Wowza, it’s one more week until Christmas! Where has the time gone? As an adult, it feels like Christmas comes faster and sooner with every passing year. But I’m sure for my little ones, it must feel like it takes forever to come.
But it’s full-swing holiday season, so I’m doing another peppermint post! If I could have peppermint all year round, I probably would. It’s one of my favourite flavours. When Starbucks rolls out their holiday drinks, my go-to is their white chocolate peppermint mocha. In fact, I currently have more peppermint extract than vanilla in my kitchen. (Doesn’t help that vanilla is so crazy expensive right now!)
Peppermint. I know it’s not a flavour for everyone. It’s fresh, tingly, and sharp. For some people (like my son), it reminds them of toothpaste, but for me, it reminds me of candy canes, After-Eight mints, and York peppermint patties. Speaking of peppermint patties…
These healthy homemade peppermint patties are a spin on the York-style peppermint patties, except they are made with all wholesome ingredients. No shortening, corn syrup, or any funky stuff in these delectable minty treats.
Most of the recipes for homemade peppermint patties are just some variation of sugar and condensed milk, or shortening and sugar, or coconut oil and sugar. These peppermint patties are gluten-free, dairy-free and can be vegan if you use vegan chocolate. If you’re looking for other ideas for festive sweets, check out my gluten-free Coconut Almond Snowballs, Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies, or classic Sugar Cookies.
My spin on these healthy peppermint patties is that I’ve added extra coconut flakes to the filling, so you’re not just ingesting coconut oil and sugar. The coconut adds a little texture and substance, which I prefer more.
The only trick to making these is playing with the temperature of the coconut oil. Too warm, and it will melt, and too cold, and it will be too difficult to form the patties. If your house is warm, place the mixture into the freezer for a little while longer. If it’s colder, then you may be able to form the patties directly without having to place the filling into the freezer first.
The crunch of the dark chocolate lends itself into a soft, mint and coconut filling that melts right in your mouth — these healthy peppermint patties are a perfect bite-sized morsel to end your holiday meal.
Healthy Peppermint Patties
Yield: 10 patties
1/2 C organic coconut oil (room temperature)
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (feel free to increase or decrease depending how strong you like it)
4 T icing sugar
4 T dried coconut flakes (finer flakes will yield a smoother texture)
~250g of chopped dark chocolate to cover the patties (I used 72% dark chocolate)
Mix together room temperature coconut oil with the peppermint oil. Add in icing sugar. Mix well. Add coconut flakes and stir together. If the mixture seems warm, pop the mixture into the freezer for 5 minutes, until slightly firm.
If the mixture is not too warm and can be shaped, then form balls with a tablespoon. Press down balls to flatten into a round patty shape.
Place the patties into the freezer for another 5 minutes to harden.
Add chopped chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds at a time, until completely melted.
Remove patties from the freezer, and carefully dip into the chocolate to cover using a 2 spoons or 2 forks. Place onto the parchment-lined tray and repeat with the remaining. Place the patties into the freezer for another 10 minutes.
Tip: If you have excess chocolate, I scrape it onto a piece of parchment paper, place it in the fridge to harden, and then you can use it again for a different recipe.
Enjoy. Store the peppermint patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator.