We are now into a our 3rd day of:

Week.

Anyone else getting sugared out?

No?

Okay then, let’s keep going!

Vegan Junior Mints - Fork & Beans

Did you ever see that “Seinfeld” episode

where Kramer and Jerry get to witness a surgery?

Kramer brings in a box of Junior Mints into the viewing and offers Jerry some.

When Jerry refuses, a struggle ensues,

causing a Junior Mint to fly into the air and land into the man’s surgical cavity.

I whole-heartedly blame this episode for my love of Junior Mints.

 I kid you not that after watching this, I literally got into my car that night,

drove to the store, and bought a box for myself.

Ever since then, this is what I think about

when I hear the words “Junior Mint.”

Vegan Junior Mints - Fork & BeansIs there anything more refreshing, really?

My goal was to find a “healthier” way to make these.

I HAD to.

My body has been flipping me off from the influx of sugar lately

so I thought I at least owed it that much to ease up on the sweetness in this recipe.

Besides, powdered sugar is too sweet for me (I have limits, people!)

and I couldn’t stand the taste at the first attempt.

So enter the multiple usages of:

Vegan Junior Mints - Fork & Beans

COCONUT!

I was so pleased that the 2nd attempt worked out and really was refreshingly good.

My belly was a little happier also…

Junior Mints Recipe

Makes approx 20 mints

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut
  • 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract (depending on preference)
  • 1/2 tsp hemp milk (or more like a “dash”)
  • Vegan chocolate (melted, aka: tempered)
  • candy mold (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend coconut in food processor/blender until almost smooth. Keep the faith. It WILL blend…eventually.
  2. Add peppermint extract (according to taste) and  milk; mix well.
  3. Roll coconut mixture into small balls. If using a mold, make sure they are small enough to fit. Place of wax paper-lined plate.
  4. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  5. If using mold, coat thin layer of chocolate on mold. Then place the small ball inside and cover the rest with chocolate. If not using a mold, using a fork, dip balls into bowl of melted (tempered) chocolate, coating entirely, and place on wax paper.
  6. Freeze 10 minutes until set.

Vegan Junior Mints - Fork & Beans

These keep best if left in the fridge (or freezer)…

…the best way to eat them anyway, as far as I’m concerned.

I leave it to Kramer to say it best in regards to this candy:

Who’s gonna turn down a Junior Mint?

It’s chocolate,

it’s

peppermint…

it’s *delicious*!