Trim the tree and trim the excess sugar from your treats this Christmas with these Healthy Homemade Peppermint Patties! Santa will be asking for these instead of cookies this year.
Healthy Peppermint Patties
My family is really into peppermint patties! We get them from all types of specialty stores and we’re always on the hunt for the best ones. I love this recipe because it doesn’t have nearly as much sugar as the regular candies so I get to enjoy the holiday with my favorite treat and not feel like I need to hit the gym a few extra times. Your kids will love these because they can help you dip them! Just pull chairs up to the counter with a bowl of melted chocolate and they can use a fork to dip each candy in! They’ll love it! If you want to add a sprinkle of crushed candy canes or sprinkles on top for decoration, do it before the chocolate cools. Enjoy our Healthy Homemade Peppermint Patties with your family this Christmas!
How to Make Peppermint Patties
You first have to make the filling, which usually consists of lots of sugar, but ours doesn’t!
You freeze little “disks” of the filling and then dip them into chocolate. If you want your patties to turn out picture perfect, you need to have really pretty and smooth “disks.” Some of mine didn’t look too cute but they still tasted incredible! Those were the ones I just had to taste test before I gave them to the neighbors.
Tips for Pretty Peppermint Patties:
Along with making sure the peppermint filling is smooth, you can also use thicker chocolate. When the chocolate is thin the lumps and bumps in the filling show more, so if you only add just enough coconut oil to the chocolate chips to make it dip-able, they’ll turn out even prettier. This was a trick I learned while I was making them and it did make a big difference!
You can use dark or milk chocolate chips in this recipe. Peppermint patties are traditionally make with dark chocolate but if you’d like a sweeter patty, opt for milk chocolate chips.
If you’re looking for fun kid-friendly foods to boost the holiday spirit, try out super adorable “Candy Cane” Cheese Ball! I can’t get over how cute it is!
Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Combine coconut oil, honey and peppermint extract. Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or until firm enough to scoop out.
- Scoop out and form little balls, then press flat into disks about the size of a silver dollar. Place in the freezer again for 15-20 minutes.
- Melt dark chocolate chips and coconut oil together. Dip frozen “disks” into the melted chocolate using a fork and place on parchment paper. Place back into freezer to let set. Enjoy!
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