Simple Mint Chocolate Brownies Recipe
It is hard to find anybody who doesn’t like brownies. We all want to experience the explosion of rich creamy chocolate with its bread-like texture in our mouth. But what if we add a pinch of refreshing mint to this flavorful journey? That’s exactly what we are exploring today! We are infusing the invigorating essence of mint into the delicious bites of chocolate brownies in our simple mint chocolate brownies recipes.
Why is Chocolate So Good?
You may have heard all your life that chocolate is going to ruin your teeth, make you fat – etc. etc.
However, eating the right kind of chocolate can actually contribute to your overall health and dietary habits! Let’s find out all the hidden glory of this delicious goodness!
While chocolate is loaded with sugar and fat, it also has some beneficial components. One of them is the active phenolic compound which comes from the original fruit – cocoa. Such compounds are well-known for fighting against cancer, inflammation and viral diseases.
Dark chocolate has a lot of biologically active organic compounds like polyphenols, catechins and flavonols. These compounds work as antioxidants that prevent oxidative stress. They neutralize the free radicals which create such stress on body tissues and cells.
- Healthier Heart
While most delicious foods are well-known for harming your heart condition, chocolate can actually help it get better! This again goes to the credit of flavonoids which keep your arteries and veins flexible.
Over a hundred thousand participants of more than seven studies proved it by having dark chocolate for a week. In the end, their risk of heart attack lowered by 37% and stroke possibility also reduced by 29% compared to their usual diet.
Another research of The BMJ concluded that healthy chocolate consumption lowers your chance of getting cardiometabolic disorders. From The Journal of Nutrition, we got to know that dark chocolate bars containing plant sterols can bring your LDL cholesterol levels lower.
So if you want to boost your heart health, switch to dark chocolates to meet your sweet tooth cravings instead of regular sugary ones.
- Memory Improvement
Surprisingly, in addition to heart, chocolate also affects another vital organ of the human body positively. It impacts our brain in many ways, one of which is improving the memory. The scientists from Harvard Medical School discovered this correlation.
We all love hot chocolate, right? Now drink two of those per day or give them to your grandparents to slow down their declining memory.
This presumably happens due to the improved blood flow in significant areas of your brain. Chocolate gives the brain higher energy because of the neurovascular coupling bond it shares with blood circulation.
- Positive Mood
Do we even need to explain this one? We all know how happy chocolate makes us feel since childhood! Just getting a bar or box of chocolate would make our day when we were younger. What we didn’t know is scientists agree with that too!
The psychopharmacology team at the University of Swinburne carried out a research where measured amounts of cocoa polyphenols made the participants happier and calmer. It takes away much of the stress you may be feeling at the time. So when you are overwhelmed next time, munch on some good chocolate.
Like most of us, if you struggle to maintain your diet or improve your frequent food cravings, chocolate can be your savior! It reduces your need to snack on salty, fatty and other sweet foods.
Typically we consider the vegetables and similar carb foods to be high in fiber. Surprisingly, dark chocolate is on this list as well! Its rich fiber content keeps you full even after just a bite. The experts of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University attest to this claim.
- Fights Diabetic Tendencies
Even though it may seem counter-intuitive at first, dark chocolate can help you to stay away from diabetes. But you have to take it in measured amounts for that.
The Italian institution named University Of L’Aquila found out this secret power of chocolate flavonoids. They enhance your insulin sensitivity and metabolism. This is why dark chocolate is recommended for diabetic patients in controlled amounts.
- Improved Blood Circulation
We got to know about the positive effect of chocolate on blood circulation from a 2014 study. It doesn’t let white blood cells stick to the artery walls which could cause clogging otherwise.
As the Americal Journal of Clinical Nutrition published in their research, the blood-thinning qualities of cocoa are similar to that of aspirin. Although you cannot use chocolate as aspirin’s substitute, it can improve your blood flow.
- Weight Loss
Have you been struggling with losing weight or keeping the lost weight off? Now you will have dark chocolate to comfort you through the constant cravings of your new diet!
It actually helps with maintaining low-carb high-fat weight loss diets like keto. As the neuroscientist, Will Clower found out, just one square of 85% or higher dark chocolate bar will signal your brain that you are full. So you will not feel the need to eat much after feeling satiated for hours.
- Fetal Growth
If you know any mother-to-be, treat her with some good old chocolate! Just an ounce of it per day will make a pregnant woman feel better and contribute to her fetal growth as well. This information was found through the study presented at a meeting organized by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine of Atlanta.
Why is Mint So Fresh?
We are all aware of how the mint feels so fresh every time we taste it. Sometimes we find it in candies, sometimes in toothpaste – no matter the medium, mint always brings in a truly refreshing flavor in our mouth.
But why is it so fresh?
The secret lies in menthol – a compound that creates a cooling sensation in our soft tissues. Mint has an abundance of menthol which also fights bacteria!
So without further ado, here is our recipe for easy chocolate brownies!
Recipe 1: The Classic
Total time: 6 hours
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 3½ cups sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ⅔ cup flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 8 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1¼ tsp peppermint extract
- Take 1 cup of the unsalted butter in a standard saucepan. Now add the chopped semi-sweet chocolate and melt the mix at medium heat. Keep stirring for 5 minutes.
Alternatively, you can melt them in the microwave for 20 seconds. If it has not reached the desired consistency, put it in for 20 more seconds.
- Now pour the melted chocolate-butter into a mixing bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees in Fahrenheit. Make sure the oven rack is at the lower third position.
- Take a baking pan sized at 9×13. Prepare it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Make sure there are some extra foil or paper hanging all around.
- When the chocolate-butter mixture has cooled down, add the light brown sugar into it by whisking.
- Add the four eggs one by one and mix well after each time. Make sure the smooth consistency of this mixture is not hampered.
- Now add the vanilla extract and whisk again.
- Slowly fold in cocoa powder, flour and salt.
- Fill up the prepared baking pan with this brownie batter. Get it in the oven and bake for a little over half an hour. Keep an eye on the development since it does heat up quite fast.
- Use a toothpick to check the current texture or depth. If it seems moist, the brownies are done!
- Keep the mint brownies aside to cool down. Don’t start cutting them down yet.
- Take half a cup of the unsalted butter and beat it for a couple of minutes until it becomes creamy.
- Now add the milk and two cups of sugar. Beat again slowly for two more minutes. Mix in the peppermint extract and start mixing fast for a minute. You can add a drop of desired food colors at this point. Taste it to find out if the mix needs more peppermint extract.
- When you are satisfied with the frosting, lay it down on the finished brownies in thin layers.
- Now set the mint frosted brownies on the baking sheet and keep it in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours. However, if you want to do another chocolate layer, keep it for just an hour.
- Make the chocolaty experience even more chocolaty with this layer! To make it, you will need to melt down the chocolate chips and the remaining butter in a standard saucepan for 5 minutes. Remember to stir constantly for the best consistency.
- When you are satisfied with the results, spread this over the mint frosting with a knife or spatula.
- Keep in the refrigerator for another hour or up to 4 hours so that this new layer is set properly.
You can serve these peppermint brownies with mint frosting after cutting the refrigerated dessert in squares. For best results, use a sharp knife and do the job fast. You can store these brownies for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. This recipe is intended to work for 9×13 baking pans.
Recipe 2: The Rush
Total time: 1 hour
- 16 oz chocolate syrup
- 10 oz mint chocolate chips
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ cup butter
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp mint extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 drops of green food coloring
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees in Fahrenheit.
- Mix 1 cup sugar and ½ cup softened butter in a bowl until it is fluffy.
- Introduce the four eggs one by one while whisking well.
- Whisk in vanilla extract and chocolate syrup.
- Add salt and flour to the mixture.
- Grease the baking pan and spread the mixture over it. Bake for half an hour. Leave it for cooling down.
- In another bowl, mix ½ cup butter, 2 cups of sugar, vanilla extract, mint extract and food coloring to prepare the filling. Place it evenly on the cooled brownies and refrigerate them for a while.
- Melt the remaining butter and chocolate chips together. When this mixture cools down, use it to top the brownies.
- Cut them into separate bars or squares. Refrigerate for an hour or more before serving.
Now that you know these two easy chocolate brownie recipes, you will have no trouble in keeping your sweet tooth satisfied! Go ahead and expand your culinary limits with the classic brownie, or give it a quick try with the rush recipe. Either way, your guests and family will be begging you for your fresh homemade brownie recipe every time!