Frosted Mint Julep Black Bean Brownies (dairy free)

Frosted Mint Julep Black Bean Brownies (dairy free)My sister made me do it. She made me make (and eat, of course) these decadent Frosted Mint Julep Black Bean Brownies. Okay so she didn’t make me, but once she started sending me texts of a bunch of ideas for tasty treats, I couldn’t stop thinking of brownies. And mint juleps. I decided that Frosted Mint Julep Black Bean Brownies would be the bomb. They are!

Dairy-free frosted mint julep and black bean browniesThese goodies are flourless and dairy free, too. I hesitate to say they’re gluten free, only because I’m not 100 percent positive that Maker’s Mark bourbon is gluten free. I’ve read that it is, and have sent a note to the company to get a definitive answer, but haven’t yet heard back from them.

They’re dairy free because I didn’t have any eggs on hand when I started to put these together, and didn’t feel like running to the store. So I used a mixture of ground chia seeds and water to replace the eggs, and vegetable shortening instead of butter for both the brownies and the frosting. The baking chocolate is dairy free, too.

And then we have the black beans. Yes, black beans. I swear you don’t taste them in the brownies and they help add moisture and some fiber to these goodies. The chocolate frosting? Well, it literally tops off these brownies beautifully, but if you don’t want the added sweetness, give them a dusting of powdered sugar for a pretty presentation.

Dairy-free Frosted Mint Julep BrowniesSince it’s almost time for the Kentucky Derby, why not enjoy the classic flavors of a mint julep paired up with the chocolaty goodness of brownies? Frosted Mint Julep Black Bean Brownies are a winner in my book.

Frosted Mint Julep Black Bean Brownies (Dairy Free)
Yields 9 brownies

Recipe inspired by Whole Foods Market

Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt

A holiday treat: Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt

Sweet, crunchy, salty — descriptors of a fab chocolate goodie. Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt could not be easier to make, it’s tasty and a little addictive, and it makes a nice holiday gift (especially when packaged in a colorful tin) or party treat.

The holidays are usually here before you’re fully ready, at least that’s what seems to happen to me. I’m good about getting the decorations and gifts ready, but there are always a few items I need at crunch time, whether gift or goodie.

Gift idea: Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt

If you ever find yourself in that boat, my suggestion is to get to the store pronto (it’s only going to get worse), pick up a few festive tins, some colored plastic wrap or waxed paper, and the rest of the ingredients to make this super-simple chocolate bark.

Holiday cheer: Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt

This Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt is amazing. And amazingly simple to make. For candy bark, the possibilities are endless! Check out some options below if you’re looking to expand a bit. If going with one of the below options, I recommend using about 1/3 cup of the fruit or marshmallows.

Options:

  • Orange oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Grated orange zest
  • Crushed peppermint candy to the top instead of sea salt
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Toasted cocoanut flakes
  • Dried fruit like cranberries, cherries or blueberries
  • Nuts like almonds, pecans, cashews, pine nuts or peanuts
  • Use white chocolate, or half white and half semisweet chocolate

Simple, quick and delicious. This is a gluten-free treat, too (just be sure to check the label of the chocolate you’re using or any of the other ingredients). Here is to a happy holiday season!

Recipe for Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt:

Makes about 2 dozen pieces