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    No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars

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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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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Catalina @ Cake with Love August 7, 2012

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

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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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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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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 7, 2012

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

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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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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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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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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 7, 2012

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

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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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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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Catherine August 7, 2012

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

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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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Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama August 7, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity August 7, 2012

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

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gia August 7, 2012

Oooh, even I can do this!

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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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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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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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Amy of Vspot August 7, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Littledessert - Recept & Webbshop August 8, 2012

Lovely, Yum Yum! (:

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Lesley August 8, 2012

Gorgeous pictures, Angela. The bars look awesome!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 8, 2012

These look so fabulous! What a treat :)

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Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats August 8, 2012

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

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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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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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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 8, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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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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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K August 8, 2012

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

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 8, 2012

These look and sound incredible!

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