I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Probably because I’ve spent most of my life single and feeling grumpy about it.
Of course I always loved Valentine’s Day candy, especially the next day when it went on sale. My consumption was insane – we’re talking fistfuls of Hershey kisses and as many cinnamon hearts as my little mouth could handle.
Now that I have a valentine for the rest of my days, I’m still not into the holiday and care even less about the candy.
But I’m always on board with the opportunity to eat chocolate and treats I can feel good about.
Chocolate and mint is a classic combo, and these rich treats are no exception to that rule. You can shape the patties into hearts or other fun shapes, but I found it easier to pack the dough in one big lump and slice it later.
Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? How did you celebrate it?
(Just a few days left to fill out my survey for a chance to win a gift certificate to Whole Foods. Give it a whirl, won’t you?)
gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, soy-free, grain-free, five ingredients or less
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1.5 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 drops peppermint oil (or peppermint extract to taste)
75 grams dark chocolate (about 3/4 cup), chopped
In a food processor, blend the coconut, coconut oil, maple syrup and one drop of the peppermint oil. Process the mixture until it sticks together easily, about 2 minutes or so. Don’t leave it for too long – or you’ll end up with coconut butter.
Press the mixture onto a plate lined with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper. Shape the dough into a small square about an inch thick. Stick the plate in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to firm up.
Once the patties have hardened, slice them into squares.
Using a small pot or a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate and remaining drop of peppermint oil over low heat. When the chocolate has melted, remove it from the heat.
Dip a square into the chocolate and flip it around until the entire thing is covered. Place the square back onto the parchment paper, then repeat with remaining squares.
When all the patties have been dipped, put them back in the fridge or freezer to harden.