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Chocolate Peppermint Slice (gluten-free, vegan)

A delicious vegan sweet treat, this chocolate peppermint slice (or square, depending on how you cut them) is always a hit. It’s decadently rich, creamy and delicious, while reminiscent of a peppermint patty.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

I’ve been consuming large quantities of chocolate this month. It all started with my Amazing Paleo Chocolate Cake…and it finished with this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Slice. But you can’t blame me, it’s my birthday month! So a little extra splurging is allowed, right?

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Last year, when I posted my recipe for Mini Skillet Brownies with Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream I mentioned that having something with mint and chocolate on my birthday is a tradition.

For 30 years (from ages 5-35) I ate a Basking Robbin’s mint chocolate chip ice cream cake for my birthday. But after I was diagnosed with celiac at age 35, I had to get creative for my 36th birthday.

That creativity has continued along the mint chocolate spectrum, but each year I try to do something new and creative. So this year, for my 41st birthday, I present to you this chocolate peppermint slice. Which honestly, is a little bite-sized taste of heaven.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

The slices are gluten-free (obviously), but also dairy-free, vegan and paleo. In fact, they’d almost be raw, if it weren’t for melting the chocolate and cacao butter.

Speaking of raw, it was my raw cheesecake recipes that provided the inspiration for this year’s birthday treat. But instead of making a full cheesecake, I wanted something bite-sized, to easily share with family and friends.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

Over the last couple of weeks I did several renditions of this recipe and tweaked a few things to get a texture and flavor I was thrilled with. Most vegan slices or bars use coconut butter in the middle layer, but I wasn’t thrilled with the “mouthfeel” (yep, I just said that) afterward when using coconut butter.

Coconut butter also becomes rock hard when chilled (and these should be eaten chilled) and has such a strong coconut-y flavor that the peppermint flavor didn’t shine. And you guys, the peppermint has to shine.

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

So while I liked that the coconut butter version had a whiter center, I opted for the better texture and flavor (way more important) by using soaked cashews, coconut oil and cacao butter as the middle layer. It’s creamy, dreamy, smooth, soft and perfectly minty.

Each chocolate peppermint slice is reminiscent of a York Peppermint Patty. Just the minty chocolatey birthday flavor I was going for.

If you’re in the mood for chocolate, you may also be interested in my Mint Double Chocolate Chip CookiesChocolate Covered BananasChocolate Mug Cake, Paleo Chocolate Waffles, Chocolate Truffle Tart, Chocolate Avocado Pudding, Molten Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Coconut Macaroons or Red Wine Hot Chocolate.

Enjoy!

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!

(gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan) The most delicious chocolate peppermint slice (or bar or square, depending on how you cut them). It's decadently, creamy and delicious. The perfect (almost healthy) sweet treat!
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Chocolate Peppermint Slice

Prep Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 18 slices
Author: Lisa Bryan
This dairy-free and vegan chocolate peppermint slice makes for the perfect sweet treat. It's rich, creamy, delicious and perfectly minty!
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Ingredients

base layer

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

mint layer

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup cacao butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

top chocolate layer

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Instructions

  • Line a 9x9 square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • To make the base layer, toss all base layer ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until finely ground and similar to coarse sand. Then, transfer this to your lined baking pan and press down firmly with your fingers or an offset spatula until smooth. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  • In a high-powered blender, add all of the mint layer ingredients. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Then, pour this on top of the base layer and spread until smooth. You can also tap the baking pan gently on the counter to smooth the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
  • To make the top layer, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave, in 20-second increments. When melted, stir in the coconut oil. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the mint layer and spread until smooth. Again, gently tap the baking pan on the counter to smooth the top. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm.
  • Once firm, lift out the dessert and cut into individual peppermint chocolate slices. It's best to keep these slices chilled until serving.

Lisa's Tips

  • These chocolate peppermint slices will stay good for quite a while in the fridge. But you can also freeze them and thaw as desired.
  • My favorite chocolate chips are these Pascha Chocolate Chips as they're organic and dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 395kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Sodium: 19mg, Potassium: 301mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 0.3%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 6.8%, Iron: 8.1%
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Peppermint Bar, Chocolate Peppermint Slice, Gluten-free Chocolate Peppermint Bar, Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Bar
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24 comments on “Chocolate Peppermint Slice (gluten-free, vegan)”

  1. Hello Lisa
    I live in Zimbabwe where it is difficult to buy certain things – is there any substitute for Cacao Butter?
    Thank you for your wonderful recipes and inspiration 
    Love Gail

    • Hi Gail – you can use coconut butter, but it will change the texture a bit. I actually tried that one first and it wasn’t bad, I just preferred the cacao butter. So you can give that one a try! :)

  2. Just made these and the middle layer was brown and oily not creamy?! Not sure what happened. Should the cacao butter and oil supposed to be measured after it is melted or when solid?

    Rating: 4
  3. This recipe is amazing!! I just made it for my third time after my mum begged me (she’s a patisserie chef!). I love the use of cacao butter, it really makes a difference compared to other recipes :) Thanks so much!!

    Rating: 5
  4. Urgent!!!!
    How much does one slice weigh

  5. Hi Lisa! Was just wondering if the cocoa butter could be substituted for coconut butter or palm shortening? Those are all I have. Really want to make these for Christmas!

    • Hi Lauren – Replacing with the coconut butter would be fine (the palm shortening wouldn’t work). I actually used coconut butter on a test batch so I know that works. They just come out with a slighter firmer texture that way. But still good! :)

  6. Any ideas for substitution for the cashews?

  7. I could eat the entire pan I think. Yummy!

  8. Wow, that mint layer looks incredible! These are my favorite flavors together.

  9. Happy 41st Birthday to you! and it looks like you’re celebrating in grand style – those bars look just fabulous! Are there any leftovers? ;)

  10. These look delicious! Chocolate and mint are always a tasty combo!

  11. OMG this looks so good and I can’t wait to try it. I’m a sucker for any bars loaded with chocolate!

  12. This is WAAAAY better than the nostalgic York Peppermint Patty. Wishing you a slightly early, VERY happy birthday! Cheers to you – sending lots of birthday wishes.