Peppermint Brownie Bars with Chocolate Chips

You probably know by now that veggies are my thing. But 'tis the season for treats, right? Because life is all about #balance. These Peppermint Brownie Bars are one of five healthy bar recipes I've created to help you celebrate the holidays, in (healthy) style. All super delicious, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo. 

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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Cream "Cheese" Frosting
Peppermint Brownie Bars with Chocolate Chips
Pecan Pie Bars with Raw Salted Caramel
Apple Pie Bars À La Mode
Gingerbread Bars with Crystallized Ginger


Peppermint Brownie Bars with Chocolate Chips

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup pitted whole dates (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar, chopped (plus more for garnish, optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 drops peppermint extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a small pan or tupperware container with parchment paper.
  2. Add almonds and walnuts to a food processor and blend until finely chopped (but not paste-like).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the dates are finely chopped and blended and the mixture begins to stick together. This should take a couple of minutes and you may need to scrape the sides with a spatula occasionally.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the parchment lined container, garnish with chopped chocolate, if using, and place in the freezer until set.
  5. When set, allow to thaw for a couple of minutes and cut into desired shape. Keep the bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.

NOTES

This recipe was made using Deglet Noor dried dates, not Medjool. Medjool dates are moister so they don’t require soaking while Deglet Noor need to be soaked. To soak, simply cover with water overnight or use the quick soak method. To quick soak put dates in a microwavable bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Discard the soaking liquid before using.