Happy Christmas Week! It’s that time of year when it seems like there’s a party or event every night of the week - and that makes it pretty hard to stay away from all the indulgent treats.
We had a few friends over this past weekend and I wanted to make a treat that would be super delicious, but a healthier upgrade - with just a little unrefined sugar and real-food ingredients, instead of corn syrups, stabilizers, and all those weird FDC colors. And so I took three of the things I love most in the world and made these Coconut Chocolate Mint Patties!
If you make them about silver-dollar-sized, you'll get about 20 in the batch, and they'll clock in at just under 4 grams of sugar each!
I got a little harassment from James about making something healthy instead of "regular cookies," but heard no complaints once he tried them! Hope you enjoy these, and have a lovely week full of holiday cheer!
Coconut Chocolate Mint Patties
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
4 tablespoons real maple syrup or raw honey (or less, if you like!)
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1 cup 85% dark chocolate chips
- In a food processor or blender on LOW, process the coconut flakes about thirty seconds. It should become a lot more fine and sticky.
- Transfer coconut to a bowl, and mix in the coconut oil, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, and peppermint. Mix with your hands until it feels like a dough. At this point, check the texture and give it a taste-test… and feel free to add a bit more coconut oil if it feels dry, or more peppermint if you are nutzo about a strong minty flavor, like me!
- Form the “dough” into small balls or patties by rolling in your hands. Place the patties onto a parchment-lined cooke sheet or plate, and place them into the freezer for about 15 minutes.
- While the patties are chilling, melt the chocolate. I did this by putting the chocolate chips in a small stainless steel bowl, and that bowl into smaller pot of water on a very light simmer. You can use the microwave also; but with either method, be very cautious not to go too hot or you'll burn the chocolate and make it grainy.
- Remove the patties from the freezer, and one at a time, dunk them into the melted chocolate and roll around to coat. Using two forks to pick up and drip off excess chocolate, and place them back onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Place back into the fridge for a few minutes to chill, and serve! Keep them stored in the fridge, or freezer for longer storage!