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Friday, December 18, 2015

Homemade Mint Chocolate Bars Recipe- Paleo, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan Option

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I absolutely adore mint combined with chocolate, but the problem
is that mint chocolate combinations are usually very sugar heavy, dairy, and not necessarily what I should be eating if I'm trying to lose weight or in general eat more healthily.
However, I threw together this recipe the other day, and it was an unexpected hit- everyone in the family really enjoyed it, and it was not unhealthy and was entirely refined sugar free. Best part- it really wasn't time consuming to make either.
To keep this cheaper, I used bulk bought refined coconut oil and broken cashews that I bought on sale for even cheaper than their usual lower price.

Homemade Mint Chocolate Bars Recipe- Paleo, Refined Sugar Free

Ingredients:
2 cups cashews, soaked
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey (or other vegan sweetener, to taste, if you're trying to make this vegan)
1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract (this is the brand that I use, not 100% paleo though)
Homemade chocolate bar (here's the recipe I used) or store bought healthy chocolate

Instructions:
1. Soak your cashews for at least an hour, ideally 3 or 4 (or overnight).

2. Strain your cashews, then puree up with coconut oil, sweetener, and add peppermint flavoring to taste until smooth.

3. Spread out in a lined pan, then if using homemade chocolate spread on top immediately, or.... freeze for an hour to set, and spread with your homemade chocolate or bought chocolate melted in a double boiler. Freezing it first will make the chocolate layer distribute more evenly, but also takes more time, so I didn't bother.

4. Freeze to fully set.

5. Cut up to serve.

Enjoy!

Are you a fan of mint chocolate? What is your favorite way to have it? Do you make any healthier versions of mint chocolate, and if so, what is in yours? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

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