(Adapted from rawdorable.blogspot.com)
1 cup almond meal (ground raw almonds)
¼ coconut flour (ground unsweetened, shredded coconut)
¼ raw cacao powder
2 Tbsp coconut nectar, raw agave, raw honey, or maple syrup
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp peppermint extract
Dash of pink Himalayan or sea salt
1/3 cup melted cacao butter
1.5 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cacao powder
I always used to love Girl Scout cookies, especially Thin Mints. I could go through bunches of them. But now all that processed sugar, butter, and flour just makes me feel terrible. Here’s a healthier (but still decadent) approach—Raw, homemade Thin Mints.
Grind both almonds and coconut separately in food processor. Make sure not to over-process either—you don’t want almond or coconut butter.
Combine resulting almond meal and coconut flour with the cacao powder, and process. Add in the sweetener, dates, peppermint extract, and salt. Make sure the dates you use a very soft—if they’ve been in the fridge, let them sit out for a while to soften before adding them. Once everything is well mixed, you’ll have your big ball of mint-chocolate dough.
Flatten the dough evenly on some parchment paper. Use something round and small to cut out the cookie shapes (I used a ¼ cup measure). Dehydrate and flip, until crisp. Or alternately, if you don’t have a dehydrator, use your oven on the lowest setting with the door propped open.
Once your cookies are all nice and crispy, you’re ready to coat them in chocolate.
Using a double-bowl method, melt the cacao butter in a small bowl resting in a larger bowl that is filled with warm-hot water. Stir around the cacao butter until it is fully melted. Now work quickly and carefully. Remove the small bowl from the larger bowl, and whisk in the maple syrup, vanilla, and cacao powder. The chocolate won’t stay in liquid form for very long, so start dipping in your cookies right away. Place them on parchment paper to dry. And there you are—Raw Thin Mints. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container. The chocolate coating will only be stable at a fairly cool temperature, so don’t leave them sitting out for very long.
In recovery we often start taking better care of ourselves, trying to eat well and get enough rest. We may also begin cooking more for ourselves and our fellows out of a desire to eat and share healthy meals and have fellowship and community.
Olive oil is one popular cooking oil. Organic butter or Kerrygold Irish butter are other options. Or ghee!
For those who are up for something a bit more tropical, coconut butter, which becomes oil when heated, can be a light and tasty choice. Barleans makes it. And they also do a nice flax oil which is an excellent supplement or salad dressing with lemon juice, but must never be heated! Coconut oil, in contrast, can be eaten raw or used for cooking, and has a milder taste. Other popular brands are Matyah’s, Artisana, and Nutiva. Delicious on popcorn!
A recipe you may wish to try for a refreshing dish is combining the coconut oil with quinoa, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and a little sea salt! It also makes a nice coleslaw with shredded cabbage, dash of stevia powder, dry mustard, celery seed, pepper, and vinegar.
Purported to be good for the lungs, thyroid, and hair, coconut oil is generally cooling and nourishing. As well it supports the immune system.
A promising article regarding the antiviral capacity of coconuts can be viewed here http://www.living-foods.com/articles/coconutbenefits.html
Coconut oil can be used topically as well as a natural moisturizer!
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Forget expensive hair conditioners, skin moisturizers and make-up removers-opt for nature’s one-stop beauty shop: organic extra virgin coconut oil.
Being 100 percent natural is one reason to stock this Green Dove fave into your beauty cabinet, but there’s also plenty of other beautifying reasons. Here are just a few: