Healthy Treats | Childhood Memories and Peppermint Nougats!

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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 Style!


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Bird’s Peppermint Nougats

These are so easy to make, and basically made with items you probably have in your pantry!


Nougat

  • 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!
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If its Peppermint..


you want, well I just happened to have a little peppermint candy cane handy. Just a smidge will do!
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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!
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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!
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Sweet Peppermint Dreams my friends!


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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!
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And as always, blessings to you all


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Oh I need one of these in my life right now... I mean RIGHT NOW. lol So please email me one. I will print it out, eat the paper, and imagine the taste. :P lol jk

Another amazing recipe as always. Thank you for sharing it with us. Have an amazing day. :)

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lol, you are too funny! Thank you my friend! i do wish I could share some with you! If you have a weakness for chocolate...this will do it for you! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

These sound wonderful! 😀

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Thanks so much! I actually served them to our friends last night and they liked them. I never know the reactions when serving "healthy" desserts :)

They do look scrumptious. Very inventive of you to come up with them. I'd have never thought of making peppermint cream from raw cashews, coconut oil, coconut milk, maple syrup, the dried out rind of an orange, three cranberries left over from last Thanksgiving, a couple of crushed egg shells (free range organic brown only). a dollop of any fruit pulp you have in the freezer -- and whatever else went in there. (The garbage man must love you.)

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oh my goodness....didn't I tell you Mr. Bird is a garbage man? lol, jk You are a hoot, I read this twice and am still laughing.. Since I've laid of the juice pulp recipes and added back more chocolate and peanut butter I thought you would be delighted! You know I'm a resourceful kind of gal :) or perhaps a mad scientist!

I really did not know one got healthy sweeties but of course when my birdy friend gets going in the kitchen, magic happens, these look sooo good!

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I know, I sound like a broken record with all of these sweets...I figure my dinner recipes would be too boring to share with you all. lol This is what happens when I have food cravings, Thanks @lizelle , you are too kind:)

I need to give these a go. I loved peppermint chocolates as a child!

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I hope you will, they're so easy to make and wonderful straight from the freezer! Nice right after dinner as a little sweet treat!

Ah, this is torture by pictures...

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lol, but it is good! Doesn't take much to make, and so worth it! Thanks for stopping by :)

They look awesome. And I really love the combination of peppermint and chocolate.

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Thank you @ikarus56, this is a wonderful combination, especially as a sweet after dinner treat!

Sounds different, looks good, sit back and enjoy your creation!

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It was good @joanstewart! I made this for guests! They loved it, so I guess it was a success :) Thank you!

You know ... I don't even like peppermint as a rule. Seriously. But these babies suddenly started a craving. I mean it. This is ridiculous.

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lol it must the the subliminal message I planted in the photos....it works every time :) Glad you enjoyed them!!

Oooh these look incredible - like a homemade peppermint patty! My grandmother used to give us each one following dinner at her house...

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I know, my Grandmother gave them to us as well! That was what drove me to make these. A great memory right? Thanks @aejackson, appreciate the kind words!

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Thank you, I am so honored to be chosen. I love this community already! So many great members!

Damn, these look AMAZING!! I love the way you reframe yummy childhood memories into health treats that I simply NEED to try making! :) Much appreciation from over here in Thailand.

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lol, well when you get those chocolate and peppermint cravings, you just have to do something right? I do hope you'll make them! Right out of the freezer they're really tasty! Our friends enjoyed them I hope you will too :)

They look SO delicious. Just like the chocolate covered peppermint treats we used to love, without any question of ingredients. Great that we can now re-create our favourites with healthy ingredients.

I use pure peppermint oil as a sweetener in chocolate made with cacao ~ I still use a little raw honey, but the peppermint oil allows you to reduce the usual amount of honey to sweeten the bitter cacao. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Oh, I haven't try pure peppermint oil! I have some, I'll have to try it, thank you! I hope you like these, I shared them with friends and they thought they were great!

I do like peppermint and these sounds so good I doubt I could control myself and just have one or two but i would have to as any more and my allergy to chocolate would kick in and I would come out in a rash

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Of course you could control yourself, lol They're pretty rich so I think one, or maybe two would be enough @tattoodjay! Having a chocolate allergy would be torturous! geesh! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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OK that could be good then, being allergic to chocolate had pluses and minuses, when I was young at Easter my Mum would ration my chocolate so I didnt eat to much in one day, that was a minus, but a few days later when my siblings had finished all theirs and I still had some to have that was a plus :)

Hahaha… I used to love peppermint patties too. They were my candy of choice as a little girl. These only look frikken incredible. I’d totally scarf the entire batch before they were frozen. The hint of candy cane is genius too. I’ve seen some people use peppermint oil as a flavoring, is that right? I’m just now becoming hip to essential oils being able to flavor your food too. Haha… it’s a steep learning curve I suppose. :). Anyway, I’ll take a batch of these, and a batch of all your other treats because you are truly the homemade sweets Sensei.

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I know, I know~ These are better for you!!!!!! But I know no sweets for you YET! Soon my friend you'll be popping this out of the freezer and into your mouth! You are right, I just learned about using the oil as well! More experimenting needed on my end though. You know, I share these sweets because my meals are usually not nearly as exciting like yours :) Thank you my sweet friend !!

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I doubt you are capable of making a boring meal… :)

They look delicious! 😀

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Thank you! Glad you stopped by!

I love peppermint patties. Will have to try this recipe.
Thanks for sharing!
Have an awesome day!

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I know, they're so good. I think you would be pleased with this recipe. We served them to friends and they enjoyed them. I hope you'll try them and let me know what you think (and if you make any changes!)

If you leave out the peppermint do they taste like almond joys?

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No, I haven't shared almond joys yet...but I will! That would have to include Coconut! Almond joys are one of my all time favorites :)

As a kid I used to like "Eskimo Pie" simply vanilla ice cream coated with chocolate! The little wonders that you have here will turn and kid into a "Peppermint Nougat" junky.
Blessings!

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Oh, these are great straight out of the freezer! So there you go, tiny Eskimo Pies after dinner, but healthier :) Thank you @papilloncharity!

So this is the healthy version of peppermint patties.. I know I would love them. :)

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Yes, yes! A bit healthier but still satisfies that peppermint/chocolate craving :) Thank you @rebeccabe, so glad you stopped by

Yummy yummy tasty! Maybe just what I need to try this weekend. Thank you for sharing! My Granny favorite was always peppermint bark. I have some by my desk at work as I type this. I couldn’t help myself.
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It’s almost gone 😋😁🤪

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ohhhhhhhhhhhh myyyyyyyyy! I love peppermint bark! I made a "healthier" version during the holidays. It was amazing. I can't make it too often, I would eat way to much. This looks amazing :) thank you

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No problem. Chocolate is my downfall. Or the sweet and happy part of my day. Guess depends on how you look at it.

Wow wow this is a treat not only for children but for adults alike. I will be lazy to make this and want to straight go over your place and eat.. You know. :)

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Oh yes....we adults need treats too :) They are easy to make, I hope you'll try them some time. Thank you @iamjadeline!

I love peppermint chocolate

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I know, for some reason when I eat peppermint chocolate, I think it's good for me, lol Must be the minty flavor!

I really wish I live next door my Dear, or I have to start making treats more often, lol. What a delight! They must taste heavenly for sure 🌺😍🌺

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I know, we would make some crazy dishes wouldn't we! ;) You need to have sweets Lena, it's what makes us smile more! Actually I love making these just for the sake of creating! Thank you, thank you as always!

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Oh yes we would, but I will make something soon too. Always a pleasure my Dear 🌸💖🌸

These look totally delish! So much so that I wanted to make sure I saved the recipe, so I've pinned it on one of my Pinterest boards. 😊

I hope you don't mind, but I took a few sentences here and there from your opening to create the "about this Pin" since there's only so much space in the box (silly Pinterest, limiting words like that).

Here's the link -

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33073378499408518/

Oh, and...


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I'm glad you enjoyed them! I hope others do enjoy them too! Love the gif, so sweet! I am enjoying this new community, so proud to be included :) Thank you!

I am not the biggest peppermint fan
But that’s something I would pop in my mouth if I didn’t know hahahah
It does look good :)

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The chocolate is the best, the peppermint is a nice after surprise, lol! Thank you @kaerpediem!

Oh! This was one of my favorite when I was a kid... and admittedly when I was no longer a kid! LOL

How awesome that you dropped a recipe down on it! I am so grateful and I intend to give these a try!! Thank you so much and incidentally, I love how well presented your post is.

It is like a picture out of a magazine! Have a great time at your dinner party-ish! :) I am taking these home with me!

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Oh I hope you'll try them! I think we're always young at heart, and what's better than chocolate and peppermint! I shared them with friends last night and they were arguing over who would get the last one, lol I didn't bother telling them what they were made of, they were overjoyed :) Let me know what you think when you make them and if you make any changes, I would love to hear! You are a dear, I so appreciate your compliment!

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I will!!! I hope to make them sometime in the next week (or maybe next) because I really think they would make an excellent finish to dinner!

Thanks again for posting the recipe and I will let you know if I make any changes to it!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀

Looks great! Thinking of how much one of this sweets could lift a spirit!☄

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I know, I am a firm believe chocolate will do amazing things toward lifting our spirits! Thank you!

omg please tell me that you're going to make a cookbook or something soon because you keep posting food that not only would I actually want to eat but actually seem easy enough for someone like me to make!! These look AMAZING!!!!

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Wow, that is so nice of you to say! Thank you @derosnec, you made my day. These are so easy to make as that is the way I like to cook! I don't think recipes have to be complicated to work :) You are too kind, I'm still smiling from your comments! Have a wonderful weekend

OMG those look so good! I'm not that wild about peppermint, but the way you made them with the healthy ingredients, I know they'd be really good! Thanks for sharing your recipe and your childhood memories.

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Thank you! Perhaps you could use another favorite flavor in place of peppermint? lol Lemon or lime, maybe? That would be good wouldn't it? Hmmm, maybe more recipes to try? :)

Yummy chocolaty peppermint....looks sweet and delicious...👌...right away want to have one

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:) So sweet, but yet healthy! I shared with friends and they were so happy! Glad you stopped by, have a wonderful weekend!

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Thanks @birdsinparadise happy weekend and have sweet peppermint memory 👌

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I don't typically like peppermint, but those look delicious! And they're vegan, even better!

Side note: I've always called my grandmother Granny Bird. I wonder if we are related. ;-)

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Love it that you called your grandmother Granny Bird! So fun :) I'm so glad you stopped by! Oh, and peppermint isn't your flavor you would always try lemon, lime, strawberry....the options are limitless! Have a great weekend!

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Ooooh, a strawberry patty...or a raspberry patty....these all sounds really good. :-)

These look yummy. 👍👍

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Thank you! I'm so glad you stopped by and enjoyed them :) Have a great weekend!

I love cooking with nuts and all things healthy. These mints look like the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth without the guilt :) Thank You @birdsinparadise

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They are, and I hope you'll try making them some time :) Thank you @lizablove!

I am drooling reading this. Looks amazing

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You are too kind, thank you! They're pretty easy to make, I hope you'll try them some time! :)

That looks sooo goood! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe and showing us the process on how to make it. Have a great day!

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Thank you @sgbonus, I'm so glad you stopped by. I love sharing good food with everyone. It's so fun to experiment in the kitchen! :) Have a great weekend.

I first tried nougat when I was in Junior High. My dad when on a trip and brought home some for us. The ones we had were kind of hard outside but soft inside. Even had nuts and fruits as filling. Those days it's sort of an expensive snack as compared to now in which we can find many different flavors and brands.
How much has changed for the evolution of nougats

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Yes, yes! Nougats come in so many shapes and sizes as well as fillings! The coating on these little gems would not be hard, but the filling was creamy. I can imagine the sweets you are talking about, wonderful sweet memories, right? Thanks for stopping by :)

Okay, now this shouldn't be allowed here, making people hungry right after they have had their dinner is too much

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hehehe, yes I know how you feel. Chocolate is tough for me too as you can see :) This is why I keep all of it in the freezer, helps me practice self control! lol

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hahaha superb exercise of self control lol good luck ;)

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Thank you @tipu and thank you @tattoodjay!

These look awesome and so easy to make too! Thanks for sharing:) Nothing like a yummy childhood memory to taste!!

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Thank you @lynncoyle1! You know, I have always had a sweet tooth, but when I read the labels for most candy at the market, I just can't buy it, lol The only other option is to make it myself :) It doesn't always work, but I'll just keep trying!

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You're welcome! And I hear exactly what you're saying ... when I can't pronounce half of the things on the ingredients list, I just know it can't be good for me :)

I am drooling reading this. Looks amazing

They look great - but I don't like mints. thinking that they will be good without the mint addition :)