Ditch the original frozen peppermint patties that are filled with cheap artificial ingredients like corn syrup, soy lecithin, milk fat, vanillin, and PGPR (what the hell is that anyways?). Instead, enjoy these frozen dark chocolate mint patties that are made with real ingredients like coconut butter, honey, and fresh mint sprigs. No artifical ingredients in this delicious treat!
Seeing PGPR put me in full research mode. What is PGPR and why is it added to the foods we eat? PGPR stands for polyglycerol polyricinoleate. It’s an emulsifier made from glycerol (a chemical compound) and fatty acids (usually from castor or soybean oil…in other words, refined oils). It’s mainly added to chocolate to allow chocolate to flow more easily, thus improving the chocolate coating process. Whatever dude. I’ve only ever used chocolate made from read ingredients and it works perfectly fine. Why do companies use PGRP then? It’s cheap. Using ingredients that would naturally improve the “flow” of melted chocolate (like coconut oil and maple syrup) is more expensive.
I’ll just melt chocolate made from real ingredients and use that instead.
Frozen Dark Chocolate Mint Patties
Makes 12 patties
- ½ cup can coconut butter, melted
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (see notes)
- ¼ cup honey (see notes)
- ½ cup fresh mint sprigs
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (see notes)
- 1 dark chocolate peppermint bar, chopped (this one contains no artificial ingredients)
- Combine coconut butter, coconut oil, milk, honey and mint leaves in a food processor.
- Blend mixture until completely smooth and mint leaves are blended well.
- Add in protein powder and blend again until well combined.
- Evenly spoon mint mixture into 12 silicone cupcake liners. Place these in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
- Melt peppermint chocolate bar with ¼ teaspoon coconut oil in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring, until melted and smooth.
- Remove patties from the freezer. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each patty.
- Place patties back in the freezer for an additional 30 minutes, or until chocolate hardens.
- Remove from freezer and enjoy!
*Store treats in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
- Any full-fat milk would work in this recipe. I recommend almond, cashew, coconut, or cow’s milk.
- Choose a protein powder made of wholesome ingredients, like this plant-based organic vanilla protein powder.
- This recipe can be easily made vegan by using vegan protein powder and maple syrup instead of honey.