Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sweet Treats - Part Two

The homemade peppermint patty and peanut butter cup bites I mentioned yesterday turned out amazing! What a fun treat. I sort of took in the ideas from both recipes and smushed them together to make creating them at the same time more efficient.

You'll need:

Two loaf size pans
Parchment Paper
2 cups Enjoy Life semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup cashew butter (can use peanut or almond butter)
1 Tbs Maple Syrup (can use honey)
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 tsp Organic peppermint oil
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 dropper Liquid stevia extract

Here's what I did:

Line both loaf pans with parchment paper. Heat chocolate chips in a small saucepan stirring continuously until it's all melty-goodness. Spoon a bit of the melted chocolate to cover the bottom of each pan and put in the freezer to harden (you should have about half the chocolate left after you do this). Meanwhile, stir the syrup into the nut butter in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the coconut oil, coconut, stevia, and 1/2 tsp of the peppermint oil. When the chocolate has hardened (took about 10 minutes), take out of the freezer and smear one pan with the nut butter mixture and the other with the peppermint mixture. Put the pans back in the freezer to firm up this layer (another 5-10 minutes). Take the pans back out and add the final chocolate layer to the nut butter pan and return it to the freezer. Add a 1/4 tsp of peppermint oil to the remaining chocolate, then use it for the final layer of the peppermint version. (Yes, there's added mint in the top layer of the candy but not in the bottom layer. It just worked out well logistically to use the same pan with the melted chocolate and just add the flavoring at the very end. Between the minty-ness of the filling and the final layer, it's plenty!) Put the mint version back in the freezer one final time. When both are hardened, take out and cut up into bite sized pieces. Share with love!

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