Christmas is almost here and peppermint is everywhere! One of my favorite part of the holidays was helping my mom bake all the sweets for our neighbors and for our traditional Christmas Eve party. Every year since I can remember, we hosted a Christmas Eve party for our friends and family. It wasn’t just about having another party and drinks, it was for anyone who didn’t want to be alone for the holidays. The door was always open for anyone to come and share a few laughs. Over the years, people came and went, but the same group of people always made it ever, even if it was for a hello. That is what made Christmas so special. The friends that became more like family and the cherished memories that will last forever.
One of my all time favorite treats is peppermint bark. It was the simplest recipe yet so delicious. It was so hard not to eat it all before bagging it up for our friends. So when I came across a recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Bites, I could not resist. After trying them, I fell in love. Healthy too? What could be better?? These bites are not overpowering with peppermint but just the right balance with chocolate. These bites are even trainer and CLIENT approved. Yes, I even gave some to my clients and got nothing but good reviews back. Plus I had trainers beg me to make more! So you know these are delicious!
Yields 10 balls
½ cup raw almonds
⅓ pitted medjool dates (6)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
½ crushed peppermint chips
- Place almonds into a food processor and blend until the almonds are in small bits.
- Add the dates and mix until the dates are blended well with the almonds.
- Add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and coconut oil and blend until all is combined.
- Add the dark chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine the chocolate.
- Add the peppermint chips into the food processor until all is combined and mixed well
- Take a heaping spoonful and roll into a ball.
- Allow the balls to sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to re-solidify the coconut oil.
Macros for the whole batch 23g protein 172g net carbs 93g fat
Per ball 3g protein 17g net carbs 9g fat
This recipe has become my new favorite for the holiday season. And to top it off, you don’t have the processed sugar, creams or fats. Every part of this recipe if good for you. My clients didn’t believe me when I told them what was in it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!!