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Chocolate and Peppermint Swirl Truffles

Bill and I just finished up dinner, and we are getting ready to curl up on the couch with our kitties and a movie (we are super boring on Friday nights, I’m okay with it.). As I was taking my last bite of lamb roast, I remembered that we had a jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate (aka coconut butter) in our pantry. Then the silent question crossed my mind…”to make a no sugar added treat, or not to make a no sugar added treat?”. The answer was simple…JUST MAKE IT. For some reason or another I decided I really wanted to attempt a little bite of no sugar goodness for our movie night.

I don’t eat coconut butter often. I like it, but it tends to make me feel sick to my stomach I think because it is so fatty. I guess this is a good thing, or else I may go through jars of coconut butter like crazy. I really can only handle a tablespoon or two at a time, so I don’t have to worry about eating too much of this “treat”.  The other great thing about this so called “treat” is that it is mostly coconut butter, so you are getting all the wonderful health benefits (and fat burning) benefits from the coconut, with very little added carbs, and of course, no added sweeteners! There is some natural sugar in coconut, but nothing to worry about on The 21 Day Sugar Detox. Coconut is a superfood, and is definitely one to incorporate into a healthy eating plan.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A pinch or two of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Process:
  1. In a small mixing bowl combine coconut butter, peppermint oil, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir with a spoon until all are combined.
  2. Sprinkle the unsweetened cocoa powder on top of the coconut butter mixture and stir gently. You want the cocoa powder to blend, but not completely so it has a “swirl” look to it through the coconut butter.
  3. Place mixture into the fridge for 10-15 minutes to harden the coconut enough to roll into balls.
  4. Form coconut butter mixture into 4 equal balls and place on a small dish.
  5. Freeze for 10 minutes and enjoy.
COMMENTS

  1. January 6, 2012

    Sounds tempting.

  2. January 6, 2012

    Do you feel like coconut butter is kind of chalky? Or do I just have a weird jar of it?

  3. January 6, 2012

    I am so making this after the kids go to bed tonight. Thank you! @amandabryee – Mine is really dry and kind of chalky too, but if I heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds it gets nice and creamy. Hope that helps!

  4. January 7, 2012

    Amanda, I have found you need to mix it. Not had the chalky experience but different textures in the same jar. I love making snacks like these. I can't eat much of it either which makes it so perfect!!

  5. January 11, 2012

    Mine was a bit chalky too and it wasn't very tasty! I'd rather have a Lara Bar!

  6. January 12, 2012

    This was the first thing that I made with coconut butter and I made a HUGE mistake! The oil and meat had separated and I didn't realize it…so I ended up making these with coconut oil – not terribly tasty. After melting and mixing my jar, they are AMAZING!! Thanks!

  7. January 26, 2012

    You have to remix the oil and meat together when you first get it most of the time. I did that right away and it didnt ever seperate again. I made these tonight along with blueberry coconut bark. Can't wait to sample them both tomorrow. I also can only have a bit of this… too fatty I think is right. I added a 1/4 tsp of stevia to mine and 1/2 tsp of raw cacao, instead of the 1/4 tsp of cocoa.

  8. February 1, 2012

    Definitely make sure you melt the coconut butter and mix well! These are amazing. We thought they tasted like Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies…without the badness!

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