Yes, I realize that I’m one week late on posting my recipe for Valentine’s Day Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Love Bites. Please forgive this Gluten Free Diva, won’t you?!? (Gluten Free or gluten free?!?!?)
I have a confession to make; I hope you won’t hold it against me. My friend says I have a tendency for making bold statements, and he’d probably say that what I’m about to share with you would fit under that category.
I’ve not bought refined white cane sugar in awhile. I used up my last bag of it a good three months ago and haven’t replaced it. And I don’t intend on replacing it (bold statement?!?). Instead, I’m using coconut sugar, dates, agave, and stevia as my sweeteners of choice. Will I ever go back to the evil white stuff? No. With everything I learned from my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the importance with which I approach my work as a Certified Gluten Free Health Coach, I know that white refined cane sugar has no redeeming value. No nutrition at all, nothing but empty calories and an invitation for tooth decay. Not to mention other problems it carries with it. It is evil, in my opinion. And if you want further information about why we shouldn’t be eating sugar, read this.
But I don’t want to get on a pedestal and preach, so instead, please let me share an updated version of my Raw Chocolate Balls of Deliciousness with you. I made them for my “Ooh La La Essential Oils For You & Your Sweetheart” class I taught last night.* I must say that it’s totally cool to be able to marry my passion for doTERRA Essential Oils with my cooking. The peppermint oil is optional, of course, but such a lovely touch that will make your mouth smile and your taste buds wake up and be glad they saw another day.
[print_this]Chocolate Peppermint Love Bites
½ c. whole almonds
½ c. pecans
¼ c. chocolate chips or broken chocolate bar (unsweetened)
½ c. shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp hemp seeds
¼ c. rolled oats (make sure they’re gluten free)
10 medium-sized pitted dates (soak in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften, then squeeze dry before adding to f.p.)
3 tbsp. agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
4 drops doTERRA Essential Peppermint Oil, optional
Coarsely chop the almonds and pecans in food processor.
Add remaining ingredients and process until everything is combined.
Roll into small balls.
Chill before serving or serve at room temperature.[/print_this]
*I am a doTERRA Essential Oils Consultant and have made it my mission to teach others about the therapeutic value of pure essential oils made by doTERRA. It’s not just about putting lavender on your pillow so that you’ll sleep peacefully. There are SO many ways you can use them as alternatives to over-the-counter meds you buy at your local pharmacy. And they work! And they’re naturally gluten free! If you’re interested, let me know. Happy to share!