These Flourless Chocolate Fudge Mint Cookies are made with clean ingredients and are super easy to make.
They are very similar to my Flourless Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, but I changed the nut butters I used and added Peppermint essential oil.
I used to use peppermint extract for mint flavoring in desserts but never did really like the alcohol that was added to it.
Although I used to buy organic peppermint extract (with added sunflower oil), here are the ingredients for a popular store-bought brand:
McCormick’s Peppermint Extract:
Ingredients: Alcohol (89%), Oil of Peppermint, Water (source)
And, you have to question the quality and source of the “oil of peppermint” the peppermint flavor comes from.
I’m so glad to be able to use pure essential oils to flavor foods and use in recipes, so be on the lookout for more recipes that use these clean, real flavorings!
These cookies hold well together, are fudgy and to me, taste just like the peppermint Girl Scout Cookies.
But now you can enjoy that same flavor in a healthier dessert made with clean, real food ingredients and they’re vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly and contain no refined sugar!
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Healthy Peanut Butter Bon Bons, Creamy Chocolate Pudding, Raspberry and Banana Chia Pudding or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
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Tip #1: I made homemade cashew butter for this recipe, which is really easy to do. Just add 2 cups organic raw cashews to a food processor and process until they become a creamy nut butter consistency. This will take 5 – 7 minutes or so as they will change from cashews to cashew flour and then to cashew butter. Stop periodically to scrap the sides as you go.
Please note: 2 cups of raw organic cashews will make 1 cup of cashew butter, which is the amount you will need for this recipe.
Tip #2: I used Peppermint essential oil for the mint flavor in these cookies instead of traditional peppermint extract. I haven’t made a batch with peppermint extract so I don’t know what the conversion amount would be. If you’d rather use peppermint extract, I would just start with a teaspoon and add from there if you want a stronger flavor.
Tip #3: Make sure you let these cool completely before removing them from your pan.
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