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Holiday Recipe: Guilt-Free Candy Cane Brownies

No holiday meal could possibly complete without an epic dessert.

I thought long and hard about what that dessert should be, and finally landed on what I like to call Guilt-Free Candy Cane Brownies.

I wanted something simple, fun and blatantly holiday-related, while also using relatively healthy ingredients.

We are living in the “guilt-free” age of dessert recipes where clever foodies are re-designing classic favourites with healthier ingredients to cater to an increasingly health savvy audience.

And that, in a nutshell, is precisely what I’ve done today!

Let’s take a closer look at my super simple, super fun and super delicious Candy Cane Brownies.

Guilt-Free Candy Cane Brownies

A brownie will never be an apple, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be prepared with wholesome ingredients and still taste great.

Here’s What You Need:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup cocoa powder

½ cup maple syrup

1 package candy canes ( preferably multi-coloured!)

¼ tsp baking powder

4 tbsp mashed avocado

2 eggs or 2 flax eggs

1 tsp peppermint extract

1 tube chocolate icing


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and have a square pan prepared, lightly covered in oil
  2. Combine cocoa, mashed avocado and maple syrup .
  3. Add eggs, one at a time and stir in flour with peppermint extract.
  4. Place batter in pan and bake for 20-25 minute. Remove, let cool and cut into circles or squares.
  5. Apply icing, top with crumbled candy canes and serve!


I strongly recommend using multi-coloured candy canes to prepare this dish, as it makes it much more colourful and fun.

You can separate the brownies by colour, or you can make each one multi-coloured, the choice is yours!

Yes a brownie is a brownie, but these ones are fun, festive and made with some solid ingredients and are the perfect dessert to serve your family and guests this holiday season.

Andy De Santis RD MPH

Andy is a Toronto-based registered dietitian and nutrition writer who holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition. You can learn more about Andy and his services at

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