If you like chocolate mint brownies, try these for a special treat.
Winter and the holidays make me crave candy canes and anything minty, plus chocolate makes everything better right?
I used a boxed brownie mix for these (Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies are vegan), but feel free to make the brownie base from scratch if you so desire.
Using a medium bowl, mix up your brownie mix according to the package directions. I substituted 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce for the one egg the box said to use. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of pure mint extract to the batter to make the brownies nice and minty.
Spray your pan of choice with non-stick spray. I used an 8 x 8 pan, but according to the package directions you can use a variety of sizes. Just make sure to bake for the correct amount of time depending on the size of pan you choose.
While the brownies are in the oven, make your chocolate ganache. You can use any kind of vegan chocolate you prefer, I used Baker’s Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate Squares. Roughly chop up your chocolate and place in a bowl. Then measure 4 ounces of full fat coconut milk and pour into pot. Gently heat the coconut milk on the stove until bubbles start to form around the edges and the middle is steaming. Pour the hot coconut milk onto the chopped chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes.
After five minutes, gently stir the chocolate and coconut milk mixture with a fork. After about two minutes you will have a smooth and shiny chocolate ganache!
For the candy cane topping you can either use candy canes and crush them yourself or you can buy Mint Twists Crushed Peppermint Candy (I found mine at Wal-Mart).
Once the brownies have cooled, spread the chocolate ganache on top then sprinkle with your crushed candy canes.
What’s your favorite flavor combination? Do you like brownies?