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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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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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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em @ simplypresent August 8, 2012

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

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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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Traci August 9, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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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Erin August 9, 2012

Made these last night, they are absolutely delicious!!

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Jodie August 9, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Melissa Sudds August 12, 2012

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Damiane August 24, 2012

Would there be a way to make these without nuts?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lori April 5, 2014

can these be rolled into balls instead?

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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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Natasha October 8, 2014

Just made these…. They are delicious

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