Oh She Glows recipe.
I really liked this second version. In fact it reminded me of grubs that I made regularly with condensed milk. It was very soft and coconutty without the firm oaty texture I first achieved. We took it to a family where Sylvia had a playdate while I went to bookclub. They liked it very much. Sylvia, however preferred the first and firmer incarnation of the slice.
So I had made this slice three times in the last couple of weeks. Every time we have gobbled it up eagerly. It is a really satisfying (and slightly moreish) slice packed with nuts and oats that are quite delicious when flavoured with cocoa and maple syrup. The peppermint flavouring is subtle. E is not a fan of choc-mint but he enjoyed the slice.
I swithered over whether I should rename the slice. I am not really sure if I have ever tasted a peppermint pattie. According to the web, I don't think this slice is very similar. It is more energy bar than "candy". But I like the name because it reminds me of Peppermint Patty in the Peanuts comics.
As we packaged the slice with ribbons and labels, Sylvia was less interested in a name. She just made sure I wrote out a list of ingredients. I guess kids these days refuse to be fooled by misleading names but they are very interested in what is in food, given all the food allergies. With everything in order, Sylvia set off for school this morning with a little package of slice along with a card and some loom bands to farewell a favourite teacher.
I am sending this slice over to Choclette at Tin and Thyme for We Should Cocoa, one of my favourite events where bloggers share chocolate recipes. This month the theme is chocolate and oats.
More peppermint recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Candy cane brownies
Chocolate peppermint layered fudge (gf, v)
Chocolates with healthy peppermint filling (gf, v)
Chocolates with peppermint filling (gf, v)
Kale cheesecake surprise choc mint cupcakes (v)
Rice krispie slice with peppermint candy canes (gf, v)
Spicy chai tea (gf, v)
No bake peppermint patty slice
Adapted from Oh She Glows
1 3/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
5 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tbsp soy milk
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
75g chopped dark chocolate
75g dark chocolate
1 tsp neutral oil, such as rice bran
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
Coconut, for sprinkling (optional)
Process oats into flour. Coarsely grind the nuts and mix in the cocoa salt and brown sugar. Mix in maple syrup and milk, then coconut and chocolate. Finally mix in the oat flour. (I do the oats and the nuts separately in my high power blender and mix everything else by hand. Ange from Oh She Glows does the oats in a blender and the rest in a food processor.) Press mixture evenly into a lined 20cm square tin. Set aside.
Made the topping by melting the chocolate, oil and peppermint extract together. (I do this in the microwave for about 1 minute.) Spread over the slice mixture. Scatter with coconut. Place in freezer or fridge for a short while to set chocolate. Cut into bars or squares. Keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for at least a few days.
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