Healthy Peppermint Patties? Oh Yeah!
Do you remember the Peppermint Pattie commercials from the 70's? "When I eat a York Peppermint Pattie, I get the sensation..." They always aired during the Charlie Brown specials, which, interestingly, had a character named Peppermint Patty. They used to be one of my favorite chocolate bars- or circles. But have they changed the formula in the last few years? When I tried one again a year ago, it was horrible. It tasted like a minty piece of cardboard.
Or maybe it's my taste buds that have changed. Maybe my body knows the difference between quality chocolate and sweeteners and the artificial stuff. Did you know just one circle contains over TWO TBS of sugar? Unfortunately, I couldn't get an ingredient list anywhere on-line, so I can't tell you about the preservatives and artificial flavors that are likely in these, too.
Whatever the case, it's a beautiful thing to no longer want those super-sweetened discs.
But I did miss the sensation. So I decided to recreate it yesterday. Below is what I came up with. Not as pretty as the packaged discs because all I had were cupcake liners, but I'll work on the presentation. But who really cares about presentation when something tastes great, right?
From my picky little client, I got, "wicked good" and "I wish I had 110 of these!". From my son, I got "These are way TOO good", which I believe is a compliment.
The GOOD thing about these is that they are nutrient-dense, fill you up because of all their healthy fats, and leave you with fresh breath. Now what more could you want?
Raw Chocolate Ingredients (technically not raw raw because of the maple syrup)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted over very low heat 3 tbs. cacao powder 2 tbs. pure maple syrup pinch of sea salt
Whisk all ingredients together in mixing bowl. Pour half into five cupcake liners (or 8 mini liners) that are sitting on a cookie sheet. Put into freezer while you work on filling.
Coconut Filling Ingredients
1/4 cup cacao butter, melted over very low heat (good idea to do this as you melt coconut oil) 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1 tbs pure maple syrup 1 tbs peppermint extract
Whisk all ingredients together in mixing bowl. Add more shredded coconut if needed; filling should be on dry side, not wet. Pull cookie sheet with liners from freezer and add layer of filling to each. Top with remaining chocolate.
Wait about 30 minutes and pull from freezer. Serve upside down. Keep remaining patties (if there are any) in the freezer, as the coconut oil does get a little melty.