You guys, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to share this with you. CANNOT. I love chocolate (duh) and I love peppermint.
chocolate + peppermint = explosion of happiness
I originally saw this recipe for peppermint bark brownies on Oatmeal With A Fork and I thought it was a fabulous idea. I loved the brownie base and the peppermint top and it seemed like a classic dessert that everyone could love. I brought the idea home with me and adjusted it to make it simpler and it’s a winner.
I’ve been digging the 801010 thing lately and so my desserts have been pretty low in fat and as a result pretty low in guilt and high in energy. These guys, however, are absolutely not 801010 but they are absolutely amazing. To save myself from the guilt, I cut them into fairly small sizes .. now I just need to make sure I eat them one at a time, not all at once 🙂
These little bundles of joy are high in fat, but beauty fats, as I like to call them. I’m not a fan of high oil content outside of good quality coconut oil and olive oil, and I typically don’t like eating lots of nuts at a time .. unless they are high in Omega 3s. See this breakdown for more details on fat content.So these are a sort of extra treat because I’m making something I wouldn’t normally eat AND they are packed with all the good stuff. YES!
- Soak the walnuts and dates for about an hour.
- Pit and peel the dates.
- In your food processor, combine the dates with the drained walnuts, cacao and sea salt.
- Pulse the ingredients until a dough is formed. I let mine run a bit too long and so it was more paste-y, but so delicious still.
- Line your glass baking dish with parchment paper and press the dough down until an even layer is formed.
- Cover the base with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge while you make the peppermint frosting.
- Combine the coconut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and peppermint extract in a food processor and blend until everything is fully incorporated.
- Remove the brownie base from the refrigerator.
- Pour the frosting over the brownie base and place it back in the fridge to set for an hour, or until firm.
- Optionally, blitz some goji berries in a mini chopper and sprinkle the powder on top of your finished brownies for a festive flair. I also added some cacao nibs on top.
- Setting the Brownies: The frosting is a thin paste when freshly blended, and will be more runny if it’s warm. I let my brownies set overnight so they could harden completely.