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July 1, 2010

Peppermint Brownies

I’ve always loved brownies, but I couldn’t eat them for a long time. They were too rich with unhealthy ingredients that set off my allergies and made me sick. Now I’ve found a healthier recipe that uses natural sweeteners and has perfect, peppermint taste.

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I start out making a mix. This saves tons of time in the long run, because you only have to measure the dry ingredients once. The mix batch is big, so you’ll need 2 huge bowls like this or a big soup pot.

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Peppermint Brownie Mix

Makes 11 batches, 8×8 pan size. Each batch makes 9-12 brownies.Chocolate chips 150x150 Peppermint Brownies

  • 9 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 TB baking powder (non-aluminum)
  • 2 TB salt (sea salt’s the best)
  • 12 ½ cups sugar (I use evaporated cane juice crystals)
  • 12 ounces unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (these make all the difference!)
  • 5 tsp vanilla powder (or use 1 tsp extract when baking)


  1. Sift first 4 ingredients into large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add vanilla & chocolate chips. Mix well.
  3. Measure 2 cups into quart freezer bags (for 8×8 pan recipe, or 4 cups for 9×13 pan size recipe). Makes 11 bags.
  4. Label each bag (8×8 size) with the following: Add 2 eggs, ¼ cup melted butter & 4 drops peppermint essential oil or flavoring (may need more than 2 drops). Add extract if you didn’t use vanilla powder. Mix with beaters. Batter will be SUPER thick. Just spread it like frosting in your greased glass or stone pan (never aluminum) and it will rise up.
  5. Bake at 350 ° for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife. For slightly fudgy brownies, take pan out 5-10 min early.

I put a couple batches in a gallon size bag to have on hand for social events when I need more brownies. Label your bags!

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So tonight we made a double batch. We dumped a big bag in a bowl and added double the wet ingredients with the oil.

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Using peppermint essential oil gives the flavor so much zip! Beat ingredients with a blender.

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The dough will be very thick. Spread it like frosting in a glass or stone pan. Pampered Chef stones are my favorite!

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Be forwarned that while these are baking, your home will smell so good everyone’s mouth will be watering!

This brownie recipe is great because the sides don’t rise higher as in many other recipes.

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Slice brownies before they are completely cool, as the crust will harden and make them harder to cut.

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We are planning to take these to the closing social for Raquel’s summer art class.

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When you use unrefined ingredients, the taste you get is so substantial and real. I love this taste so much more than cheap food varieties.

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These brownies are always a big hit!

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  1. Janet Erickson says:

    These look FANTASTIC! Must try. Thank You!

  2. Kelly says:

    These look so yummy! Thanks for posting!

  3. Em says:

    Hooray! I am so trying these stat. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. April Jones says:

    These look great. Have you tried to add black beans to your brownies? You really can’t taste them.

    The last ‘healthy brownie’ I made was by no means a real brownie. I was sad. I too hate making the box brownies with all the unhealthy ingredients.

    I look forward to trying your recipe. I guess I’ll just close my eyes to the fact there is more sugar than flour. These proportions are correct, right?

    Also, I usually mix my batter ingredients in my blender then pour out. It’s quick and the kids can help and clean up is simple. However, sounds like this batter may be too thick. I’ll have fun experimenting with that. :)

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Jenni says:

      I experimented with beans in baking a few years ago, but I ran into digestion issues so I gave up. It just didn’t agree with me.

      You may want to try trimming the amount of sugar in these. My quest with this recipe was to find something very close to the unhealthy versions we find everywhere, that would be liked by everyone-a real brownie.

      This batter is definitely too thick for the blender. Thanks for reading and good luck!

      • April says:

        You mentioned in your post to not use aluminum when baking…do you know if your rice cooker pot is aluminum?

        Do you think there is a difference between cooking at a high temp in Al vs a low cook like in a rice cooker.

        • Jenni says:

          I honestly don’t know how the cooking temperature affects absorption levels. I believe my rice cooker pot is aluminum, however it has a coating on it. I’ve changed out all my other cook and bake ware for stones or stainless steel, but the only other replacement I could think of for this would be a crock pot that has a warm setting. I have one, and I will try it. Thanks!

  5. Becky L. says:

    I made these for dessert tonight. Everyone loved them! So glad I have several mixes in the freezer ready to go. Thanks for sharing such great recipe :)

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi Jenni
    This Recipe Looks Great.. My family and I are going to Try making them Tomorrow For Christmas. Cant wait to see how they come out! Looking Forward To trying some of your Other Recipes Too!
    Merry Christmas To you & Yours
    Lisa & Family

  7. Leanne says:

    This recipe sounds great! The only problem is I can’t use handy mixes with whole grain flour because I need to soak my flour overnight before I mix it up, … . So I’ll try to adapt it (w/ a little less sugar/sucanat) and see how it works. It sounds delicious! :-) Thanks!

  8. These look great! I love that they have more natural ingredients! Found you through “Just Something I Whipped Up.” Love your site.

  9. coming from Raising arrows – I’d LOVE for you to link up with my Kids in the Kitchen post on Adventurez in ChildRearing – we look for healthy fun family recipes to share. This one is going on my pin board! :)
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  10. Andrea says:

    I LOVE the idea of having my own brownie mix ready to go! You could definitely mix it up with different flavors for batches (orange, peanut butter, etc). Can’t wait to try these!
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  11. Heidi says:

    What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I look forward to making up a big mix for several batches myself just as soon as I am inside a kitchen again.
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  12. Carolyn says:

    These look delicious! Thank you for sharing them with us!
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  13. Tulip says:

    Those look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library.
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  14. Heather N. says:

    THANK YOU! I have been looking for a DIY brownie recipie so I’m not shelling out $2.50 a box for heaven only knows what preservatives! I will DEFINITELY be trying these! Is the peppermint oil a necessary flavor component or would they be fine without?

    • Jenni @ Mom Essentials says:

      I’m sure it would be fine without. I love peppermint but I know that not everyone has it. Go for it!

  15. oh, these sound and look divine! I love the idea of making up the dry mix ahead and having it ready in zipper bags.

  16. Karen says:

    These look really good! Can’t wait to try them out!!

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    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)
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  18. Miz Helen says:

    Your Peppermint Brownies look delicious, I just love Peppermint for the season. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
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  19. Pretty sure my husband would love these as a special treat! This would be a great post to share at our Meal Plan Monday link-up tomorrow at http://www.modernalternativekitchen.com. Hope to see you there!

  20. These sound delicious. How wonderful to have this healthier homemade mix already bagged up and ready to go for Peppermint Brownies whenever you want them!

  21. Meg says:

    Yum! Looks soooo delicious!
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  24. nicole says:

    Oh I’ve never heard of peppermint going right into the brownies like that– yum.

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  25. Natasha says:

    These look nice!

    would love it if you share this on my link party @ http://www.serenityyou.com

    Natasha xx
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  26. These sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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