If you’ve been following the blog, you may have noticed the trend toward more and more healthy recipes. Easy no-bake cookies are easy to turn into healthy treats. caramel corn not as much, but but at least we can make it a little more healthy, right?
For a long time, I’ve been ruling my food life by macronutrients – getting the “right” ratio of proteins to fat and carbs – and quite frankly, it’s led me to have an unhealthy relationship with food.
I’ve been justifying my intake of desserts and treat that are devoid of nutrition, because all that mattered was that it was a source of carbs.
Not that I ate many carbs.
Protein is king, but I had the last straw with stuffing myself with chicken and protein shakes when I injured my shoulder several weeks ago. After all, clearly eating all that protein wasn’t helping me get stronger.
So I decided to make a change. I’d eat protein if I wanted to, and carbs – even fruit – if I wanted to.
My new goal was to pack as much nutrition into the food I eat as I can.
Don’t you think that if you can make treats that taste delicious, and also have some nutrition, you’ll be less tempted by the junk in the checkout lane?
That’s my thinking. I make and eat treats whenever I want now – not just on Sunday – and I make them as healthy as I can.
I switched my pantry ingredients from white and brown sugar, to evaporated cane juice, stevia, honey, and maple syrup.
This recipe came about because I have this box of coconut in my pantry, and I decided to try my hand at making coconut butter in my husband’s fancy new Ninja blender.
Smart plan, huh?
The internet’s full of ideas though, and I LOVE peppermint patties! So that was my first go-to.
I wanted to use stevia to sweetened them, and I still plan to eventually, but my husband doesn’t like stevia. Like, at all.
So for the preliminary round, we used maple syrup.
And the results were astounding.
So good. Like. I can’t even put these down delicious.
If you’re wondering how to create the peppermint flavor, you can pick up peppermint extract at almost any grocery store, but I can’t vouch for how that will affect the flavor – it’s been years since I’ve used it, because I now put peppermint essential oil in my peppermint goodies. There’s a lot of debate about whether essential oils should be ingested, but peppermint is famous as a digestive aid, and Young Living – which are the only oils I’m comfortable ingesting – has a new line of oils, called “vitality” oils that are formulated specifically for taking orally. How cool is that!
Maybe adding that peppermint digestive aid will make up for all the carbs I’ve been eating. 😉
Healthy Peppermint Patties
Paleo Peppermint Patties
- 1/2 cup of coconut butter (buy it here, or make your own)
- 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 4 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 5–6 drops peppermint essential oil or 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
- For the chocolate topping:
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup coconut oil or butter
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- (you could also use half a bag of chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter melted together. it’s yummy. Not that I would know….)
- Mix first four ingredients at room temperature (cold coconut butter is as hard as a rock!)
- spoon roughly 1 teaspoon into mini cupcake liners, or other small mold
- Next, mix cocoa, coconut oil or butter, and maple syrup together, adding more or less maple syrup to your taste preference.
- Once peppermint layer is firm, remove from refrigerator, and top with chocolate.
- Place back into the fridge until set.
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