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Paleo Peppermint Brownies

These Paleo Peppermint Brownies are so good! They don’t even taste gluten-free or Paleo, and they’re super dark and fudgy. These are perfect for the holiday season, since they’re super healthy AND super festive! Plus, they’re a lot healthier than traditional holiday desserts . . . and they’re more affordable than store-bought healthy alternatives! (Have you seen store-bought Paleo baked goods? They’re so expensive!)

Paleo Peppermint Brownies

I based these brownies off of the recipe for my Brownie-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. (Remember those abominations I posted back in May? They’re making a comeback.) Those were the best brownies I had ever had in my life besides a) my mom’s brownies from before I went gluten-free and b) the gluten-free boxed brownies from Trader Joe’s. I just tweaked the original recipe a little bit & it turned out really well!

Paleo Peppermint Brownies

Although you can really use any nut butter in these brownies, I suggest almond butter because it has the most neutral flavor. I once made these brownies with peanut butter, and — don’t get me wrong, they were delicious! — the flavor was noticeable & wouldn’t have paired well with the peppermint in these brownies. Peanut butter + peppermint . . . eh. Cashew butter would also be delicious, but it’s definitely more expensive.

Paleo Peppermint Brownies

To make these Paleo Peppermint Brownies even more decadent, I put some chocolate on top and swirled it with coconut butter. As you can tell, I’m still not great at making these swirly patterns. What’s harder, AP Chem or cute designs on top of Paleo brownies? You tell me.

Paleo Peppermint Brownies

Although I mentioned this earlier, I want to reiterate the fact that these brownies are healthy. I mean, they’re less healthy than a salad . . . but only marginally so. 🙂 That means you can eat these without feeling like crap afterwards!

I keep touting the merits of these Paleo Peppermint Brownies, but I want to remind you that all food is good food. Even if it’s not super healthy (looking at you, xmas cookies), it’s still fuel for your body. Also, it’s the holiday season (the holiday season) & that means it’s time to enjoy life and not worry about every little thing we eat! Goodness knows we do that enough during the other 11.5 months out of the year . . .

Paleo Peppermint Brownies

Okay, that’s it! Happy Friday!

p.s. There won’t be a newsletter tomorrow, but there will be one next week!

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Paleo Peppermint Brownies
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
brownies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
brownies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix the almond butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil together until smooth.
  2. Add the cocoa and stir until smooth. Repeat with the egg.
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract, coconut flour, salt, and espresso powder.
  4. Add the peppermint extract, being careful not to add too much (it is very strong). Fold in the chocolate chips, if using.
  5. Bake the brownies in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. I baked the brownies in a 4x8-inch loaf pan to make 8 2x2-inch squares.
  6. While the brownies cool, melt the coconut butter and the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
  7. Once the brownies are cool, pour the melted chocolate on top and smooth it into an even layer. Dollop on the coconut butter and swirl it around to make artistic patterns (optional). Chill the brownies until the chocolate sets. Enjoy!

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