Chocolate Peppermint Bites

My husband was a huge fan of junior mints.  They are kind of off limits now that he is vegan and eats no processed foods.  So I decided to try and make a minty treat he could enjoy. Chocolate peppermint bites.  These Chocolate Peppermint Bites came out great, and you can think of them like a a homemade junior mint recipe!

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I think he was pretty pleased with the way these turned out.  They are so easy to make too.  Just a few minutes to throw together and then some time to chill in the fridge.  I rolled mine into big balls, but you can do bite sized ones as well.  These would be a perfect dessert for holiday parties too!

Chocolate Peppermint Bites

Chocolate Peppermint Bites

Chocolate Peppermint Bites

Serves 12 large peppermint balls     adjust servings

The perfect treat for holiday parties!


    For the balls

    For the chocolate coating


    1. In the food processor , mix the shredded coconut and the dates.
    2. Once they are blended, add in the peppermint extract and milk.
    3. Carefully roll the mixture into balls. It will be loose and feel like it doesn’t want to stick together, but trust me, it will firm up in the fridge.
    4. Set the balls into a small baking sheet covered with parchment paper .
    5. Put the balls in the fridge to chill. I waited about 30 minutes.
    6. While the balls are chilling, make the chocolate mixture.
    7. Heat all the chocolate ingredients in a saucepan , and stir until smooth.
    8. Using two forks, roll each ball in the chocolate mixture and set back on the baking sheet .
    9. Once done with all the balls, place them back in the fridge to set up.


    Recipe Notes

    I got about 12 large balls out of my batch. You can store them in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

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    79 thoughts to “Chocolate Peppermint Bites”

    1. These look great (as do all of your recipes). I admire what you've done over the past year! And as for the FB jokers - Try to let the negativity roll off and remember that negative comments are less a reflection of what you are doing and more a poor reflection on them. Love your stuff!
    2. Hmm, I have never had a medjool date. May I ask why you use the dates in so many recipes? Is it to bind the ingredients? OR do they add a specific flavor? I haven't tried the recipes with the dates yet. (I'm scared! haha) But these look amazing, so I'll have to find some.
      1. I used to be scared of dates too! They are so good though. I use them because they help bind ingredients and also add a caramel like taste to recipes. You need a food processor or blender to use them though. I get mine at Whole Foods in their bulk bins.
        1. Do you soak them first? The ones I have are packed tight, maybe they're not the specific kind you use...but, they are dates ;-) But, they look very dry.
    3. FYI: I use regular dates from SAMs in these recipes and have to use approx twice as many as called for when using medjool dates. Still yummy and works well :)
    4. I have a date question too! What is an average price for dates, and what is a great sale price? It would be good to know for when I buy them :-) Thanks!
      1. Not sure. Sadly, I never check the price. I get them in bulk at whole foods. Sam's Club also sells a big box of the medjool dates for like $8 I think?
        1. They are NOT that expensive. Medajool has a new snack pack out that is only $1.99 for 6-7 dates i believe. But I have seen the bigger packages for around $5
    5. These look good. I was going to ask you if you have anything like this after seeing another recipe similar to this, only it was the unhealthy version. I don't have the chocolate bar, but I have some enjoy chocolate chips. Will that work?
    6. I'm trying to stay away from sweets, but these are making it very difficult. I can tell from the list of ingredients that these would be absolutely delicious and addictive. Not sure I can thank you for posting this recipe… :-)
    7. I know it totally depends on how big you make the balls, but about how many did you get out of this recipe? What size bites/balls did you make, roughly?
    8. Another question/thought :-) I have a friend who can't eat cane sugar, so I'm thinking of how to incorporate the chocolate into this idea without using chocolate chips. One thought is to just roll the balls in some cocoa powder (kinda like truffles), and another thought is to incorporate the cocoa powder into the balls by adding some cocoa powder to the date/coconut mixture. What do you think of these ideas? If I were to incorporate the cocoa powder into the mixture, how much would you recommend adding? Thanks!
      1. You can do either one of those things, or you can make chocolate out of 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 2 T liquid sweetener.
      1. I used to be scared of dates too! Once I tried them, I realized how awesome they are! If you have a Whole Foods near you, they sell them in the bulk bin. Just try one before you buy them. I love stuffing almond butter inside them!
    9. I tried the medjool dates with almond butter and love them! Thank you. My son says they don't look appetizing at all, so I just say, "more for me!" You can't judge a book by its cover on this one! Love your site, thanks!
    10. If you have a moment, do you know of a "safe" milk chocolate? I know dark is good for you and you are a vegan but perhaps you've come across one? If not, I will keep seeking one out. Thanks always for your great site.

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