These raw mini peppermint slice bites are the BEST version of a healthy mint slice!! They are super easy to make and are completely dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free and are vegan friendly.
- 6 medjool dates
- 1/3 cup raw cashews or macadamias
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 + 1/2 cups cashews or macadamias (preferably soaked for a minimum of 4 hours)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 8 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- To make the base, process the cashews (or macadamias) in a food processor or blender until they resemble fine crumbs. Next, add the cacao powder and process until well combined. Then, add the dates and process until a sticky dough is formed. Spoon mixture into a 24 mini muffin pan and press down with the back of a teaspoon. Place in the freezer while you make the next layer.
- To make the peppermint layer, process the cashews (or macadamias) and desiccated coconut in a high speed blender and blend until nice and smooth. Add the maple syrup and peppermint essential oil to the mixture and blend until creamy. Add to the bases and smooth over with the back of a teaspoon and place into the freezer for at least 10-20 minutes before you do the next step.
- To make the chocolate layer: melt the coconut oil in saucepan on low heat. Once melted, add the maple syrup, whisking briskly until well combined. Then add the cacao powder, stirring until well mixed through. Using a teaspoon, spoon the chocolate on top of the peppermint layer. Put back into the freezer and let it set completely (around 3-4 hours).
- I keep mine stored in the freezer in an air tight container and remove them a few minutes before serving.
- I highly recommend using a mini muffin silicone tray as makes the process a whole lot easier. Alternatively, you can use a regular mini muffin tray with mini muffin cases or you can cut out little strips of baking paper to use as tabs.
- When smoothing the layers, you may find it useful to dip the bottom of the spoon in some coconut oil before smoothing the layer. It helps to smooth the layer out.
- The cook time does not include the time it takes for the raw peppermint slice bites to freeze.