Growing up in a family with lots of allergies, there were always several food options at gatherings. An egg-free cake, a pizza without cheese and now thanks to yours truly, a fully vegan option as well. I always keep this in mind when I am creating a recipe for gatherings because being the only one at a party who can’t eat anything on the table, or isn’t able to have dessert is quite an uncomfortable and isolating feeling.
I believe food, especially at get togethers, should be as inclusive and compassionate as possible.

However creating recipes that everyone can enjoy sometimes comes at a cost  – and with these peppermint patties it came at the price of using refined sugar. We all know by now that refined sugar is not a healthy food, we should limit it and strive to get sugars from natural and unrefined sources. But in my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence here at there as long another’s life is not jeopardized as a result.

There are lots of recipes out there that use nuts or soy as the base of these patties so if you can’t get over the idea of refined sugar – feel free to head over to google. And of course, I would love to hear from you if you know of a recipe that is plant based, natural (no artificial sweeteners please) free of all top allergens AND refined sugar free!

Notes:

  • I highly recommend using the doTerra peppermint essential oil here. I have made these with peppermint extract and the cooling sensation just isn’t the same.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women may want to use peppermint extract as peppermint essential oil is not recommended pre/postpartum