Peppermint Glazed Dairy Free Brownies
If I could only eat one dessert for the rest of my life, it would be brownies. Sinking my teeth into that rich, chocolate dessert, with a crinkly exterior brings me so much happiness. I wanted to be able to share my favorite dessert with those who have certain dietary restrictions, so I created these dairy free brownies (vegan too!) recipe to be enjoyed by everyone. Oh and if it wasn’t already clear, this is DELICIOUS.
Making this delectable treat
This dairy free brownie recipe is a little more involved than some of my other recipes, but trust me when I say it’s worth it! To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, measure out all the ingredients into bowls. This type of preparation is called mise en place, which means everything in its place. By taking this extra step it ensures that no ingredient is left behind!
Next, in a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients (maple sugar, vanilla, almond milk, and eggs), but keep the chocolate and oil separate. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and oil and heat in the microwave for 10-second intervals until melted. Combine the chocolate mixture to the wet ingredients, making sure to pour slowly and whisk continuously. Finally, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing only until incorporated. Grease your pan, pour the brownie batter into it and bake for 20 minutes!
To amp up this dairy free brownie recipe, play around with the flavors! One of my favorite flavor combos growing up was chocolate and mint, so I adapted this flavor profile for the dairy free brownies. To make my peppermint glaze, place the confectioner’s (aka powdered sugar) in a small bowl. Then add the almond milk and peppermint extract. Stir the ingredients together and there you have it. When the brownies are cooled, drizzle the glaze on top for that “wow” factor!
Cooking versus baking
As a chef, I often get the question of what are the differences between cooking versus baking. Generally, cooking means you’re preparing a savory food item and baking means you’re preparing a sweet item. However the biggest difference lies in the techniques used. When you cook, it’s OK to stray from the recipe. It’s likely that if you add a little more of one ingredient or omit the other, the dish won’t change that much. On the other hand, baking is much more scientific; the measurements of the ingredients are specific and alterations of the ingredient measurements can lead to a not-so-delicious outcome. So, when baking, make sure to follow the measurements to a ‘T’ for successful results every time.
Everything in moderation
I know we hear it all the time when it comes to what we eat, but it’s true – everything in moderation. Too much of anything isn’t good for you. However, it is important to remember not to restrict what we eat. In fact, research shows that restricting calories may lead to slower metabolism.1
That being said, food should be pleasurable. Whether you’re grabbing ice cream with the kiddos on a summer night or making these delicious dairy free brownies as an at-home activity. Dessert can most definitely fit in our diets a few times a week, alongside the recommendations of veggies, fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy.2
Let me know how you enjoy the dairy free brownies in the comments below and tag me on Instagram at @ChefAbbieGellman!
- Fothergill E, Guo J, Howard L, et al. Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition. Obesity. 2016;24(8):1612-1619. doi:10.1002/oby.21538
- Executive Summary. Executive Summary – 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. https://health.gov/our-work/food-nutrition/2015-2020-dietary-guidelines/guidelines/executive-summary/. Accessed June 26, 2020.
- 1 cup AP flour or whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ cup maple sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- 2 eggs
- Peppermint Glaze:
- 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with oil spray.
- In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and oil. Microwave for 1 minute, mix, and microwave in 10-second increments until melted.
- In a bowl, add maple sugar, vanilla, almond milk, and eggs and whisk together.
- Add melted chocolate mixture slowly and in small amounts to the sugar mixture, whisking constantly.
- Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture into pan, smooth top, and bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- In a bowl, whisk together glaze ingredients.
- When brownies come out of the oven, drizzle peppermint glaze on top. Allow brownies to cool for 15 minutes before cutting