Enjoy this delicious treat while also getting to total body benefits that both collagen and beauty-specific probiotics have to offer in these Gut-Friendly Chocolate Mint Brownies. These easy brownies are grain-free, eggless, and totally delicious, which makes them the perfect low-sugar treat for those on the autoimmune protocol. Sure, brownies are a dessert, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be healthy!

How to Make Chocolate Mint Brownies

There’s no need to spend a ton of time on these Collagen + Probiotic Decadent Chocolate Mint Brownies. This is a simple recipe that can be ready within 30 minutes.

First, preheat your oven and grease your pan. Combine all your dry ingredients, except for the gelatin, The Myers Way® Paleo Protein, and water. These 3 ingredients will be whisked together separately from the main mixture to form our “egg.” Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.

Now it’s time to make your gelatin “egg”. Gelatin is a great placeholder for eggs if have an intolerance to eggs, or if you’re following a diet protocol such as The Myers Way® AIP. Start by sprinkling the gelatin and 2 ½ tsp of the Paleo Protein on top of ¼ cup of water. Allow it to “bloom” for 2-3 minutes; this will allow your ingredients to bind together. Then, whisk the “egg” together, and add it into your wet ingredients.

Combine all the wet ingredients and dry ingredients and pour them into your prepared baking pan. These bake for 25-30 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick comes out with little to no crumbs left on the toothpick.

Are These Chocolate Mint Brownies Healthy?

These Collagen + Probiotic Decadent Chocolate Mint Brownies are made with clean, physician-approved ingredients. When they’re enjoyed as an occasional treat, they fit perfectly into a healthy diet and will actually benefit your body. Let’s go over each of the ingredients and I’ll tell you why they’re Amy Myers MD approved.

Cassava and Coconut Flour

Both coconut flour and cassava flour are mineral-rich, grain-free flour options that promote optimal gut health. They don’t contain the proteins that trigger an inflammatory response in your body, unlike wheat flour and other grain-based flour. That’s because coconut flour and cassava flour are both sourced from whole foods: a fruit and a root vegetable respectively.

Coconut flour has a reputation of being tricky to bake with due to how much moisture it absorbs. This is balanced out by the cassava flour, which has a 1:1 ratio with other baking flours such as almond and oat flour. You’ll love trying these alternative flours — it’s like a science experiment with delicious results!

Paleo Protein and Gelatin

The protein powder in these brownies help give them their sweet, chocolate-y flavor while adding a boost of nutrients to your snack that will fill you up and encourage gut-repair! The Myers Way® Double Chocolate Paleo Protein contains 26 grams of protein per serving. With 3 scoops, this recipe packs a punch of protein to keep you — and your family — fueled with healthy ingredients that taste as good (if not better) than sugar-laden desserts.

The grass-fed Gelatin makes them a wonderful, gut-healthy treat that will help seal any leaks in your digestive tract. This promotes healthy digestion as well as overall health, after all, 80% of your immune system lives in your gut!

Banana

These Collagen + Probiotic Decadent Chocolate Mint Brownies are sweetened with bananas, so there’s no added sugar — it’s perfect for kids and adults alike! Not only does bananas provide a natural sweetness, bananas are also high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They’re a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium which can support a healthy blood pressure. I may not use them all the time, however, I love that bananas offer this traditional treat a ton of nutritional value.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is my favorite Myers Way® approved oil for baking and cooking. It’s full of medium-chain triglycerides, which help support healthy energy production and gut health. Not only does coconut oil contain amazing nutrients, it’s also the perfect dairy-free alternative to butter. You won’t need to worry about the inflammatory effects of dairy with this swap! I also love that unrefined coconut oil can sometimes add a hint of coconut flavor to the dish. If you want to avoid this, you can always use refined coconut oil. However, keep in mind that the refining process can strip some of the nutritional benefits from this healthy alternative baking oil.

Collagen + Probiotic Benefits

Collagen + Probiotic powder is a tasty, decadent chocolate flavor that adds to the sweetness of this healthy treat. This supplement combines your skin’s most important structural protein with potent probiotics to help soften, detoxify, and protect your skin from the elements. These probiotic strains have been carefully selected, specifically to target your skincare needs.

Collagen + Probiotic powder will reduce the appearance of wrinkles from aging and reduce breakouts, smoothing the appearance of your skin. Collagen is responsible for holding together all the living tissue in your body, especially the connective tissues of your tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, and skin. This powder will help you with just that.

Additionally, Collagen + Probiotic uses strains such as Lactobacillus Johnsonii to reinforce your skins’ natural homeostasis thereby reducing early UV-induced skin damage caused by exposure to the sun. Lastly, adding this ingredient to your Collagen + Probiotic Decadent Chocolate Mint Brownies will help strengthen your gut-skin axis. Your gut communicates with your skin, and as a result, the absorption of nutrients has a direct effect on your skin health. This means that beauty is more than just skin deep and providing the nutrients necessary to help the gut repair itself is essential to beautiful, clear skin.

Can You Freeze These Chocolate Mint Brownies?

While these are best enjoyed within a few days of baking, I sometimes make a double batch and freeze the other half to enjoy later as a quick treat. Once you get a taste of these, you won’t want to be left without them!

The easiest way to freeze these Collagen + Probiotic Decadent Chocolate Mint Brownies is by wrapping them individually so they don’t touch each other. Then you can layer them in a freezer-safe container or a silicone bag, being sure to squeeze as much air out as you can.

When you’re ready to defrost the brownies, allow them to come to room temperature or reheat them in a low-temperature oven for a few minutes. This will warm them up perfectly as if they came straight from the oven (just keep an eye on them!).

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Gut-Friendly Chocolate Mint Brownies

Gut-Friendly Chocolate Mint Brownies

Gut-Friendly Chocolate Mint Brownies
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16 brownies

16 brownies

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Instructions

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 baking pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients, except gelatin and 2 ½ tsp of The Myers Way® Chocolate Paleo Protein.
  3. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, combine banana, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and peppermint extract.
  4. In a separate, small bowl, sprinkle gelatin and 2 ½ tsp of The Myers Way® Chocolate Paleo Protein on top of 1/4 cup water and allow to bloom 2-3 minutes. Whisk this mixture until thick, and then add to wet ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  5. Once the wet mixture is combined, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet until completely mixed.
  6. Press the thick batter into the baking pan (it will be thick like cookie dough). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.