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If you didn't already believe that chocolate and mint were a match made in heaven, these Healthy Peppermint Brownies will most certainly change your mind! They combine an incredibly fudge-y, chocolate-y and peppermint infused brownie with rich creamy vanilla mint frosting, and are finished with festive crushed peppermints. The best part? They're 8 grams of protein and only 10 grams of carbs per piece! 



Recipe Yield: 16 brownies
Total Time: 40 minutes
Nutrition Facts: (1/16 of recipe, or 1 brownie) 100 calories, 3 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates (3 grams of fiber) and 8 grams of protein

Ingredients:
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 50 grams chocolate protein powder (using a blend of whey and casein works best - Quest was used here) *
  • 1/4 cup light butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar in the raw, turbinado, or coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated stevia or Splenda (if using packets, try 5-6 at first, then adjust)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoons peppermint extract
Frosting:
  • 1 8 ounce black of Greek yogurt or reduced fat cream cheese
  • 30 grams vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 tablespoons granulated stevia or Splenda
  • 4 hard peppermint candies, crushed

Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add all brownie ingredients to your food processor, and process away. Continue blending until batter is nice and smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom with a spatula to be sure that everything gets evenly blended.
  3. Taste the batter to see if you'd like to add more sweetener or peppermint extract. There is nothing raw in this recipe, don't worry! If you'd like it extra mint-y, only add more in 1/4 teaspoon increments - adding too much will make them taste like toothpaste!
  4. Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray, and add your brownie batter. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. While your brownies bake, prepare the frosting. Combine all frosting ingredients (except peppermints) into a bowl, and mix using an electric hand mixer. Mix until smooth, and taste to see if you'd like more peppermint extract.
  6. Add your peppermints to a plastic bag. Using a metal spoon, gently crush them on a hard surface.
  7. Allow brownies to completely cool before frosting them - placing them into the freezer for 15 minutes will speed this process up.
  8. Once brownies have cooled, frost them and sprinkle with crushed peppermints. Cut into 16 even squares, and enjoy!

* Pescience, Quest Nutrition, Devotion Nutrition, or any other brand that combines both whey and casein and is not 100% whey will work best here. 100% whey tends to dry out baked goods. 

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