The chore list of a busy homestead mom:
Making sure the animals are fed and watered? Check.
Making sure the kids are at least partially clothed? Check.
Making sure there is something semi-edible on the table for supper? Check.
Making sure the floors are mopped? Probably not…
Making homemade candy? Yeah right.
I don’t have the patience to make homemade candy anyway– the incessant stirring, the monotonous dipping, and those darn candy thermometers. Too tedious for me.
However, there are a few exceptions to my rule: homemade tootsie rolls and these knock-your-socks-off homemade peppermint patties.
Seriously guys– if you are even just slightly enjoy York® peppermint patties, you must try this healthy peppermint patty recipe I’m sharing with you today. You MUST.
When I say healthy, I’m referring to the fact they use honey and coconut oil in the filling, instead of powdered sugar and corn syrup like most homemade peppermint patties.
But the crazy part? YOU CAN’T TELL. Even my hubby, who has finely-tuned radar when it comes to my “healthy” substitutions in dessert recipes, was blown away when I told him these little patties-from-heaven were made with coconut oil.
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Homemade Peppermint Patties (Healthy Version)
Makes 12 patties
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (where to buy)
- 3-4 tablespoons honey (where to buy)
- 1/2 t. vanilla (how to make vanilla extract)
- 6-10 drops peppermint essential oil OR 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (*see note below)
- 2/3-3/4 cups chocolate chips, melted (where to buy)
With a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla until very smooth.
Drip in the peppermint essential oil or extract. Taste as you go to make sure you are satisfied with the level of mintiness.
Place this mixture in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to allow it to slightly harden (It will be far too sticky to handle at this point.)
Once the mixture is firm enough to handle, divide the coconut oil mixture into 12 portions, and roll them into small balls.… [Continue Reading]