Peppermint Brownies (Gluten and Dairy Free)
Wowza. These brownies are incredible. It took me a few tries to get them right. I based them off of my mom's original gluten free brownie recipe to make them dairy free, too. If you love mint + chocolate, you'll fall in love with these.
1 c chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life because they are allergy free)
2 T coconut oil
1/2 c dates, pureed into a paste by a food processor or blender
1/4 c almond flour
1/4 c tapioca flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 drops of peppermint essential oil (or 1 tsp of peppermint extract or two crushed up candy canes)
Preheat the oven to 350F. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over medium to low heat on the stove top in a pan. While it's melting, blend up the dates and add the dates to the chocolate. Once it's all mixed well turn the heat off and add the rest of the ingredients. Put it all into a well oiled, 8x8 pan. Bake for 20-23 minutes. Once they fully cool, you can smother them in whipped coconut frosting (with 1 drop of peppermint essential oil and omit the cinnamon) and if you're feeling real fancy, you can melt another 1/2 c chocolate chips with 1 T coconut oil and drizzle that on top. Store in the fridge to allow it to harden. Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmmmmmm.