Did you know that there is a holiday for peppermint patties? It’s true! National Peppermint Patty Day is February 11! They’ve been made commercially since 184o here in the U.S., and millions are enjoyed every year around the world. But, if you have blood sugar concerns, you probably avoid York Peppermint Patties at the store. Today we want to celebrate the flavor peppermint patties and the candy itself with four delicious, low-carb recipes.
All four recipes we’ve chosen follow a theme. We went with copycat recipes that are traditionally high in sugar. We love trying totally new things, but sometimes you want to enjoy the stuff you feel you are missing out on!
Homemade marshmallows aren’t hard to make. But, they are almost entirely all sugar. They are airy, sweet, melt on your tongue and a huge treat. This version is the same, but nearly totally carb-free! Store-bought marshmallows don’t hold a candle to ones made at home, and they are so darn easy that once you’ve made these, you will never go back! These are amazing as a dessert on their own or with a hot drink! A serving has 14 calories and just 0.1 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
A Starbucks Peppermint Mocha is high in sugar, high in calories, expensive and not in your kitchen. Those four factors make it unappealing. But, they are delicious. For many people, Starbucks drinks are like a siren call. We understand! But even if you try to order them “skinny,” they are still a big sugar punch. The good news is, you can make the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha in your own home whenever you with way fewer carbs and calories! You’ll be your own barista. This version, made with instant espresso, almond milk, cocoa powder and peppermint extract, has only 39 calories, two grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
Girl Scout cookies are so delicious, and there are few things more American than seeing the Girl Scouts outside the market or having them knock on your door! But, as much as we love them, they are really high in sugar! Thin Mints are the best-selling Girl Scout cookies. We aren’t surprised: they are certainly one of our favorites! This copycat version isn’t perfect because they are a bit softer. But, you can fix that by storing them in the freezer. A serving has 35 calories, 2.4 grams of carbs and 1.2 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
If you want to celebrate the holiday with the classic, this recipe is for you! You can enjoy a creamy, minty patty without the carbs! This recipe is easy. And, if you’re a low-carb baker, you may already have all the ingredients! You can also use this recipe to make any flavor patty you like. But, to celebrate, we say stick to peppermint! We love how fast and simple this recipe is; it’s great when you want to make a treat but don’t want to invest much time into cooking. And, they taste just like the “real” thing! A patty has 43 calories, two grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope you enjoy these recipes and that they help you eat and drink some of the treats you love without upsetting your normal blood sugar!