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Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Usually I make some witty attempt at a humorous/interesting opening for my posts. With recipes like the one I have today though, I like just cutting to the chase. This month’s theme for Recipe Redux is “A Play on Patties.”

While St. Patty’s Day will be over by the time The Recipe ReDux rolls around this month, we’re celebrating the ‘patty’ all month long. We’ve seen images of stacked patties go crazy on food photo sharing sites like HealthyAperture.com; so stack ‘em up! Think healthy tuna burgers, potato patties, or veggie stacks.

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While most people would think of hamburgers or a similar type of savory dish when hearing the word “patties,” my first thought was sweet. This should come as no surprise as I love dessert recipes. Peppermint patties in particular. After a quick google search I found a number of recipes and picked this one to adapt. You will notice that the center of the patties are not white like a traditional patty, but that is because I used coconut sugar as my sweetener of choice which is naturally brown. I promise it is just as pepperminty and delicious. Everyone in my family of mint/chocolate lovers agree.

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Dairy/Egg-Free, Nut/Peanut-Free, Paleo-Friendly

Makes 16 Peppermint Patties

Peppermint filling ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered coconut sugar*
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp milk (I used light coconut but any milk should work)
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint stevia (or use plain peppermint extract to taste- around 1/2 tsp)**

Chocolate coating ingredients:

  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp honey (use maple syrup to make vegan, or stevia drops to taste)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (or omit the honey and use carob powder)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor combine the powdered coconut sugar, peppermint extract, coconut oil and milk until smooth. Dip your fingers in melted coconut oil to prevent sticking. Then taking heaping teaspoonfuls of the peppermint mixture and roll them into balls. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then press them into circles.
  2. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let harden for about 45 minutes.
  3. Next take the coconut oil and honey and melt them in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Mix in the cocoa powder until completely combined. Take the hardened filling patties and set up a station for dipping.
  4. To coat the patties in chocolate, take one patty and place it in the chocolate. Using a fork, flip the patty to coat the other side. Then place the fork underneath the patty in the bowl and lift, letting the excess chocolate drip off. Place the chocolate-covered patty back on the parchment paper (use another fork to push it off if needed).
  5. Put the patties back in the freezer until the chocolate hardens. Enjoy!

*How to make powdered coconut sugar: Place 1 1/2 cups of coconut sugar in a coffee grinder in 1/2 cup intervals and grind until it turns into a fine powder. If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can also do this same process with cane sugar or another granulated sweetener. Also, if you are able to tolerate it, you can just use regular powdered sugar. 

**Substitution note: While these are peppermint patties, any extract would work well in this recipe. Coconut, vanilla, orange, cherry, raspberry, strawberry… Whatever you like!

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

Paleo Peppermint Patties

 

Paleo Peppermint Patties

 

Don’t forget to check out all of the other participants who made fabulous patty creations this month:

 Paleo Peppermint Patties

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Questions for you:

Are you a fan of peppermint patties? I usually hate the mint/chocolate combo but I LOVED this one.

What extract would you try? I think coconut would be amazing! Or even peanut butter…

What is your favorite “patty” food? Duh, these.

Have you ever made your own powdered sugar before? This was my first time and definitely not my last.

{Belated} Halloween Favorites

Happy Belated Halloween!

Technically I am typing this post up on Halloween so that “belated” shouldn’t be in there, but I figured that most of you wouldn’t be reading this until November 1 so… Technicalities.

As a wrap up to the Halloween extravaganza I thought it would be fun to do a short Halloween Favorites survey!

Ready? Too bad. You don’t have a choice 😉

What is your favorite Halloween movie?

Halloweentown from Disney Channel.

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Fun fact: The girl who played Marnie is also the voice on the Trix commercials that said, “Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!”

Pick your favorite chocolate AND non-chocolate candy.

Dark Chocolate Kit-Kats and Black Licorice Jelly Beans.

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Do they even sell dark chocolate Kit-Kats anymore? No judgement on the black jelly beans. You haters are crazy.

What is your favorite seasonal candy?

The mixed bags of candy corn with the regular, pumpkins and chocolate.

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The pumpkin shapes just made these 10 times more fun.

Which Halloween costume from your childhood was your favorite?

I went as a waitress one year with my best friend and we served “eyeballs” on plates.

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We got the waitress idea from some super ugly blouses that I acquired from my mother and were hanging in my closet at the time… And this book that my friend was reading. She was Hope. And I was Faith. Super original, I know.

If you could go as anything for Halloween, what would it be?

A witch!

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E-cards= I <3 you.

How did you collect your candy when trick or treating?

We had the classic plastic orange pumpkins every single year. Nothing fancy.

halloween-pail

I think we still have these downstairs in our basement actually!

What is the funniest trick that you’ve ever seen played on someone for Halloween?

I really haven’t seen anything that fantastic. The look on someone’s face after being “spooked” though is pretty hilarious.

halloween-haunted-house-collage

Buzzfeed has 40 more of these pictures from a Haunted House if you are curious: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/best-pictures-of-scared-bros-at-a-haunted-house-of-20 DO IT. They are so funny.

What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Dressing up and getting to be someone else for the night. When I was younger it was getting to have Halloween parties at school with all of the wonderful candy and cookies that parents brought in.

halloween-cookie-collage

Does anyone remember when these required a little more manual labor before baking? They used to come in tubes and you would have to slice all of the cookies before popping them into the oven.

Oh, and I just realized that I did a similar post last year for Halloween listing my top 5 “scary” Halloween movies.

Also, if you have any leftover candy that you don’t know what to do with, you can always use the candy corn to make candy corn popcorn and the chocolate pieces in my candy pizza!

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What did you do to celebrate Halloween this year?

Answer some of the survey questions above!