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“Hi Maria! My husband and I (and our 3 boys mostly) have been eating sugar free and gluten free since July 29. My husband landed in the hospital thinking he was having a heart attack and it was just a severe acid reflux attack. The doctor pretty much told him that he would be on Prilosec for the rest of his life. That could NOT be right! I came home and researched and changed his diet. Anytime he has had wheat, he has a flare up. So now we are gluten free. I have always cooked from scratch and used organic ingredients as much as possible but had some trouble dropping weight since my 3rd boy was born 8 years ago. I have tried and been very diligent.

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Since eating this way, My hubby has been off the Prilosec and has dropped 38 pounds. I have dropped 24 pounds and gone from a tight 16 to an 8. I still have some more to lose but the benefits beyond weight loss are amazing.

My 16 year old son had severe acne and now he only gets the occasional blemish. My chunky 12 year old son is in a smaller size pants than last year! No longer a “husky”! My 8 year old is a different kid. We had never done HFCS or food dyes or processed foods but, cutting out even “natural” sugar has been amazing for his behavior. -Kristi”

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peppermint patties

PEPPERMINT PATTIES

6 TBS coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut milk (full fat)
1.5 tsp mint extract, divided
1/3 cup Swerve (or erythritol)
1/2 tsp stevia glycerite
1 TBS coconut flour

EASY CHOCOLATE COATING:
2 (2 ounce) ChocoPerfection Bars, chopped
2 TBS vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt

HARDER CHOCOLATE COATING (click HERE)

peppermint patties

Line small muffin pan with pieces of muffin liners. In a medium bowl, mix together the coconut oil, 1/3 cup coconut milk, sweetener, coconut flour, 1 tsp mint and salt. Add mix until you make a paste.

Place the mixture into the prepared muffin pan. Place in freezer until frozen. Melt chocolate, 2 TBS almond milk, and 1/2 tsp mint and stir until smooth. Dip cooled/frozen coconut mixtures into chocolate, return to wax paper, and place in freezer to set. Enjoy! NOTE: They melt fast so I recommend keeping them in the freezer. Makes 12 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Peppermint Patty = 165 calories, 3g fat, 0g protein, 33 carbs, 0.9g fiber
“Healthified” Peppermint Patty = 99 calories, 9g fat, 0.3g protein, 3 carbs, 2.4g fiber

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48 Comments

  • Jennifer says:

    Looks really good. What brand of coconut oil do you use? Mine is sort of powerful tasting and it puts me off.

  • Try Tropical Traditions … I’ve been told it doesn’t have a coconut flavor at all. You can find it online.

  • Deb says:

    I get Tropical Traditions – the Virgin Gold Label (the highest quality) has the smell of coconut, but their other brands do not. Sign up for their email updates because they have great bargins!! Just the other day they had 2 for the price of 1 or free shipping days. I love their products! I use their hand pump soap – it’s pure coconut oil saponified.

  • Jennifer says:

    Thanks for your answer, Maria, and you too, Deb. 🙂 I have Nutiva – organic extra virgin coconut oil. The taste makes me feel ill. Possibly it went rancid? I have it in the refrigerator, but I think it was on the shelf for a coupe of weeks.

    It’s getting busy this end. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! (((HUGS))) Jen

    • Argia says:

      For me the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Any Brand) is not easy to handle. I use the Tropical Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil. It does not have the off putting taste, but still has all of the healthful benefits. I haven’t tried any other brand of Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, but I hope that helps. Note- Tropical Traditions also has a Coconut Cream Concentrate for those times you do want the coconut flavor, without the oily taste and still low carb.

      • Karen says:

        Everything I’ve read says expeller pressed does lose some of the healthful benefits…which makes sense as it’s more processed than cold pressed…

  • Amanda says:

    I was craving a york the other day! These look great. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Shelby says:

    I’m making these right now!!!!! 🙂

  • fomle says:

    I tried these, but I failed 🙁 Are you supposed to whip the sugar for a while? I whipped it a little and it was sort of fluffy. It melted when I dipped it in the chocolate. My chocolate was really thick!

    Any suggestions?

  • Well, make sure the inside part is frozen before dipping them. And my chocolate wasn’t really hot when I dipped them, maybe that would help. I also adapted the chocolate (I just added 1 TBS of almond milk to the directions to make it thinner). I hope that helps:)

    • Stacy K says:

      Maria,

      We have anaphylactic allergies to all tree nuts and peanuts in our family. Many keto/paleo/primal recipes call for almond or other nut based butters. Do you have any suggestions for alternates that aren’t either tree nuts or peanuts? All suggestions appreciated!

  • fomle says:

    Yeah, it might help. Is the filling supposed to get thick or should it just be runny? Thanks

  • Amanda says:

    We made these a couple of weeks ago. After the coconut mixture came out of the freezer the chocolate was thin and wouldn’t stick to them. We had to cool the chocolate quite a bit before it would stick but in the end it worked out really well and tasted great.

  • Thanks for the tips Amanda! That helps everyone!

  • carissaad says:

    Will Truvia work in this recipe?

  • Yes! Truvia is a mixture of erythritol and stevia. I make my own mixture because it is cheaper;)

  • Lori says:

    Maria, I followed the version of this recipe in your book “Nutritious and Delicious” which says to heat the sweetener till liquified. Is the above method better? Also (and I hope this isn’t a stupid question!) do I melt the coconut oil before use? This is what I did (cos I couldn’t imagine any way it would blend in otherwise) but my results were not good. Also, you say in the book to mix until you make a paste – but mine was just very runny liquid. Help! By the way – thank you for being such an inspiration! x

    • I don’t think I ever had a peppermint pattie recipe in that cookbook. Hmm. Well, I would follow these instructions above. Don’t melt the coconut oil. Thanks! 🙂

    • Lori says:

      Thanks Maria. I’ll try it again. By the way, the Peppermint Pattie recipe in the book is in the “Desserts, Snacks and Drinks” section, on page 255 – opposite the recipe for Buck-Eye-Balls.

    • Yup, sorry. I was thinking about my other cookbook. 🙂

  • Hen says:

    Hi! Did you change the recipe?? I’ve made these three times and they’ve always been fantastic and gobbled up by everyone. But I just logged on to make them again and the page looks different. I made the peppermint mix and it’s liquid – I can’t do anything with it. I put it in the freezer and it goes mushy and the minute I start to form it into patties it turns liquid again. With the old recipe I could leave them in the fridge and they’d stay firm. With this one, within two minutes of being in the fridge they’re liquid again!! What changed?? My Valentines day treats are a disaster!! 🙁

    • cemmerich says:

      Hi, sorry about that. When I updated the photos I much have deleted the 1 TBS coconut flour somehow. I fixed it above.

  • Judy says:

    I plan on using my silicone muffin liners. I plan to put some chocolate in the muffin liner and sort of swirl it around on the bottom, then freeze. Fill with the coconut mixture, freeze again and then top off with the chocolate. Think of it as a peppermint patty in Reese cup fashion.

  • […] keep that in mind (if you’re not anti food-dye). The peppermint filling recipe I used is from this site, but I think my process is a little bit easier and I made a chocolate coating out of cocoa powder […]

  • is the coconut flour absolutely vital for this recipe? Can I leave it out?

  • Tina Raft says:

    I just made these – I didn’t have everything on hand so made some subs. I didn’t have any sweetener so I sprinkled in some unsweetened coconut flakes (new find at Trader Joe’s) and it tastes great and sweet to me. I don’t have a small muffin pan so just made small mounds on a cookie sheet and put in freezer. I don’t have any chocolate on hand either, so I will just enjoy w/out but next time I’ll make w/ the chocolate! Thanks!

  • Vivian says:

    Has anyone tried asking this with a 90% cacao or higher dark chocolate? I’m not a fan of sweetened chocolate, and this might work with mostly unsweetened, or bakers if you cut it with the milk or liquor separated portion of the coconut milk.

  • Appletree says:

    Hi Maria,

    Sorry just to clarify when you wrote 2(2 ounce) chocoperfection, you mean 4 ounces total right? Thanks

  • Jenny Mathweg says:

    Maria, thanks you so much for these yummy recipes. I have been doing this diet for 2 weeks and lost 6.5 lbs, not to mention gained a ton of energy ! The beginning was difficult. My husband and I were tired and run down for the first 3-4 days. Your delicious recipes got us through it and helped w/ our cravings. God bless.

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      What awesome news!!!!

      Keep it up!!!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Did you add potassium and salt for energy?

      • Jenny Mathweg says:

        We got the salt thing down but I know we don’t get enough potassium. We tried eating avocados. My husband only likes avocados when they are made into guacamole. I love them but they have a lot of carbs. Maria, any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks again, for showing us the right foods:) God bless

        • Maria Emmerich says:

          200mg potassium: Since you lose a lot of sodium through the diuretic effect of a low-carb diet, you’ll eventually lose a lot of potassium as well. Keeping your potassium levels up helps to safeguard your lean muscle mass during weight loss. Also, just as with sodium, adequate potassium prevents cramping and fatigue. A deficiency in potassium causes low energy, heavy legs, salt cravings, dizziness,and you may cry easily. Causes of low potassium would be dehydration from having diarrhea, sweating, and low carb diets that are not well formulated. http://astore.amazon.com/marisnutran05-20/detail/B000QSHUZY

  • Jenny Mathweg says:

    Wow thank u so much for this valuable info! I ordered the powdered potassium. How much do u recommend taking? Is there any side effects? What if u take too much? I only asked b/c I have heard that it’s risky taking extra potassium. Thank u Maria you are the best!! Many Blessings

  • Yvonne Fawehinmi says:

    I made these yesterday and they are fantastic! I just found your site about 2 weeks ago and have taken a class and bought several of your books. I am finally getting the hang of the Ketogenic diet. I have a question though. Do you have an average or range of how much weight can be lost on the Slow vs Accelerrated vs Advanced plan? Thanks for all you do!!!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked them!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Most people lose a ton! It all depends on the health of your mitochondria, how close you stick to the plans, etc. Most people see an initial 10 pounds or so and then a nice sustainable weight loss of a couple pounds a week. The Advanced plans will help you reach your goals that fastest.

  • Melissa says:

    I go the lazy route and just mix the filling and coating and don’t bother about it looking like a “real” peppermint patty. They are still awesome!

  • Susan says:

    I made this recipe Melissa’s way of mixing all ingredients together and it worked out nicely. I dropped by teaspoon full on parchment paper and swirled into a circle, froze and I now have individual tasty disks.

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