Chewy and delicious Peppermint Grinch Pops! Just a few simple whole-food ingredients (and no food coloring)! Your heart might just grow 3 sizes larger when you enjoy these fun little treats! Free from gluten/grains, dairy, refined sugar, eggs and soy-- with a secret healthy twist!
Originally Published December 11, 2017. Updated December 2, 2021
Fun & Festive Christmas Treats
Aren't these just so FUN? My kids absolutely love cute & colorful treats like this.
And as their mom, I'm so happy to let them enjoy because they're dye-free and nutrient-packed! Can you guess what's hidden inside? Shhh, it's a secret 😉 Hint: it's a veggie! But NO ONE will ever know! You can't taste it!
These DELICIOUSLY chewy bite-size bliss balls are a heavenly minty DREAM to sink your teeth into. And an absolute DELIGHT to make and share!
Wouldn't be so CUTE for a cookie exchange or a Christmas party? Especially a pre-k or elementary school party! My kids went CRAZY for these! 🙂 (Ok and I did too! I am absolutely OBSESSED)
Last week we had movie night and I watched the remake of How The Grinch Stole Christmas with my 4 year old daughter. Oh how I love that movie!
I love the whimsical characters almost as much as I love the message: "Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more." Amen!
And I'm a little bit OBSESSED with the Grinch himself, lol. His feathery hands and pot belly. His creepy little smile. He's creepy and adorable at the same time, ha. There's no one like him.
I might be so very fond of this little guy because way back when my husband and I first started dating... maybe 16 years ago, we went on a "glamorous" date involving the Grinch. A date to the Walmart garden center, lol. Why did we go to WALMART? I have no idea.
I'll never forget laughing so much that cried buckets of tears on a swing in the Walmart garden center. My (now) husband sang me the Grinch song, but changed the words to make it utterly ridiculous and hilarious. And we still sing it to this day. And laugh! He always makes me laugh. That's what I love about him 🙂
How to make Grinch Pops
Be prepared to spread buckets of holiday CHEER when you make these Grinches! haha
These little Grinch pops make me so freakishly happy. Looking at them makes me smile. And laugh. They bring JOY! I hope they do the same for you!
You can make the dough for these pops in just a few minutes using a food processor. Literally just blend everything together. Roll into balls. No baking! SO EASY. And easy makes me happy 🙂
5 real-food ingredients, one of which is a SECRET, makes me giddy! Do you know what it is??
The Real-Food Ingredients
- Maple Syrup
- (SECRET INGREDIENT.. shhhh)
- Peppermint, vanilla and salt
Plus a little melted chocolate and almond slices for making the faces. (You can also roll them into truffles with your choice of coating instead of making the Grinch heads. Totally up to you!)
Secret Healthy Ingredients
Wanna know the secret ingredient? These pops are positively PACKED packed with veggies! Green vegetables! Can you believe they're made with SPINACH? I PROMISE YOU CAN'T TASTE IT.
If you saw my Christmas Tree Pie, you know I love creating gorgeous GREEN colored desserts using spinach!
Not only can you create festive, fun treats, but they can be secretly healthy, too! Loaded with vitamins A & C, calcium and protein.
So eat up, kids! It's basically the ONLY way I can get my 2 children to eat any spinach these days is to HIDE it in something else. #momlife haha
So, it's totally up to you if you want to sculpt your own Grinch heads, or leave them rolled into balls. I actually think they look more appealing with a combination of different ingredients and textures.
I used chocolate drizzle on some, and an assortment of shredded unsweetened coconut, almond flour, and sugar for others. And also left some plain! Variety is the spice of life. 🙂
Making the actual Grinch faces isn't all that hard if you're a little crafty. I'm not really a crafty mom, but this was actually a fun project. I felt like I was playing with Play-Doh!
I'll show you step by step below in the recipe how to make the faces. You'll need almond slices, melted chocolate, and a sharp knife. (And a photo of the Grinch helps, too.)
What do they taste like?
Did I mention how crazy DELICIOUS these guys are?! They almost taste like the inside of a peppermint patty, but thicker and more chewy.
SO good! They're scrumptiously sweet and full of peppermint flavor. Bite-sized bliss. So perfect for the holidays.
A peppermint DREAM.
How to Store Grinch Pops
These need to be stored in the refrigerator for 5-7 days in an airtight container since they do contain fresh vegetables.
For longer storage, you can freeze them. Simply thaw on the counter or refrigerator until they are soft and chewy again.
Have a question? Drop it in the comments below. I'm happy to help your Grinch dreams come to life! 🙂 haha
Who's ready to make some GRINCH POPS? If you make them, I'd love to hear from you! Tag me on Facebook or Instagram! 🙂
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Peppermint Grinch Pops
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut - plus more for rolling
- ½ cup fresh baby spinach - packed
- 1 Tbs coconut flour
- 2 ½ Tbs maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- Pinch of pink salt
- almond slices & melted chocolate for the face and drizzle
To make the dough:
- Blend cashews, coconut and spinach in a food processor until finely ground.
- Scrape down sides and add remaining ingredients. Pulse until thoroughly mixed.
- Scoop into 1 Tbs balls. Roll smooth with your hands. (Chill dough for 5 minutes if making faces) Or roll into desired toppings, such as coconut, or drizzle on melted chocolate.
To make the Grinch face:
- Pinch the top of the ball to form the shape of his head - smaller on top and large round cheeks.
- Cut almond slivers into eye shapes, using the rounded ends of each almond slice. Press the eyes into the ball to form an imprint, then set aside.
- Melt chocolate in a small bowl. Dip a sharp knife in chocolate and dot 2 eyes (this acts as glue). Place the almond eyes on the chocolate. Then draw eyes on the almonds with a chocolate dipped knife (it only takes a tiny drop)
- Draw evil eyebrow with the chocolate dipped knife, following the shape of the almonds.
- Use a clean, sharp knife to carve a big smile, nose and scowl on his forehead.
- Chill a few minutes to set the chocolate. ENJOY!
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These are so adorable! I'm going to make them with my niece this weekend. It just so happens well be visiting the Grinch in whoville at the City Market, too! Thanks for helping me make great memories!
Thank you Cindy What perfect timing! I hope you all enjoy them
My daughter loves the Grinch, but she doesn't like coconut. Do you have a suggestion for a substitute for the coconut?
Hmm, you could try 2 Tbs cashew butter or almond butter.
You can't taste the coconut at all, if that's what she doesn't like (no coconut flavor or texture.)
I’m assuming you soak the cashews first?
No! No soaking just blend.
Is there a substitute for peppermint extract? I live in the Netherlands and we have peppermint oil, is that the same?
Yes you can use peppermint oil 🙂 if you have essential oil (highly concentrated) then it would only take a drop or 2.
Just finished making these and am getting ready to decorate with the Grinch face. 🙂 What kind of melted chocolate do you recommend?
Yay! Use your favorite bar of chocolate or some chocolate chips
Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips are free from dairy and soy.
I just wanted to let you know that I made these today and substituted 2 Tbs almond butter for the coconut like you suggested. They turned out great! Thank you!
Yay! So glad! Thanks for letting me know it worked
I forgot to mention that I made them sugar free by replacing the maple syrup with stevia. My kids loved them and had no idea they had spinach in them!
That's so great, Jennifer! #momwin
I'm so excited to try these! my kids are GF/DF/dye free and I've been hunting fun holiday ideas. We sadly can't do peppermint- do they have enough flavor to just skip it? Or should I sub PB or almond butter as others did for the coconut if that doesnt contribute any flavor to give a flavor boost? I want to be sure they love the flavor and don't balk at the green LOL!
I’m excited for you to try them too! And glad it fits your needs 🙂
Yes, you can leave out the peppermint, but if you can use other extracts I would add another something like vanilla or a tiny bit of almond just to boost the flavor. It’s good plain but I think even better with vanilla or something added.
I always recommend tasting the “dough” so you can adjust the flavor however you like 🙂
Hope you and your kids enjoy! Let me know how it goes!