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Recipe of the Month - Paleo Junior Mint Bars

Recipe from Swiss Paleo

Posted by on 7 Apr 2013 in Recipes, Treats & Desserts

For the chocolate layer:

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt

Melt everything together in a sauce pan on medium heat; stir well. Pour into a greased glass dish (I used a little glass 7?x7? pyrex dish). Put into the freezer to chill while you make the next layer.* (see assembly note below before doing this step!)

For the mint cream layer:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • splash of lime or lemon juice, I used lime (to keep the avocado from browning)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup (or honey)

Put it all together in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and see if you want to add more mint or syrup.

Putting it all together:

*I made mine with chocolate on the bottom and the mint on top. In hindsight, I would do it the other way around or I would line the dish with parchment paper to make cutting into squares easier. I had trouble with the chocolate layer sticking to the bottom of the dish and sometimes separating from the mint layer. Another way to put these together would be to make them like peanut butter cups—pour a bottom layer of chocolate into a mini muffin cup, then pour on some avocado mint and then top with chocolate again. I melted about 40 grams of dark chocolate to drizzle over the top of my squares (do this before freezing or the drizzle won’t stick). Chill for an hour in the freezer before cutting. Keep in the fridge or freezer (they stay green longer in the freezer).

The verdict

These were really, really delicious. More food for me to get out of the house as soon as possible so that I won’t eat them all. They are way too easy to pop in your mouth one right after the other.


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