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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Hope you are enjoying the Labour Day weekend as much as I am! ;) Back to the great outdoors…

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Saguna September 3, 2012

As a former girl guide I think I definitely will need to indulge my hunger for chocolate and mint anything and make these awesome-looking bars! Also, happy labour day! I miss the holiday- I’m originally from Canada so I love the little last hurrah of summer! :)

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Jesse @OutToLunchC September 3, 2012

I love to make date sweetened desserts but I usually make balls because they are easier to roll up. I love the idea of making a peppermint chocolate snack, it will be perfect for December when I’m craving candy canes!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 3, 2012

I need one of those roller things! Great call keeping these in the freezer – that’s where I keep my Think Mints. I think it make the mint even more refreshing, and of course that extra crunch is awesome.

Love that last pic of you in the hammock. :)

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Janae @ Bring-Joy September 3, 2012

So true about the freezer thing! Some treats just taste better, hold up much better when frozen.

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Kaila September 3, 2012

Omg these lOok incredible! I make a bar similar to these and thy are addictive!! Mint and chocolate will forever be one of my favorite combinations!

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Janae @ Bring-Joy September 3, 2012

Angela, that hammock looks oh so lovely. And I’m always amused by my Canadian friends when they say things like “flavour” instead of flavor. Love you Canadians (& Brits do it too!).

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Sonal September 3, 2012

Usually i’m not a big fan of dates – but when they’re mixed in with chocolate and mint, how can one refuse? :) I made the vegan brownies this weekend and they came out soo well!

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Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden September 3, 2012

Perfect dessert! This images go on my Pinterest dessert board! Great job

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner September 3, 2012

What a perfect treat! YUM!

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Katie September 3, 2012

Any substitute for the protein powder?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2012

You can try using hemp seeds maybe? They are high in protein. Or you can leave out the protein powder and just reduce the almond milk as needed. Let me know if you try it!

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Solveig @ Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl September 3, 2012

I always use date as a sweetener in every single dessert I make! Gives it such a nice texture and sweetness, without giving it a weird aftertaste that some other sweeteners does. And it doesn’t hurt that it is completely healthy! :)

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Carie September 4, 2012

Do you just make a paste with the dates and use that as a replacement for sugar? Is it a 1:1 exchange?

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 3, 2012

I love anything no-bake (our 800 sq ft place gets up to 80 degrees anytime we turn the oven on!) and I think I’d like these lighter versions. Can’t wait to try them!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl September 3, 2012

These bars look and sound great! And they’re a great idea for an afterschool snack for the kids. Love using dates as a natural sweetner! Great pic of you in the hammock….enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks September 3, 2012

Great recipe and I love that little wooden roller you have. I NEED THAT!!!!! It would be so helpful for so many things I make! Where did you find it?

I love mint and tis the time of year to start thinking mint!

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Amber K September 3, 2012

These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them out.

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Christa @ Edible Balance September 3, 2012

What a fabulous combo! Perfect snack for on the go… love the addition of protein powder and millet!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 3, 2012

These sound simply awesome! I still have yet to make something with dates, but I’m all over it with this recipe!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 3, 2012

This is perfect considering I have a whole box of medjool dates waiting to be used for something delicious and I was just looking over this recipe yesterday as a matter of fact. I use Garden of Life too but had to leave it behind in Philly…hopefully my new Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein will be a good substitution!

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Nicole September 3, 2012

You’re wonderful! This recipe is super simple & looks divine, making these today! Happy labor day (labor means staying in the kitchen all day and making delicious treats, no?) – love how you used dates to sweeten these babies up & that they are raw – makes life so much easier.

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Di September 3, 2012

These look great! I’ll be trying these for sure! Once I go shopping for more dates ;)
Thanks!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 3, 2012

Man those look good!!

Ooh, you take suggestions? Do you have a healthy(ish) buttercream frosting substitute? I’ve tried using Splenda/stevia and it doesn’t taste right. Wasn’t sure if you had something else you’ve whipped up in the past?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2012

Im in love with this spiced “buttercream” http://ohsheglows.com/2010/10/02/pumpkin-gingerbread-with-spiced-buttercream/ although I wouldnt call it “healthy”, it is better than some recipes Ive seen. I’ll have to see what else I can come up with!

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Kira September 4, 2012

My current favorite frosting is from the Kind Diet, and it is quite healthy! Just agave, soya powder, Earth balance, and cocoa powder.

http://vitaljuice.com/recipe/AliciaSilverstoneCupcakes.pdf

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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity September 3, 2012

These look so good!
Thanks so much for the awesome food porn.
Seriously your food photography is shinning, real talent!
Have you tried them without protein powder before?
Xx

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Kim September 3, 2012

Your recipes are great! I have made the other recipe three times. Love that these are sweetened with dates, and have the protein powder and millet. I made them today! Excellent!

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Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings September 3, 2012

These bars look amazing! I love peppermint and chocolate mixed so I’m definitely going to make these soon! Love the hammock picture, just makes me want to be outside relaxing :)

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Char September 3, 2012

Hi Angela, another beautiful recipe. You are an inspiration to me and so many people. Thank you for all that you do! I decided today to ditch the scale thanks to you! Read about it at the end of my blog post from today’s date under “I Ditched the Scale”.

Keep up the great work!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 3, 2012

Congrats Char! Thank you for your kind words. I will certainly check out your post.

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Fitness Gear September 3, 2012

These bars sound amazing. New to your site and many of the recipes look awesome. Looking forward to trying them out. I have this awesome organic mint chocolate coffee that these sound to be a perfect pair. Thanks.

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Jill September 3, 2012

This looks really good, and just perfect for the Fall and the upcoming holidays!

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Lauren September 3, 2012

Haha! I love hammocks, but I can never get into them easily. It’s quite the symphony of moves, balancing yourself whilst placing half your body into the seat, all the while trying to keep the hammock from rocking away. Takes skill I lack. I first read about the Garden of Life protein powder here and picked up some since you use it and really like it!

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Jennifer Hanna September 3, 2012

This got me thinking about my grandma’s recipe for rum balls that she made every xmas. Couldn’t I substitute rum for the peppermint and get a grand result?! Yum. I have been worried about how I am going to do my traditional holiday things after going vegan. Thank you for the idea!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 3, 2012

Ok, I’ve been totally out of the blogosphere (totally unconnected to any electronics, actually) this weekend and the only thing better than coming home to this recipe sitting in my reader would be an actual plate of these bars sitting in my kitchen!! They sound awesome Ange, and great photos!! I hope you had a fantastic Labour Day!

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Zestful Lou September 3, 2012

One of these and a cold glass of almond milk sounds so great right now as I lie in bed watching Friends episodes on DVD. I had a fun, long labor day hanging out on the beach and bbq-ing with friends. Now it’s time to veg out before I return to real life tomorrow.

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Caroline Costa September 3, 2012

That’s a lovely pic of you! Shining! I love seeing all the amazing food. But miss seeing you sometimes.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2012

Thank you Caroline!

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul September 3, 2012

ahh I love that picture of you in the hammock! hehe, so cute and fun. I love minty treats but never tried a raw one!

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Jen @ Passport to Bliss September 3, 2012

Enjoy your Labor Day too!!!

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Erika September 3, 2012

Tried to find an email addy to send you this question, but curious if you are still making your glo bars…..also, have you tried the NRG orbs from Capers/Whole Foods – would LOOOOVE to figure out how to make these yummy bites (the ones with the peanut butter base).
Your Peppermint Patty Bars look yummy…might have to give those a go :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2012

Hey Erika,
I closed the bakery last fall to pursue my cookbook. Might opn it in the future someday – who knows! :)
Does NRG Orb have a website? Couldnt find one

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Ksenija September 4, 2012

Raw bars are so amazing! It is truly a shame that we do not have such a choice of healthy raw protein powders in Germany, otherwise I would make them way more often.

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 4, 2012

These are similar to my no-bake brownie balls. I sometimes use mint in them, or orange essence goes really well too :)

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A September 4, 2012

Can these be made with stevia instead of dates? If so, how? Thanks, they look great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2012

The dates bind the mixture, so I don’t think so.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 4, 2012

These look dangerously addicting!! I need these bars!!!

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Maureen September 4, 2012

These look great will have to give them a try. On a totally other comment I am surprised to see an advert for Wendy’s on your blog are you promoting them or does the internet add things like this on its own?

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 4, 2012

Great photo at the end- looks like pure happiness. :)
I’m not a huge peppermint chocolate fan. I mean, I don’t dislike it- I’d just rather have chocolate with peanut butter or some other nut, given the choice. But my husband- he LOVES it.

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