Sweet Rewards

Posted on May 22, 2015. Filed under: Deserts | Tags: , , , |

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!)
Honey
Dark Chocolate chips
Peppermint extractCoco powder
Almond milk
Corn starch
Butter

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

 

  1. With a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla until very smooth.
  2. Drip in the peppermint essential oil or extract. Taste as you go to make sure you are satisfied with the level of mintiness.
  3. 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.)
  4. Once the mixture is firm enough to handle, divide the coconut oil mixture into 12 portions, and roll them into small balls.
  5. Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently flatten them to form a disc.
  6. Place the cookie sheet back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to allow them to firm up once more.
  7. While the discs are chilling, melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler until smooth.
  8. Remove the discs from the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate. Place them back onto the parchment paper and allow to set.
  9. Store your homemade peppermint patties in the fridge to prevent them from getting sticky and melting.

 

Chocolate Pudding with Almond Milk
(From Silk)

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

  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar, salt and cornstarch in a saucepan and mix well.
  2. Slowly add the Silk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat while whisking constantly.
  3. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes, until pudding begins to thicken
  4. Remove from the heat and whisk in the margarine (or butter) and vanilla.
  5. 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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