healthy homemade junior mints

Healthy Homemade Junior Mints

Junior Mints were one of my favorite types of candy for a long time.  Sitting in a darkened  theater and slowly eating each piece one bite at a time while the movie theater credits rolled by, is a cherished memory from childhood.  Once I began eating real food and found out about the problems with high sugar, I eliminated candy including Junior Mints.

But still missed them.

Recently I adapted a recipe to make a much healthier version of Junior Mints.  There is no sugar and the cream is made with healthy coconut ingredients.  I make mine with Swerve and mint essential oil, but you could just as easily use mint extract and stevia.  If you don’t like mint flavor, then substitute a teaspoon of vanilla extract for the mint.

Healthy Homemade Junior Mints

 

1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup coconut cream
½ cup coconut oil
6 packets green leaf stevia powder OR 4 tablespoons powdered Swerve
3 drops mint essential oil OR 1 teaspoon mint extract
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup cacao powder

Place shredded coconut, coconut cream, coconut oil, mint and 4 packets stevia (or 3 tablespoons Swerve) into a food processor.  Process until well mixed.  Place mini-muffin liners into the cups of a 24 cup mini-muffin pan.  Use a scoop to place about 2 tablespoons of the coconut mixture into each cup.  Melt the coconut oil and add the cacao powder and 2 packets stevia (or 1 tablespoon Swerve). Use a scoop to top each cup of the coconut mixture with about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate liquid. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm.  Keep in refrigerator.

Makes 24 mini junior mint cups.

What was your favorite candy and have you found a healthier version?  Comment below and share your favorite recipe.

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