Monday, December 15, 2014

Peppermint Bites

These little peppermint bites are like a filling, delicious healthy version of a peppermint patty candy.  The mint lends a refreshing zing against the rich cacao, and the best part is that they are a cinch to make!  All you need is a high-speed blender or food processor; no oven required!

Get ready for a little taste of Christmas...

Peppermint Bites

1-1/4 cups gluten-free oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2-1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/3 cup mini nondairy chocolate chips

1.  Food-process the oats and sunflower seeds until they resemble a coarse flour.
2.  Mix in the remaining ingredients.  Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and chill.  Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
These make great gifts!  They keep for 2 days at room temperature, or up to 10 days chilled.

Note: Add a little chilled cold-brewed coffee or espresso powder for a peppermint mocha flavor.

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