We live in a society that is frightened by fats. For the past 80+ years, we’ve been trained to banish fat from our diet and make the switch to low-fat foods. These so called “healthy” low-fat or non-fat foods are doing far more harm than good as they are laden with refined salts, sugars, chemical additives and preservatives. These low-fat foods are not only making us fat, but very sick!

It’s time to say, “Yes” to fat! I encourage my clients to get in lots of healthy fats throughout the day (especially saturated like cold-pressed/organic coconut oil, grassfed butter and ghee).

When enjoyed on a regular basis, you can help guarantee a healthy digestion, a smooth operating nervous system and tissues that are supported by diet (for both you and your kids).  Unlike popular belief, healthy, natural, organic fat does not make you fat!  I promise…. The truth is sugar, preservatives, chemical additives and factory made snacks make us fat. And grumpy. And stressed. And, quite honestly, leaving you feeling quite depleted.

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I love this Peppermint Patty recipe as they are full of healthy saturated fat (hooray for coconut oil), enzymes/minerals/vitamins from raw, local honey and organic wild-crafted peppermint essential oil that is known to aid digestion (and so much more), and antioxidants from a little 85%+ cacao. The bitter dark chocolate is the perfect pairing for the cool and creamy coconutty-pepperminty filling. And it’s the perfect “treat” for your kiddos and YOU as part of your healthy lifestyle.

Read more about how knowing the truth about FATS changed my life HERE.

I wish I could take credit for the creation but it all goes to my bestie who is a true mastermind in the kitchen. (See credit below)

If you’ve been waiting on permission to start increasing your fats, consider it granted! Let’s get started this weekend with a beautiful batch of patties!

Peppermint Patties
 
Ingredients
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  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • ⅓ Cup Raw Honey
  • 24 - 26 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil** (or you could use Peppermint Extract)
  • 2 Dark Chocolate Bars - 85%+ cacao - equivalent to 2 cups of chips
  • *Use all organic ingredients if possible.
  • **I only recommend Be Young Essential Oils. Please do not ingest other brands of essential oils unless they carry the E.O.B.B.D seal of purity as you could become very ill.
  • Feeling like a pro? Make your own chocolate in place of the chocolate bars!
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 6 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Grade B Pure Maple Syrup
  • Pinch of Unrefined Salt
  • Mix all ingredients together!
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, while mixing with a fork, combine coconut oil, honey and peppermint oil. The trick is to create a mush with the coconut oil. It is easiest if it is not solid, nor liquid. Work these three ingredients together for almost 3 minutes making sure the peppermint oil has been evenly dispersed. The mixture will now appear very smooth and uniform in consistency. Next place the mixture into the freezer for 5 -10 minutes to allow the mixture to firm up - just slightly.
  2. Line a baking sheet with non-bleached parchment or natural wax paper. Next, use a teaspoon, or a small melon baller to form little balls with the coconut oil - honey mix. This will make 24 peppermint balls. Place them on a baking sheet. Do not crowd. Place the baking sheet into the freezer while you continue onto the next step.
  3. Melt the chocolate over very low heat, while stirring. Allow it to cool to room temperature. If the coconut oil is dipped into hot or warm chocolate, they will melt. The chocolate has to be room temperature (73 degrees) or less, so that you can coat the patties without melting. Take out the baking tray of peppermint balls.
  4. Squish the oil balls, flattening them into little patties. Spearing the patties in the middle, dip them carefully into the melted chocolate. Place the patties back on the parchment paper. When all patties have been coated, place the baking tray back into the freezer to allow them to harden, for 5-10 minutes. Gently remove the patties. Layer them in a glass storage container. Use unbleached wax paper in-between each layer.
  5. Keep in the freezer.Enjoy!

Wanna be fancy and festive?
Here’s an alternative to make this recipe a little more fun and a little bit easier. Using silicon molds (like these) can allow you to customize your peppermint patties into fun shapes for the season! Simply pour a little chocolate into the bottom of the mold. Place the mold in the freezer, allowing it to harden for 5-10 minutes. Remove from the freezer. top the chocolate with the peppermint-coconut filling, saving just enough room for a final coat of chocolate. Place back in the freezer for an additional 5 minutes. Once again, remove the mold from the freezer. Add that final layer of chocolate. Then return to the freezer until firm. Pop out the shapes. Place them on a chilled holiday tray. Watch your guests ooh and ahh at these festive treats.

Love Yourself Fiercely,

Tonya

Recipe credit: Stephanie Bearup, Naturopath & Holistic Doula, stephanie.bearup@gmail.com. Originally published in Holidays Made Nourished.