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This has been a stressful year. Know how I know? Because my pants don’t fit.
I am a HUGE stress eater (pun intended), and this past year or two has wreaked havoc on my diet and health. It’s definitely time to make some changes, and I am transitioning back into a plant-based, whole foods diet. I have been a vegetarian for over 6 years, but as I like to say, I was an Oreo vegan. Oreos are actually vegan, but that doesn’t mean they are healthy, and there are plenty of unhealthy foods that fit into my vegetarian diet.
My main goal is to eliminate processed food. So far I have done pretty well with my meals, but when that craving for something sweet sneaks up, all my resolve flies out the window and suddenly I am washing down a bag of Skittles with a glass of wine. To make changes that stick they have to be realistic. Never eating a treat again is not realistic for me, so I set out to find better choices to satisfy my sweet tooth.
My favorite treat-of-choice lately has been these vegan chocolate peppermint cups. They are easy to make, decadent and delicious, and the best part is, they are made with healthy, whole-food ingredients. The size is just right for an after-dinner treat, and I find that the peppermint flavor satiates my desire to eat more. One or two, and I have had my chocolate fix, but I am not dying to eat the whole batch.
To make these you will need paper candy cups, coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and Young Living Peppermint Vitality Oil. You can also use honey or even dates in place of the maple syrup to add some sweetness to this recipe. If you have any problems sourcing those ingredients locally, I linked to the products on Amazon above, and I will share more about the essential oil later in this post.
You will want to melt the coconut oil double-boiler style. I like to use my Pyrex Measuring Cup in a saucepan of boiling water because it makes for easy mixing and pouring. Heat the coconut oil until it turns into a liquid state, remove from heat and whisk in the remaining ingredients. Use the lowest heat possible to melt it, because if you overheat it, the texture of your end product will be grainy. Still entirely delicious, but grainy. Pour into the candy papers, let cool, and enjoy! Don’t forget to lick the spoon. We don’t want to be wasteful or anything. I popped these in the freezer for about an hour, and they set up really quickly.
You will want to store these vegan chocolate peppermint cups in a cool place because since coconut oil is the primary ingredient, they will melt at 76° F. These have been fine in a container on my counter, but if you keep your house on the warmer side of 70° you may want to keep these in the fridge.
Now, about adding the Peppermint Vitality essential oil – you could use peppermint extract, but I don’t think it even comes close to the flavor you get with the Peppermint Vitality oil. Plus, you can switch up the flavor of these treats with any of the Vitality oils, like Orange Vitality. Young Living is the only brand of essential oil that I will use in my recipes because their Seed to Seal guarantee means you know exactly what is in that bottle, and it’s the purest product you can get. The Vitality oils are FDA approved for dietary use.
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It doesn’t have to be difficult to start making better decisions, so I hope this recipe inspires you to think outside the box on how to replace some of your vices with healthier options!
- 1/2 C Coconut Oil
- 1/2 C Cocoa Powder
- 1/3 C Maple Syrup
- 1/2 t vanilla extract
- 5 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil
- Heat coconut oil until it liquifies in a double boiler. Remover from heat and whisk in remaining ingredients. Fill candy paper cups 1/2-3/4 full. Freeze until solid. Store in a container in the fridge.