These puppies have been on my recipe “To-Do” list for months! I finally decided to make them for an essential oils class I hosted a few weeks ago. In spirit of essential oils, I used pure Peppermint Oil in the recipe, rather than peppermint extract, and they turned out beyond delicious! It was hard to keep my hands off of them!
You see, I am a long time sugar addict.
There, I admitted it.
Did you know that sugar is more addictive than cocaine? No wonder the thought of going cold-turkey gave me the chills and had me day-dreaming about my next chocolate indulgence when I first endured a sugar detox, 6 years ago.
Sugar is highly addictive and is linked to numerous health problems like insulin-resistance, Diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and triglycerides, weight gain, cancer growth, mood imbalances, digestive issues and so much more. There are many different types of sugar and it is found in countless food items on your grocery store shelves. It is important to read food labels [the ingredient list, specifically], this is the best way to avoid hidden sugar sources and processed junk.
Here’s the deal my friends, if you are a sugar addict like I was 6 years ago and like so many of my dear clients, the best thing you can do to start the journey toward breaking that sugar craze [therefore, improving your health] is to begin eliminating processed sugars of all forms. Look for these words and if you find them, drop that package and walk away…quickly!
- Agave Nectar
- Barley Malt Syrup
- Beet Sugar
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Brown Sugar
- Cane Crystals (or, even better, “cane juice crystals”)
- Cane Sugar
- Corn sweetener
- Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids
- Dehydrated Cane Juice
- Evaporated Cane Juice
- Fruit juice concentrate
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Invert sugar
- Malt syrup
- Palm Sugar
- Raw sugar
- Rice Syrup
- Sorghum or sorghum syrup
- Turbinado Sugar
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, choose a low-glycemic fruit like organic berries or an apple, a homemade sweet treat made with real-food sugar sources like honey, maple syrup, dates, or coconut sugar and always combine it with some kind of protein or fat source to help lower the overall blood sugar reaction.
Most importantly, eating sweets sparingly is always the best choice, no matter how “pure” or “real” the sugar source. Our bodies are not meant to take on large amounts of sugar so it is best left to special occasions.
This recipe is the perfect sweet-fix and is also full of healthy fats to keep you satisfied. These would be great to take to a holiday party, bridal shower or family picnic [I promise you’ll be everyone’s favorite guest]!
Try them and let me know what you think!
Happy eating friends!
- ¾ cup raw almonds, preferably soaked and dehydrated
- ¾ cup medjool dates, pitted
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons organic, cold pressed coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3-4 drops pure peppermint oil (please only use a pure brand, like doTerra)*
- ½ cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes (you can also use chopped walnuts, raw cocoa nibs, or other super foods to roll your bites in)
- In a food processor, pulse the almond until they resemble a coarse meal (no big chunks).
- Add the dates and cocoa powder to the almonds and pulse until the dates are shredded and the ingredients appear “wet” and crumbly, about 45 seconds.
- Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla and peppermint oil to the cocoa mixture and pulse for 30-45 seconds until the mixture begins to come together and “stick”. Make sure that all the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Form the dough into tablespoons-size balls and roll in the shredded coconut (or the topping of your choice). This recipe should make 12-18 bites depending on the size you choose. Refrigerate for up to three weeks.
- *If you are not a fan of peppermint, simply omit the peppermint oil.
- Nuts, seeds, grains and beans contain phytic acid, the storage form of phosphorus, which binds [or chelates] minerals in our digestive tract, leaving these very important compounds unavailable to us. It also inhibits important enzymes, like pepsin, that help us to digest our food. In order to neutralize phytic acid- soak the raw almonds in a large bowl of clean water with 1 tablespoon sea salt for about 6 hours. After soaking, strain and rinse almonds then lay them out on a clean towel and pat dry. Dehydrate under 150 degrees F for 12 to 24 hours or until crispy and crunchy. These are so delicious and way better than raw almonds! They are also more nutritious and allow you to absorb those very important minerals from your food.