Mint Quinoa Brownies

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Good news, folks!

Chocolate during Valentine’s Day doesn’t count.

It’s true….

Errr…

Well, not exactly.  But wouldn’t that be nice?

Truth be told, I do a pretty good job at staying away from the sweet stuff most of the time.  I actually have had a dark chocolate bar in my purse for two weeks I’ve been nibbling on.

One of my keys to success is that I rarely buy anything sweet and I try to only make desserts that I know the boys will love.

Alex has a thing for mint, and since he’s the picky one I decided that we would make some mint brownies this week.  (Would you believe he won’t eat regular brownies?)

Oh, my.  These Mint Quinoa Brownies tested even my resolve.

Good thing the boys are cute or I might have been tempted to do the back of the fridge trick I use to keep hubby from eating things.  Or maybe even bottom of the produce drawer where the boys would never, ever look.

Lucky for them in the spirit of love and all that jazz I didn’t.

If you have a mint-lover that you love, this is a great way to brighten up their holiday.

(And if not, I have a Nutella Tart that I’m hoping to re-test the crust for and get up soon.)

 

Mint Quinoa Brownies

Rating: 51

Mint Quinoa Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free quinoa flour blend (or 1/2 cup toasted quinoa flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter or Earth Balance, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 2 eggs, beaten (see note)
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar, honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, quinoa, cocoa, baking powder and sea salt
  3. Place chocolate chips on the top of a double broiler heated to medium. Melt chocolate, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in butter, coconut oil, eggs, agave nectar, milk, mint extract and vanilla extract. Add to dry ingredients and beat until combined. Stir in almonds if using.
  4. Spread into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Notes

Vegan Option Note: I didn't have time to test this with flax eggs, but you could try it with 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds + 6 tablespoons warm water.

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  • mc

    “Awesome! ” as per my 9am year old :) thanks!

    • Wendy Polisi

      YAY! So glad you enjoyed it.

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  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

    Mmmm…love this. I’ve had a random bottle of mint extract lurking around FOREVER. I need to start using it for something like this!

    • Wendy Polisi

      I never cooked with mint extract for the longest time. Then my oldest fell in love with these Cliff bars that had caffeine in them and I started making things for him so he wouldn’t ask for those anymore. :)

    • Wendy Polisi

      I never cooked with mint extract for the longest time. Then my oldest fell in love with these Cliff bars that had caffeine in them and I started making things for him so he wouldn’t ask for those anymore. :)

  • Barbara Malteze

    Wendy, what did you drizzle on the top of the brownies?

    • Wendy Polisi

      It’s confectioners sugar and milk. I usually make my own confectioners sugar by mixing coconut palm sugar with a little organic cornstarch in the food processor.

    • Wendy Polisi

      It’s confectioners sugar and milk. I usually make my own confectioners sugar by mixing coconut palm sugar with a little organic cornstarch in the food processor.

  • Heide Sharp

    Hi Wendy, What is the possibility to get the nutrition values of the recipes. My husband is diabetic and I have to count his carbs at each meal, so that we know how much insulin he has to take. It is so much easier when recipes have the nutrition values listed, then I just have to divide all into the correct portion size.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hi Heide,

      I’ve missed doing a couple of recipes lately (mostly desserts) but nutritional values are on the vast majority of the recipes on the website. I will work to get it caught up.