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Peanut Butter Topped Secret Ingredient Brownies

Thanks to the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program and Kelloggs for sending me these:
 I LOVE bran so you can imagine my excitement!!  I am trying to get more fiber in the diet of all my family members, which is not an easy task.  So I decided to attempt to sneak a little fiber in. The best place to start: DESSERT!  I found this brownie recipe on  I was amazed at how many things you can make using bran cereal. 
Peanut Butter Topped Bran Brownies
adapted from
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup All-Bran Original or All-Bran Buds
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix butter, sugar and cocoa together.  Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add cereal, flour and salt gradually.  Mix well.  Spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan. 
Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
I cooked mine 35 minutes and it was too long. The edges were a little crisp. 
30 minutes would of been perfect.
Peanut Butter Topping
Melt 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter in the microwave. Just until it is pourable.  Watch closely because it will burn easy.  It only takes about 20-30 seconds. 
Drizzle it over the top of the brownies.
If desired add cut up peanut butter cups on top.  Allow to set up!
THE VERDICT:  My oldest daughter saw me add the Bran and even though she promised not to tell.  She blabbed to the whole family.  So the element of surprise was out.  Dang it!!  I will be trying more things!! As for the brownies I loved them and with most brownies they tasted better after 24 hours.  Everyone agreed on that fact!  I will try them again this time making them when everyone is gone.  I would love to see if they really notice the bran, when then do not know it is there.
*The original recipe makes a 8 x8 size pan so I doubled the recipe. 
*I got the topping idea from Me & My Pink Mixer.  She made the most adorable and delicious looking Peanut Butter Brownie Bites .  I have tried it on regular box brownies. What is not to love about a peanut butter and chocolate combination!!


  1. I have a really good recipie for all bran waffels if you want it. :)

  2. Ohhh and I have some of this cereal in my pantry ;)


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