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Peppermint Candy Canes (raw, vegan, nut-free, gluten-free)

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Raw-Candy-Canes3These are not your typical candy canes that are made from 3 cups sugar, 1 cup of corn syrup, red #5 food dye and a few other items.    My candy canes are not solid and crunchy, nor are they swirled with ribbons of red and white.  Maybe one day.. but this experiment is just taking it one step at a time.

These candy canes hold their shape but will slowly bend over if you hold it by the very end.  They are chewy.  Be careful that you don’t add too much peppermint.  Since you will be biting off pieces and chewing  (rather than sucking on it), the peppermint grows in strength.

To create the candy cane shapes, you can do this free-hand or you can use a template that is slid under the teflex sheet.

So they may not be the candy canes that you grew up eating but it is time to start some new traditions.  Candy canes can taste good and be good for you!  Dates are the base to this recipe and they are an excellent source of dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber, the type that promotes and helps maintain healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels.  They are higher in potassium than oranges, bananas and spinach.

The next ingredient that packs some greatness to this recipe is the beet juice.  When is the last time you got your kiddos to partake of beet juice?  Shhh, it will be our secret.  :)  Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and is known to protect the liver.  The list of health benefits goes on and on for both of the ingredients that I just mentioned, I just shared enough to wet your whistle.   I hope you enjoy these.  Merry Christmas!

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  1. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, process the date paste, beet juice, peppermint extract and salt until everything is well interrogated.
  2. Place the batter in a piping bag fitted with a plain circular tip.  Mine was about 1/4″ in diameter.
  3. Pipe the batter onto the teflex sheet, using the template as your guide.
  4. Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F) for about 6 hours or until it is dry enough to remove and place directly on the mesh sheet.
    • Continue drying for another 18 hours or until dry.  The cane canes won’t dry hard, but they shouldn’t be sticky.
  5. Store in an airtight container on the counter for several weeks.  You can even hang them on the Christmas tree for a week.


One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage.  Daily I get questions regarding substitutions.  Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe.    I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family.  I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.

So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item.  Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient.   Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself.   So have fun, don’t be afraid,  and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.





This was one another attempt that I made.  I softened some raw coconut butter,
piped it out just like the red candy canes and then laid the cane on top.  The coconut
butter returns to a solid state thus giving the over all treat a stiffer feeling, but in
the end, I preferred it without.  You could use raw hardening chocolate in the same



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6 thoughts on “Peppermint Candy Canes (raw, vegan, nut-free, gluten-free)

  1. Jan Ogden says:

    These look great!! taking the recipe with me to visit the grandkids. Excited to do it with them.. Thanks a bunch. Appreciate so much all you share with us… have a great Holiday time… hugs, jan

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Jan… sounds like a wonderful way to spend quality time with your grandkids. Enjoy and have a blessed holiday! amie sue

  2. Cat says:

    You absolutely RULE!! Soooo excited to try these.

  3. wendy says:

    Hi Amie Sue, thanks for your inspiring posts, i love your inventive food. I am thinking of trying this recipe and thought i might twist some dehydrated zucchini strips around the date paste and see how my kids like it. So much of your food inspires me to get in the kitchen. thanks for that Merry Christmas!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Wendy. I appreciate that you took time out of your busy day to share this with me. It means a lot. :) You will have to keep me posted how the zucchini twisting goes. The two won’t dehydrate the same but we learn much through experimenting. :) Merry Christmas Wendy! amie sue

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