One of the earliest recipes I mastered, at age 5, was a peppermint candy recipe made by mixing powdered sugar, butter, and peppermint extract. I remember turning the batter pink with a few drops of food coloring, and then rolling the candies into balls and scoring each ball with a fork.
This version of paleo peppermint patties brought back the memory of those Christmas-time treats. These won’t lead to a sugar coma, however, thanks to the minimal sweetener and the healthy fats from the coconut butter. As a matter of fact, these treats have a similar satiating effect as my Sugar-Craving-Busting Buttermints.
Ingredients in Paleo Peppermint Patties
Coconut butter, high in metabolism-boosting medium-chain fatty acids, provides a creamy base. Do not confuse coconut butter (available here) with coconut oil, as coconut butter is a silky pureé of coconut meat. Consider it as the same difference between almond butter and almond oil.
Dairy-free chocolate chips make this recipe easier. I use and recommend these dairy-free Mini Chocolate Chips. If you prefer to eliminate any refined sugar from this recipe, you can omit the step of dunking the mint chips into the chocolate. They are still tasty without the chocolate!
Peppermint extract is available here, or in the baking isle of your grocery store. It is made from peppermint essential oil diluted in a base oil (often sunflower oil). Yes, you can use a few drops of pure peppermint essential oil instead. I don’t want to write a 3,000 word post right here on the topic, so I will leave you with this:
It is safe to eat a few drops of peppermint essential oil as flavoring. And it is also fine to use a peppermint oil that is not from one of the MLM companies who claim their oils are “pure enough to use internally.” That is a marketing statement, and doesn’t prove their quality above other essential oils. (More on discussion on essential oil safety to come, but today, let’s enjoy some peppermint patties.)
Raw honey – A bit of raw honey adds sweetness, but if you have a tame sweet tooth, you can omit it.
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- If the coconut butter is solid, place the jar in a pan of hot water. Stir until the coconut butter becomes liquid and creamy. Combine the coconut butter, raw honey, and peppermint extract.
- Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and make room in your fridge or freezer for it. Roll the coconut mixture into teaspoon-size balls and flatten on the baking sheet. Press to flatten and freeze or refrigerate until firm, about an hour.
- Melt the chocolate chips carefully, over very low heat. A double-boiler works well. Dip the hardened patties into the chocolate and place back onto the baking sheet. Chill until the chocolate is firm. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer, as these will soften at room temperature.