Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars-No Bake/Gluten & Soy-Free

But, now that fall has passed us by, nothing screams Winter Holidays to me like Peppermint or Minty Flavored Desserts.  And there’s no better way to enjoy mint than with chocolate.  You agree, right?

Growing up I loved my moms’ Creme de Menthe Bars but since I am a gluten & soy-free vegan, and the traditional recipe is very heavy on dairy, eggs, and crumb-cookie crusts, I had some major tweaking to do.  But I succeed and present you with:

Averie’s Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars-No Bake/Gluten & Soy-Free
This is a 3 Layered Bar: The Chocolate Base/Crust, the White Minty Buttercream-Inspired Middle Layer, and the Chocolate Mint Top Layer.
It is definitely like Thin Mints meets Buttercream Frosting meets Dipped in a Minty Chocolate Bath.  And the whole thing is done in less than 20 minutes.


Base/Crust
1/4 c Earth Balance-Soy Free Buttery Spread (or your preferred butter/margarine).  Melt the Butter.

Then add:
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/4 c almond meal
1/4 c ground oats/oat flour (note: you can just use 1/2 c almond meal OR whatever combo & type of flour you prefer, i.e. cashew, oat, rice, almond, wheat, etc.)
1/4 c powdered sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Optional: 2 Tbsp Agave

Stir everything together.  Pour into your container & flatten.

You may have some leftover crust mixture, about 1/4 c worth.  Or just make a thicker crust.  Yummy stuff.

Set in the freezer while you make the middle layer.

Middle Layer
1/4 c of Buttery Spread.   Melt it.

Then add:
1.5 c powdered sugar (I said it’s vegan, not low cal)
Scant 1/4 c Creme de Menthe (If you don’t have access to Creme de Menthe, use Peppermint Extract and start with 1 Tbsp, adding slowly and carefully until just slightly minty or to taste)
Optional: Green Food coloring to make it look minty.  Or a shot of green juice.

Whip Until Blended, Creamy, & Fluffy.  (This is basically Buttercream Frosting.  Tip of the Day: Vegan Buttercream frosting is 1 part buttery spread to 3 parts powdered sugar, dash of vanilla extract, blend, devour.)

Pour this mixture over the crust forming the middle layer.

Put in fridge/freezerwhile you make the Top Layer

Side View of Crust + Middle

Top Layer
1/4 c Buttery Spread.  Melt it.

Add 1/2 c Chocolate Chips (I used the Chocolate and Mint Holiday Edition chips, not technically vegan.  But you could use Baker’s Chocolate, or Cocoa Powder, Agave, Coconut Oil, with an optional Peppermint Extract to keep the top layer truly vegan)
1/4 c powdered sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Add all the ingredients to the melted buttery spread and whisk until combined

Retrieve Crust + Middle Layer from Freezer, and Pour the Chocolate Top Layer over it

Place back into Freezer to Cool & Set Up

Can anyone say Crust + Middle + Top = Vegan Oreo Mint Cookie Adaptation?

After the Creme de Menthe Bars have set up, retrieve them from the freezer and Devour with Wild Abandon.

These are the adult-themed version of Girl Scout Cookie Thin Mints meet Minty Buttercream Frosting meet Chocolate Decadence.

You’ve got a crunchy chocolaty minty base layer, with a fluffy minty frosting-like center, with Chocolate on the Top.

They are soooo good.  Sooo rich.

You really only need a tiny piece to feel satisfied…

….Or a big square to feel stuffed.

I included lots of photos for a step-by-step Creme de Menthe making tutorial and it looks like alot, but the whole recipe only takes about 20 minutes of active kitchen time and the rest if just waiting for set-up in the freezer.

Enjoy!

Have you ever tried Creme de Menthe Bars?

 

   

89 Responses to “Vegan Creme de Menthe Bars-No Bake/Gluten & Soy-Free”

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    Katie — January 14, 2010 at 12:02 am

    mint and chocolate = heaven!

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    Ashlei — January 14, 2010 at 12:32 am

    peppermint makes everything better!

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    Jamie — January 14, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Oh my! It all sounds great!

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    Food Makes Fun Fuel — January 14, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Is there any flavor of pudding you CAN'T recreate with chia?

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    Audrey — January 14, 2010 at 3:59 am

    oh. my. gosh. that creamy mint chocolate stuff looks divine!

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    Tina — January 14, 2010 at 4:34 am

    OMG so good!

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    Veg is Sexy — January 14, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Please come make chia desserts for me!

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    Anonymous — January 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    yum bomb! :)

    love.claud AT mycleaninbox.net

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    Serena — January 15, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I tried this, it is EXCELLENT

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    Laura D — January 15, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Your holiday peppermint chia pudding sounds perfect for the season!

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    Candice — January 15, 2010 at 2:39 am

    There are so many great ideas in this post! I can't wait to try them. I'm not sure about the holiday peppermint pudding because I don't really care for chocolate and peppermint together (I know I'm a freak:). The chocolate chia cookie bar is definitely going to have to be made asap, though!!

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    Gaby — January 15, 2010 at 4:59 am

    That chia recipe will go very well with my peppermint hot cocoa :)

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    Mandiee — January 17, 2010 at 2:45 am

    wow, this pudding looks so good! do you know what the difference between peppermint and mint are? i've tried both extracts but i've always been curious.

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — January 18, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Mmmmm…this post made my mouth water with all the pudding pics :-)

    And those dehydrated bananas look pretty good too!

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    Julia — February 19, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I kept seeing comments from you on other blogs i read so I had to stop by yours. I am so glad I did! I'm slowly moving to a higher raw foods diet and you have some incredible (& easy) looking recipes! And I super love the yoga move at the end of each post! The first recipe I'm going to try is definitely the peppermint chia seed pudding!

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    CinciMom11 — May 8, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I love mint, especially with chocolate!

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    McKella — May 8, 2010 at 2:48 am

    I love mint!

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    goofyfrito — May 8, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I love mint! It's so refreshing.

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    Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl — May 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I'm not super crazy about mint but once in a while, I like a good chocolate-mint combo. :-D

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    Angelique — May 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I love mint! I like to throw it into smoothies, into veggie wraps/rolls, is super good in paired with fruit. It makes a lovely shade of green for raw mint ice cream. We even found a huge patch of it growing wild by our favorite creek last weekend. I loved sitting by it and soaking in the fragrance.

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    Kristina — May 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    mmm wow! chia peppermint pudding? very interesting! and the recipe is so simple!!! brilliant! ;)
    I may have to try that tonight!

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    run4may — May 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Ewww… I never was a fan of mint, but would maybe try it again.

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    Melissa — May 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I LOVE mint! I love growing it too and picking it fresh from my planter! It makes the best mint tea! I loved being reminded of the holiday chia seed pudding..yumm! I hope that I can handle the texture because it sounds soo delish!

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    Claudia — August 28, 2010 at 12:38 am

    I'm not a fan of mint, it reminds me of eating toothpaste

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    Yin — August 28, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I'm not a big fan of mint (especially mixed with chocolate), but it's not something I loathe.

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    Beth — August 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I love the taste of peppermint and prefer to use the real thing when I can. However, the extract is the next best thing in a pinch :)

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    Beth — November 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I had this recipe printed out from when you first posted it, but I seem to have lost it between last year and this year.
    I’ve come back to print it out again, as it is a real favourite at Christmas gatherings and I love that is is Gluten Free.

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    Keely — January 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Hi I really want to try this as I live in Australia and right now we are having 40 degree summer weather. No oven for me! Just one question. Is powdered sugar just icing sugar? Thanks!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 9th, 2014 at 12:42 am

      I believe they are the same sugar…you want a super-fine, snow-white sugar. Not like granulated sugar but bright white powdery sugar. Enjoy!

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