Saint Patrick’s Day for me was all about food. Not just eating it, but making it and sharing it with my family. I not only made a slightly sweeter version of my Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies, but I also whipped up some traditional Irish soda bread. But, before the baked goods, I developed these Pine Pollen Peppermint Patties. My original inspiration for this recipe was wanting to make something green to be festive for the Irish holiday. Since I can’t do matcha (too much caffeine), I tried to think of a healthy way to add a vibrant green color. Unfortunately I couldn’t really find anything on short notice, so the green was not meant to be. As Saint Patrick’s Day was quickly flying by, I thought, “Who says mint has to be green?”. So, I decided to make these sweet treats just as they are.
I’m a huge fan of lower sugar treats that are high in healthy fats and full of flavor. They are usually extra delicious and you don’t need near as much to satisfy that sweet tooth. I’ve been a big fan of coconut butter cups for a while now, but I have a hard time finding them in stores around here. They also tend to be a little pricey, so I developed my own recipe. And I included an adaptogen and collagen powder! These Pine Pollen Peppermint Patties are the first of many flavors of coconut butter cups I’d like to develop. However, I just couldn’t wait to get you this recipe! It’s too good not to share immediately!
Peppermint Patty Add-Ins
The reason I landed on this Pine Pollen Peppermint Patties recipe as opposed to another variety is because mint is one of my favorite flavors. Especially when combined with dark chocolate! York peppermint patties are a one of my weaknesses, and while I love them, I knew I could make something cleaner (and tastier). And that’s pretty much what these Pine Pollen Peppermint Patties are.
I added pine pollen and collagen into this recipe for a bit of a nutritional boost. Pine pollen is a sweet and slightly pine-smelling soft yellow powder, with an unnoticeable taste. This supplement has been used for centuries to help boost the immune system, balance hormones, and increase energy and vitality. Collagen powder helps improves the condition of hair, skin, and nails, and aids in digestive tissue health. These peppermint patties can be made and enjoyed without the adaptogen or the collagen, and will still taste the same. However, if you can add some extra nutritional benefits to your healthy treat, why not do so?