Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Y’all, just like fall means everything pumpkin, to me, winter time means everything peppermint! And even though winter doesn’t start for a few more weeks, it’s December now, so we can pretend, right?


I love me a good, warm, chewy brownie. Brownies are so easy to whip up in a hurry, so it’s my favorite go-to thing to make for a pitch-in or party! And during the winter….I have to make them peppermint!


Speedy Peppermint Brownies

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour (I’ll even add some whole wheat and no one notices)
1/2 cup cacao powder (if you use regular cocoa powder, scale back some of the sugar)
1 tsp. salt
5 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
5-10 drops of Young Living’s Peppermint Vitality oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips

In mixing bowl, combine first 8 ingredients & beat until smooth. Pour into greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips (and Christmas sprinkles if desired!) over the top. Bale at 350 for 30 minutes or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10-15 mins and enjoy!


See how quick and easy that was? What’s your favorite dessert to make during the holidays?

Hannah Diane
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{Gluten Free} Fudge Brownies

Have you ever had a dessert that was just amazing and tasted like a normal brownie, but it was gluten-free? And it’s main ingredient was….black beans? Well, back a few years ago my good friend (and now sister-in-law!) shared her black bean brownie recipe with me. I am so thankful she did!

Fudge Brownies

You would never know these brownies had black beans in them….they’re fudgy, slightly sweet and definitely chocolatey! Even my gluten-loving husband likes these brownies! 🙂

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla
2 Cups Canned Black Beans, Drained & Rinsed Well
Pinch of Salt

Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray a 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Process black beans in a food processor until smooth. Add eggs, oil, cocoa, sugar, salt, vanilla and baking powder. Process again until very smooth. Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and pulse just a few times. Pour batter into the baking dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely, and then cut and serve. These are wonderful with vanilla ice cream!

Fudgy Brownies

I hope you enjoy them!

Hannah Diane