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Healthy York Peppermint Patties

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Rich, chocolatey, homemade and healthy York peppermint patties.

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Flying chocolate saucers!

Flying into my wide-open mouth. It’s funny how they don’t need to ask for directions…

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Thick chocolate coating, filled with a rush of sweet peppermint.

These intense chocolate peppermint patties are out-of-this-world good.

*Cue creepy sci-fi music.*

Do you believe there’s life on other planets? I know people are considered quacks if they believe in aliens, and I don’t believe in the green, googly-eyed aliens of science-fiction movies. But who really knows there’s not life in some form outside of our own solar system? Earth is still best, though, because we have chocolate!

These are so easy to make and impossible to stop eating! Vegan peppermint patties!
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Healthy York Peppermint Patties

These homemade and healthy York peppermint patties are rich, chocolatey, and surprisingly vegan.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 8 patties
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  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract, or as desired
  • 1 1/2 tsp agave or pure maple syrup, or stevia drops to taste
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 tbsp agave or pure maple syrup (see link below for a sugar-free sub)


  • Combine first 4 ingredients in a little bowl. (Best if the coconut butter is not melted.) In a separate bowl, combine last 4 ingredients. In candy molds or cupcake liners, spread out 1/2 of the chocolate, then portion the mint filling on top. Finally, cover with the rest of the chocolate and freeze until chilled. If you'd prefer sugar-free peppermint patties, omit last 4 ingredients and use my Sugar Free Chocolate Sauce.
    Substitution notes: If you don’t have coconut butter, perhaps you can sub more coconut oil, although I haven’t tried this and can’t vouch for the results. I haven’t tried any coconut-free variations of this particular recipe, but maybe try raw cashew butter or pureed cashews in the filling? If you don’t like mint, of course you are free to omit the extract. And you can sub melted chocolate chips for the last four ingredients if you don't have coconut oil.
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  1. Samantha says

    What a fun Monday morning recipe! This might make me get some peppermint extract, although my new love affair with coconut butter tells me that the filling would probably be pretty incredible on its own!

    I love the thought of life on other planets…regardless of the complexity level. All I know is that the possibilities in “space” just seem huge. It makes the unknowns of the ocean feel small and those are already big enough.

    Thank you for a great Monday morning! It is dark and stormy out here.

    • Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers says

      I totally agree. The universe is just too huge for us to be the only ones out there!

      I wonder what kind of sweets they eat on other planets??

  2. Katie says

    I don’t believe in greys and visitations. But I think that statistically, there -should- be life out there. I just don’t think that it would end up looking anything like what we think about when we think about life. And it’s probably so far out of our range to ever be able to travel (short of having some sort of Star Trek-like development or building ourselves a star gate) that we’re probably never going to know.

  3. Tiffany L says

    Oh I am so happy to see these and g free!! I don’t live near any health food stores so I may have a hard time finding some of the ingredients but I’ll try my best! Yum!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I used to always use Hershey’s because it was cheapest. But I’ve been learning more about slave labor, and Hershey’s isn’t fair-trade, so now I try to only use fair-trade cocoa like Dagoba. It’s MUCH more expensive, but I figure that it has to be more expensive because they’re actually paying their workers!

      • Kerry says

        If I’m not mistaken Dagoba is a Hershey product. I live in PA and was just there (at Hershey Chocolate World) the Dagoba was sold in the gift shop. They probably wouldn’t do that if there wasn’t some connection, since the Rita’ s ice in the park couldn’t sell Sweedish Fish flavor because it wasn’t a Hershey product.

        • Samantha says


          So I admit, this made me do some research (similarly I am pretty much using up the last of my hershey’s and then also looking fair trade/ethically harvested options).

          Dagoba was bought out by Hershey’s which is not fair trade and is actually under pressure to step up against child labor considering the chocolate market they control.

          Dagoba still maintains its own separate operations and since still certified fair trade I assume their practices have maintained. But yes, they are owned by a company who’s practices are not currently not.

          It would still sit a little better with me to purchase Dagoba, but I do understand the conflict in that Hershey’s still will profit.

  4. Kaleigh says

    These look soooo yummy!! When I was a kid, my gramma would always have the peppermint patty Klondike bars. They were my favorite!!

    If you leave out the peppermint is it more like a Mounds bar? or add a few almonds on top and make an Almond Joy?? : D (which happens to be the candy of choice for my dad and I) I might just have to try that out today..

  5. Tiffany says

    Hey Katie,

    I think I’ve read that you try and stay away from too much sugar because you dont have a sweet tooth. I’ve found that I dont have much of a sweet tooth (as I dont crave things with sugar normally) but I’ve noticed that when I have foods that are heavily sweetened or made out of refined flours (white bread, even white rice) my body feels as though its on a sugar high and I want more and more sugar. I try and eat as clean of a diet as possibly with many whole foods and whole grains.

    Do you have any suggestions? I’m thinking of cutting out all processed white foods, ice cream and see what happens for a little bit. I only eat white refined if I’m at a restaurant and I order pasta or have some bread out of the bread basket. At home I use whole grains in every meal.

    Do you know if using stevia gives people the same sugar rush?

    Thank you so much I really appreciate your opinion. Also, if any CCK readers would like to comment I’d love to hear from you too 🙂

  6. Anna Banana says

    Hey Katie! These look incredibly awesome, especially since it is finals week for my grad program and the makes me want chocolate even more than usual. Do you have any substitution suggestions for the coconut oil? I make my own coconut butter, so I generally have that on hand but the oil is pretty pricey.

  7. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh says

    I want these. Like…now.

    As far as life on other planets, while it’s not something I really think about, I think it would be a little naive to think that in the vast universe Earth is the only planet graced with life of some sort, ya know? (Whether it be breathing life or plant life, etc)

    • Fiona says

      I bet the other life forms out there probably think the same thing, ya know? That THEY’re the only ones out there. Little do they know! 😉

  8. Karen says

    Oooh…I’m thinking Junior Mints!! I don’t have a mold, and I’ve not had a lot of luck using muffins cups in a recipe like this, so I was thinking about just doing mini ones, which led me to Junior Mints.

  9. Amy says

    OMG!! these look amazing! I freakin LOVE peppermint patties… off to the store to get peppermint extract and more coconut butter 😀

    I don’t believe in aliens as in intelligent life living on other planets but I do believe that certain things can grow on other planets. For instance, a while ago something similar to lichens was discovered growing on mars (at least I think it was mars lol)

    btw, I made your chocolate chip blondies yesterday with almond butter since I don’t like peanuts, they were amazing! Your recipes are brilliant! 🙂

  10. sally @ sallys baking addiction says

    Katie, these are great! i love peppermint patties.. i once baked peppermint patties into chocolate chip cookie bars (1 layer cookie dough, peppermint patties lined on top, then 2nd layer of cookie dough), but using these would make the whole dish MUCH healthier. Baking them into your chocolate cookie pie would be even healthier. yum! great recipe Katie. 🙂

  11. krystal@coffeecardiogoddess says

    Peppermint patties are soooo yummy! I actually havr some pepperminy extract that I havent used yet!

  12. Melissa (Better Fit) says

    These look great!!

    Haha- good question! I do believe in life on other planets- Tiny organisms and things. I don’t know about anything intelligent- maybe, maybe not. No one really knows do they?

  13. kaila @ healthyhelper says

    I most definitely think there is life on other planets….it would be crazy to think that we are the only ones out here in the entire universe! That would be pretty self absorbed LOL!

  14. Lisa C says

    These look astounding! Maybe my favorite photos of yours yet. I’m sure they taste good as well, but I can’t get over the photos!!!

  15. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen says

    Katie!!! You have GOT to STOP making my most favoritest candies ever!!! Oh, wait! No you don’t B/C they are super healthy!!! Yay, yay, yay! You just made my day! 🙂

  16. Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell says

    Mmm, I love York peppermint patties! I think it’s because they primarily comprised my Mom’s diet when she was pregnant with me 🙂

  17. Fiona says

    ZOMG! I just made these and wow are they good. My picky teenage brother ate two!

    I love this website!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  18. Steph says

    Katie if you sold batches of your goodies, I’d totally buy them! Make sure they’re expensive though, because otherwise you would get waaaayyyy too many orders. Or better yet, do I see a future CCK brand healthy snacks?!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Haha probably not! I know I seem to bake a lot for parties and friends, but truthfully baking is not my favorite thing to do! That’s why so many of my recipes are quick and easy: I like to eat, but not to cook ;).

  19. Lana says

    Ooh such a shame my family doesn’t like chocolate with mint!

    And I absolutely believe there’s life out there, but as for whether it’s intelligent and well meet it? Who knows, but I hope so!

  20. Katie Lewis says

    i am new to the world of coconut oil. it is solid coming out of the jar….do you use it solid or do you melt it for these?

  21. Katie Lewis says

    haha yep im in pa 😉 I of course didnt melt the oil but i did melt the butter and the filling is liquid. what am i doing wrong? i just started Paleo and am in desperate need of something sweet so any help would be appreciated. Im a woman on the edge! lol

  22. anonymous says

    Hey Katie,

    I just sent you an email about facebook and privacy profile settings that need to be changed. It’s important, so let me know if you didn’t get it!

  23. lyss says

    There IS life out there beyond what we can see…it’s called eternal life! Not so sure about aliens, but I believe the one true God. I’m so glad I have peace that I’m going to heaven when I die!

  24. Katie @ OhShineOn says

    I just tried making these but they came out terrible. I don’t know what I did wrong, but I used regular butter instead of coconut butter and it was super watery and made the patties look really weird. Maybe I should have mixed that mixture with the chocolate mixture?

    Also, there wasn’t nearly enough chocolate batter to plant a base and then cover the (runny) peppermint filling. Any suggestions?

      • Jen E says

        I used earth balance and just stuck it in the freezer after pouring the filling then took them out and added the chocolate layer on top. I should have added more syrup though, because I used dark cocoa powder 😉

  25. Crystal says

    These are officially awesome. I made a bunch and put them in my freezer, and my husband keeps sneaking them! Yorks used to be my favorite candy before we went veg, and I really missed them. Thank you!!!

  26. Cole says

    Simple statistics supports the theory of other life “out there”. Those same statistics also support the notion that they’d never visit – at least not on purpose – and shouldn’t really be a major concern to…anyone.
    The real question is…what kind of desserts would they have?

    Also, I want to eat these.

    Also-also, I know it changes the intent but would these work as well with other extracts? Just in the filling, E.G. banana, strawberry, pumpkin or pina colada, etc., maybe add a little food colouring inside for funsies; make a mystery grab-bag of them…

  27. Teresa says

    Just made these! In the freezer as we speak. My pre-licks though, indicate that they will be tasty. Full report tomorrow! I only got six using muffin cups. I would definitely double or triple the recipe next time.

  28. Jilly says

    Just wanted to leave a comment for bakers (and makers and cookers lol), as i try to on many of these recipes now.

    You can buy many of the ingredients needed on – so you dont have to even get out to the store, or try to FIND a store that has them. (I know – i live in the “STICKS” !! (:

  29. Emma says

    Thank you for including the detailed nutritional facts! It’s so frustrating when people post the info but don’t indicate how many servings their recipe makes, or which options of the “optional” ingredients choices they used to calculate it (you’re usually pretty good about this).

    On a somewhat related note, I made homemade “peppermint patties” for Christmas following this recipe: Basically all it is, is cream cheese, powdered sugar, and peppermint extract; I cut the recipe in half, used half measures-like-sugar stevia for half of the sugar, and added some vanilla to cut the “bite” of the mint and dipped them in melted chocolate chips (it made a TON!). I don’t know how you feel about using the vegan cream cheese but these turned out pretty well, and I still have a few stashed in the freezer 5 months later!

  30. Crystal says

    Katie this blog is fabulous! I am so excited to have stumbled upon your site through pinterest! I am a baker and I am always looking for some healthier options for myself and family as well. These sound so good! I cannot wait to try them when I am finished with a strict eating regime and start introducing more foods back into my daily diet. Definitely a new fan here!

  31. Jen E says

    These didn’t work for me, but I had to sub the coconut butter, because I hate coconut lol. They still tasted good I’m a choco peppermint fiend lol.

  32. Stacy says

    Are coconut oil and coconut butter the same thing? My coconut oil is solid in the jar. I also have coconut cream.

  33. samantha jones says

    Oh Hellooooo Chocolate BFF!!!!!

    Wow. these things are in the freezer – right now….

  34. jessie says

    I haven’t commented on your site before, but I love it and use your recipes all the time! I am a vegan and also don’t like to make huge amounts of sweets because I eat them all:) So thank you for being so wonderful and doing all the hard work for me! I am commenting because I didn’t have coconut butter so I subbed raw cashew butter, and it worked beautifully, I thought others might like to know. I also only got 5 1/2 muffin cups filled, I think I started too big, but I might double the chocolate part next time. The filling amount was perfect. Thanks again Katie!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Aw thank you, Jessie! And thanks for letting me know about the cashew better as well. People always ask for substitutes in recipes for coconut butter. Next time I will definitely suggest trying raw cashew butter (not just in this recipe, but in others as well) :).

      • Sam says

        I used cashew butter as well and it was awesome. I also added a bit of peppermint oil into the chocolate coating–it was amazing. I love all your recipes!

  35. Lisa says

    My goodness lady, I spend half my life trying to re do recipes without white sugar and white flour and here it is, like all my dreams come true….an answer to everything I’ve ever missed or craved! Well done! I am gonna try many of these and experiment on my own as well! I am impressed and so excited to pass your blog along. Great job, and thank you!!!

  36. Traci says

    So I was trying to figure out how many these made and am still not seeing it… even after looking a the nutritional information….

  37. Lara says

    hi Katie! I wanna make this, but I have a question. if I sub the last 4 ingridients to chocolate chips, how much chocolate chips do I need? so excited to try your recipe! thanks for sharing this!

  38. Windy says

    hey Katie 🙂 do you think I can sub honey for agave? because in my country, it’s hard to find agave and pure maple syrup is expensive 🙁

  39. Lexi says

    Works beautifully with coconut oil instead of coconut butter for the filling. Of course we ate them straight out of the freezer; I think it might thin out too much if left out at room temp (maybe even in the fridge). But these are amazing–just like the classic peppermint patties, but so much better for you! Thank you, Katie!

  40. marcy says

    Yummmm, I just made them and they are so friggin good! Only mine do not quite look like yours. They are a glob of messy yumminess but I will make them again for sure. thank you!!!

  41. Emily says

    These are so delicious!! York peppermint patties were my absolute favorite candy before I went vegan over three years ago, and these taste EXACTLY like them!! As others have said, they were messy and my family ended up all eating them out of a bowl (with 6 spoons!), but that was not a problem at all! SO GOOD! Thanks Katie! 🙂

  42. quiara says

    I have one quetion i go to duggan j. middle school my socail studies teacher taught me that u use child labor is that true quiara ps . my school is on wilbram road spring field zip code 01119

  43. Katie Leaf says

    We should be best friends. I have been living a healthier lifestyle for the past four years and lost 60lbs. I hated feeling guilty eating desserts. Now I can fulfill my love of baking, raw foods, and eating chocolate with no remorse! I have met quite a few ‘Katies’ in my life….and you are pretty rad.


  44. Corina says

    OMIGOSH! These look amazing. I love chocolate and peppermint together. I just recently found your website and have enjoyed looking through the recipes. All so healthy!:) ,( You probably get that a lot) Oh, and I was wondering if you have heard of carob. It tastes a lot like chocolate . Some people have more picky opinions than others but its what I always use. Its no caffeine and it’s healthier than chocolate usually. It is wonderfully usefully and smells like heaven, plus its healthy so just a heads up. Keep the blog fabulous!!:)

  45. Elysa says

    Hi Katie! Not like you need anything more to do, but it would be great if you had a page of products you use…so we could use the same products. For example, I can’t believe how many versions of shredded coconut there are. I just got 4 bags of the wrong stuff… ground too fine. Now I am trying to make peppermint patties and the peppermint I have tastes awful. So for this recipe is it just plane ol’ McCormicks Peppermint Extract? I just want to make sure the next peppermint I get actually tastes good so I can finish these awesome treats and have them fly in our mouths too! :-))

      • Elysa says

        Hi I used pure peppermint oil. Was not very good…sort of like a peppermint patty…but not really. I will try pure peppermint extract…see if that is better.

  46. jan says

    I have failed twice at these, but have not yet conceded defeat! What brand of coconut oil do you recommend? I made the first batch with regular coconut oil because I didn’t know it would turn out bitter (I’m new to using coconut oil), and then got the extra virgin non refined stuff and it is still bitter, just not as bad. I like dark chocolate so I don’t think it’s that I just want it super sweet. My mint filing is tasty, though, so as I said I have not given up.

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      You must use virgin coconut oil. Most regular is refined coconut oil, which is not the same beast. Try whole foods brand or trader joes, both are cheaper.

  47. Tuesday says

    Is there a secret to combining the coconut butter and the liquid ingredients? I stirred and stirred and tried to sort of cream it like you would regular butter. I ended up just pouring off the extra liquid, and the texture of the peppermint turned out fine, so maybe I just used too much water?

    These were fun. I don’t think I added enough sweetener for my tastes, but I’m going to try them again for sure.

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Coconut butter is temperamental depending on the climate. Read Katie’s Coconut Butter FAQ page (google “coconut butter faq” to find the page) to see tips on heating it to get it smooth.

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  50. Jennifer says

    Hi there,
    These look phenomenal! Do you mention anywhere in your recipes how many patties the ingredients will make? I’m going out this week to get the ingredients. Yummy 🙂
    Life on other planets? How boring the universe would be if we were the only ones around.

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      It depends on the size of your candy molds. However, her nutrition link pages usually give a serving size. Hope that helps!

  51. Beth says

    Hey, quick question! I made these and they were super yummy! The chocolate came out kind of wet and crumbly, and I wondered if that was because I used refined coconut oil, which is all I had on hand. Would that make a difference? Adding the water to the oil seemed odd to me but yours appear to have come out more solid.

  52. Mandy says

    So, if this recipe yields 8, does that mean that one serving size is all 8 patties? That is not clear on the nutritional info.

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