These Clean Eating Chocolate Peppermint Candy Bars just might be the quickest and easiest recipe on my website to make.
It needs only 4 clean ingredients (and one, the goji berries, is optional) and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
In keeping with the busyness of the holiday season, I opted to go with a shortcut for the chocolate in this recipe by using gluten-free, vegan Enjoy Life mini-chocolate chips instead of making homemade chocolate (coconut oil, raw cacao powder and maple syrup).
One reason is because it’s easier. The other reason is because if you were going to serve or bring these to a gathering, they will stay out a little bit longer at room temperature than the homemade chocolate version – because of the coconut oil.
I also used 100% pure Peppermint Essential Oil for the peppermint flavoring instead of peppermint extract not only because of the extra health benefits from it, but because most store-bought peppermint extracts contain alcohol (GMO grains) and who knows where the peppermint oil is sourced from .
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) McCormick Peppermint Extract Ingredients:
Ingredients: Alcohol, Peppermint Oil, Water (source)
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares, Peppermint Bark Ingredients:
Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Unsweetened Chocolate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Soy Lecithin – an Emulsifier, Flaked Corn, Yellow Corn Flour, Natural Peppermint Flavor, Palm Oil, Vanilla, Corn Syrup Solids, Corn Starch, Red 40 Lake (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
Most store-bought candy bars contain GMO soy and dairy (whole milk powder, nonfat dry milk, soy lecithin, flaked corn, yellow corn flower, corn syrup solids, corn starch) and in this product, red food coloring.
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Clean Eating Peanut Butter Fudge, Gluten-Free Vegan Salted Pistachio and Cranberry Chocolate Bark or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Goji Berries:*
- high concentration of anti-oxidants
- contains 21 trace minerals
- contains 18 amino acids
- high in essential fatty acids
- contains 13% more protein than whole wheat
5 Fast Facts About Pure Peppermint Essential Oil:*
- promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
- alleviates stomach upset
- helps with fatigue
- antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory
- helps to relieve headaches, heartburn and indigestion
*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I used goji berries to add a little “red” color to them for the holidays (plus it makes them more nutrient-dense!) but you can omit them if you don’t like goji berries or want more of a plain chocolate candy bar.
Tip #2: I used a 4-cavity candy bar mold and the recipe fills all four molds. Each strip breaks into 6 smaller bite sized pieces, so you would have either 4 candy bars or 24 bite sized pieces.
Tip #3: You can use regular peppermint extract if you prefer, but I would start with a small amount, like maybe an 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon and see if needs more. If you use Peppermint Essential Oil, make sure you use a 100% pure brand and that it’s safe to ingest. Most store-bought brands from the grocery store or health food stores are not safe for ingestion. If you would like to know the brand of Peppermint Essential Oil I used in this recipe, just visit www.plantbasedessentialoils.com for more information.
Tip #4: If you don’t have or want to use the candy molds, you can use the mini-muffin cups and make mini-chocolate bites.
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