Vegan peppermint brownies are a mint chocolate holiday dessert! These candy cane brownies are fudgy, moist, dense, and chewy. They’re topped with a rich peppermint chocolate ganache and sticky-sweet crushed candy canes. The recipe is easy to make, dairy-free, eggless, and gluten-free friendly. Enjoy this chocolate peppermint dessert for Christmas, holiday parties, and more!

a stack of three vegan peppermint brownies with crushed candy canes and chocolate ganache

If you’re looking for a way to put your extra candy canes to good use, you’ve found the most delicious solution! These Vegan Peppermint Brownies are a mint chocolate delight.

The base is a rich layer of moist, chewy, and ridiculously-fudgy brownies. Then, they’re topped with a smooth layer of peppermint chocolate ganache. Completed with crushed candy canes on top, it’s a chocolate-peppermint dream come true!

What’s more, these holiday brownies are pretty easy to make. The recipe uses pantry staples – like flour, cocoa, sugar, and chocolate chips. We’ll need a few extra ingredients to elevate them from traditional brownies, though, like peppermint extract, coconut milk, and candy canes. Feel free to replace the candy canes with holiday sprinkles, if you’d prefer those instead.

PS: If you love peppermint chocolate desserts, you’ll also enjoy these Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Truffles.

These peppermint brownies are:

  • Vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free friendly
  • Moist, fudgy, dense, and chewy (not cakey)
  • Topped with rich chocolate ganache
  • Sprinkled with crushed candy cane pieces
  • An easy holiday dessert for chocolate peppermint lovers
  • Great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday parties
a pile of vegan peppermint brownies topped with chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes

Ingredients in vegan peppermint brownies

  • Flour: Regular flour, also known as all-purpose flour, is the best choice here. However, if you are gluten-free, you can swap it with gluten-free all-purpose baking flour.
  • Cocoa powder: I recommend using natural cocoa powder, not dutch-processed cocoa powder for this brownie recipe.
  • Sugar: Regular granulated sugar is the main sweetener.
  • Chocolate chips: I suggest using dark chocolate chips. For the brownie layer, make sure you divide the cup of chocolate chips into two halves. Each half cup is used for a different portion of the brownie recipe.
  • Vegan butter: Melted butter is needed to create a fudgy, dense texture.
  • Coconut milk: Be sure to use full-fat canned coconut milk, not the lite variety.
  • Candy canes: Crushed candy canes (or peppermint candy) make these brownies a festive holiday dessert. They add a sticky-sweet, minty flavor and crunchy texture.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds warmth and sweetness.
  • Peppermint extract: This extract creates a subtle mint flavor in both the fudgy brownies and the chocolate ganache topping.
  • Salt: A dash of salt enhances the other flavors.

How to make vegan peppermint brownies with crushed candy canes

For the full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Prepare vegan peppermint brownies

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some of the paper hanging over the edges.

whisking flour, cocoa, and salt inside a glass mixing bowl
In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk together to remove any clumps. Set aside.
coconut milk, chocolate chips, and vegan butter inside a glass mixing bowl
In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the vegan butter, coconut milk, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Microwave for 1 minute.
dissolving sugar in a bowl of melted vegan butter, coconut milk, and chocolate chips
Immediately add the sugar, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract.
whisking wet batter for vegan peppermint brownies inside a glass mixing bowl
Whisk the ingredients together to combine, dissolving the sugar into the liquids.
dry ingredients added to the wet batter for vegan peppermint brownies
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
mixing chocolate chips in vegan peppermint brownie batter
Mix together just until the flour is incorporated; do not over-mix. Gently fold in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
vegan peppermint brownies batter inside a square baking dish
Immediately transfer brownie batter to the baking dish. Spread across the dish in an even layer.
vegan peppermint brownies baked inside a square baking dish
Bake brownies for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and insert a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out gooey, bake for an additional 5 minutes. If it comes out with just a few crumbs, the brownies are done.

Prepare peppermint chocolate ganache

Let the brownies cool completely before preparing the chocolate peppermint ganache.

vegan chocolate chips and canned coconut milk inside a glass mixing bowl
Add chocolate chips and coconut milk to a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute.
mixing vegan peppermint chocolate ganache inside a glass mixing bowl
Immediately add peppermint extract to the bowl. Mix together until smooth.
peppermint chocolate ganache spread on top of vegan peppermint brownies inside a square baking dish
Pour the peppermint chocolate ganache over the cooled brownies.
vegan peppermint brownies with chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes on top in a square baking dish
Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Chill brownies in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, or until the ganache sets.
vegan peppermint brownies topped with chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes

Tips for making the best vegan holiday brownies

Use full-fat canned coconut milk. Coconut milk is found in the Asian food section of the grocery store. Make sure you use the full-fat kind, not the lite variety. This will produce a rich, fudgy texture.

How to make them gluten-free: Simply replace the flour with gluten-free all-purpose baking flour. I recommend the Bob’s Red Mill brand.

Cool brownies before adding ganache. Make sure the brownies have cooled completely before you create and add the chocolate ganache layer.

Add your favorite topping. As the original recipe instructs, you can top the ganache with crushed candy canes. However, you can also use crushed peppermint candy. If you want to tone down the mint chocolate flavor, swap them with festive holiday sprinkles instead.

How to store vegan peppermint brownies

Store the brownies inside a sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 3-5 days. If you would like to save them longterm, store in the freezer. Enjoy within 2-3 months.

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a stack of three vegan peppermint brownies with crushed candy canes and chocolate ganache

Vegan Peppermint Brownies with Candy Canes

  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Vegan peppermint brownies are a delicious mint chocolate holiday dessert! These festive candy cane brownies are fudgy, moist, dense, and chewy. They’re topped with a rich peppermint chocolate ganache and sticky-sweet crushed candy canes. The easy recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free friendly. Enjoy them for Christmas, holiday parties, and more!


Ingredients

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Peppermint Brownies

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour) (120g)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (60g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Chocolate Peppermint Ganache

  • 1 and 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some of the paper hanging over the edges.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk together to remove any clumps.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the vegan butter, coconut milk, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Microwave for 1 minute. Immediately add the sugar, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Whisk together to combine, dissolving the sugar into the liquids.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix together just until the flour is incorporated; do not over-mix. Gently fold in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Immediately transfer brownie batter to the baking dish. Spread across the dish in an even layer. Bake brownies for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and insert a toothpick into the center. If the toothpick comes out entirely gooey, bake for an additional 5 minutes. If it comes out with just a few crumbs, the brownies are done.
  6. Let the brownies cool completely before preparing the chocolate peppermint ganache.
  7. Add chocolate chips and coconut milk to a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Immediately add peppermint extract. Whisk together until smooth. Pour over the cooled brownies. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top.
  8. Chill brownies in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, or until the ganache sets. Slice into 16 brownies. Enjoy!

Notes

  • How to store: Store inside a sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 3-5 days. If saving longterm, store in the freezer. Enjoy within 2-3 months.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 345
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Fat: 23g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: vegan peppermint brownies, vegan candy cane brownies, vegan holiday brownies

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