Mint "Chocolate" Truffles (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)

 

It took me 3 tries to get the proportions of this easy to throw together AIP treat recipe correct! I kept adding too much peppermint oil, which actually turns bitter in strong amounts! I love how these truffles are made with avocado, a whole food, so even if “indulging” in these treats, you’re still getting some real food in ya! If you tolerate alcohol extractives like peppermint extract, you can that in this recipe, but be forewarned that it won’t be AIP-compliant. Since this is a no-bake treat, the alcohol in the extract does not “cook off” during the baking process.

 

This weekend was really fun – I got to spend lots of quality time with my husband and dog, hiking some really beautiful trails that are within city center limits! Atlanta has been a pleasant surprise so far… notably all the preserved natural areas and of course the DeKalb Farmer’s Market. I didn’t have a chance to go this weekend, and I was sharply reminded why I need to stop shopping at Whole Foods for all my groceries. Kills me how much I paid for 3.5 lbs of grass fed beef bones … $17!!! People get those for free from their farmers all the time. It’s just Luda. Yes that was a Ludicras reference… been listening to this old school 90’s hip-hop station since we moved here. I hate the radio but I never get sick of Biggie.

 

So these truffles are really addicting if used to be a mistress with Mint-Chocolate in your previous non-Paleo life like me. I especially love them the next day after they have been hardening in the freezer overnight! 1 or 2 is really satisfying. I will admit to emotionally eating 2 on my lunch break today after being a wee stressed at work, and I was able to return for an afternoon of smiles and cheery “How’d your weekend go!?!? Mine was SO MUCH FUN!” without having to fake it. Just some AIP Prozac getting me through the day, nothing wrong with that 😉

 

AIP Mint Chocolate Truffles

Makes 8-10 truffles | Prep Time 5 minutes | Freeze Time 45 minutes

¾ cup unsweetened medium shredded coconut

½ cup well-mashed avocado

¼ cup melted coconut oil

1 T honey (melted if solid)

6-7 drops peppermint essential oil

3 T coconut flour

¼ cup carob powder

Pinch sea salt

Extra carob powder for dusting

1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl until combined. Roll 8-10  even-sized balls and place on a plate in the freezer to harden for at least 45 minutes. If you would like to dust the truffles in carob (shown left in picture), simply pour a few tablespoons in a small bowl and roll the truffles in the coating prior to freezing.

2. Store covered in freezer for a quick grab-and-go treat!

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