Chocolate Mint! Oh, my!
I grew up looking forward to all my Mom’s holiday candy making and fudge was always my favorite.
But here’s the deal… Since I’ve gotten the sugar monkey off my back the thought of Mom’s fudge just doesn’t do it for me anymore. No worries. I just came up with a healthier solution. A solution that makes me feel good when I indulge!
This yummy cacao (healthier than processed chocolate!) dessert recipe helps you get through the holidays without packing on the pounds or feeling deprived.
These are great for a pre-workout energy bite, to bring to a holiday party and to crowd-out holiday candy.
* 1 ½ cups walnuts
* 1 cup pitted dates
* 1 tsp vanilla
* 1/3 cup cacao powder
* ½ cup fresh mint (or a drop of peppermint essential oil)
Mix all ingredients in food processor, pulse and then blend well. The mixture should have the consistency of peanut butter.
Use a melon baller to scoop out mixture and form into one-inch balls; place in mini muffin paper cups. (I place the paper cups in a mini muffin tray so they don’t slide around.)
Leave as a round ball or simply press mixture into muffin cup (not as pretty but less fuss).
Remove muffin cups from tray and place in a re-sealable storage container using wax paper in between layers; store in freezer for at least one hour.
Remove and serve cold or at room temperature.
*Note: if you are reducing caffeine for a better night’s sleep, remember that cacao has caffeine. If you do eat a piece of the fudge, do so earlier in the day!