Irish mint double chocolate chunk brownies with peppermint frosting!

Happy St. Patricks day!

I am baking brownies right now for the senior center. DG requires that all the girls do at least 4 hours of community service per quarter and I cant imagine a better way to fulfill that than baking for cute grandmas and grandpas. :) It always bugs me when people bring super unhealthy desserts to people in the hospital or the elderly. Obviously dessert should taste really good, but you can still bake in a health conscious manner. These brownies do have a fair amount of sugar, but they are made with whole wheat flour and cocoa powder instead of pure solid chocolate. They also have grapeseed oil and eggs instead of vegetable oil. Vegetable oil often has trans fats and doesn’t have any outstanding health benefits. Grapeseed oil has a very high unsaturated fat content, which has been shown to improve LDL and HDL levels! I also used reduced fat cream cheese for the frosting. Ordinarily, I am all about full fat, but this recipe already had plenty of healthy fats in it!

Irish mint-double chocolate chunk brownies with peppermint frosting


Recipe: Makes ~30 brownies

Dry ingredients –

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup mint cocoa powder

1 cup whole wheat white flour

1 tsp baking powder (or less if you want it less cakey!)

Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Wet ingredients –

5 eggs

2 tbsp grapeseed oil

2 tbsp butter

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

5 drops peppermint extract

Reduced fat cream cheese icing –

8 drops mint

green food coloring

1/2 cup sugar

8-oz reduced fat cream cheese

Directions РPreheat the oven to 350. Combine all the wet ingredients in one bowl and mix well.  Combine all the dry ingredients in another bowl and mix well. Pour the wet over the dry and combine with a spatula. Pour into a greased brownie pan and bake for 28 minutes (or until passes the toothpick test). Let cool. Whip all the frosting ingredients together and spread over the brownies. Slices and enjoy!

So tasty!

I loved that these were fluffier like cake but still dense enough to be a brownie. They are chocolately with just the right amount of peppermint!

No time for benefits today!

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20 responses to “Irish mint double chocolate chunk brownies with peppermint frosting!

  1. These are so pretty! Such a fun thing to make for St. Patty’s :)

  2. This is such an awesome recipe! Have any interest is sharing this in my St. Patrick’s Day blog hop?

    http://www.favedietsblog.com/the-healthy-hop-march-blog-hop/

  3. You are precious, and these look amazing! I know you made their day, Lauren! xoxo

  4. Awww I love how the frosting’s green! What a lovely thing, I’m sure they’ll love it! I just got home after my last final and my mom made some brownies too :) Granted, they’re probably not as healthy (they do have nuts though!) and no green frosting — but they’re scrumdumbiliciousoososos.
    Anywhooo, have a wonderful spring break girlie!

  5. feel free to drop these off at my house right NOW

  6. You are adorable! What a sweet thing – I bet you totally made their day :D

  7. Those are GORGEOUS!!!! I love the bright green frosting on top! :D

    xoxox
    Kathleen

  8. my eyes are fixated on the POP of green against the luscious brownie color! these wouldn’t last long in my house, i’d be enjoying a chocolate coma right about now lol ;)

    oh btw i wanted to say that im so happy you tried the pizza.. the crust definitely takes some work and its hard to get it stiff enough so it doesn’t get soggy… yes bake it longer and maybe reduce the heat a bit to make sure it doesn’t burn..i think next time i make it i will use less moisture and hopefully it does the trick.

    xoxo <3

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  10. They are looking so tasty & very well flavoured!!!!

    MMMMMMMMMM,…An appetizing end result!

  11. oh my gosh these look and sound INSANE!!

  12. I LOOOOOOVE mint. And green. And brownies. And this recipe. All this needs is a side of Guinness. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  13. How festive and for such a good cause! I’m sure all the g’mas and g’pas loved them!

    PS, I’m totally jealous of your huge kitchen window!

  14. Lovely! Not only do these look and sound like delicious chocolate treats, but they are good for you too (well, at least relatively!) Thank you for sharing this with me. I’m drooling! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

  15. I agree! I hate it when there are food parties and everyone JUST brings chips and unhealthy desserts.Of course, whenever I have the chance I offer to bring a (healthy) dessert and veggies! You’d be surprised to know that people (who normally may not like “healthy” food) will eat the veggies and dip if someone actually brings them.

  16. Those look so great! I loooove chocolate-mint combinations.

  17. YES! These are eerily similar to my cookies :) I think I’ll have to try this next… or not, since I’ve eaten wayyyyy too many of those damn cookies haha.

    So, funny you mentioned Davis… I worked at Pacific (Big West rival!) for two years prior to moving to Arizona! Hooray for fellow former Gauchos :)

  18. I love how you made these brownies as healthful as possible while still keeping them decadent and delicious!

    And I am SUPER proud of you for looking for an internship. You’re on your way girl!

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