Paleo Junior Mint Squares

by lisa | 7 April 2013 10:46

I love mint and chocolate together. One of my all time favorite candies used to be Junior Mints.download

I used to try and get my husband to go to the movies with me every weekend. He would always ask, ” Do you really want to go to the movies, or do you just want some junior mints?”  He knows me so well.

I set out to make something minty and chocolaty today. I’ve been thinking about it for quite awhile now. I envisioned making my own little chocolate cups (like these)  and filling them with something creamy and minty. I actually tried out the cups today. Epic fail. First, I tried brushing the chocolate into some nifty little silicon cups and the chocolate wouldn’t stick. Then I tried  brushing it into paper muffin liners and that wasn’t really working either. On to Plan B….make simple squares.

The creamy part was easy. Avocados are creamy and green. Perfect. I’ve seen loads of vegan and paleo desserts that use avocado to achieve something creamy and I have a recipe for chocolate mousse made with avocado. I just didn’t want it to turn brown (so I added a splash of citrus juice). They stayed green on the day I made them, but they were a little “off” color by the next day (next time I’m going to try this trick to keep it green).

Recipe

For the chocolate layer:

Melt everything together in a sauce pan on medium heat; stir well.

Making the chocolate

Making the chocolate

Pour into a greased glass dish (I used a little glass 7″x7″ pyrex dish). Put into the freezer to chill while you make the next layer.* (see assembly note below before doing this step!)

For the mint cream layer:

Put it all together in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and see if you want to add more mint or syrup.

Dump it all in together

Dump it all in together

Creamy and green!

Creamy and green!

 

Putting it all together:

*I made mine with chocolate on the bottom and the mint on top. In hindsight, I would do it the other way around or I would line the dish with parchment paper to make cutting into squares easier. I had trouble with the chocolate layer sticking to the bottom of the dish and sometimes separating from the mint layer. Another way to put these together would be to make them like peanut butter cups—pour a bottom layer of chocolate into a mini muffin cup, then pour on some avocado mint and then top with chocolate again. I melted about 40 grams of dark chocolate to drizzle over the top of my squares (do this before freezing or the drizzle won’t stick). Chill for an hour in the freezer before cutting. Keep in the fridge or freezer (they stay green longer in the freezer).

The verdict

These were really, really delicious. More food for me to get out of the house as soon as possible so that I won’t eat them all. They are way too easy to pop in your mouth one right after the other.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

 

 

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