My husband and I definitely share a love for chocolate. Growing up, my family would get a big box of See’s Candy to share at Christmas and Easter. I grew up on the east coast, where See’s Candy didn’t have a store front. So those chocolates always seemed like extra special treats to my brothers and I. My mother-in-law is known for enclosing See’s Candies gift cards in the birthday cards she sends out. My husband and I love using those to go pick out our favorite chocolates a few times a year. The great news is that ALL See’s Candies are gluten-free! However, they are obviously not refined-sugar free and many contain dairy.


I’ve had the wheels turning on how to create a paleo Valentine’s day chocolate for awhile now. These coconut based peppermint patties turned out delicious! My husband said they could compete with See’s Candies in terms of deliciousness, which is high praise indeed! The other great thing about these is that they are so easy to make. They involve no cooking or baking.


Dipping things in chocolate is clearly not one of my strengths…
I’m sure it is very possible to make these more attractive!

These chocolates are perfect for your paleo or vegan Valentine this year. Even though my Valentine isn’t on any kind of special diet, I know I will be making more for him!

Paleo Peppermint Patties {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 patties

Delicious homemade peppermint patties with no refined sugar.


  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips


  1. In a food processor, process the shredded coconut about 30 seconds until it is very fine. Add the coconut milk, coconut oil, honey and peppermint extract. Process until about 30 seconds until a smooth paste has formed.
  2. Shape the paste into about 1 1/2 inch size rounds and place on a cookie sheet. Place the rounds in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on medium power or over a double boiler. Remove the shaped patties from the freezer and coat in chocolate. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden before serving. Enjoy!
  4. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.



39 Responses

  1. These look yummy…only they shouldn't be called paleo because of the honey and coconut oil…cordain no longer endorses these….actually he never endorsed honey

    • Andie says:

      Coconut oil is Paleo. As are many other oils in moderation. Honey should be avoided because it’s sugar, but what do you think “cavemen” would have used to sweeten things they ate.

  2. Emily Warren says:

    What kind of common oil could I substitute for the coconut oil?

  3. Yum, these look so great! Stopping by from pinterest!

  4. Hannah Pond says:

    Coconut oil is so amazing for you. it's anti microbial, anti fungal, anti bacterial, and overall great for your skin. I use it in recipes and even take my makeup off with it. It also boosts your metabolism and is an aid for weight loss.

  5. RenoGal says:

    These are SOOOOOOO good! My husband and I have a new "Go To" addiction! It took me about 5 tries to get them perfect though.

  6. Erin Collins says:

    I'm so happy you like them! I'm pretty sure mine still aren't perfect so great job!

  7. barbara says:

    Do you mean canned coconut milk or drinking coconut milk ? I use. Both

  8. Ali says:

    I am in love with these without having even made them! I just have to share a tip with you that I learnt the other day as my mom and I were baking and I was failing miserably at dipping some treats I was making in chocolate… My mom busted out some old baking book that she had all about chocolate and read that chocolate chips shouldn’t be used for dipping because they are made to keep their shape when baked so they have something in them that keeps them quite thick when melted. Regular chocolate should be much thinner and liquidy when melted, making it much more ideal for dipping! I was very happy to learn this. I am excited to try this recipe as my man loves chocolate + mint (as do I). I will be buying some regular chocolate for melting though 🙂

    • Erin Collins says:

      That is such a great tip! I am totally going to try that! Dipping things in chocolate has always been a struggle for me. Maybe this will help!

    • Debbie says:

      When I want to chocolate cover something for Christmas, I melt a small amount of wax first, then I add chopped up chocolate. The wax helps the chocolate set faster, thus it doesn’t all run off of what I am covering.

    • Karla says:

      If you melt some butter or oil along with the chocolate chips you can get a thinner consistency. I do this when coating things with chocolate, even chocolate used for drizzling.

  9. mackenzie says:

    How are these dairy-free?
    Only if you use the special dairy-free chocolate right?

    This sounds great, definitely going to try 🙂

  10. Tiffany says:

    These were so yummy and so easy to make! Even better than a york peppeemint patty. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Delicious! My husband and I devoured these!

  12. Justin says:

    Well, first of all, I am not a chocolate nor peppermint person; so when I tried this recipe, it didn’t stand out too much to me. HOWEVER, I made this for my house church, everyone LOVED it! I didn’t really use a food processor to mix the ingredients; rather I used a hand mixer, so it turned out to be more like the texture of macrons. Nevertheless, it still tastes great, per my friends.Thanks, Erin!

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  15. Monica Butler says:

    So I have not tried these yet but I will be making them in the near future! I have a tip for the melted chocolate. Add a bit of melted coconut oil to the chocolate and it will smooth out the chocolate AND act as a hard shell!!!

  16. Karla says:

    I didn’t use the mixture for candies, but if I were, I think the initial mixture would have been too dry. I added some more coconut milk/oil, then a bit of almond milk to make it even more moist and spread it on top brownies – yum! I did think the competing flavors of coconut, peppermint, and honey as a sweetener were a little off, so I added a bit of brown sugar (normally I would use rapadura or coconut sugar but I was out).

  17. Katie says:

    Just made these for St. Patrick’s Day and wow, they are so delicious! You can definitely play with the “batter”, adding more dried coconut if its too runny. I used peppermint essential oil for flavoring, but if you’re doing this be VERY conservative. I only used two drops as its much more potent than peppermint flavoring. It’s a little difficult to dip them in chocolate, but I melted a half tsp of beeswax to help them coat better. You could roll them up into balls and use a toothpick to dip them too. (Maybe then sprinkle with shredded coconut for Christmas time!) Anyway, thank you for sharing this wonderful and healthy dessert! Its a keeper!

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  20. Karen says:

    These look so delicious I think I am going to have to try them.

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    Is the coconut oil supposed to be melted or solid?

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  25. Darcy says:

    Super easy to make and taste amazing!!

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