Clean Snack!

After finding out that I have quite a few severe food allergies, my diet has been pretty limited. I am also trying to loosely follow a ketosis diet because I’ve discovered I feel better when I really reduce my carb intake.

So…this doesn’t leave a lot of options for sweet or easy snacks! But this week I experimented with homemade peppermint patties, and these delicious morsels of goodness are staying in my diet!

The peppermint filling has melted coconut oil, finely shredded coconut, a tablespoon of honey, and about a teaspoon of peppermint extract.

It took some time to find the right consistency. It also helped to put the mixture in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to thicken it up. I used a teaspoon measuring spoon to form each patty. By the end it was warming up and harder to form, but everything held surprisingly well.  After making each of the patties, I melted some dark chocolate and a tablespoon of butter. I also added about 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract to the chocolate. When it was melted, I just dropped a dollop onto each of the patties. Again, I was pleasantly pleased by how the chocolate stayed in place and did not make an enormous mess.

I then put the patties in the fridge to harden. I sampled them about 30 minutes later. Über delicious! There is very little extra sweetener, and these snacks are full of healthy fats.

The only possible drawback is that they’ll melt quickly, so it would not be a good snack to take anywhere. But easy to grab one from the fridge on your way out the door!


Sweet Potato Truffle Balls

With the holiday season upon us, I am excited to try some healthier treats. My first experiment was with Sweet Potato Truffle Balls. These are for my family’s Christmas tree trimming party tomorrow. I wanted to make sure there’d be enough for the gaggle, so I avoided any recipes with a lot of nuts or nut butters because that gets pretty expensive. I still haven’t had my fill of fall flavors, and the idea of sweet potatoes as the base for these “truffles” sounded pretty good! There’s a cookie recipe I want to try out, but since I didn’t have time to make anything until 9.30 tonight, I figured I should go simple.

My truffle batter is chilling in the fridge right now, I’ll finish it tonight or tomorrow morning. I improvised by adding raisins and chocolate chips too. I’ll also be rolling them in the shredded coconut as suggested by the recipe. I played around with the sweeteners, and used a combination of agave nectar, honey, and maple syrup. 

Update: I just checked on the truffles, and after over half an hour in the fridge, it hasn’t solidified at all. I have this bad habit of not tasting food while I make it (a habit which makes no sense, I admit) so I sampled the dough. It lacked some sweetness, and just had a strong sweet potato flavor. So I added a bit more honey. I also decided to put the shredded coconut into the batter. I’m not sure why, it was just an impulsive intuition I guess, haha.

Anyways…I am hopeful that they’ll turn out to be at least tolerable! I’ll update with pictures tomorrow!

Update 2: My sister was kind enough to take pictures as I making the truffles, but my WordPress phone app isn’t cooperating, so I can’t upload photos. So…final verdict: Eh.

They were okay, but not that compelling. I felt like the sweet potato taste was too strong, and not sweet enough. I’d be interested to try with homemade sweet potato puree, to see if there’s an improvement. But I probably wouldn’t make them again. :-/

What’s This Thing Called Breakfast?

I’m famous (well, “famous” in a limited sense…) for my complete disregard of breakfast. I am rarely hungry in the morning and food just doesn’t seem appealing. I don’t begin getting hungry until at least 9am, usually later though. But with the onset of cold weather, I’ve been wanting some hot breakfast cereal, oddly enough. I don’t get it because I have never been fond of foods like oatmeal. I realized though that this would be a nice fallback meal for when I don’t have time to prepare anything else. I did get a muesli mix from Bob’s Red Mill and had it once, only to find that it contains gluten. There are so many things to keep track of when looking at labels, I apparently forgot to check for that! So last week I went searching again, and found a hot cereal mix with ancient grains, flaxseed, and chia seeds. I am trying to limit my carb intake, so I figured this mix would at least have a better balance of carbs and protein. And in the words of Sherlock, it was “surprisingly okay.” Actually, it was quite good! The cereal is supposed to cook for about 15 minutes, and then sit for a few more minutes. I added some apple in the last 5 minutes of cooking, along with cinnamon and raisins. This gave everything time to “steep” together. Rather than cooking the cereal in almond milk (as the box suggested), I just used water but then added a dash of almond milk when I ready to eat it. Good stuff!

Despite my ambivalence about breakfast, I think this is going to be a good meal for when I’m out all day (as I will be today) and will just be snacking until I get home this evening.

Add a cup of coffee (which I am enjoying right now!) and this is a pretty good breakfast experience! 🙂

Cup of Tea!

I’ve been missing my morning coffee, especially with the cold weather lately. So I found an organic spiced tea that is a pretty good substitute! Sure, there’s not much caffiene, and it doesn’t taste like coffee, but I’ve always liked teas with cinnamon and other spices. Plus, this tea is from Tibet, which is on my “bucket list” of places to visit! : )