Fudgy Peppermint Bark Brownies

Makes 8 Brownies

These brownies are ultra rich, chewy, and chocolatey, with just the right amount of peppermint flavor. The creamy, satisfying chunks of peppermint bark inside take these beauties to the next level, making them the ultimate holiday treat! Plus, they're ridiculously easy to make!

Ingredients

Wet:


3 tablespoons olive oil


½ cup white sugar


1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


3 tablespoons vegan yogurt


1 - 1 ½ teaspoon peppermint extract


Couple drops of vanilla extract


2 tbsp water (optional for a thinner batter)

Dry:

½ cup white flour

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

⅛ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

2 No Whey Chocolate "Milkless Peppermint Bark" bars, cut into chunks 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an 8x4 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

 

In a large bowl, cream together oil and sugar. Whisk in the remaining wet ingredients (minus the water).

 

To this bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until everything is well combined, adding the water now if desired. Batter should be thick. Then fold in ¾ of your peppermint chocolate chunks (save the rest for topping!).

Transfer batter to baking pan, pressing it down gently, then sprinkle remaining chocolate chunks over the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out mostly clean. 

 

Leave brownies in pan to cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting into them. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge, they will last up to 4 days. In the freezer, if stored in an airtight container or freezer bag, these will last up to a month.

Notes

If you wanted to double this recipe, a standard 9x9 inch pan would be perfect!

I recommend parchment paper rather than spray or oil, as it makes the brownies easier to remove from the pan.

Feel free to sub in canola oil for the olive oil. I haven't tried this recipe with coconut oil, but it should work okay if melted first.

In place of vegan yogurt, applesauce should work just as well.

This is not a cakey/fluffy type of brownie.

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