Healthy Junior Mint Squares

Healthy Junior Mint Squares

August 6th, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier

Healthy Junior Mint Squares

Chocolate and mint…mint and chocolate. Such a comforting and cool combination. And who believes that a box of Junior Mints are a must-have while at the movies?  I was excited to find this Healthy Junior Mint Squares Recipe that provides the taste of my all-time fav Junior Mints, but in square form. Of course,  the best part is the use of healthy ingredients…cocoa powder (use raw), maple syrup (use Grade B) and the wonderful healthy avocado!

By the way, this gluten-free and vegan dessert will look simply delicious on your holiday dessert table — especially  for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

Want to make sure that your avocado recipes stay green?  OK here is the secret from zenbelly: Dissolve 1/4 cup sea salt (I recommend using Himalayan crystal salt) in 2 cups of purified water. Add the peeled and stoned avocados to the salt water, and leave them in for about 5 minutes.  Drain the water and transfer the avocados to a clean bowl. The salt water will not make your recipe salty, but I find that I don’t need to add any additional salt to the recipe.

 

Recipe for Healthy Junior Mint Squares


Always use organic ingredients when available | Gluten-Free | Vegan

For the chocolate layer:

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

Melt everything together in a sauce pan on medium heat; stir well.

Making the chocolate

Making the chocolate

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!)
 

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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 Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup (grade B) (or raw 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.

Dump it all in together

Dump it all in together

Creamy and green!

DIRECTIONS

*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).

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.

– Recipe and pictures with permission via: Swiss Paleo

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.
  • Jackie

    How did you get your Avacado mix to come out so light, mine came out darker green. But, this was delicious!

  • Shari

    I will be making these, but I’m going to try putting them in the “brownie” silicon pan I have. It makes 24 2×2″ squares. I use it to make individual “cheese”cakes. I also have a heart shaped pan that holds 24. I usually smear some coconut oil in the shapes before adding whatever it is I’m adding. Will let you know how it works! Thanks for the recipe. I’m always on the look out for holiday treats.

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