Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Peppermint Patties that are good for you!
A Late Happy New Year to all of you! We all know that last year flew by and this year will as well. My prayer is that we will all find areas to simplify our lives in and really treasure the days that we are given. I agree with Ann Voskamp who says that we may not be able to stop time, but we can slow it down by giving it our FULL attention. Now that is my paraphrase, but I think it is pretty accurate. It is good either way :)
I have really wanted some good mint chocolate and the other day when I was visiting a blog that I try to read every so often (passionatehomemaking.com) she had posted on healthy peppermint patties. I gave them a try. Other than offering a couple of my own tips, there was no need to alter or adapt this recipe. They are great. And, a great way to eat the organic coconut oil in its raw form. Which is a healthy fat that actually increases metabolism. Give it a try and enjoy!
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil (organic preferably) (Amazon offers it at a great price...Nutiva brand)
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup ( I use raw honey)
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or 3 drops of peppermint oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly (cooling is a must for the chocolate to stick)
Combine the coconut oil, honey, and peppermint in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Place in freezer for about 15 minutes. Refrigerator works well too, you just have to wait longer for it to get really cold and solid.
Scoop out mixture with a teaspoon and form balls on parchment paper. Mash flat and round as much as you possibly can. The warmth from your hands will make the oil soft, so work fast.
Transfer back to freezer or fridge to solidify again.
Remove from freezer and dip with a spoon into the cooled melted chocolate and completely cover them. Allow 10 minutes or so to harden. These need to be kept in fridge until ready to eat.
Makes about 10-15 patties.