Peppermint Power Brownies


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Peppermint Power Brownies
These delicious brownies are full of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. The small amount of instant coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor, and peppermint adds a powerful kick.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Place all ingredients, except chocolate chips, in food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine. Don't overprocess.
  4. Pour into greased 8x8 pan and top with 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Recipe is adapted from Black Bean Brownies on the doTERRA blog.

Recipe contains affiliate links.

Featured Health Benefits

Black Beans

Black beans contain protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, selenium, phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants.

The nutritional components in black beans support cardiovascular and digestive health.  They help to regulate blood sugar levels, increase energy, suppress appetite and promote weight loss.  Additionally, they can help prevent certain cancers, birth defects, and impotence.

Eggs

Eggs contain protein, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, selenium, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium, iron, calcium, choline, carotenoids, and antioxidants.

The nutrients in eggs promote cardiovascular health, brain health, and skin health.  They protect the skin and eyes from UV damage and promote liver and brain functions.  They also aid in weight management.

Cacao Powder

Cacao powder is a nutritional powerhouse.  It contains iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, selenium, potassium, zinc, protein, fiber, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and antioxidants.

The nutrients in cacao powder promote cardiovascular health, brain health, skin health, respiratory health, and digestive health.  They also help regulate blood sugar levels, are a mood booster,  promote weight loss, and speed up wound healing.  You can find organic cacao powder here.

Maple Syrup

The nutrients found in maple syrup include energy, water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, antioxidants, and sugars. In terms of minerals, it contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup.

Maple syrup fights inflammation, improves heart health and boosts immunity.  You can find 100% pure organic maple syrup here.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, polyphenols, vitamin E, vitamin K, and iron.

The nutrients in coconut oil have a variety of health benefits.  They support immunity, cardiovascular health, digestive health, brain health, and oral health.  They promote healthy skin and hair and strong bones and teeth.  They support healthy kidney, gallbladder, and liver functions.  They promote healthy blood sugar levels, increased energy and metabolism, and weight management.  The nutrients in coconut oil also support healthy aging, protection against cancer, protection against arthritis, and balanced hormone levels.  Try this popular brand.

Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies.  As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, contributing to many signs of aging.

Collagen supports healthy hair, skin, and nails.  It promotes bone and joint health, cardiovascular health, digestive health,  and oral health.  It supports liver function and detoxification, metabolism, and weight management.  Additionally, it promotes healthy aging and reduces cellulite and stretch marks.

Click here to learn more about Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint essential oil is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic.

Peppermint essential oil supports digestive, oral, respiratory and brain health.  It can relieve headaches, nausea, and fever.  It supports the immune system, promotes mental focus, and hormone balance.  It can help to relieve stress, improve energy, and support weight management.  It also promotes healthy cell function and regeneration.

You can read more about the health benefits and uses of peppermint essential here.

 

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Super Food Cookie Crumble

I am always looking for ways to add superfoods and boost the nutrition of the foods my kids eat.  In a perfect world, they would only eat pure, clean, nutrient dense foods.  But, we do not live in a perfect world, and they prefer packaged and processed foods void of nutrition.  I am always looking for balance.

This nutrient dense cookie crumble is very tasty and gets protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals into my kids- without a battle.

Oat apple crumble in a frying pan on rustic light wood background

What Makes This A Super Food?

Oats

Oats are high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.  They provide manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, copper, biotin, vitamin B1, magnesium, chromium, and zinc.  The high fiber content is especially helpful in preventing cardiovascular disease.  This is the brand I use.

Walnuts

Walnuts are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids, especially alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Walnuts are also rich in antioxidants, including manganese and copper. They are also a good source of molybdenum and the B vitamin biotin.  Minerals found in walnuts include calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium, and zinc.  Walnuts contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, including phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids.  Walnuts are also high in vitamin E.

Buying nuts raw preserves their nutrients.  I usually buy nuts in bulk at the grocery store, but I also enjoy the convenience of online shopping.  I like this brand.

Pecans

Pecans are potent sources of fiber, protein, and healthy fats that promote healthy weight.  They are high in antioxidants, especially vitamin E, and phytochemicals, including ellagic acid, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which protect the body from free radical damage.  Pecans are a good source of minerals, including manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, calcium, and selenium.  I use this brand.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds pack a ton of nutrition in their tiny little seeds.  They are high in protein, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.  They have a high concentration of the plant based omega-3 fat, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and they have well-known anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.  I like this brand.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a great source of protein and healthy fats.  They contain all 20 amino acids, including each of the 9 essential amino acids not produced by our bodies, making them a perfect protein.   Hemp seeds are rich in fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.  They provide important minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.  They provide many vitamins including A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, and E.  I like this brand.

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar provides more nutrition than refined cane sugar.  It contains naturally occurring nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, B vitamins and amino acids.  Coconut sugar has low glycemic index and contains inulin, a prebiotic fiber.  I use this brand.

Sea Salt

Processed, refined table salt has been demonized for years, and for good reason.  But unrefined sea salt is an important addition to our diets.  It contains 60 trace minerals that keep you hydrated.  It provides electrolytes important for many bodily functions, and it contains properties that enhance digestive enzymes, making it the perfect compliment to any meal.  I use this brand.

Coconut Oil

Entire books have been written on the benefits of coconut oil.  Click here for one of my favorites.  

One of coconut oil’s claim to fame is the type and amount of fat it contains.  50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid.  Lauric acid is abundantly present in breast milk and is responsible for the immune boosting benefits of breastfeeding. In addition to lauric acid, coconut oil contains capric acid, another powerful antimicrobial nutrient.

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that increase metabolism and can promote weight loss.

I personally buy coconut oil in gallon buckets.  If you’re not ready to commit to a gallon bucket, you can get a quart jar here.

Butter

My favorite discovery on my health food journey was learning butter is actually good for you!  Some of my favorite lessons came from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Real Food What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck.

Butter contains the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  It is also rich in short and medium chain fatty acids, including  small amounts of lauric acid.  It provides manganese, chromium, zinc, copper, iodine, antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin A, and selenium.

The trick to eating butter is to choose wisely.  Organic grass fed butter has a very different nutrient profile than butter from conventionally raised cows who eat grain and corn.  Conventionally raised cows are often given antibiotics because the grains make them sick and many are treated with growth hormones, all of which end up in milk and dairy products.

When butter comes from cows eating green grass, it contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that is protective against cancer.  It also helps your body build muscle rather than store fat.  The saying, “fat makes you fat” simply isn’t true!

My favorite brand of butter is Kerrygold.  If you are looking to buy healthy butter in bulk online, this is a great option.  

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Super Food Cookie Crumble
This nutrient packed super food cookie crumble will pass the picky eater test! It takes only a few minutes to prepare and is loaded with protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Mix it into yogurt or smoothie bowls for a crunchy treat. Use it to bump up the nutritional profile of ice cream for a special treat. Or, just eat it right out of the jar 🙂
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to bowl of food processor and mix until well blended into consistency of cookie crumble.
  2. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
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