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cocoa-peppermint power patties

by Jackie Newgent  |  December 5, 2021  |  1 Comment

a bit out of a cocoa-peppermint power patty

Loosely inspired by the candy version of peppermint patties, these cocoa-peppermint power patties give you all of the chocolatey and pepperminty flavors you desire. Plus, you can feel good about indulging in them!

cocoa-peppermint power patties mixture in food processor

How to make

These energy bites are so simple to fix. Just whirl together all ingredients – dates, hemp seeds, pistachios, almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, peppermint flavor, and sea salt – in a food processor. Then form into balls and flatten into patties. Or, if you prefer, shape into logs, bars, or your favorite holiday-inspired shape –- or simply keep them as balls.

cocoa-peppermint power patties rolled into balls

How to eat

Enjoy one or two of them after a workout, as an anytime snack or dessert, whenever you need to satisfy a chocolate craving, or even as a breakfast on-the-go. Yep, really … they’re based on 100% wholesome dried fruit, seeds, and nuts, after all!

just made cocoa-peppermint power patties

As a treat

These patties are naturally sweet! But it you need bonus “sweet tooth” satisfaction, you can transform these patties into a really special dessert by dipping them into or drizzling them with melted bittersweet and/or plant-based white chocolate. And, for an extra holiday-themed treat, sprinkle with crushed organic candy cane.

holiday plate of 3 cocoa-peppermint power patties

(Hey kids! Leave some out for Santa instead of sugary cookies. Ho! Ho! Ho!)

As chocolate-mint candy bar minis

Yes, you can transform these patties into candy … the good-for-kind that’s soooo scrumptious! Don’t you love it when a recipe multi-tasks like this?

Whirl up all ingredients for the patties in a food processor. Then, instead of forming them into patties, press the mixture to form a 6-inch square on a silpat-lined small baking sheet. Freeze for 10 minutes. Then transfer the square slab directly onto a cutting board and cut into 36 mini squares. Drizzle and smear with 6 ounces melted vegan bittersweet chocolate (combined with 1 teaspoon coconut oil, a few drops of teaspoon peppermint extract or flavoring and a pinch of sea salt), letting the chocolate drip slightly down the sides of each bite. Finally, sprinkle with sea salt flakes.

Chocolate-Mint Candy Bar Minis on White Marble

Chill these candy bar minis in the fridge or freezer and enjoy cool … often!

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a bit out of a cocoa-peppermint power patty

cocoa-peppermint power patties

Loosely inspired by the candy version of peppermint patties, these cocoa-peppermint power patties give you all of the chocolatey and pepperminty flavors you desire. Plus, you can feel good about indulging in them!

  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 6 ounces dried pitted dates (the moister the better)
  • 1/3 cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup shelled salted roasted pistachios
  • 1/3 cup natural creamy almond or cashew butter, no sugar or salt added
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon organic peppermint flavor (non-alcoholic)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor on low speed until well combined, but mixture still has some texture.*
  2. Extra-firmly squeeze and roll mixture by hand into 12 balls, about 2 tablespoons (32 grams) mixture each. Then flatten into patties.
  3. Ideally stash in the fridge for 1 week or freezer for 2 months. These are also awesome as on-the-go snacks — no refrigeration required for up to 1 day.


*Note: If necessary, add vanilla unsweetened plant-based milk by the teaspoon to achieve desired rollable consistency. However, if the dates you use are moist, there should be no need to add any plant-based milk!

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 2 patties
  • Calories: 270
  • Sugar: 20g includes 0g added sugars
  • Sodium: 85mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: snack, post-workout snack, vegan snack, vegetarian snack, plant-based snack, energy bars, power bars, peppermint patties

Have a hankering for more chocolate? Try my favorite plant-based chocolate chip cookies (see recipe HERE), dark chocolate cherry martini (see recipe HERE), and double chocolate banana dessert bread (see recipe HERE). (But hopefully not all at one time!!!)

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