Creamy Dreamy Peppermint Patties (Vegan + GF)

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Welcome to chocolate and peppermint season!

It’s one of my favourites, for sure. There’s something about this combo that puts my taste buds in sheer ecstasy. So invigorating! So peppy! I feel like I can conquer the world when I’m eating peppermint and chocolate in the same bite. Strange, but true.

A few of my favourite chocolate and peppermint recipes on the blog are: No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars, Peppermint Patty Bars II, Peppermint Patty Green Monster.

Clearly, I have peppermint patty issues.

Despite all the peppermint patty themed recipes that I’ve shared with you, I don’t actually have a peppermint patty recipe on the blog yet. Major oversight! The truth is, I tested some vegan peppermint patty recipes a few years ago, but I was never satisfied with the filling that I came up with. So the recipe was pushed aside for other things. This happens all the time in my kitchen. I have approximately 64752 unfinished recipes stuffed into a drawer or on my Google Drive recipe file. When I’m desperate for ideas, that’s when I’ll often sift through them all.

My previous trial involved powdered sugar and vegan butter, but I wanted to up my game. So, I started playing around with a coconut butter version which I’ve seen on many blogs, but it was too coconut-y for my liking. To be honest, I’m not a huge coconut butter fan to begin with so pairing it with my beloved childhood peppermint patty just seemed out of place.

I want a peppermint filling that melts in your mouth…

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Yeah. Like that.

As it turned out, a totally different recipe inspired this patty filling. As soon as I tasted the squares I knew it would be the perfect filling for my beloved peppermint patties.

The secret?

I used a small amount of blended soaked cashews and almond milk to mimic that amazing creamy consistency and flavour. Coconut oil firms it all up when chilled (but doesn’t give that over-powering coconut flavour like the coconut butter did), while allowing for that melt-in-your-mouth experience upon first bite.

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At first, I wasn’t sure how to translate this liquid peppermint filling into solid patty form. One of the challenging parts about recipe creation is figuring out the most efficient process for the steps involved. Making it taste good is the easy part! Often I have to just make it and get my hands dirty before I can figure out which method will work best. I’m such a visual person. For the first trial, I decided to spread out the entire peppermint mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet (see this photo) and then I froze it for over an hour. Once it firmed up, I scraped it off the sheet with a spoon and formed it into patties. The process was quite fussy and super messy, but it worked. Still, I knew there had to be a better way…

For my second trial, I poured the filling into mini candy liners (see above, right). I think I got these from Bulk Barn a couple years ago. Half a tablespoon of filling went into each liner and then I froze them for 20 minutes, popped them out of the liner, and froze for another 10 minutes before coating in melted chocolate. This worked much better and it took half the time. Score! I know that not everyone has these candy liners hanging around, so I tested it with paper cupcake liners too. The filling stuck to the paper liners more and was harder to pop out, but they should work OK in a pinch if it’s all you have. I’m sure you’ll find a way to make it work!

A photo from trial #1 after shaping the patties by hand:

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Trial 2 photo below – using the mini candy liner method. Oh, and you can make these into “Junior Mints” too (see the small one beside the spoon? could it be any more adorable?)

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Creamy Dreamy Peppermint Patties

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free

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Luxurious, invigorating, melt-in-your-mouth peppermint patties made from scratch! Even better than store-bought versions. I suggest keeping these in the fridge or freezer for the best texture. The chocolate coating gets all snappy which is a wonderful contrast to the creamy middle.

Yield
22-25 mini patties
Freeze time
1 hour
Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook time
0 Minutes
Total Time
20 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked (see note)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3-4 tablespoons agave nectar, to taste (I used 4 tbsp)
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Place cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak overnight, or for at least 2-3 hours. If your blender isn't great at blending things smooth, I suggest soaking overnight for the best results.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews after soaking.
  3. Add the cashews, melted coconut oil, agave, milk, and peppermint extract into a high-speed blender. Blend on the highest speed until completely smooth. This can take a couple minutes.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grab mini cupcake/candy liners. Add a half tablespoon of filling into each liner. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat until you don't have any filling left (you should get about 22-25). Freeze, uncovered, for 20-35 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  5. After freezing, quickly pop the patties out of the cupcake liners and set each on top of their respective liner. Return to the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up even more.
  6. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a small pot over the lowest heat. When half of the chips have melted, remove it from the heat and stir until all the chips are melted. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly for a few minutes before dunking the patties.
  7. Remove the patties from the freezer and dunk them into the melted chocolate with a fork. Tap the side to shake off excess chocolate and place on parchment paper. Do this step as quickly as possible so the patties don't melt. Update: Some of you are having trouble with the chocolate thickening up as you do this step. If this happens, I suggest heating the chocolate again over low heat to thin it back out. The cold peppermint patties are probably causing it to thicken with time. Another option is to just drizzle the chocolate on top of the patties.
  8. Return the patties to the freezer until set, for about 10 minutes, until the chocolate coating is firm. Store leftover patties in the freezer/fridge until ready to enjoy!

Note: 1) you can sub in your favourite liquid sweetener for agave, if desired. Just know that the flavour will change depending on the sweetener you use. 2) See the bottom of this post for a nut-free version and more tips on making this recipe. 3) If you have melted chocolate leftover, spread it into a parchment paper lined plate and freeze it. This way nothing goes to waste!

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For an extra festive, crunchy patty, try sprinkling on crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate! I didn’t get that far though. =)

Nut-free version?

Yes, I did test a nut-free version for you guys!! I used 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds instead of 1/2 cup cashews. I soaked them overnight and followed the recipe as written, only using 2.5 tablespoons milk (use nut-free) since the filling was thicker. For some reason, I had trouble with the peppermint filling setting as well as the cashew version did, even after freezing the patties for double the time. I’m not sure why this happened. The taste, however, was fantastic!!! My advice if you want a nut-free version, is to not bother with popping the patties out of the liners. I would suggest using silicone liners and simply leaving the peppermint patty in the liner. Then add the melted chocolate on top and freeze as usual. Then you can eat it straight out of the liner without having to fuss! Or try serving it in a mini jar like my Peanut Butter Cups In A Jar. Just an idea…if you try anything let us know in the comments.

Nut-free Update: Ok, so the nut-free patties eventually set, but it took a good 2-3 hours! Keep this in mind if making the nut-free version.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t dreaming up a totally amazing Peppermint Patty pie for the holidays. Am I nuts or would this be the best pie ever?

Clearly I could talk all day long about peppermint patties, but I’m going to stop now.

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Jamie H December 8, 2013

You are my hero. I have been wanting to make peppermint patties! But, I didn’t want a sugar filled unhealthy recipe. So, thank you! I can’t wait to try these.

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Sharon December 8, 2013

These look incredible! The photos are jumping off the page :) I, too love the chocolate/peppermint combo. As a kid, we always had a box of both After Eights & Ovations on the go at Christmastime. Memories …

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Ellie December 8, 2013

Could you substitute the dark chocolate with cacao powder, adjusting the amount of coconut oil accordingly?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2013

Hi Ellie, You can probably make your own chocolate for these but I haven’t tried it myself. A mix of coconut oil or cocoa butter, cocoa/cacao powder, and liquid sweetener usually works. Just make sure the mixture isn’t too hot or it will melt the peppermint filling. Good luck!

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Ellie December 8, 2013

Thank you so much! I’m really looking forward to trying these, they look incredible!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2013

Enjoy!!

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen December 8, 2013

Oh my – the peppermint filling looks to die for :D I can’t wait to make these – these are definitively going on my Christmas list for things I need to bake this season! I love the cute little junior mint!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 8, 2013

Oh my these look delicious! Big fan of peppermint patties right here! I want to try and make mini versions of these so they are like Junior Mints!!! :)

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Marielle P December 8, 2013

Wow! These look amazing and are perfect for the holidays :) Thanks for the simple recipe.

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 8, 2013

OH. MY. GOODNESS!

I think I’m in love! You’re the best, doing all that experimenting so we don’t have to. :-) And yes, t’would be the best pie ever!

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Kami December 8, 2013

Oh my! Girl after my own heart! I’m making these all year round now! Thanks for the great recipe Angela! One recommendation is to use silicone candy or icecube trays for the filling. I have some and they are square, but work great! Also, in terms of a mint pie, look up a grasshopper pie recipe! Yuuummm!

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Mandy D December 8, 2013

Hey Angela!

I love you watching your creations come to life with your pictures and your story telling. I am in the middle of also coming up with my own mint treat, like an After Eight. I was thinking about cashew butter as the filling with mint extract and honey. I hope it works! Except the organic vegan dark chocolate chips I buy from our local health foods store never melt to a soft enough consistancy….still trying to figure that out why that is. My best bet was melting a vegan chocolate bar.

Your pie idea sounds amazing! Please post it if you do! Have you ever made the mint green naturally? I read just a hint of chlorella would work.

Thanks for posting this!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2013

That sounds fabulous too! I was wondering about using the cashew butter in my cupboard. You’ll have to let me know how that one goes.
I haven’t made mint extract before, but I have made mint sugar….oh it’s so good. There’s a recipe in my book for it actually.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons December 8, 2013

Thanks for including a nut-free version, Angela! I love peppermint patties so it’ll be great to be able to make my own. And the way you describe the crisp chocolate shell contrasted with the creamy interior… Gah! Going on the Christmas to-make list for sure.

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Etain December 8, 2013

Hi, I’ve been dying to find a perfect peppermint patty recipe and so glad I stumbled upon yours! Just a quick question- can I replace almond milk with soy milk? I happen to not like the taste of almond milk. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2013

Yes I think soy should work! :)

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janet @ the taste space December 8, 2013

Nice! I like all your variations, Angela. I recently made a version with coconut flour and it was incredible (and not all too coconutty). Mine looks like it has a bit more texture (which I liked) while yours looks more smooth. I will definitely try yours next. :)

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Sabina December 8, 2013

i recommend using silicon mini muffins cups and a mini muffins pan. the silicon muffins cups are reusable and (at least for making coconut cream pucks), the peppermint mixture shshould just pop out. the mini muffin pan will help keep the peppermint shape. if you already have these items in your kitchen, great. otherwise, angela’s method is great and inexpensive! :-)

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Joy //For the Love of Leaves December 8, 2013

Oh man! These look absolutely perfect!

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Kristy @ Southern In Law December 8, 2013

These look AMAZING – and so easy to make too!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen December 8, 2013

I love peppermint patties! And I love crap-free peppermint patties even more! Thank you so much for taking the time to test out and suggest nut-free alternatives to your recipes lately – it’s much appreciated. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 8, 2013

Oh wow Ange, I know I’ve said it before, but you are a genius! I would have never thought to use cashews as the filling, but these look beautiful! That’s really interesting about the sunflower seeds taking longer to harden. I wonder if it has something to do with the different types of fat in the seeds vs cashews. I bet these were loads of fun to taste test!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2013

Yes that could be it! I also thought maybe they just had more water content since I soaked them longer than I did the cashew batches. Oh the science of baking is always fun to figure out. :)

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Christie @ Kissesandkale.blogspot.com December 8, 2013

Yumm! These look so good. I make a plate of Christmas goodies for neighbors and co-workers every year and these might just have to make it on the plate this year! Thanks for sharing.

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts December 8, 2013

I share your love of peppermint and chocolate, and love the combination particularly because so many people do adore it (except my brother, but he can be discounted for the sake of my point ;) ). At this time of year, it’s such a fail safe Christmas themed gift or dessert and these look incredible. Thanks for doing all the hard work for us!

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Alex @ Kenzie Life December 8, 2013

These look perfect. Enough said :)

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Stefanie December 8, 2013

Yay! These look so good, I can’t wait to try the recipe! *pinning*

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Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes December 8, 2013

Ohh, these look so good! I might try to make these for my annual vegan holiday party! Thank you for sharing!

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Emily @ Milly's Meals December 8, 2013

Wow those looks sooo good. I just made a little peppermint snack myself :)

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Emily December 8, 2013

Could these get any better? I’m thinking no way! Thanks for an awesome holiday treat for the whole family!!

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Emily - It Comes Naturally Blog December 9, 2013

Mmm…I love peppermint thins – perfect for after dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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Maria December 9, 2013

What exactly is “peppermint extract”? Can I use peppermint oil instead? :/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2013

Hey Maria,

I can’t see why not! From what I’ve read, peppermint oil is stronger so you might need less of it. Just add it to taste. Let me know how it goes :)

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Beth December 9, 2013

Thanks for this! I may be the only person in the world who doesn’t like the taste of mint and chocolate together, but I may try this with vanilla or orange–like a vanilla buttercream chocolate that I used to love from the Whitman’s sampler box. Must.try.today.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2013

Yes you can certainly try other extracts – good idea! I love the thought of orange…mmm

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Beth December 9, 2013

So I made these today–with the orange extract. To die for. I didn’t have quite enough coconut oil on hand, which I think inhibited their hardening some, so I left mine in their wrappers and put chocolate on top. I used honey as my sweetener, and the flavor was lovely-not too sweet, as I only had semi-sweet chocolate chips on hand for the topping. But now, I will have to work out extra!

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Neissa @ iGnite Your Life December 9, 2013

I am so excited about these peppermint patties! My almost 3 year old loves the York PP and while I know the treat could be a lot worse, making these will obviously be a ton better for him!
Thanks for this fantastic recipe. I can’t wait to make them!

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Suzannah December 9, 2013

This looks and sounds amazing!! Is there a substitute for the cashews? One if my sons’ is sensitive to cashews. I am itching to try this though! Thanks for the healthful option!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2013

Yes, see my nut-free version at the bottom of the post. :) Sunflower seeds!

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shani December 9, 2013

what i if don’t have coconut oil? is there a good substitution?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2013

You might be able to use cacao butter, but I haven’t tried it.

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janae @ bring joy December 9, 2013

I’m also a mint/peppermint chocolate fanatic (made some mint chocolate brownies yesterday). Strangely though, I kind of only really like peppermint/chocolate combo around the holidays…

Gorgeous photos, Angela!

ox

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Jesse @OutToLunchC December 9, 2013

I have been playing around with a stevia carob peppermint patty. My filling was pretty much just coconut butter, stevia and peppermint extract it was too firm. I love the idea of adding cashew butter, thanks for the idea!

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Emily December 9, 2013

With regards to the chocolate peppermint patty pie thoughts…. would putting a layer of the peppermint fill between two layers of your chocolate pie filling work? or is one too dense for the other? I’m drooling and will probably try this regardless. :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 9, 2013

Angela they look wonderful! Pinned! I can almost taste them from here and I’d love a dozen :)

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Lillian @ Seize the Latte December 9, 2013

I must’ve been sending out ESP vibes about this, because I spent a preposterous amount of time this weekend looking for a GF pepperminty dessert recipe that isn’t loaded with crap. These, of course, look and sound amazing (and I may or may not be drooling excessively while sitting at my desk). Thanks for another awesome recipe!

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Mindy December 9, 2013

I can’t wait to make these and some Peanut Butter Cups for my family for Christmas! However, I have to stay away from Agave Nectar for one family member and I can’t use stevia…what is the most “healthy” alternative I could use? I feel like honey would add too strong of a flavor. Would a couple teaspoons of unrefined fine-grain organic sugar be enough to sweeten them up? A friend referred me to your blog about a year ago and I can’t get enough of your recipes–they’re a blessing to my conscious-eating family and I (especially the trail mix cookies–winner)!! Thank you for all the awesome posts!

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Anna December 9, 2013

What about maple syrup or coconut nectar syrup?

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Mindy December 26, 2013

I made these with the following modifications and they were knock-your-socks-off amazing! I used raw almonds and only 1Tbsp raw honey instead of the agave and everyone absolutely loved them. You couldn’t really even taste the honey or coconut. To make them easier to make, I spread half of the tempered chocolate in an 8×8 pan, froze it, spread the mint filling, froze it, spread another layer of chocolate on top, froze it, and then cut it into squares. Much less mess! Awesome recipe–can’t say enough! Thanks, Angela!!!

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jamie @ arugulaholic December 9, 2013

Wow!! Must try these.

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dishing up the dirt December 9, 2013

I’ve been dying for a good peppermint patty recipe. These sound fantastic!

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Elyse @ Lizzie Fit December 9, 2013

I’ve missed peppermint patties! I used to eat one at the cafe in town every time I went before I was vegan. The owner always had a little dish by the cash I was pretty sad to find out they had milk ingredients. This recipe looks like it could fill the void :D

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nan @ lbddiaries December 9, 2013

Peppermint Patties are my favorite. The tingle of mint and the smooth, creamy texture of chocolate? YUM. I’m making these for Christmas.

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