Hi Folks! Do you ever have those days where you think about a childhood treat, reminiscing about how wonderful it used to taste? We used to enjoy this treat when we visited my Granny Bird.
Well, today Peppermints were on my mind
I know, I know what you're thinking. They’re very unhealthy! I haven’t read the label lately but I’m sure they’re full of so many high fructose this and preservative that and well, you know. Not good. But I just couldn’t let it go. That fresh and creamy Peppermint taste topped with Chocolate! Yep, I wanted a Peppermint Patty
Exit stage left…the Bird heads for the kitchen, tweeting mind you. lol
If you’re game, I’m game. I’m sure I can make something similar and healthy!
Bird’s Peppermint Nougats
These are so easy to make, and basically made with items you probably have in your pantry!
- Raw Cashews (1/2 cup)
- Coconut Oil (1/2 cup)
- Raw Honey or Organic Maple Syrup (3 tbsp.)
- Coconut Milk (2 tbsp.)
- Peppermint Extract (1tsp)
- Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Chips (3/4 cup)
- Optional: Crushed Peppermint
The Night Before..
you’ll want to cover your cashews in hot water. Let them soak overnight, drain and rinse them in the morning. Toss everything except the Chocolate Chips in to your high speed blender.. and blend away! Be patient…it takes a few minutes! Check the mixture periodically cleaning the sides of the blender. I knew this had to be perfectly creamy!! No lumps! How about a little taste here, of course I did!
If its Peppermint..
you want, well I just happened to have a little peppermint candy cane handy. Just a smidge will do!
Into the molds…
of your choice. I used a muffin tin, spreading about 2 tbsp. into each cup, and a candy mold I had in the pantry. Into the freezer for about an hour! I knew they needed to be pretty solid before I poured hot chocolate over the little nougats!
Now the tricky…
Part begins. You’ll need parchment and preferably a rack of some sort. I used an oven rack but really anything to elevate these guys. Melt your chocolate and after carefully removing the peppermint from the molds, drizzle the chocolate over the nougats. Chocolate everywhere! Back into the freezer for about 20 minutes, then flip the nougats and drizzle chocolate over the bottoms. Back to the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy them!
Sweet Peppermint Dreams my friends!
Oh my goodness, you’ll love these treats! No processed sugars, no preservatives! Don't worry, I'm not eating all of these! I'm having friends over for dinner tomorrow! They'll love them! You’ll be chirping for more! And they’re fresh! I hope you’ll try them and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!
And as always, blessings to you all