Dec 19

Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Brownies

Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, and Cassandra from Powered By Bling, to create awesome healthy recipes each week! Today’s theme = Holiday Baking Traditions! Make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well!

As far as traditions go, my family never really bakes anything. Our oven is mostly used in the same way as our dishwasher. We use it to store baking trays, so alas, we actually do not have any real food “traditions” that we follow for the holidays! I also don’t actually get to go home this year for said holidays, so I am instead making up my own traditions of at least baking something for the holiday season!

I’ve been getting along rather well with everyone at the IM office (I’m on my Internal Medicine rotation right now), andΒ I think one of them overheard me while I was talking to one of the patients. I’d mentioned that I was planning to go volunteer at a cat shelter over the weekend after Christmas/spend time with Linda there because she’s pretty much become my family out here, and I think she asked my preceptor to let me have the 26th off because she knew I didn’t get to go home this year/probably wouldn’t see my family in California til August or September of next year, at the earliest.

As I was leaving today, she said, “Now, don’t hate me, but…you don’t have to come in next Friday if you want to spend more time over there. No one should be alone for the holidays!”

That was incredibly sweet of her. <3 They came across a really delicious-sounding Italian Cream Cake earlier in the week, and I’m going to try to make a healthified version this weekend to bring into the office on Monday! <3


Holiday Brownies


  • 1 box brownie mix (or your favorite brownie recipe, e.g. try out the Athletic Avocado’s recipe <3)
  • 2 eggs
  • Β½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ΒΌ cup water
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract(Topping)
  • fresh strawberries
  • Greek yogurt mixed with a drizzle of honey (to taste)
  • peppermint candies, crushed


  1. Combine brownie mix with eggs, applesauce, and water, then bake brownies according to package instructions.
  2. Cut off stems of strawberries and dip the bottom in a generous amount of Greek yogurt. Place strawberry on top of the brownie.
  3. Spoon a tiny dollop of Greek yogurt onto the tip of the strawberry. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top of brownie.
  4. Serve immediately!


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  1. Jamie

    These look delicious and I love the added minty flavor! It is always fun to adapt a sweet recipe and make it a little healthier! I plan to try these out!

    1. Farrah

      Hope you like them! πŸ˜€ I love desserts, but at the quantity at which I consume em’, healthifying them tends to be a good option, hehe. :]

  2. Annmarie

    How CUTE! My kids would love these- if only I was patient and crafty enough πŸ˜‰
    Annmarie recently posted…Foodie Friday: Walnut Cashew Butter Ball Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}My Profile

    1. Farrah

      hahaha, if they want to do the decorating part, you won’t have to! ;P

      Unless it’d mean a ginormously horrendous cleanup afterward, in which case, I said nothin’. :O

  3. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    Serve immediately….TO SUSIE
    Susie @ SuzLyfe recently posted…Favorite Holiday Traditions (Friday Five)My Profile

    1. Farrah

      Someday, I’d like to think they’ll invent something so that this sort of thing can actually happen. Until then, though…sending you a virtual brownie? :D?

  4. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Am sorry to hear you won’t be going home this year – but so happy to hear you are starting a tradition of your own in baking these healthified brownies – maybe when you go home next year, your family’s oven will finally get a workout? πŸ™‚

    1. Farrah

      Oh, they shall! My parents aren’t really all that much for sweets, so I think they enjoy healthified desserts more anyway! :]!

  5. Laurie

    YUM! I am def gonna try these!!!!

    1. Farrah

      I hope you like them! πŸ˜€

  6. Betsy

    Very festive and tasty looking!
    Betsy recently posted…On My Nightstand: Strong Is The New SkinnyMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ They were fun to make!

  7. Tiffany

    Ahhh these look SO GOOD!
    Thanks for sharing!
    x Tiff (Creator & Editor-In-Chief @ http://hautemessmag.com)

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! πŸ˜€

      Love the name of your blog, hahaha. πŸ˜›

  8. Mar @ Mar on the Run

    wow, those brownies look amazing. I love mint thrown in to just about anything!!
    Mar @ Mar on the Run recently posted…Friday Five: Holiday Traditions {Blogmas} Day 7My Profile

    1. Farrah

      Same! πŸ˜€ Tis such a refreshing taste! :]

  9. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    We don’t have any food traditions either! (I keep all my baking pans and sheets in the oven too, hahaha!)
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine recently posted…Friday Finisher 12/19/14My Profile

    1. Farrah

      I figure now’s not too late to start my own traditions! πŸ˜›

  10. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    This brownie is adorable! I’m so glad you got the 26th off, enjoy the day!
    Sonali- The Foodie Physician recently posted…Reading with the Doc: “Cooking Well: Anti-Aging” GiveawayMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Thank you! I’m always worried when I’m given the option of having a day off that it’s actually a trick question and that I’ll look like a slacker if I don’t go in. 😑 Hopefully that’s not the case!?

  11. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Good idea to make your own traditions since you’re not going home for the holidays this year.

    Oh my goodness, these sound scrumptious and look adorable!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom recently posted…Christmas Blog PartyMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Yep! I figure now’s a good a time as any to start up one! πŸ˜›

      Thank you, and I hope you have an awesome weekend as well!

  12. Tianna

    these look delicious – will have to try them!
    Tianna recently posted…Random Friday Favorites: Holiday InspirationMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Thanks! :]! I hope you like em’!

  13. Nadine Renee

    Yum! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Farrah

      I hope you like it! :D! Have a great weekend!

  14. GiGi Eats

    Who ever gets to enjoy these with you is VERY VERY VERY VERY LUCKY! πŸ˜‰
    GiGi Eats recently posted…How To Find Love On The Streets Of Los AngelesMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Aww, thank you! :D!

      I hope you have an awesome weekend! <3

  15. Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating

    I love any sort of treat that is “dressed up” in a sense to look cute. Even have a whole pinterest board devoted to all things “adorable eats”. Have a great weekend!
    Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating recently posted…Butterscotch Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies: The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014My Profile

    1. Farrah

      I love seeing em’ on pinterest, so I was inspired to attempt my own! πŸ˜›

      Definitely checking out that board! :D! I didn’t know I wasn’t already following you on there!

      I hope you have an awesome weekend as well! <3

  16. Stephanie De Geeter

    OMG, I have to make these !!! they sound yum !

    1. Farrah

      Hope you like them! :]

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