No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars

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PEP cool mint patties were one of my favourite candy bars growing up. Oh, and Junior Mints. And York Peppermint Patties! Gah. And Wonderbars, but that’s another story. Peppermint and chocolate are a match made in my taste buds heaven. Oh, and don’t tell me chocolate and peppermint is only for the holidays…pssshhh, I don’t know who makes these rules, but I don’t want to hear such nonsense. It’s like saying you can’t play Christmas music in October!

I even had a chocolate peppermint Glo Bar to highlight my love for them – “peppy-mint”. Not surprisingly, it’s one of my favs. I decided it was a good idea to make a dessert bar that would taste just like a peppermint patty. It’s been way too long. Plus, it’s no-bake meaning no summer hot flashes! I had one of those earlier Monday. Don’t ask me why I thought it was a good idea to make soup…or muffins…

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First things first, I have a P.S.A. to share.

Green and Black Organic Chocolate

I don’t know how this chocolate bar eluded me for so long, but I tried it this weekend and I almost DIED in ecstasy. Creamy, dark – but not bitter at all – did I mention creamy? and fair-trade? I can’t believe I only bought one. Rookie mistake!

Edited to add: While the bar I purchased didn’t list any dairy products, from what some of you have told me below, the new US label contains milk powder. I found some info from the company website explaining why and posted it in the comments below if you are interested.

Obviously, I used this chocolate for the bars and proceeded to rock my face off. Then, I walked around with a smudge of chocolate on the corner of my mouth for who knows how long. After putting in a 12-hour work day yesterday, I plopped down on the couch kicking my heels up and Eric kindly pointed out that I had a rolled oat stuck on the top of my foot. This was in addition to 3 cooking stains on my shirt and chocolate on my face. Hot.

Luckily, he’s used to it.

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The good news is these bars are worth it. And odds are, you aren’t as messy as me.

Step 1 involves processing ingredients like almonds, walnuts, oats, cocoa powder, sweetener, etc until a ball of dough forms.

Then you press it into an 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper. The dough is very sticky so cover the dough with a piece of parchment paper before attempting to spread it out.

Finally, melt chocolate with a touch of coconut oil and peppermint extract. Spread it over top and freeze the whole thing for about 10-15 minutes. Oh, and sprinkle some flaked coconut on top if you wish! It adds a nice crunch…and it’s so darn pretty in a photo.

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Cut into bars and serve chilled with a glass of almond milk. You’ll swear you’re eating a peppermint patty!

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No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars

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Yield: 12 small bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats, processed into a flour (use gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4-5 tbsp cocoa powder, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 5 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 75 grams dark chocolate (about 3/4 chocolate bar)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • Flaked coconut, to garnish (optional)

 

1. Line an 8-inch pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way. Set aside.

2. If making oat flour, add 2 cups rolled oats into a high speed blender. Blend on high until a flour forms.

3. In a food processor, add almonds and walnuts. Process until a very fine crumble. Add oat flour, cocoa powder (start with 1/4 cup for now), salt, and brown sugar. Process until combined.

4. Add in the maple syrup and almond milk. Process until a ball forms. Add another tablespoon of cocoa powder if desired. Process in the 1/4 cup rolled oats and chocolate chips until combined.

5. Take mixture and crumble it all over the prepared pan (it will be very sticky but not to worry). Now place parchment paper over top and press down evenly with your fingers. Use a pastry roller to smooth it out. Once smooth, place in freezer while you melt the chocolate topping.

6. Add chocolate, coconut oil, and peppermint into a small pot. Melt on low until most of the chocolate has melted and remove from heat. Stir. Remove pan from freezer and pour melted chocolate on top. Smooth out with spatula. Sprinkle on coconut (opt.) and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, or until set. Slice into 6 narrow rows and then in half to make 12 bars. Serve chilled with a glass of almond milk. Store in the freezer.

For nutritional info, see bottom of Recipage entry.

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No, there isn’t any fresh mint in the bars as the picture suggests, but it sure does make a nice accent in the photo. Feel free to use fresh mint processed into the bars if you want a double peppermint kick! I tend to think of these ideas after the fact…

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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 7, 2012

Ah! Morning food porn. I have some awesome Green & Black’s cocoa powder to uses here with the bar. I may add some dried cherries for a cherry coconut treat. Yum!!

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2 Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 7, 2012

During this time of the year, I’m all about the no-bake recipes. Thanks for sharing! I bet the mint makes it very refreshing :)

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3 Chocolate-Covered Katie August 7, 2012

Your post is the first thing that greeted me when I woke up this morning. I think it’s going to be a good day.

But girl, why on earth would you not save this one for your cookbook?! ;)

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4 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 7, 2012

Ahhh Ange these are gorgeous! I love no-bake desserts and like you, love peppermint as well. Oh, and I’d be willing to bet I could give you some good competition for eating messiness – you should have seen my shirt after a few hours in the kitchen yesterday (although to my credit, it was nowhere as dirty as the kitchen floor!!)

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5 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 7, 2012

OH. MY. GOODNESS! I like how the serving size is 12 small bars. I think mine would be 6 big ones! HA!

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6 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 7, 2012

Eeek you used my favorite chocolate as well! Cant wait to try!

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7 katie@ KatieDid August 7, 2012

yes that is my absolute favorite dark chocolate brand, I get the 86% and a little goes a long way! So smooth and not bitter like you said.

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8 char eats greens August 7, 2012

I swear I pick the worst days to do cooking on to. So I stopped completely…kidding, but I wish I would!! These bars look amazing. I don’t have any peppermint extract so that would be something I need to get and then make these!! And I agree, it’s not just a Christmas thing ;)

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9 Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) August 7, 2012

Yum, these look delicious! The white coconut on top is gorgeous!

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10 Noelle (@singerinkitchen) August 7, 2012

These look delicious. I cannot wait to make these as soon as we are all settled in our new home. I miss baking! So, question for you. I thought I read that Green and Black Chocolate was no longer vegan. Am I wrong? It was the only chocolate that I liked eating especially the dark chocolate and then someone called me out on it that it was no longer vegan.

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11 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

There wasn’t any dairy listed on the label, so I’m not sure unless something has changed.

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12 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Just found this on their website:

“By definition vegan products contain no ingredients derived from animals within the recipe and this still remains true for Green & Black’s dark chocolate. However as our dark chocolate is made on the same production line as our milk chocolate there is some risk of cross contact. As a result, the desire for clearer allergen labelling now conflicts with the vegan statement and we have reluctantly decided to remove it from our labelling.”

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13 bitt of raw August 7, 2012

i wondered the same thing but i have noticed that sometimes the canadian versions of certain products have different ingredients than the american ones. in the US green and blacks has milk powder in it for sure.

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14 Somer August 8, 2012

I just found these two statements on their website that clear up the dairy issue in the U.S. Bars. They DO NOT add dairy, but put whole milk powder on the ingredient label because they’ve discovered that even with cleaning the machinery, cross contamination is likely. Statements below:

HAS THE RECIPE FOR DARK CHOCOLATE CHANGED?

No, the recipe has remained the same since 1998.

WHY HAS THE ALLERGEN WARNING ON YOUR DARK CHOCOLATE BARS CHANGED?

The change highlights milk as an ingredient in our previously labelled ‘vegan’ dark organic chocolate bars. As both the milk chocolate and dark chocolate bars are made using the same production line there is a risk of cross contact. A recent audit revealed that traces of milk residues can still be found on manufacturing equipment despite intensive cleaning.

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15 Somer August 8, 2012

One more thought: Based on their statements above, The Green and Black’s Dark Chocolate could still technically be labeled vegan. I think that it’s something that readers will have to personally decide on whether or not they want to support and buy the chocolate.

Here is the statement from the company that certifies vegan products: (from vegan.org/certify)

WHY DO YOU ACCEPT PRODUCTS THAT ARE MANUFACTURED ON SHARED MACHINERY?

We do allow companies to use shared machinery (machinery that ran products containing eggs or dairy) in the production of their products, but most of those products carry a label that says so. Companies must provide documentation of the steps that are taken to thoroughly clean the machinery. Even though the machines are guaranteed to be cleaned thoroughly between non-vegan and vegan batches, shared machinery may contain trace amounts of eggs or dairy. For this reason, a Vegan Certified product may not be acceptable to individuals with food allergies.
Many vegan companies lease non-vegan kitchens and equipment from other companies to produce their products and many companies make vegan and non-vegan items on the same machines. It is extremely expensive for these small companies to purchase dedicated vegan machinery of their own. In fact, many vegan companies may not exist if they had to purchase their own equipment.
When we were starting the Vegan Certification Campaign we had to establish what was going to be considered “vegan”. Most products with vegan ingredients would not be considered vegan under the strictest standards because of some form of processing contamination. We decided that we would not exclude products that may possibly contain trace amounts of “contamination”. We consulted with other prominent vegan organizations and we all agree that vegan purity is more harmful then helpful.
Our motivation is working to end cruelty to animals and we don’t feel that avoiding trace amounts of animal products in vegan foods helps end animal suffering. It is far better for the animals that these vegan products exist. So many vegans say that Soy Delicious is the best vegan ice cream they have ever had. Soy Delicious would most likely not exist if they had to purchase their own vegan dedicated machinery. It is far better for people to realize that they have this option instead of nothing. If there were few vegan options how many people would become vegan?
We are working to end cruelty to animals by showing the non-vegan food industry that there is a market for vegan products. Once there are more vegan products available, more people will want to become vegan. As more people become vegan, more companies will make more vegan products and will be able to afford dedicated machinery. As it stands now, most people think veganism is too hard, restrictive, and expensive. When more vegan food is available it will be easier to find cheaper vegan options so people will find it easy and accessible to be vegan. Making veganism appeal to all is the only way veganism will grow and therefore cruelty to animals will lessen.

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16 Somer August 8, 2012

One more if you want further info!

WHY MIGHT THERE BE TRACES OF MILK IN THE DARK CHOCOLATE?

As we make Green & Black’s dark organic chocolate bars on the same production line as milk organic chocolate bars there will always be the possibility of some cross contact. It is impossible to remove all traces of milk residues from the equipment.

From Green and Black’s site:
WHAT LEVEL OF MILK WOULD BE SAFE FOR A MILK ALLERGY SUFFERER?

There is no clear data for this and experts differ on what is safe. Some suggest 5ppm casein is sufficient to cause an attack in severe sufferers. As a result we are ensuring that our labelling clearly lists milk as an ingredient.

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17 Melissa Sudds August 7, 2012

I just went to the store to buy that chocolate bar and there was whole milk powder listed on the label….maybe it all depends on where you live!:S

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18 Colleen August 7, 2012

I was wondering the same thing as these other readers–I’m from Alberta and all the Green & Blacks in my area have milk powder in them. Definitely depends where you live, I guess! :(

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19 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Maybe some stores are using up the “old” bars before the new bars w/ new labels are put on the shelves? I’m going to contact the company about it to find out.

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20 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Strange indeed. Have labelling laws become more strict with regard to allergens in the US? From what I read, it doesn’t sound like they actually put milk powder in their dark chocolate, but that it’s merely made on the same equipment.

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21 Ema Falez August 7, 2012

I’ve been wondering about this for awhile now. I discovered Green and Black’s peppermint chocolate a few years ago and enjoyed them heartily. Then they started adding milk to the ingredients list of some flavours in some places I went. I stopped eating it when I moved to the states and they all said milk. Now I’m back in Australia and milk is not on the ingredients list here. I wonder if there are new laws regarding labeling allergens in the US since previously they just used to say that it was manufactured on the same equipment as milk/nuts, etc.

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22 Natalie August 9, 2012

This happened with all Green And Black’s products a few years ago in the UK. They slowly rolled out the old packaging and replaced it with new containing the milk warning. As someone who was coming off milk due to an allergy, I can confirm that eating this chocolate gave me a stomach reaction even though it supposedly only contains traces of milk from the manufacturing equipment. Chocolate machines are notoriously difficult to clean, meaning if you eat ‘vegan’ chocolate made on the same machines as chocolate containing dairy products there is likely to be some traces of milk in the vegan products.

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23 Seth Lynch August 15, 2012

Hi,
The change a few years ago in the UK happened because Cadburys bought Green and Blacks – from that point on they started using the shared production line.

I notice the statement above which allows certification, says that they certify products as vegan which share equipment becasue they don’t want to punish small vegan companies who can’t afford seperate production lines. I’m not sure how this applies (in the vegan or small stakes) to Kraft – which have taken over Cadburys and so own Green and Blacks.

Seth

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24 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 15, 2012

That’s interesting Seth. Thanks for your comment!

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25 Nicole August 7, 2012

Genius! These look fantastic, and again, I have to say, your pictures are so beautiful!!

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26 Tweal August 7, 2012

Oh yum! Chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favourite combos.

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27 Tweal August 7, 2012

Haha woops I meant choc and mint but obviously pb is great too :)

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28 Keri August 7, 2012

Holy wow. These look dangerously good. Not just the recipe either–great food photography–especially the last pic with mint! Makes me want to eat it from the page :)

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29 Stephanie @ The Fitness Adventures August 7, 2012

I love the combination of dark chocolate and peppermint! Your bars looks absolutely delicious!

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30 Nicole August 7, 2012

I absolutely love your blog! I usually tell myself, I’ll just scroll down to the recipe and skip all the reading before it, but every time I’m so captivated by your unique and humorous writing style, I always end up enjoying the written part more than the recipe…….and trust me, I always enjoy the recipe!! :) These bars look amazing!

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31 Alex @ Raw Recovery August 7, 2012

YOU ARE MY HERO!! These look AMAZING! No seriously, peppermint patties and junior mints were also my favorite growing up (they were tied with Reeses cups). I just bought some organic peppermint oil to make my own homemade Metro Mint water so this is perfect timing. Have a good one Angela!

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32 adam August 7, 2012

ahh, you discovered our secret – Green and Blacks! Good stuff eh? These look fantastic. I don’t often bookmark stuff, but I have done with these. I was thinking to play around with the essence though – maybe try coconut as I’m not sure I’m a major mint fan.

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33 Nikki @ Eat To The Beet August 7, 2012

Choc & mint is my favorite combo for ice cream and desserts, too. These look fantastic. Also, I’ve recently discovered the Green & Black dark chocolate bars and have had at least a few squares a day for the past 2 weeks. Best organic/fair trade chocolate I’ve found. Anyways, I’m bookmarking these bars. Can hardly wait to try them.

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34 Sarah L. August 7, 2012

You might be my sister from another mister. I LOVEEE peppermint chocolate, and tried unsuccessfully a couple months ago to make no-bake peppermint patties on my own. Looks like I’ll be making these tonight!! :)

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35 Ashley August 7, 2012

I am chocolate peppermint obsessed as well. These look outstanding and I love the first photo!

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36 Amy D'Aoust August 7, 2012

Thanks SOOOO much Angela! These look absolutely easy-peasy to make and totally to-die-for! After your PSA I decided to look into where I could buy G&B Chocolates…I also stumbled upon the nutritional info on their website…sadly, all of their products contain dairy & eggs :(

(http://www.greenandblacks.com/ca/what-we-make/nutrition.html)

Darn! Wonder if I could substitute with another dark vegan chocolate?

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37 Amy D'Aoust August 7, 2012

*** Correction, they all contain dairy but ARE egg-free :)

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38 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Hi Amy, That’s strange because on the label it says it only contains soy in the allergy info and MAY contain dairy products. There is no dairy listed in the ingredient list either. Its possible they checked that just to cover their bases.

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39 Amy D'Aoust August 7, 2012

You could be right – let’s hope so! I’m dying to try this new brand :)

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40 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Hi Amy, I just wanted to mention you might want to read the comments above in this thread. It appears as if there is milk powder listed on some labels but not others. I posted some info I got from the website in their explanation.

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41 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 7, 2012

one of my very first blog recipes was vegan creme de menthe bars and I love anything minty + chocolate. These look so good!

Green & Black’s is awesome. Back when Scott and I didn’t seem to care about spending massive amounts of money on ‘delicacy’ type groceries, I would buy him the pints of Green & Black’s chocolate ice cream (same color packaging as that candy bar) and he’s an ice cream freak and goes down by saying, still, 10 years later, it’s some of his fave.ice cream.ever. They make great chocolate anything!

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42 kim@hungryhealthygirl August 7, 2012

Yum! Now you have me craving chocolate, first thing this morning. ;)

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43 The Vegan Chemist August 7, 2012

These look amazing! I want to leave work now to go make these!

I also have been visiting your site for a few months now and I always recommend it to veteran vegans, newbie vegans and people looking for healthy meals, snacks and desserts. You always impress them (and me, of course)! Thank you :)

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44 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Thank you, I appreciate it!

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45 Willow August 7, 2012

Oh, wow! Of all the no-bake bar possibilities, peppermint patty would never have occurred to me… I’m just that dim. SUCH a brilliant idea.

Also – I frequently get told I have food on my face/clothes, and end up wondering just how long it’s been there. I went to a friends birthday BBQ a while back, and I arrived with food already on my face… smooth. ;)

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46 OSGMOM August 7, 2012

I think you might have inherited your love of chocolate and mint :) — & chocolate on my face is a common occurrence too ;) This recipe looks nothing short of mouth watering deliciousness at it’s best — not to mention the outstanding photography. I will have to whip up a batch of these asap!

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47 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Thanks mom. It was adapted from a recipe you’ve recently grown to love, so I suspect you might like this one too!

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48 Ash August 7, 2012

I love peppermint and chocolate, especially in the fall (think: peppermint hot cocoa)! These look so good, and I have all the ingredients in my cupboards. Yum!

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49 Jacqueline August 7, 2012

Hahaha I was laughing so hard when you wrote about the oat on your foot and all evidence of your kitchen-work! I was mostly laughing because the same thing happens to me – I’m super messy, not only getting stuff all over myself, but all over the kitchen! Awesome idea for dessert bars…I’ll have to try these before summer ends (and then keep making them when it’s cold)!

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50 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

We should have a kitchen showdown!

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51 Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife August 7, 2012

Omigosh! Those chocolate bars are the best!! Love love love dark chocolate.

Those bars look excellent! Yum-o!

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52 Andrea August 7, 2012

I agree with you on the peppermint+chocolate combo being acceptable all year long… I mean, I use pumpkin in the middle of summer so, why not!? :) And this may be a really silly question, but what does P.S.A. stand for? I can’t figure it out! Haha

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53 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

It stands for public service announcement :)

OR Prostate-specific antigen or professional sports authenticator depending on which google search you go by ;)

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54 Bethany August 7, 2012

Wow, these look to die for! I am pinning it so I don’t forget to make these! :)

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55 Rachel August 7, 2012

chocolate and peppermint is the best combo in my opinion lol these look amazingggggg

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56 theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine August 7, 2012

YUM! Chocolate + Peppermint is one of my favorite food combinations affirmed by the fact that I LOVE the Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bars. But these bars look WAYYY better and don’t come wrapped in a package! I must give them a try!

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57 Heidi @ Food Doodles August 7, 2012

Ahh, these look so good! I love anything “peppermint patty”-like. Seriously, what’s not to love about chocolate and mint :D

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58 Running from the Runs August 7, 2012

Oh wow. These look flipping amazing, I must go directly to the store to get some peppermint extract! Plus, you are so right about baking hot flashes! Brilliant!

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59 Jillian @ Persnickety August 7, 2012

These are just gorgeous! I’ve been making batch after batch of raw coconut-date-nut balls with cinnamon and other spices, but I will HAVE to try this! And, to top it all off, there is NO PEANUT WARNING on the Green and Black chocolate! It’s a miracle when I can find good quality, fair-trade chocolate without peanuts. Thanks!!

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60 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 7, 2012

These look fantastic! Great recipe :D

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61 Julie August 7, 2012

These look delicious! I have a strong allergy to coconut. Could you recommend an alternative? Thanks so much! :D

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62 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

You can leave off the coconut flakes and they still taste great. Or if you are looking for a crunch on top try cocoa nibs, rice crisp cereal, or toasted chopped nuts.

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63 kate August 7, 2012

Oooh girl, you’ve done it again.

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64 Beth @ Tasty Yummies August 7, 2012

These look incredible!! Chocolate and mint are my favorite together. Though, I have so much fresh mint growing in my yard that I would be forced to add some to these bars. Thanks for a great recipe.

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65 Catalina @ Cake with Love August 7, 2012

The first photo ia mazing! And the bars sound very refreshing and delicious!

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66 Katrina August 7, 2012

Oh man! Mint chocolate in any form is my absolute favorite. Adding this to my list of things to try out. Mmmm!

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67 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 7, 2012

oh angela – i don’t know if i can survive now if i don’t make these!

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68 Lauren August 7, 2012

Chocolate and peppermint are my favorite combination! My dad and I used to buy Junior Mints for movies when I was little and thin mints were a must during cookie season. My husband often has to wipe something off my face (namely food) like I’m a little kid. It just shows how involved we are in making something great and blog-worthy! :)

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69 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Yes, never trust a clean chef, right? ;)

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70 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 7, 2012

Chocolate and mint is the best combination! The chocolate mint girl guide cookies used to be my favourite treat ever when I was a kid! I was a girl guide, so I was supposed to sell them, but I ended up having to pay for so many out of my own pocket because I would always eat them haha! :P

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71 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

I used to do that with all the chocolate bars I sold! I’d be like…man I owe 20000 bucks in chocolate! heh

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72 Christa @ Edible Balance August 7, 2012

I just devoured a bar of Green & Black’s dark chocolate and cherry… SO amazing! I love their chocolate :)

These bars look fabulous, another great combo of chocolate and mint… YUM!

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73 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 7, 2012

wow those bars are making me drool! they look SO good!!

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74 Michelle August 7, 2012

Oh holy yum. This is one of my most favorite combinations ever. Adding coconut upped the ante. Love these!

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75 Catherine August 7, 2012

I was thinking the same thing. Once I picked up a Green & Black’s bar that was approximately 60 or 65% cocoa, assuming it would be vegan, and was extremely disappointed to read there was milk in it. But they must have left it out of the higher percentage dark chocolates.

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76 Catherine August 7, 2012

Either way, I am extremely excited to make this recipe! Printing it out now!!

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77 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Hey Catherine,
Check out the comments above in this thread. It appears that there is milk powder on some labels and not others depending on where you live. I posted some info I found from the website explaining why it was added on. I’m not sure about the 60 or 65% though.

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78 Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama August 7, 2012

These look so delicious! I’ve had that chocolate bar and love it!

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79 Eileen August 7, 2012

These sound amazing–and easy! And I definitely have a few friends who will practically faint with joy at the thought of raw vegan peppermint chocolate anything. :)

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80 Nicole Boyhouse August 7, 2012

GTFO. Those look amazing. I am a huge peppermint/chocolate fan. I think Green and Black also has mint chocolate, but I may be confusing it with another delicious bar. Mmm. This looks wonderful!

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81 Chrissy August 7, 2012

Oh my gosh, these look amazing. Chocolate and mint is a favorite of mine too! And I’m definitely in need of some no-bake recipes-I almost got the boot from our house the other day for baking berry crisp and raising the temperature in our kitchen to a balmy 87.5F. Thanks for posting!

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82 Lisa August 7, 2012

Just FYI when I checked the label for Green & Black’s organic 70% dark chocolate bar it says it contains whole milk powder!

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83 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Are you in the US? The Canadian label doesnt have any dairy ingredients on it…

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84 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Hey Lisa, It appears there is a different labels floating around depending on where you live. See the comments above in this thread for more info.

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85 Heidi kokborg August 7, 2012

Omg! They look so good – they literally make me crave choclate! I am actually not a huge fan of peppermint, but they look so yummy that I definetely have to give them a try. And who knows, maybe my taste buds have changed? :)

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86 Lisa @ The Raw Serenity August 7, 2012

All my fav things in a bar!! Salivating ….

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87 gia August 7, 2012

Oooh, even I can do this!

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88 Kara August 7, 2012

I actually had all of the ingredients in my house so at around 11am I made these. It took about 20 minutes. I left them in the freezer went to hot sweaty yoga and returned to eat one. OMG! These are amazing. Thanks for the recipe. I have shared it with a bunch of friends today.

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89 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

Thanks for sharing it! I’m so happy you love the bars so much. I can imagine they’d be refreshing after yoga!

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90 Amanda August 7, 2012

This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try them!! Junior mints were (and are) my favorite candy as a kid!

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91 Amy of Vspot August 7, 2012

These look amazing, I want one asap! Thanks for all the inspriation.

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92 Robyn August 7, 2012

Just wondering what you think would be a good substitute for oats – I bloat up like a balloon whenever I have them.

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93 dee August 7, 2012

Do you mind if i make a website suggestion? I hope not as i’m about to :) Could you increase the size of the title of your posts – the homepage post title is hard to distinguish on first glance, it needs a bigger size and i’d suggest actually making it darker as it melds into the background and the menu above it. That’s all! Great job – just wanted to give some feedback which i hope you don’t mind.

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94 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 8, 2012

Thanks Dee, I’ll look into it – I was actually wondering if it might be a tad too small and hard to distinguish.

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95 Britt @Better Living XoXo August 7, 2012

OMG! Any thing with mint and chocolate is my most favourite thing in the world! I am making these TOMORROW! :D

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96 luv what you do August 7, 2012

Green and Black makes the best chocolate bars. I was just snacking on the cherry one! I’m a huge fan of no bake bars this summer. Perfect for the heat!

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97 Stephanie August 7, 2012

Amazing! Not a fan of peppermint so I upped the coconut oil and used coconut milk instead of almond and these taste just like the Samoa Girl Scout cookies! Thanks!

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98 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles August 7, 2012

Mint chocolate is such a satisfying combo in the summer, I’m really digging it right now! Yummy!

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99 Kari @ bite-sized thoughts August 8, 2012

I’m as messy as you but I don’t think I mind, for these bars :)

I love the Green & Black’s dark range too, and there seems to be label variation in Australia as well. Mine never list milk powder but some do, but only because of processing on the same production line as their milk products. Confusing!

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100 Littledessert - Recept & Webbshop August 8, 2012

Lovely, Yum Yum! (:

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101 Lesley August 8, 2012

Gorgeous pictures, Angela. The bars look awesome!

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102 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 8, 2012

These look so fabulous! What a treat :)

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103 Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats August 8, 2012

Wow these look great! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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104 Kimberly Andresen-Reed August 8, 2012

Just made this this morning, and the whole house smells like chocolate! I used cocoa nibs instead of chocolate chips, fresh chocolate mint instead of peppermint extract, and a chocolate sauce made from scratch (cocoa powder, water, maple syrup, corn starch) instead of melting down a chocolate bar–which regrettably I rarely have on hand, I’ll fix that once I get to the grocery store though! :)

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105 Tristan K. August 8, 2012

Alright Angie, my buddy Erin and I made these last night. After one bite, her husband laid down on the floor, and announced they were EPIC! My husband (who isn’t big into sweets…which is one reason I married him, more for me) went back for two more pieces. The kids dug in and so did we. Thank you for all that you do and all the time you spend perfecting these delicious recipes!!

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106 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 8, 2012

haha that’s so great to hear!! Thanks for sharing Tristan. :)

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107 Moni Meals August 8, 2012

Wowzers! You just made me fall in love! I never was a huge fan of peppermint but I take it all back. :) Plus the photos are so appealing Ang!

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108 Heather August 8, 2012

Angela, were we separated at birth? Lol- everyone thinks I’m crazy because I rarely eat chocolate without some type of mint added in smoothies and such. My homemade protein bars made with cocoa are usually mint-enhanced as well. These look TO DIE for and your recipe is divine! I voted for you in the Veg News awards!!! I hope you win! I truly love you for the inspiration you are and you constantly give.

PS- I’m often told I have a smear of chocolate in the corner of my mouth too, which is usually the result of my Endangered Species 88% bar or Ghiradelli 100%:)

Stay lovely<3

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109 ARPL August 8, 2012

PEP are the best. You can still get them at London Drugs (85 cents) and the odd gas station ($1.50). The Cadbury chocolate is what makes them leave York in the dust. Whenever I see them, I literally buy a dozen at a time. Someday I fear they will vanish like the Nestle coolmint patties in the cardboard boxes.

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110 dawn August 8, 2012

angela, my daughter made these and they taste wonderful! But….the crust completely fell apart! its a crumbly mess. any clue as to what we did wrong? regardless of the crust, we love them and we’re finishing off the pan! thanks for the great recipes

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111 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 8, 2012

Hey Dawn, Sorry to hear that! The dough should have been very sticky, so my guess is that it was dry and needed some moisture. I would add a touch more almond milk next time and you should be golden.

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112 K August 8, 2012

yummmmm!! no bake + mint + chocolate= YUM!
thanks!

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113 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 8, 2012

These look and sound incredible!

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114 Dutchgirl Sam August 8, 2012

Hahaha, you are so much fun to read!
And you’re photo’s are stunning, lately.

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115 Amber from Slim Pickin's Kitchen August 8, 2012

Yum! I want to stuff about 457,000 of these in my mouth!!!!

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116 em @ simplypresent August 8, 2012

*Drooling* Oh goodness these look wonderful! You are so creative!

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117 Jonna August 8, 2012

Hi Angela,

Love your blog…just to let you know,…Green and Black also makes
a fabulous 85% dark. It’s my favorite, creamy, smooth and not one
bit bitter. They also make an even darker one but I haven’t tried yet
since I love the 85%. Their dark mint one is also delicious!

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118 Traci August 9, 2012

Chocolate and mint are one of my favorite combos! Yum!

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119 Sonal August 9, 2012

Okay i must try this recipe this weekend! It looks amazing!! Mint chocolate is the best :) I’ve been having Green and Black’s dark chocolate for a while now, such a plus that it is fair trade! :)

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120 greenthyme August 9, 2012

OH YUM! Will definitely be giving these a try. I keep craving mint this summer….and I always crave chocolate. My two favorite things collide. Thanks! I kind of wish I could reach through my computer screen and grab one!

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121 Naomi Schaab August 9, 2012

Made these, and they are SO delicious! Mint and chocolate is a personal favorite sweet treat combination. So much so that I over did it a few years ago and have been staying away. I just had to make these though and they have rekindled my love for mint and chocolate. These bars have great flavor balance! Even though they are great for the summer I have a feeling I’ll be adding these bars to my Christmas baking list! Thanks!

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122 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 9, 2012

So glad to hear that Naomi…I enjoy them just as much! I love having a bit for dessert at night straight from the freezer. yum!

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123 Erin August 9, 2012

Made these last night, they are absolutely delicious!!

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124 Jodie August 9, 2012

Yum! These sound amazing. Your photography is beautiful too.

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125 Kim August 9, 2012

Made these last night. So easy, excellent recipe!!! Love your recipes. I made your perfect veggie burger and was telling my husband what was in them and realized I forget to add the breadcrumbs. They still came out delicious.

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126 erin August 10, 2012

absolutely AMAZING, so delicious and just a small bar really is enough. next time I would omit the last 1/4 cup of whole oats just for a chewier and slightly less oat-y bar. Thanks for a new favourite treat!

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127 Desiree Hayes August 10, 2012

The Sweet Riot chocolate is vegan and super yummy, reminds me of green and blacks! Righteously Raw is vegan too but harder to find. Trader Joes 72% has no dairy either and is also organic and fair trade.

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128 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 10, 2012

Thanks I will see if I can find Sweet Riot and RR here :) sounds good! ps- my sis is obsessed with TJ’s dark choc!!!!

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129 Rachel Rinaldo August 10, 2012

I LOVE this recipe!!! We use our peppermint essential oil for these types of treats and can’t wait to try some in your recipe! Healing chocolate? Doesn’t get any better!!! <3

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130 Melissa Sudds August 12, 2012

i just made these with lindt dark chocolate and cant stop eating them!!! sooo good

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131 Krista August 13, 2012

Just made these, but used only dark chocolate chips. So delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe. The combination of chocolate and mint never gets old! Perfect for getting your chocolate fix!

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132 Rosa B. August 14, 2012

I made these on the weekend and they turned out fabulous! I only have a mini food processor, so step 4 wasn’t going to work for me. I added the almond milk and maple syrup to the rest of the mixture in a bowl and stirred really well and it still turned out okay. I also used Green & Black’s 34% milk chocolate since they were sold out of dark! Mine turned out delicious and my boyfriend couldn’t stop eating them!

Nom nom nom. I will be making these for the next potluck at work. Thanks for another great recipe!

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133 Alexander Penley August 14, 2012

Great recipe but fyi :( – green and blacks were bought out a few years back and are now owned by one of the worst companies in the corporate octopus :(

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134 Rita August 20, 2012

I made a batch of these and they turned out pretty dry and crumbly. Any trouble-shooting suggestions?

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135 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 21, 2012

Im sorry to hear that Rita! My batter was very sticky so Im not sure why that happened to you. I would try a couple things 1) Process the nuts a bit longer so the oils release and 2) add a touch more almond milk if it’s still to dry. I hope this helps!

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136 Damiane August 24, 2012

Would there be a way to make these without nuts?

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137 Christy August 28, 2012

My vegan friend just sent me your blog because we just started eating vegan. We were already dairy and gluten free so I was worried that taking the eggs and meat out would be boooorrrring. But nope not with blogs like yours. So much good stuff. I’m trying to avoid sugar to but these might be worth the days we splurge. Gonna try them out.

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138 Ava September 3, 2012

I love the look of these and many other desserts on your site. Unfortunately I am deathly allergic to nuts, so I can’t make a lot of the yummy looking ones like these. Would love to see more recipes that are vegan and nut free.

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139 Kirsten September 14, 2012

I made the peppermint patty bars recently and they are amazing!
I wanted to comment on some alternative chocolate bars for those, like me, who cannot eat soy. Soy ingredients are in 99% of the chocolate bars that I have looked at, but I finally found a soy free brand and it is SO good! And I used it in this recipe. The brand is called Alter Eco. The bar that I used in this recipe is called Dark Velvet. It does list organic butterfat and whole milk powder as the last 2 ingredients (beware, those of you who do not eat any dairy), but some of their products that have a higher cacao percentage, like Dark Blackout, do not have any milk products. http://www.alterecofoods.com I get these chocolate bars at whole foods.

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140 Andrea October 24, 2012

I just made these and they were AMAZING! My first “raw” dessert, and I am eager to try more. I’m not keen on mint so I omitted that and the glaze on top and put dates along with the chips inside. SO GOOD! Thanks for sharing.

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141 Marie November 8, 2012

Hey Angela,
Love your blog!

I tried this recipe and though it was delicious the dough was very crumbly and not at all sticky as you describe in your post. I followed your instructions exactly.. Any tips??

From a fan and fellow Canadian from Montreal.

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142 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 9, 2012

Hi Marie, It sounds like the oils didn’t release enough. I would try processing them a bit longer next time and if it’s still dry add a touch of almond milk to help it adhere. Goodluck!

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143 Laine November 25, 2012

I made these last night and I messed up the instructions. This morning I tried one bite of this dessert and I loved it! I can’t wait to share this yummy dessert with friends and family. Thank you!

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144 Mary December 4, 2012

I don’t know if you’ve discovered or not, but I thought I would share with you that Green & Black’s makes a mint chocolate bar that is to die for!!

I can’t wait to try out this recipe to share with friends!

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145 Michelle DePolo December 25, 2012

LOVED these bars. Yum. Perfect holiday treat. Don’t know what I’d do without your recipes:)
Happy Holidays!

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146 monica January 24, 2013

have you tried making these completely from scratch by using raw cacao? let me know so can try it. i will also give it a try next wkend all from scratch, i’ll keep you posted.

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147 Emma January 27, 2013

Just had one for a weekend dinner dessert and it was fabulous. I made a 1/4 of the recipe as it’s just me and I don’t have a freezer to store them in right now but the recipe scales easily. Like some other commenters the mix was a little crumbly maybe from lack of food processor so not so much smooshing together! Anyway, easily remedied with a touch more non-dairy milk. I do love raw recipes but this is a great no-bake alternative as it’s a little less rich with the oats as opposed to all nuts :)

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148 Kate April 3, 2013

I made these as a last minute treat to bring to a potluck dinner and they went over extremely well! The hosts were not vegan but absolutely loved these bars. It took me a total of 25 minutes to make them and this endeavor created very little dishes. I tried using the Trader Joe’s truffle chocolate bar for the top coating and it made a perfect thick shell with just right amount of crunch for my liking. Thanks so much for this one! It’s been only 4 days since I made these at home and my husband is already requesting the next batch. Good news for him is that I want them again soon too :)

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149 Stephanie July 8, 2013

These look so delicious! I can’t eat oats though, they give me a really sore stomach. Can you please recommend a substitute for the oats? I really want to make these!! :-)

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150 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2013

Hey Stephanie, can you tolerate spelt or quinoa flakes? Those might work in this recipe, but im not certain. good luck!

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151 Lori April 5, 2014

can these be rolled into balls instead?

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152 Becka August 31, 2014

These are chilling in the fridge and they look yummy! We added an extra 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract, skipped the rolled oats, and crushed the nuts by hand (we maintain a very low-tech household)! Excited to munch later!

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153 Natasha October 8, 2014

Just made these…. They are delicious

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154 Kristen Turner January 27, 2015

These are THE BOMB! Satisfied my chocolate craving for sure!! I used the new dark chocolate chips that have mint filling (made by Toll House I think).

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