Rich, fudgy and topped with a delicious chocolate peppermint ganache, these Vegan Peppermint Brownies are also grain-free and gluten-free!
Happy National Brownie Day!
[yes friends, it’s a thing – so get on board!]
I had plans to actually post a delectible brownie round-up post today, however the baking bug hit me this week and these crazy good vegan peppermint brownies were created instead. I don’t think y’all will mind too much that I’m posting three recipes this week though, am I right? 😉
So you guys remember earlier this week when I discussed my love for all things peppermint, right? Well I actually love peppermint [and mint in general] so much that it has been my go-to morning tea for the last few months. I’m partial to the Candy Cane Lane green tea by Celstial Seasonings, however for the last month I’ve been drinking a mint medley tea by Bigelow that I’ve also been really enjoying. I just love mint – in any and all forms, so it made sense for my next holiday themed recipe to be of the peppermint variety.
They also made for the perfect “celebration” yesterday when I hit a deadlift PR at 225lbs. It’s taken me over a year to finally get back to lifting heavy after throwing my back out one too many times, so needless to say I was beyond shocked and elated when I pulled that weight. I definitely came home and helped myself to a brownie
That peppermint ganache kills me. Seriously, I’m typing this from my grave.
These vegan peppermint brownies are actually a slight adaptation from the Flourless Brownies that I posted a month or so back. I absolutely adore that recipe so I figured with a few tweaks I could take it from grain-free and paleo to grain-free and vegan – and then smother it in a simple yet sinful chocolate peppermint ganache.
Success, my friends – it’s a beautiful, tasty thing.
And while the brownies themselves are rich and fudgy bites of bliss, hands down the show stopper of this recipe is that chocolate peppermint ganache. Truthfully you could use any brownie recipe you wanted, then just layer the ganache on top and sprinkle on some crushed candy canes. I personally adore my brownies but I’m not going to be offended if you use a certain “go-to” brownie recipe that you adore. I personally have those “go-to” recipes that I never dare tamper with – if it ain’t broke down’t fix it!
That being said, it’s always fun to try new things 😉
And I’m probably the only food blogger you’ve ever seen tell you that it’s ok not to use half of their recipe. Seriously, what am I even doing? Man I’m really bad at this….
I guess I’ll just use photographic evidence to persuade you to try my recipe since I apparently fail at using my words. Sheesh….
Though I must admit, these vegan peppermint brownies have reminded me of my favorite recipe from last year. Anyone remember this Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Bread?
Can you see the similarities? 😉
Alright, enough with the tempting – here’s the recipe for these super fudgy, chocolate peppermint ganache-topped brownies!
- For the Brownies:
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- pinch sea salt
- ½ cup dairy-free butter substitute
- ¼ cup coconut oil, soft
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- For the Peppermint Ganache:
- ¾ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- ¼ cup coconut cream
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 candy canes, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, beat together the vegan butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and flax eggs until smooth.
- Add the cocoa powder, baking soda and sea salt and mix until no lumps remain. Pour batter into prepared babking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
- While brownies are cooling, add the chocolate chips and coconut cream to a small pot. Heat oven medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract.
- Once brownies have cooled, spread ganache across the top evenly. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Place brownies in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill. Remove and slice into 12 squares.
How are you celebrating National Brownie Day?