Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes serves: 20 servings (serving size 1 piece)
Welcome back everyone! This weeks recipe is a very special and delicious one! Ice cream is a family favorite. Every time we go get some my brothers and I always get mint chocolate chip or just the classic rich chocolate, the two things everyone craves. So why not just combine those two mouthwatering flavors?!
Mint, is a genus of 25 species of fragrant herbs of the mint family, also known as Lamiaceae (Brittanica, 1). This herb is widely dispensed throughout the temperate areas of the world (Brittanica, 1). It is included in herbal medicine and many essential oils. One of my favorite teachers would always let me go up to her classroom when I felt nauseas or had a headache. She would give me some mint essential oil, and then we would pray together and I felt good as new the rest of the day!
Mint has antibacterial, and anti inflammatory properties which can improve your teeth and gum health (mednews, 1). Mint is very rich in nutrients such as vitamin C and A, iron and magnesium (healthline, 2). The plant has been used as a calming herb for thousands of years. It was originally found by a Roman, way back in the 1440’s known as John Gardiner. This herb provides a refreshing taste that makes the mouth feel clean, it also gives you good breath! Because of the strong and calming flavor mint also improves your brain function (healthline, 2)!
Why did I choose this recipe? This question is simple! I chose this recipe because it is very tasty and it is perfect for the whole family. I mean your two favorite cravings in one astonishing dessert?! How much better could that be?! Its perfect and easy to make :).
This recipe is called Chocolate Mint Bars. The dense base layer is like a rich, fudgy brownie, so try not to over cook it or these desert bars will be dry! Then the middle layer is a whipped mint frosting like substance. And to top it all of with the top coat of a silky coat of chocolate buttery drizzle! I hope you all enjoy!
Baking Utensils You Will Need:
- 1 Cup measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- 13 x 9 inch metal baking pan
- Mixing Bowl and medium sized bowl
- Microwaveable safe bowl
Ingredients for Bottom Layer:
☑︎ 1 cup all purpose flour
☑︎ ½ teaspoon of salt
☑︎ 1 cup granulated sugar
☑︎ ½ cup egg substitute
☑︎ ¼ cup of butter
☑︎ 2 tablespoons of water
☑︎ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
☑︎ 2 large eggs beaten
☑︎ Handful of Mint leaves (optional)
☑︎ 1 (16oz) can of chocolate syrup
☑︎ Cooking spray
Ingredients for Mint Layer:
☑︎ 2 cups of powdered sugar
☑︎ ¼ cup melted butter
☑︎ 2 tablespoons milk (fat-free is preferred)
☑︎ ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
☑︎ 2 drops green food coloring
☑︎ ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
☑︎ 3 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 350º
- In a bowl pour in your flour and salt and whisk
- Grab your stand up mixer and combine granulated sugar, egg substitute, ¼ cup melted butter, 2 tablespoons of water, vanilla, eggs and chocolate syrup; mix until smooth
- Slowly add your flour mixture to chocolate mixture and mix until every ingredient is thoroughly incorporated.
- Pour the batter into your 13 x 9 inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray
- Bake at 350º for 23 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean.
- Cool completely in pan on wire wrack
Clean your stand up mixer and bowls before going onto next step
- Combined powdered sugar ¼ cup of melted butter, milk, peppermint extract, and 2 drops of green food coloring in your clean mixer until light and just barely fluffy
- Spread mind mixture over cooled cake
- Take your chocolate chips and butter and put them in your microwave-safe bowl
- Microwave at high for 1 minute or until melted, take out every 30 seconds to stir
- Let it stand for 2 minutes
- Spread mixture evenly over your mint layer
- You can decorate with mint leaves around and on top of the bar if you want but it is optional
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!
This weeks recipe was super fun and easy! I hope you all enjoyed! See you next Friday 🙂