I love brownies and always have! I craved brownies when I started my grain-free journey six years ago, needless to say I have tried many gluten-free and dairy-free brownie recipes. I have enjoyed many alternative recipes from awesome bloggers and cookbooks and disliked some as well. I finally wrote one of my own and I have to say I think I can compete with the "big dogs" with this one.
This peppermint brownie recipe perfect for a Christmas party or a family movie night watching Elf, or White Christmas. They are so easy to make too that having the kids join in won't complicate things. My kids love to crush the candy canes, and lick the bowl of course. These paleo brownies hold together and can be made petite for little finger snacks for a party without crumbling all over the place. They are rich and chocolaty and pair perfectly paired with my Eggnog Recipe. I can't stand dry brownies, but I don't want runny fudge brownies either. If you're all about the texture this recipe is on point.
½ cup sunflower meal, or almond meal(1/4 cup of almond meal or under is "legal" for low-FODMAP)
¼ cup tapioca
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup chocolate chips, melted
½ cup peppermint chocolate bar, roughly chopped
½ cup butter
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
Organic + synthetic dye-free candy canes crushed for garnish
Mix together sunflower/almond meal, tapioca starch, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, set aside. In a double boiler melt chocolate chips,half of the chocolate bar, butter and maple syrup until smooth, remove from heat. Let the melted mixture cool slightly. Whisk in eggs and vanilla into the dry ingredients then stir in the warm melted chocolate mixture. Pour the batter into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test. Top the hot brownies with the remaining peppermint chocolate bar and allow to melt, then spread chocolate thinly over the top of the brownies. Crush 2 candy canes and sprinkle over the melted chocolate (they will stick to the chocolate). Allow brownies to cool, then serve and enjoy!
DO YOU NEED something to wash down this chocolaty goodness? Check out my Paleo Eggnog Recipe>> HERE! It is simple to make while your brownies are in the oven. Merry Christmas!
*Note - Dark chocolate and cocoa powder have passed the low-FODMAP test, but some individuals have unwanted IBS symptoms from excess chocolate. Tred carefully until a threshold for chocolate has been determined. So go easy on the serving size.