Mint Slice!! How come i had never thought of this concept earlier?! Since going gluten free a couple of years ago, we had to give up our dearly beloved mint slice biscuits, oh those were magnificent… I always had the idea of creating a gluten free biscuit for a while but never worked up the courage to actually pull it off, the task of creating the most perfect looking and tasting mint slice biscuit that resembles the original just seemed all too daunting! Yes, first world problems!
Ok Ok, let’s be real, this no bake, gluten free and vegan mint slice is unbelievably GOOD! Good just doesn’t cut it though, amazing, delectable, addicting and decadent comes close to what these beauties taste like. Each bite reminds me of the Australian classic mint slice biscuit. I cannot take all the credit myself though, i took two elements from Phoebe’s ‘Pheebs Foods‘ Chocolate Mint Slice recipe and oh my goodness golly gosh, can we please just take a moment to appreciate how great these taste. I wouldn’t be lying if i told you i went out to the fridge numerous times today, lifted the lid the mint slice is in and just sit there and smell it… is this awkward now? Please tell me you do that too?! *drooling*
Let me take you on a journey of this beautiful vegan and gluten free mint slice you see before you. The white base is made up of desiccated coconut, cashews, coconut oil, peppermint extract and a couple more yummy ingredients. I used 3 teaspoons of peppermint extract in my mint slice as i LOVE a good strong mint flavour, by no means is it too overpowering that you can only taste mint, no, it’s the perfect balance. I welcome you to add as many or less teaspoons of peppermint extract as your taste desires.
Now for that decadent and good looking chocolate ganache topping… jeez louise! All you need is two ingredients to create this chocolate ganache. Good quality dark chocolate or dark cooking chocolate will also do the job! Melt it with coconut cream into a smooth shiny ganache. Once you pour the ganache topping over your coconut peppermint base layer, you’re going to set your mint slice in the freezer for a good 2-3 hours or until the ganache has set. It won’t completely harden, it will still be slightly soft to the touch.
So there you have it! The most perfect gluten free, no bake and vegan (if you use vegan dark chocolate) Mint Slice! Yes yes so much YES! Meanwhile back at the ranch, I’m trying to savour every inch i have left of this slice because it’s that amazing, enjoy!
- Peppermint Base
- 1 cup (90g) desiccated coconut
- 1½ cups (240g) cashews
- ½ cup (110g) coconut oil, solid
- 2 Tbsp rice malt syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
- 3 tsp peppermint extract
- Chocolate Ganache
- 250g coconut cream
- 200g dark chocolate*
- Peppermint Base
- Line a 9” x 9” square baking tray with parchment paper, set aside.
- In a high speed food processor, add all base ingredients, blend until well combined and mixture begins to stick together.
- Press mixture into prepared pan, set in refrigerator.
- Chocolate Ganache
- In a double boiler over low-medium heat, melt coconut cream and chocolate together, stirring occasionally until smooth and shiny.
- Once completely melted and smooth, remove from heat and let cool and thicken for 10 minutes.
- Pour over base layer.
- Set in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until chocolate icing is completely set.
- Remove from freezer and slice into squares with a warm sharp knife.
- Serve and Enjoy!
*Use a vegan dark chocolate for a complete vegan recipe.
To create perfect sliced squares, run a sharp knife under hot running water, wipe down and slice. This will make it easier for you to cut into the frozen slice.