Chocolate-Mint Brownies

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If you’d like to start feeding your family healthier desserts, a good way to start is by using whole-wheat flour in chocolate things—they won’t know that you’ve abandoned the white flour ;). You can even toss in some flax seed to make them even better for you.

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Chocolate–Mint Brownies
©2013 Anita Strawn de Ojeda
Preheat oven to 350˚

Grease a 13X9X2-inch baking pan.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the following ingredients:

½ cup melted butter or coconut oil
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
3 cups of brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. peppermint extract

Add and mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moist, then beat for an additional two minutes on high speed:

2 ½ cups of whole-wheat flour
½ tsp. salt
½ c. unsweetened cocoa powder (I like to use dark cocoa powder)
2 Tbs. ground flax seeds (optional)

Mix in:

1 10-oz package of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Winter Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels (they’re selling them in a holiday addition right now). You could also use the Andes Mint chips or 3/4 cup mint chips and 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips.

Spread evenly in the greased baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the edges pull away from the pan).

Cool on a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar.