No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars II – Naturally Sweetened With Dates

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I was recently emailed by a blog reader named Kara who wanted to know if I could make a version of my Peppermint Patty Bars using dates as a sweetener. I thought it was a great challenge indeed!

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The original Peppermint Patty Bars are below, complete with a chocolate layer and large flake coconut on top.

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The first bars are more dessert-like (and go perfectly with a cold glass of almond milk!), while these ones today are a bit lighter and more snack-like. For easier portability, I didn’t add a layer of chocolate on top; instead, I mixed in mini dark chocolate chips throughout. I also added a scoop of unflavoured protein powder into this batch to keep the protein count high. After testing a few versions, I packed them up in my cooler for the long weekend. They sure went fast.

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Here are a few troubleshooting tips:

1. The top photo shows how the dough should look when it’s ready. It will easily form a ball without any crumbling. If your dough is too dry, add a tiny bit more almond milk and process again.

2. Cover pan with two pieces of parchment paper (one going each way) for easy clean up and removal. The dough is very sticky, so it helps to crumble it all over your pan before trying to smooth out. Then add the flaked coconut and press the dough into the pan with slightly wet fingers. Finally, smooth it out with a pastry roller (you can cover it with parchment first) or just do your best with your hands, pressing the sides in evenly.

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3. Finally, I pressed the dough into a large loaf pan to yield 12 small bars, but feel free to use an 8” square pan too. They will have a bit less height, but will still taste just as good!

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No Bake Chocolate Mint Bars

1 year ago: Long Weekend Grilled Salad
2 years ago: Cherry-Blueberry Chocolate Vegan Overnight Oat Parfait

 

A spin-off of my Peppermint Patty Bars, this time naturally sweetened with dates.

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yield: 12 small bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed, pitted Medjool dates (approx 12)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup unflavoured protein powder (I use Garden of Life Raw)
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 tbsp raw millet (optional)
  • 4 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life) or chopped chocolate
  • 1-2 tbsp large flake unsweetened coconut, for garnish

 

  • 1. Line a loaf pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way. Set aside. In a food processor, process the pitted dates until chopped and sticky.
  • 2. Add in the rolled oats, cocoa powder, protein powder, salt, peppermint extract, and almond milk. Process until combined, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed.
  • 3. Finally, add in the nuts, optional millet, and chocolate chips and pulse until combined and sticky. It should be sticky enough to easily make a ball.
  • 4. Crumble mixture all over prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle a handful of flaked coconut on top and press mixture into pan with slightly wet fingers. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and roll out smooth with a pastry roller.
  • 5. Freeze for about 15 minutes or until set. Slice into 6 rows and then slice rows in half to make 12 small bars. I prefer these straight from the freezer.
  • Note: You want to use a very neutral-tasting protein powder here so it won’t impact the overall flavour. Alternatively, you can probably use hemp seeds for a kick of protein.

 

For nutritional info, see here.

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I find these taste best straight out of the freezer – the peppermint flavour and sweetness is intensified when chilled.

Don’t have dates, but still want to make the bars? See my original version which uses maple syrup and organic brown sugar.

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Louise September 30, 2016

Hi

This recipe looks amazing!!! Do you have a recipe for Rocky Roads, gluten, dairy free?

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Colinda January 22, 2015

Just made this using hemp seeds in place of protein powder and they were amazing! They didn’t even make it to the fridge because the family ate it right out of the bowl!

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Sue October 6, 2014

I found you in a Google search. I love your recipes!!! :]
I just wanted to post a warning about protein powders.They are not all the same, nor are they made with your health in mind. Even Garden of Life has heavy metals in them. They, are currently in the process of reducing these heavy metals, but, like I said, not all companies have your health in mind. Most are in business to make money and don’t really care about your health and well being. Garden of Life’s heavy metals should be reduced by 7/15.
I’ve singled out Garden of Life because that is what you said you used. For more info, go here: http://www.naturalnews.com/043759_Garden_of_Life_RAW_Protein_heavy_metals.html
Or Google heavy metals in protein powders. An easy way to do this is to highlight the phrase heavy metals in protein powders, right click and choose your search engine. Maybe most people know how to search this way, but some don’t.
I’ve been a RN for over 25 years. I just think people need to know what they’re putting in their bodies.

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Gillian January 14, 2014

These look delicious! I only have chocolate mint flavoured protein powder at the moment so I’m going to try making them with that but maybe add less mint and see how it turns out :)

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Connie September 26, 2013

Oh my gosh.. I tried this recipe and it was AMAZING!! I have made it three times already within a week!!

I omitted the nuts and coconut, added three times the amount of millet to give the protein bars some extra crunch. Super yummy, super quick, and super satisfied!! Thank you!!

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John August 16, 2013

Won’t the millet be crunchy and hard raw?

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yana August 14, 2013

I just made these this morning and they are great other than I was expecting the peppermint extract to drip out, but it poure out really fast right into the mix so I ended up putting in a tbsp of peppermint, which made it too strong but a great mouth freshener after a meal with onions and garlic! Really easy to make, nice healthier version of peppermint patties, Thanks for the great recipe Angela.

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Joelle June 26, 2013

These look amazing! I am looking for a bar recipe that can be taken for a several day hiking trips and not have to worry about it melting! How do you think these would work? Do you have any suggestions or another recipe?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 26, 2013

Hi Joelle, I don’t think I have any that I would be confident they could stand up to hiking in warm conditions. I’ll let you know if I think of any. MAYBE this one? http://ohsheglows.com/2010/12/24/healthy-banana-cranberry-oat-bars/

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Jodie March 2, 2013

Oh my God I LOVE these. I can’t believe how decadent they taste! My boyfriend is a big fan of peppermint desserts so I will definitely be making some for him soon. :) Thanks!

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Lindsay February 4, 2013

Thanks for this recipe- made it today and have already eaten half myself!

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Sarah January 21, 2013

DELICIOUS!!! I used hemp and chia seeds instead of protein powder.

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Karla January 17, 2013

These are super delicious. Perfect for snacking and as someone with IBS triggered by refined sugars these are the perfect sweet treat without the tummy ache.

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Sunnie@ModernGirlNutrition December 26, 2012

Yum! I just featured these over here:
http://moderngirlnutrition.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/holiday-desserts-roundup/
Thanks for the recipe!

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Ashley December 19, 2012

Angela!! These were fabulous!! I have been inundated with overly sweet, indulgent treats these days and since I knew I couldn’t completely kick my chocolate high I decided I could at least replace it with a healthier alternative. This recipe definitely did the trick! I will be making these again and again. Thank you for another fab recipe!

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Jessica December 2, 2012

My husband and I love these! I’ve kept them in the fridge and they are a cool and refreshing snack/dessert. I love how they aren’t too rich, so although they satisfy my need for something sweet and special after dinner, they don’t weigh me down or make me feel nasty.

I didn’t have protein powder so I skipped it. I also didn’t have almonds, so I subbed walnuts (ending up with 3/4 cup walnuts for the entire recipe). I put the batter in an 8×8 pan and they came out great!

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Susan December 1, 2012

I’ve been dying to make these ever since you posted this recipe and I finally got around to it yesterday. You sure don’t disappoint – these were so good especially considering how healthy they are! I’m planning to make the original version for Christmas baking as I’m sure they’ll be deadly!!

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Anna October 12, 2012

I just made these. FAB.U.LOUS. Wish I’d doubled the batch…you will, too!

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Sandy September 11, 2012

The nutrional value link just shows the recipe, where can I get this ? thnx

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 11, 2012

At the bottom of the recipe that I linked to. Enjoy!

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset September 7, 2012

Oooh! These are so cool! Like spin-off Larabars! Yum :)

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luv what you do September 6, 2012

Those bars look amazing! The pastry roller trick is great!

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Anne-Michelle Frances September 6, 2012

Is there a way to substitute something instead of walnuts? My son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, but he can eat almonds. Would 3/4 cup of almonds be okay instead of only 1/4 cup?

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Catherine September 5, 2012

I made your original chocolate peppermint bars over the weekend for my family, and they gobbled them up! Thanks for a great recipe, as always.

Big, fat medjool dates are my favorite, too. They’re so expensive, but I love to splurge once in a while and just eat them straight with a bit of almond butter!

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Full Flavored Life September 5, 2012

I love dates! Can’t wait to make these!

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Lydia B September 4, 2012

Yum! Made these bars as instructed but slathered your chocolate coating from the original recipe on top. Mmm, mmm good!

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Justin Mazza September 4, 2012

These look really good. I was just at a party on Sunday and the host had a bowl full of York Peppermint patties. Of course I grabbed some when I left so I can munch on them later. I will have to try your no bake recipe.

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Stacie September 4, 2012

Nice to see you guys enjoying yourselves!! Say, wondering what type of B12 supplement you take. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 5, 2012

I think it’s Origin brand, but I will have to verify that. I take a couple pills a week for extra reassurance.

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KellyB September 4, 2012

Hi
How easy is millet digested when raw? Those little millets are awful hard.
Thanks

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Lindsay February 4, 2013

Made them today- you don’t really notice the millet when chewing.

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Emily @ www.main-eats.com September 4, 2012

That picture of you is just wonderful-I love it!
Your bars look great!

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Radhika Sarohia September 4, 2012

These look quite delicious

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