Guilt-Free Peppermint Brownies

79 May 11, 2016 - At Home, Essential Oil Recipes, Essential Oils, For the Kids, How to Use Essential Oils, Recipes, Videos, Vitality™ essential oils, Young Living Lifestyle

These fudgy peppermint brownies may look and taste like the brownies you love, but they’re free of the things that your waistline doesn’t. We’ve taken out the flour, butter, and refined sugar and replaced them with wholesome ingredients such as coconut oil, honey, Peppermint Vitality™, and black beans. Yes—we said black beans! They may seem like a strange addition to a sweet recipe, but black beans provide a soft, gooey, fudgy texture and have almost no taste—allowing the bold flavors of the cocoa powder and Peppermint Vitality to shine through. But don’t take our word for it, give this flourless peppermint brownie recipe a try! Your taste buds and waistline will thank you.

Guilt-Free Peppermint Brownies Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Guilt-Free Peppermint Brownies Recipe


  • 1 15-ounce can low-sodium black beans
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 drops Peppermint Vitality essential oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Rinse and drain black beans.
  3. Melt coconut oil on stove until clear.
  4. Blend all ingredients except eggs in food processer until smooth.
  5. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs until well beaten.
  6. Fold into chocolate mixture.
  7. Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 pan and bake 25–30 minutes.
  8. Let cool 15 minutes then cut.
  9. Let cool another 15 minutes and serve.

What’s your favorite way to get a sweet fix without going overboard?

  • Hello Julianna! We unfortunately do not have the nutritional information for this recipe. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your yummy brownies!

  • Karen

    How long do these last? Can I make them 1 day ahead of party?

    • Hello Karen. They should save well, however, be sure to cover them and know that they may be a little drier on the second day. Thanks for stopping by with your question and let us know if they stay moist to your satisfaction.

  • Kendra

    What can be substitutes for the coconut oil? We have an allergy.

    • Hi Kendra! To substitute for coconut oil in baking, you’ll need another solid fat to use in place of the oil, such as butter. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Christy Lee Pinney

    What can you substitute for the eggs? I have a recently discovered egg allergy/sensitivity.

    • Hey Christy. We have never made this recipe without eggs, so I am not sure. I know that there are some egg replacement powders that you can purchase at stores and online. I am sorry to not be of more help, but if you end up experimenting with the recipe and find a way to make it without eggs, please let us know! Have fun experimenting and thanks for your question!

    • Leo Jacobson

      Christy Lee Pinney, you will find a lot of egg substitutions for a variety things. I hope this helps.

    • Amanda C

      I use avocados and use a tsp more of cocoa

  • Tiffany Shahini

    This recipe has become a hit in my community. I’ve made them multiply times for holiday gatherings this year. I like the Peppermint but we’ve also used Orange Vitality instead of Peppermint Vitality and we like those a lot too! Thanks for such a great but simple recipe!

  • jody

    Omg,absolutely love these,making for girls x-mas party tonightI am always looking to make good wellness choices and this is going to be my brownie go to every time!Thank-you so much for these recipes!

  • Dianna Reger

    Made these for a gathering at my home yesterday. Love them! They taste is like thin mints, the texture is very fudge like! A definite hit in my book!

    • Beth Reger

      Dianna, my last name is Reger as well.

  • Christine

    I can’t wait to try these. i made pudding with avocados before, I loved the pudding but my daughter said tasted too much like avocados. Husband wouldn’t try it. I’ll have to test these on them. TY, for the recipe.

  • Annie farrar

    I just made these. The kids liked them! However something baked white in them. Not sure what would have turned white. Not the whole brownie just bits of white pieces. Not sure if that’s part of the bean. Anyone have this happen???

    • Yes that’s part of the bean! Happened to me too!

  • Janis Cutter

    My husband already makes Black Bean muffiins which are amazing (similar to BAM). I enjoy these more than the regular ones as they are very moist. Can’t wait to add the oils to them – what a great idea!

    • Hi Janis,

      Thanks for your thoughts! Black bean muffins sound wonderful. We’ll have to give them a try!

      • Patty

        I would love the black bean muffin recipe.

    • Sarah

      What is BAM?

  • Rebekah Armstrong

    I am currently at the cafe at the super market near my house making use of their WiFi. 🙂 I was researching essential oils for my pets and the Young Living blog on that subject was the first search result. So I gave it a look see and was pleased with the info so I decided to look around the site and came upon this brownie recipe. I came to realize that I have everything for it but the cocoa and vanilla so when I get ready To go home, all I have to do is go right down to the baking aisle and purchase those two things. So happy to find a healthier version of one of my favorite treats. Can’t wait to give it a try! 🙂

  • Ellie Howard

    These were a huge hit in my house today! Super easy to make too!

  • I was thrilled to see this recipe and always prefer a healthier version. While this recipe is edible, I wouldn’t compare them to the real thing. Aside from being a little too eggy for my liking, they are more cake-like which I find rather dry and unappealing. If you need gluten free this might give you your chocolate fix, but I’d prefer a yummy chocolate pudding using avocados for my chocolate fix.

    I added some DIY roasted, salted chopped pecans to the top of mine. That was my favorite part.

    Also, after following the directions, I poured the batter (pre-eggs) into my smoothie single serve to smooth out the black bean skins. Then I poured the batter into the eggs and folded them in. Much smoother.

    Will I make these again? Perhaps for someone who requires gluten-free food.

  • Jen

    I must have done something wrong because mine don’t look like the picture at all! They seem more like an eggy fudge. There’s no flakiness of brownies. The flavor isn’t bad but I don’t think I’d serve them to anyone. I’m going individually wrap them in plastic wrap and free. I think the Peppermint will add a nice refreshing quality to this treat.

  • Jessie Tan

    Hi, Can I use black bean powder instead of can low sodium black bean?

    • Hi Jessie, Thanks for stopping by! We have not tried substituting the canned black beans with black bean powder at this point in time. If you try this substitute suggestion out, we’d love to hear about your experience. Best of luck and we hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Laura Burkhalter

    Very yummy and probably the most moist brownie I have ever had. I put the beans in the food processor before blending with the other ingredients.

  • Linda Daniels

    Can you use peppermint extract or can I use regular peppermint oil. I want to make them but don’t want to wait till I get the oil in the mail. Or can you use other flavored oils, such as orange.

    • Young Living

      Hi Linda, Thanks for your question. You are free to substitute Orange Vitality or peppermint extract in the recipe. Peppermint essential oil is labeled for aromatic or topical use. We recommend following the directions on the individual bottle labels for usage.

  • KyleneChin

    These are delicious! Make sure you blend this well or you’ll have bits of beans. This recipe is delicious and the peppermint flavor from the peppermint vitality is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

  • I have 2 friends that made them already and they and their families love them! I’m making them this weekend!

  • Vonda

    Is there a place to find printable recipe cards. I would like to share this and other recipes with friends in a paper form.

  • Seems like too much delicious…can’t control myself to taste it at least one time.

  • Marilyn Slager

    Brownie recipe to try

  • Elaine

    Can you use regular peppermint oil or does it have to be peppermint vitality?

    • Young Living

      Hello Elaine, Peppermint 15 ml is labeled as a topical/aromatic while Peppermint Vitality™ is labeled as a dietary supplement. Please follow the usage directions on the individual product labels. The Vitality line of oils is the same 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils for which Young Living® has become known. The Vitality line was created so that members can now draw clear distinction between topical/aromatic use and dietary use. Thanks for stopping by!

  • alma

    Sounds like a great recipe. But I would like to substitute the honey with agave. How much agave to replace the honey?

    • Hi Alma, Thanks for stopping by! We have not tried substituting the honey with agave at this point in time. If you try this substitute suggestion out, we’d love to hear about your experience. Best of luck and we hope you enjoy the recipe!

    • Susan Jackson

      Alma, Did you ever try this with agave? We just learned our daughter-in-law in allergic to honey. So many of recipes do call for honey in place of sugar. Just wondering.

  • Can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend.

  • Bernadine

    Are the beans cooked already?

    • Great question, Bernadine. When preparing this brownie recipe, we used canned black beans. Canned beans are typically cooked before they are canned so there was no need for us to warm up or reheat them before adding to the recipe. We have not yet tried the recipe with non-canned or dry beans, but we’d love to hear back from you about how they turn out if you give it a try. Thanks again for stopping by. We hope you enjoy the brownies!

  • Laura

    Has anyone tried this? I’m trying to find out if it is husband and kid friendly, haha! Will they know they’re eating black beans?

    • Lauren

      These are amazing!! I used 3 drops of peppermint vitality. My hubby HATES beans and will actually eat them(I haven’t told him that he’s eating beans) 😜

    • Kristin Townsend

      I have made this recipe many times and used them at catered events. I have often challenged guests to guess what the brownies are made from. No one has ever guessed that there are beans in them. But people usually come back back for seconds or even thirds.

  • Kollyn

    THANK YOU!!!! I have an allergy to all grains (including wheat, rye, barely, corn, rice, quinoa, oats, millet, trickle, spelt, etc). I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THIS!!! I appreciate you posting this recipe!! I have already used the Peppermint Vitality oil to make mint and chip ice cream… Now I can make a brownie sundae! Yea!!!! Thank you for being an amazing company!

    • Patt Moraza

      have you tried the Einkorn flour that Young Living sells? The taste is wonderful.

  • Loretta F

    Delicious! I just made it and it is yummy!


      Loretta, were they nice and gooey and chewy? They LOOK absolutely amazing! I will make them, give them to hubby and NOT tell him the ‘secrets’ in the recipe 😉

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