Guys, I have a confession to make, I didn’t go grocery shopping this week. Between a ton of work, plans with people, and my car being out of commission for a few days, I just haven’t had the time. But, honestly, I haven’t really needed to get anything, so why go? What I haven’t done is post the recipes for the surgery treats I made last week.
Mother’s day was a few weeks ago, and I wasn’t able to see mom on mother’s day because my parents were out of town for my sister’s graduation. I couldn’t think of anything to get her anyway. My mom has always been so hard to get stuff for and I just didn’t want to get her another plant from the nursery like I have in the past. Luckily for me, I stumbled on a BuzzFeed article that had a lot of home made candy recipes in it, one for peppermint patties. While mom doesn’t like a ton of different foods, she does like dark chocolate and peppermint.
On top of that, I got bored one night and decided I NEEDED chocolate pudding. But, I don’t normally have milk on hand anymore because I’ve been using almond milk for my smoothies. But, I went to the internet and found a recipe on the Silk website for a chocolate pudding. Now, I didn’t have corn starch so I had to use flour as a thickener, but it works just as well.
Here’s what to get from the store:
Refined coconut oil (unrefined will taste like coconut and won’t go with peppermint!)
Dark Chocolate chips
Peppermint extractCoco powder
Homemade Peppermint Patties
(From The Prairie Homestead)
1/2 cup coconut oil
3-4 tablespoons honey
1/2 t. vanilla
6-10 drops peppermint essential oil OR 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2/3-3/4 cups chocolate chips, melted
- With a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla until very smooth.
- Drip in the peppermint essential oil or extract. Taste as you go to make sure you are satisfied with the level of mintiness.
- Place this mixture in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to allow it to slightly harden (It will be far too sticky to handle at this point.)
- Once the mixture is firm enough to handle, divide the coconut oil mixture into 12 portions, and roll them into small balls.
- Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently flatten them to form a disc.
- Place the cookie sheet back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to allow them to firm up once more.
- While the discs are chilling, melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler until smooth.
- Remove the discs from the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate. Place them back onto the parchment paper and allow to set.
- Store your homemade peppermint patties in the fridge to prevent them from getting sticky and melting.
Chocolate Pudding with Almond Milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cornstarch or 1/3 cup flour
3 cups Silk soy, almond or coconutmilk, any flavor except Light
3 Tbsp margarine (or butter)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine the cocoa, sugar, salt and cornstarch in a saucepan and mix well.
Slowly add the Silk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat while whisking constantly.
Lower the heat to a simmer, cover and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes, until pudding begins to thicken
Remove from the heat and whisk in the margarine (or butter) and vanilla.
Pour into 1 large bowl or 8 small serving bowls and refrigerate for at least an hour until thoroughly chilled.
I also had to skip yoga for a few days and I HATED it. I actually felt my energy levels go down throughout the week, it was crazy. Granted, I had a great time with an awesome person AND my car got fixed, so I can’t be too mad about it.
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