I have a friend, Kat, who is very fit and extremely health conscious. I know she’s fit because every morning when I check my Instagram account, there will be a photo posted by Kat of the morning’s sunrise. Kat rises early and power walks along our coastline and I stay home in bed and judge the day’s forecast by her images.
Here’s proof she’s fit; last year when I ran in the 10km Mini-Mos, Kat was in the same race. She power-walked and beat me. (Just quietly…I’m already in training for next year’s race where I’m hoping not to be beaten by someone walking the course.)
And I know Kat’s health conscious because she often posts photos of what she’s been cooking up in her kitchen. She’s a very good cook and the meals she creates are interesting, varied and full of nutrition.
A few weeks ago she posted photos of peppermint chocolate squares she made and called these her ‘secret indulgence’ and followed that up with, ‘and they’re dead easy to make’. That combination sounded tempting so I asked Kat for the recipe.
It’s very true these are extremely easy to make. There’s just four ingredients needed, they take less than 10 minutes from start to finish (plus freezing time), and this is a no-bake recipe. And on top of that great list they’re sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten-free.
This is a versatile little snack; if you don’t want to flavour them with peppermint you could substitute roasted nuts or toasted coconut.
For local readers, I bought the dates, cacao butter and cacao powder from Scoop Wholefoods. Kat bought the peppermint oil from Twenty 8 Essentials. I wasn’t able to source peppermint oil so substituted peppermint essence but when I next make these, I’ll be sure to have the oil.
And here’s a reason to celebrate with these little squares…Miss Arabella is officially, walking around hands-free. The cripple sticks she has had since February 22 are now redundant and one day soon, they’ll be shipped back to the hospital. Everyone in this family is relieved we no longer have to fear tripping over them. Her next goal is to get into heels but I’m encouraging a slow progression – I wouldn’t want you to have to read any more posts about crutches!
- 170gm cacao butter
- 20 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup cacao powder
- 8 drops peppermint oil
- pinch of sea salt
- Melt cacao butter in a small bowl in microwave.
- Place all ingredients including melted butter in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Line a 22cm x 12cm loaf tin with baking paper. Spoon mixture into tin and press down.
- Place in the freezer for 10 minutes then cut into squares.