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Raw Peppermint Patties

Growing up, my mother was a total Halloween pusher. This probably explains my undeniable love for the holiday. Must be hereditary–it’s in my blood…

It was never good enough that I wanted to be a Fairy Princess or a Ballerina. Oh no, in preparation for my costume, my mother would always say to me, “Why don’t you be a scary zombie? Or instead of a princess, be a headless one? Be spooky! That’s what Halloween is all about!”

This is probably why in the 8th grade when I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood, I decided at the last minute to paint my face white and put fake blood on my neck. I was the dead version of Little Red Riding Hood–you know, the one who had been eaten up by the Big Bad Wolf. {What, you don’t remember that version in your fairy tale books?} I saw the look of pride in my mother’s eyes as I walked out of the door to the bus stop for school.

This must be the best explanation as to why my photos have blood splatters and severed hands in them. It just wouldn’t be a proper Halloween theme without these little touches. We can thank my mother for that. Thanks, Carol.

Raw Peppermint Patties Recipe

{Raw Vegan} Gluten, egg, dairy, and refined sugar-free

Makes 8 2″ patties

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c. shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 2 tsp agave or maple syrup (use to taste–if you need more, add by 1/2 tsp until desired preference)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract (depending on preference)
  • Raw Chocolate Recipe (use in melted form)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend coconut, agave, and oil in food processor/blender until almost smooth. Keep the faith. It WILL blend…eventually.
  2. Add peppermint extract (according to taste); mix well.
  3. Gently pack coconut mixture into 2″ patties with your hands. Place on a wax paper-lined plate.
  4. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  5. With a fork, put a patty into the bowl of melted raw chocolate. Using a spoon, coat top of patty with chocolate until fully covered. Set back on wax paper. Allow to set for 10 minutes on the counter. {You might have to double dip the patties after they set the first time}.
  6. Freeze 10 minutes until chocolate is fully hardened.

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102 Comments Post a comment
  1. Carla #

    I’m making these now 🙂 How long did it take to blend smooth? I’m using a kitchen aid food processor.

    October 17, 2012
    • It depends on what kind of blender you have, Carla. Mine took about 5 minutes. Add a little non-dairy milk to aid the smoothing process if you are having troubles 🙂

      October 17, 2012
      • Carla #

        Ok. I’ll try again. I blended for a lot longer than 5 minutes. My final result was very oily, like dripping with oil. I bought new coconut so I’ll try it again just in case my coconut was stale. I sooooo want this to work!

        October 17, 2012
  2. These look positively delectable!

    I kid you not, I was wondering just last week if there was a way to make raw/vegan peppermint patties.

    October 9, 2012
  3. I loooove chocolate, peppermint and coconut!!! Going to try this TODAY. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    October 8, 2012
  4. FYI, sub vanilla for the mint extract, press a couple of raw almonds into the top before freezing the filling and then dip, you have amazing almond joys. You might as well double the recipe and make both!

    October 8, 2012
    • I like the way you think, Elizabeth! Thanks for the tip 🙂

      October 8, 2012
  5. These patties look amazing Cara! I love the simple ingredients list!

    I was never anything spooky for Halloween either- I was a witch a few times, but never a really scary one- I usually did things like Marilyn Monroe or a princess. Such a girl!

    October 5, 2012
  6. Reblogged this on Let's go Organic and Raw! and commented:
    Yummy Raw Peppermint Patties

    October 5, 2012
  7. Leslie #

    Yes, YES! These will be my special Halloween treat as no one in my house likes coconut except for me. Muuuahahahahahahahaaaaa!

    October 5, 2012
    • Aaaaahhh, you found the best solution ever! Eat the candy no one likes in the house–this way, you don’t have to share 🙂

      October 5, 2012
  8. Love how super easy these are!

    Growing up my Mom made all our Halloween Costumes – we had the best costumes in school, we weren’t messing around!

    October 4, 2012
    • I hope she passed the ability to make costumes over to you–I absolutely love that! Makes me want to get a sewing machine, actually…

      October 4, 2012
  9. Oh. my. heck. That’s really all I’ve got.

    I might have to make these the next time I have Mexican food. The two are definitely linked for me.

    October 3, 2012
    • Oh My Heck is right girl! 😉

      October 3, 2012
  10. You crack me up. And those minty delicious treats look pretty amazing.

    October 3, 2012
    • Glad to put a smile on your face, Kelly 🙂 <–like that

      October 3, 2012
  11. Haha, loved your story about Halloween costumes! I wish it was more of a thing here, though I do remember dressing as a cat or a witch most years as a child 🙂

    These look delicious, I bet they’re lovely and minty 🙂

    October 3, 2012
    • Sounds like you need to be making a trip over here to California for Halloween this year… 🙂

      October 3, 2012
  12. I want those..! 😀

    October 3, 2012
  13. Those patties look totally delicious and divine!

    Best,
    Sihi

    October 2, 2012
    • Thank you so much, Sihi! xo

      October 3, 2012
  14. Laurel #

    Ooh, Peppermint Patties, Charles Schulz would be so proud. I’m proud too, they’re my favorites. Well if you don’t count Mounds, or Milky Ways, or Chocolate Covered Caramels, or Chocolate Covered Cherries, or

    October 2, 2012
    • HA! Now I know what to send you for your birthday…

      October 3, 2012
  15. I love mint chocolate. These are too easy. Will make them for sure. Thanks lady 🙂

    October 2, 2012
    • You are very welcome, pretty lady 🙂

      October 3, 2012
  16. those patties are gorgeous!! that hand and fly are creepy 🙂 i love the pictures and your moms enthusiasm!

    October 2, 2012
    • I will take those creepy compliments–thanks Richa 😉

      October 3, 2012
  17. Love the effort for the Halloween theme. New banner. New photo. Tons of new recipes. Woohoo! Personally, I dislike Halloween, but my love of candy makes it tolerable. Especially my love of raw, vegan candy. Peppermint Patties! Yum.

    October 2, 2012
    • WHAT??! You dislike Halloween??? Hold on, I’m catching my breath here. It hurts so bad to hear… 🙂

      October 3, 2012
  18. Hot DAMN!! I LOVED peppermint patties when I was growing up and these look AMAZEBALLS! Such a brilliant idea to use coconut in the centre. I love it and can’t wait to try them!

    October 2, 2012
    • Hot damn, indeed! You crack me up with your fun little sayings 🙂 xo

      October 3, 2012
  19. I love your passion for Halloween. It is awesome. I for some reason just can’t get into it. I find it stressful to come up with the perfect costume that isn’t generic. This year I am going to be in Costa Rica on Halloween so I am not burdened with this task. Creativity is not my forte.

    You, my dear, are so freaking creative! Love your posts. So inspirational. These look delish.

    October 2, 2012
    • Did you just say that you aren’t creative??? Ummm….I really beg to differ, silly! And you are going to Costa Rica?! Take me please! 🙂

      October 3, 2012
      • Ok. I have the perfect spot for you in my suitcase.

        October 3, 2012
  20. Your Biggest Fan! #

    You’re welcome! Thanks for the shout out to yo mamma.:-)
    Love the patties, they look scrumptious, I’d just take out the peppermint and make mine a mounds 🙂
    Although, I’m more the salty/cheesy type as someone else said.
    Already getting the questions about what I’m going to be for Halloween – I’ve used all my good stuff – maybe this year…Marie Antionette, post guillotine. Too much blood at work may not be in good taste. :-0
    XOXOXOX

    October 2, 2012
    • HA! True. One must be careful choosing their Halloween costume when working at a hospital. Good point, mother! xo

      October 3, 2012
  21. jen #

    wow. your blog just blows me away. and your food photography is very pretty.

    October 2, 2012
    • Jen, that is so incredibly kind of you to say! It really made my day and put a smile on my face. Thank you…xo

      October 3, 2012
  22. Lizzie #

    Definitely going on the “must make soon” list. I love the image of your dead Little Red Riding Hood costume. I had a couple good creative costumes, but they were kinda few and far between. I swear I was a “punk rocker” for three years running or something. (Those photos make me cringe so much – horrible makeup, and for some reason a bright fuscia sweatshirt…WTF was that about? I do not know.)

    October 2, 2012
    • Uh, Lizzie–you know what this means… You HAVE to send me a pic of the punk rock costume now!!

      October 3, 2012
  23. Ah. I love your blog! : )

    October 2, 2012
    • That is seriously so spooktacularly sweet of you to say–thank you!! xo

      October 3, 2012
  24. saltyvegan #

    Those look awesome! I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Of course I also saw your cheezy cracker recipe…that may have to come first. Yum!!

    October 2, 2012
    • Let’s be real. Salty cheezy goodness ALWAYS comes before chocolate. At least according to my book…and seemingly yours too! 🙂 xo

      October 2, 2012
  25. Dude! I tried to make my own junior mints a few weeks ago to sneak into the movies with my home popped popcorn (I’m such a baddie) The interior was way too sweet, you’ve saved the recipe! I would have never thought to add coconut you genius!

    October 2, 2012
    • Genius here, to better serve you, you ratbag 🙂 xo

      October 2, 2012
      • The real question is, what do I really give all the little midgets for Halloween, home baked treats are out due to my propensity to put razor blades in treats… I’ve got a vegan reputation to keep!

        October 2, 2012
        • So I see that you haven’t given up your need to putsharp objects into your baked goods…

          October 2, 2012
          • It’s like a nervous tick really. Uncontrollable.

            October 2, 2012
  26. Hey Kara,
    I just found your blog through pinterest. Thanks VegNews! Anyway, looked over some of these recipes, read your story, fell in love. Thanks for this great blog. I’m adding it to my blogroll (and will be making these peppermint patties as well)

    October 2, 2012
    • HI SARAH!!! Yay for finding your way over here–welcome! Hope you make yourself comfortable! xoxo

      October 2, 2012
  27. Your blog always makes me so happy! These look amazing! ❤

    October 2, 2012
    • Okay…that comment just made me some serious happy! xo

      October 2, 2012
  28. I am trying these ASAP!!! YUMM!!

    October 2, 2012
    • Hooray! Happy Patty Day to you 🙂 xo

      October 2, 2012
  29. Peppermint patties are one of my favorite candies ever–so excited to try out your homemade version! 🙂

    October 2, 2012
    • This seems to be the consensus–no one can say no to a chocolately, minty fresh candy! And who can blame them? Peppermint patties really are the best, aren’t they???

      October 2, 2012
  30. Oh my goodness, peppermint patties are my favorite, and these look amazing! I’m so impressed!

    October 2, 2012
    • Thank you so much, Allison! xo

      October 2, 2012
  31. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts #

    My goodness, these sound unbelievably good!

    October 2, 2012
    • And they are fun to make 🙂 xo

      October 2, 2012
  32. I’m not a huge Halloween fan but I had fun dressing up as a kid. I remember being a domino, a punk rocker twice, a butterfly (complete with 4 foot homemade wings), and a skunk. All homemade costumes all won “most orignial” at my school. 🙂
    I think I’ll have to hid this recipe from my husband! He is a peppermint patty lover! Maybe I’ll make these for a special treat for him. 🙂

    October 2, 2012
    • Okay, now I am going to be needing hardcore proof (ie: pictures) of said homemade Halloween costumes from the past!!!

      October 2, 2012
      • I only have pictures of the domino and the punk rocker! I’m sure other exist but I have no idea where. 🙂

        October 2, 2012
  33. I dig raw candy!!! Yay bring it on. Yum. Hey I had a crazy ass creative mom too. My sister and I were Bonnie and Clyde one year, and then one year I was a strong man, my mom made me my costume out of an old towel. Yep. Look how I turned out.

    October 2, 2012
    • HAHA! I got the best laugh out of your comment, GiGi. I see that the old towel served you quite well, in fact…

      October 2, 2012
  34. *Gurgle!* I love peppermint patties! The flies add that “extra special” flavor. PS, In college I took a course on children’s literature. It was mostly about the original versions of fairy tales, like the one where Cinderella’s sisters got their eyes pecked out by crows in the end, and the one where Sleeping Beauty marries the prince and has kids but her Mother in Law is an ogre and tries to eat them all while he’s away. In the original Charles Perrault version, both Grandma and Red Riding Hood get eaten up and that’s the END! Then there’s a little moral poem about not talking to strangers. If you want some fodder for seriously scary stuff, read children’s fairy tales!!

    October 2, 2012
    • Get out! So I was the actual original Riding Hood afterall. Look at me, I was a literary genius even in 8th grade 🙂 ha.

      October 2, 2012
  35. Peppermint Patties were my absolute favorite treat before I became vegan – can’t wait to try these out!

    October 2, 2012
    • Who said going vegan meant deprivation, right? 😉 xo! Happy Patties to you!

      October 2, 2012
  36. Looks so good!!! Does the raw chocolate stay firm at room temp, or do you need to serve out of the fridge/freezer?
    xo
    kittee

    October 2, 2012
    • Oooo, great question–something I need to write in the directions, thanks Kittee! They will melt a bit, yes, so they need to be eaten right out of the fridge/freezer 🙂

      October 2, 2012
  37. They sound really good! I love peppermint.

    October 2, 2012
    • So. Do. I. Sometimes when I make these, I like to sneak some peppermint oil into my mouth. Is that weird? 😉

      October 2, 2012
  38. This look fabulous Cara!! I am working on a guest series of healthy halloween treats right now myself and having way too much fun with the ideas. All of your raw treats have been looking amazing so far, especially these, I love peppermint patties. I can’t wait for even more halloween recipes from you 🙂

    October 2, 2012
    • Ooooohhh, I cannot wait to see what YOU come up with!! When is it going to be up???

      October 2, 2012
  39. Ha ha ha oh my goodness… So I was reading this on my phone through a feed reader that makes all the pictures really small and I’m like OH NO what happened to Cara’s hands?! I was so relieved when I opened it in Safari and saw that it’s a severed hand.

    Only on your blog do I find myself typing “I’m so relieved it’s just a severed hand.”

    Happy Halloween and MoFo month buddy!

    October 2, 2012
    • HAHAHAHA!!!! Too funny!
      Now, if I can just figure out how to leave a freaking comment on your blog, all will be well with the world!…

      October 2, 2012
  40. Amy #

    Will this work with stevia instead of agave?

    October 2, 2012
    • Hi Amy! I don’t see why it wouldn’t work so I say go for it! If you need more liquid to make the patties stick together (which is what the agave would do), just add water until desired consistency is reached 🙂 Good luck! xo

      October 2, 2012
  41. Liz #

    Could you use honey for the sweetener? Trader Joe’s makes these ridiculously delicious “peppermint patties” that have just honey, chocolate, and peppermint extract in them. These look a bit tastier, but I like the slight honey flavor in the TJ treats!

    October 2, 2012
    • Absolutely, Liz! I just didn’t add raw honey to the list of ingredients simply because this is Vegan MoFo and it would have been frowned upon 🙂 Try it though and tell me how it goes! xo

      October 2, 2012
  42. Yet another – I love peppermint patties :D. BTW, you make a great witch… but we knew that already – I joke of course!

    October 2, 2012
    • HAHAHAHA!! I have missed you, Nick! I am laughing so hard right now–that just made my day 🙂

      October 2, 2012
  43. Haha – nice! I remember I was always dressing up as spooky, scary things, while all the other kids were fairies or princesses. I pretty distinctly remember not fitting in. 😛

    These peppermint patties sound devilishly good! They look just like ‘regular’ patties… yum!

    October 2, 2012
    • It’s sounds like you and my mother would get along swimmingly 🙂

      October 2, 2012
  44. I love both your Mom’s and your enthusiasm for Halloween. It was big in my household too! 🙂 I miss peppermint patties! I can’t wait to try these!

    October 2, 2012
    • Are you dressing up this year, Amanda?

      October 2, 2012
      • I am not sure, are you? We have plans the Saturday before Halloween, but it isn’t Halloween related. Probably not this year.

        October 2, 2012
  45. i love your mom’s enthusiasm for halloween! in 8th grade, i was a dead farmer, and did a similar face painting job. other than that, i’m the kinda gal who has to dress up ask something cute(but NOT sexy) for halloween. i haven’t decided on my costume this year, though…it’s really bugging me.

    October 2, 2012
    • Okay I need a picture of your dead farmer costume now! 🙂 The bf and I are contemplating being Fred Armisen’s and Jason Sedakis’ characters in this SNL skit: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/what-up-with-that/1178425/ for Halloween. I get to be the sexy, curly-haired saxaphone player 🙂 haha

      October 2, 2012
      • omg that is BRILLIANT!! i love that sketch! and the bf gets to wear the jumpsuit and gold chains? i can’t wait to see pics!

        October 2, 2012
        • Isn’t it one of the funnier skits?! I love it too! I have to teach him how to dance, though. Currently all he knows is the “Roll the dice in the air” move while puckering his lips. ha!

          October 2, 2012

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