not to mention it's also cheaper! Do I need to convince anyone anymore?
A while back when Nutino was half price, we bought a few jars and this last particular jar had been sitting in our pantry shelf for quite some time. My sister was craving brownies so a batch of brownies were going to be made! (aren't I the nicest sister?)
These brownies are awesome. Gooey just out of the oven, and wonderfully chewy if left to cool. The Nutino taste isn't too prominent, but it seems to help make the brownies richer. If that wasn't enough, I decided to swirl some peanut butter into half the mixture to see how that fared too. It was nice, but I think classic chocolate will always win! The brownies were all gone by the end of the day of the day.
Nutino Brownies With Peanut Butter Swirls
An original recipe by Crystal Noir
Makes one batch using a 26 x 17cm pan
For Nutino Brownie
1/2 cup light Olive Spread (you can substitute margarine or butter)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Nutino
1/2 cup baking cocoa
3/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup milk
For Peanut Butter Swirl
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp plain flour
Preheat oven to 180C and line your tray with baking paper.
To make the brownies
1. Add Olive Spread, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, salt and Nutino to a large bowl and beat until combined.
2. Mix in baking cocoa and flour until just combined.
3. If the mixture looks a bit too thick, add in desired amount of milk. I ended up using a quarter of a cup of milk.
4. Pour/spoon batter into baking pan.
To make peanut butter swirl
1. Combine all the ingredients. It should resemble a thick paste.
2.Drop little blobs of the peanut butter paste on top of the brownie batter.
3. Using a skewer/chopstick/knife, swirl the blobs together until you are satisfied with how it looks.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cut and then eat!
The peanut butter flavour wasn't too prominent as you can see from my first photo. The peanut butter only sits at the top. So if you are a fan of peanut butter and want a more prominent flavour, I would suggest pouring in half your brownie batter, spoon some blobs of peanut butter, then cover it with the rest of your brownie batter, top it with the remaining peanut butter paste, and then swirl.