Mint chocolate can be downright divisive. People tend to love it or go out of their way to avoid it. We also have deep attachments to various mint chocolate treats: Girl Scout Thin Mints, After Eights, Junior Mints, Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
If you love mint chocolate or just want to try a new recipe that isn’t “just” chocolate, give these a try!
As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite for meat.
Have you tried chia pudding? You must! It’s so weird and delicious and fun. For this recipe, combine chia seeds, almond milk, mint, matcha, and honey and let them sit. Chia seeds swell up to 10 times their size and become kindof like jelly pods that pop when you chew one.
For the chocolate pudding topping, combine bananas, cocoa powder, and almond milk. This treat is high in fiber, high in omegas, and naturally vegan and gluten-free!
If you’re a real peppermint lover, these mint chocolates are for you! This recipe is dairy and processed sugar-free, and even uses natural coloring with spirulina. Nice!
You’ll need coconut butter, vanilla almond milk, maple syrup, peppermint extract, spirulina powder, dark chocolate, and coconut oil.
Once people commit to drinking nut milks like almond milk, they tend to get stuck drinking commercial milks because they are easy to buy and have a nice creamy texture that works well in things like coffee. They almost all have additives like guar gum, xantham gum, or carrageenan which many people surprisingly have bad reactions to! If you love nut milk, try making your own or using a brand like Three Trees. It is expensive because its just almonds…other nut milks don’t use many nuts, yikes!
Mint chocolate lasagna, WHAT??? It’s ok, it’s just a whimsical name for a dessert that definitely does no contain pasta or tomatoes.
As an aside, did you know that in many Asian countries, the tomato cherry is widely considered to be a fruit? Yes, scientifically, tomatoes are fruit, but in the West, we keep them to savory foods. Travel to China and expect to find tomatoes on your ice cream sundae!
Back to this “lasanga”! You’ll need Mint Oreos, butter, cream cheese, sugar, cream, Cool Whip, instant chocolate pudding, milk, mint extract, and green food coloring (or spirulina). This recipe is no-bake and easy enough for the author’s 11 year-old daughter to make. Win!
Isn’t it funny how the word fudge instantly makes food sound more delicious?
Ok, so this recipe is raw, vegan, and gluten-free. No way is it going to be tasty, right? Wrong! Raw, vegan desserts have come a long, long way in recent years as more and more people experiment with making tasty desserts.
The crust of this pie is made from walnuts, medjool dates, and cocoa, for example. That’s gotta be tasty! The fudgy layers are made with an avocado base. Avocado is desserts and smoothies is a fun one, because people absolutely, 100% DO NOT WANT avocado in their sweet foods. Then they try it and realize the avocado-ness fades away and it makes whatever its blended into like a super pudding. Try it!
These are a super fun and delicious recipe to make and offer to people. When they start raving, surprised them with “By the way, they’re vegan paleo!” Yes, they’re that good.
You’ll need these ingredients: medjool dates, nuts, cacao, mint, dairy free dark chocolate, coconut oil, coconut butter, and matcha powder.
The base of this is like a breakfast bar, but the matcha cream layer and chocolate coating turn it into a chocolate-y, minty, matcha-y, yummy treat.
Have you tried overnight oats yet? Cooking oats in milk is actually just a really fast way of getting the oats to soften and absorb the milk, but you can do the exact same thing by leaving it overnight. It’s actually nice and refreshing in the summer when the last thing you want to eat is a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal.
This recipe is a basic overnight oatmeal recipe, but with dark chocolate and mint to make it almost like a dessert, but still outrageously healthy!
Did you know Oreos are vegan? Yeah, the cream filling isn’t cream. Huh. Who know?
If you’re loving Mint Chocolate Oreos, give this super moist mint chocolate cupcake recipe a try! It has fluffy chocolate mint frosting and an Oreo on top! Surprise, it’s also dairy free and vegan.
More fudge! This recipe combines canned frosting and chocolate to make a dreamy, creamy chocolate mint fudge recipe you’ll love!
Fudge traditionally is a type of sugar candy that is made by mixing butter, sugar, and milk, and heating it to a very low temperature. Then you beat it while the mixture cools so it has a smooth, creamy consistency.
If you want to try a traditional chocolate mint fudge recipe, you’ll need:
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon mint extract
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk and add the salt. Take off the heat, stir in the mint extract. Spread it evenly in a foil-lined nine-inch square pan. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until firm. Remove it and cut into yummy fudge bites!
Luxury lives in the finer details. It’s a cloth napkin at a dinner table. It’s a mint on your pillow before bed.
We use a lot of mint extract in this list, but don’t forget fresh mint leaves! If you’ve planted mint in your garden, you’ll know it grows like a weed and you end up with more mint than you could ever use. This recipe calls for 70% cocoa dark chocolate, coconut oil, and fresh mint leaves. Just dip the leaves in melted chocolate and cool. So refreshing, so simple.
A healthy ice cream that doesn’t need an ice cream maker? Sign us up! You’ll need avocados, banana, coconut oil, mint, maple syrup, milk, and bittersweet chocolate chips. Blend and freeze for an outrageously delicious summer treat!
Energy balls are a fun alternative to energy bars. Who said that they had to come in a rectangular flat shape, right?
These are super easy to make and can be carried in a baggie throughout your day to keep your energy levels high and banish hunger. You’ll need almonds, cashews, pepitas, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, cocoa, raw honey, peanut butter, dark chocolate, mint, and coconut or rice flour.
You basically just run it all through a food processor and roll the dough into balls. How easy is that?
A lot of these mint chocolate recipes are awesome for a St. Patrick’s day party because of the green. That doesn’t mean you can’t eat them year round, of course!
These are a tad complicated, but well worth it! They rely on coconut oil and milk, dates, cocoa, avocado to create a variety of different flavors and textures. This recipe is also raw and vegan, so a big YAY! for healthy and delicious.
Oooooooh, that Midnight Mint Mocha Frappucino from Starbucks was downright addictive! Make a vegan brownie version with this recipe that uses flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, vegan butter, sugar, flax eggs, instant coffee, vanilla, nut milk, and peppermint. You won’t believe these are vegan!
It is the destiny of mint to be crushed.
Most popsicles are vegan, because they are mostly fruit and water, right? So mint and chocolate aren’t fruits, but this recipe still keeps it dairy free and refreshing. Mix coconut milk, cacao powder and nibs, maple syrup, spirulina, mint, and chocolate chips, then freeze them in popsicle makers.
Green mint chocolate chip cookies? Sign us up! This is a very standard chocolate chip cookie recipe, but people tend to add cocoa to the dough when making mint cookies. This one doesn’t, so the mint extract turns it green. How fun!
Whether you’re looking for an unhealthy but oh so decadent mint chocolate dessert, or want a totally virtuous mint chocolate raw chocolate treat to nosh between workouts, we got you covered!
Skip the mint extract and use fresh mint from the garden during the summer for a subtle, fresh mint pop to any of these recipes.
Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!