As we all know, elves love to stick to the 4 main food groups; candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately?), those 4 main food groups stick to my gut, and make my gut stick out. Not to mention I don’t like candy canes, gasp! or candy corn, gasp gasp! So as much as Elf and I have in common (Smiling is my favorite too and anyone who knows me knows that I can hold my own in a burp-a-thon), I am gonna have to offer an alternative to his food groups. That’s where these healthy clean chocolate peppermint patties come in. They’re raw, vegan & I’d put them on the clean list. Be naughty this year, just not with your diet.
More of a visual person? Check out the video on my girl Talia’s page, YourFitJourney on how to make these awesome treats. You can find some great inspirational tips and tricks to stay healthy during the holidays and during any time of the year. She is an inspiration and so much fun to work with!
Candy cane peppermint patties
1/2 c. softened coconut butter
2 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract (I prefer this brand)
1/4 c. raw cacao powder
1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp. honey or maple syrup
pinch of salt
Whisk together the ingredients for the filling in a small bowl until smooth. Set in the fridge for a few minutes to harden while you make the chocolate mixture. (One time I made this my kitchen was so cold I did not need to refrigerate the mixture as the coconut oil began to harden pretty quickly)
In a separate bowl, combine the chocolate ingredients until smooth. If you see that it may be a bit thick for dipping, you may add 1 more tsp. coconut oil to thin out. Pour chocolate batter into a wide, shallow bowl if available. This will make the dipping a bit easier.
Remove the peppermint mixture from the fridge. Take a large chunk of the mixture and roll into a ball between your palms. On a piece of parchment paper, flatten dough using your palm until it is desired thickness (about 1/2 inch). Cut out the candy cane shape with your cookie cutter, cutting away edges and placing mixture back into bowl. Repeat this step until all of the peppermint mixture has been formed into shapes. Place the candy canes in the fridge to harden for 5 minutes.
Using two forks, carefully place a candy cane in the chocolate mixture until fully covered. Remove and let excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Repeat until they are all covered with chocolate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy.
If you want a recipe for chocolate that will not melt in room temperature so you can serve these at a party, check out this recipe for healthy chocolate that will set.
Into foods that come in shapes? Check out my healthy vegan dark chocolate peanut butter trees here.