I love the combination of mint, coconut and chocolate. My recipe for this heart-healthy candy is made easy by using 5 simple pantry ingredients: shredded coconut and maple syrup for sweetness and fiber, plus a mint tea bag for minty flavor. Then dress them up by dipping each one in a glossy chocolate coating topped with salt. Voila – healthier peppermint patties for any time of day – not just after eight or in the darkness of the movie theater…
3 cups shredded coconut
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon mint tea (open a tea bag)
2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
1 to 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1 cup Scharffen Berger chocolate chips/chunks
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
large crystal salt
Makes 20 patty candies
- Place shredded coconut in a fast speed blender or a food processor and blend until a paste has formed (about 1 minute).
- Add maple syrup, mint tea, coconut oil and peppermint extract and blend again to combine. Taste test to see if you like to add more mint extract.
- Form 1-inch (2,5 cm) balls with your hands. Place on baking tray covered with parchment paper and gently press down to flatten into patties. Freeze for 15 minutes to set.
- Dipping: Combine chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute at a time. Remove, stir to combine into a glossy, smooth chocolate coating.
- Remove patties from freezer. Dip each patty into the chocolate. Sprinkle large crystal salt to stick to the chocolate, return to baking tray.
- The patties can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Enjoy at room temperature. Recipe courtesy of www.sweetsyoucaneat.com