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These Peppermint Fudge Squares Are The Only Dessert You Will Ever Want To Eat Again

These Peppermint Fudge Squares Are The Only Dessert You Will Ever Want To Eat Again
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This peppermint fudge recipe is so good you would think it was bad for you. It is full of antioxidants and made with all natural ingredients. 

Coconut Milk

Like coconut oil, coconut milk comes straight from the nut and isn’t processed in any way. This so-called “miracle liquid” contains medium-chain fatty acids (a.k.a. healthy fats). Adding healthy fats to your diet helps keep you full, which in turn prevents you from overeating and could ultimately lead to weight loss. 

Coconuts are also a good source of lauric acid (6). This fatty acid helps promote good cholesterol levels. Moreover, coconut milk is good for your digestive health (6) thanks to the presence of electrolytes and healthy fats

Raw Honey

Raw honey comes with a host of health benefits (5) and contains key minerals including iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. Although raw honey adds a rich, sweet taste to your foods, it appears low on the glycemic index and thus doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels like refined sugar does. 

Raw honey is also known for boosting the immune system and aiding with sleep. Whenever you have a hankering for something sweet, be sure to substitute raw honey for white sugar wherever you can. 

Peppermint

Peppermint is a plant commonly used to add flavor to products like gum and toothpaste. It’s also been used as a popular folk remedy to treat any one of the following (4):

  • Menstrual pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence 
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Common cold
  • Indigestion

Additionally, if you are suffering from a headache or  a migraine, applying peppermint oil to your forehead has been found to be an effective treatment (4). 

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is the main ingredient found in good quality dark chocolate (2) – not the sugary milk chocolate kind. It is chock-full of antioxidants, which protect our cells from free radical damage and ultimately diseases like cancer. If that wasn’t enough, raw cacao’s antioxidant power is more than 20 times that of blueberries (3). 

Raw cacao also contains important nutrients including the following: protein, calcium, magnesium, sulfur and essential fatty acids among others. In addition, consuming dark chocolate has been found to elevate mood by boosting serotonin levels (3). 

Who would have ever thought that something this sweet could be so healthy?

This recipe is shared with permission from our friends at draxe.com (1).

Peppermint Fudge Recipe

 

Serves: 9

Prep time: 10 minutes

Freeze time: 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/3 cups coconut butter/manna
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 1/3 cup cocoa or raw cacao powder

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler over medium-low heat, mix together the coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk, honey and peppermint extract until fully melted and combined.
  2. Add the cocoa and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Spread the fudge in an 8 x 8-inch pan or molds and place in the freezer for 2 hours.
  4. Allow to thaw slightly before cutting and serving. Store any remaining fudge in the freezer.

Sources:

1. Axe, J. Peppermint fudge recipe. Retrieved from draxe.com

2. Crawford, J. (2015). The antioxidant levels of cacao. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/520248-the-antioxidant-levels-of-cacao/

3. Mercola, J. What is cacao good for? Retrieved from http://foodfacts.mercola.com/cacao.html

4. Nordqvist, C. (2015). Peppermint: health benefits, precautions. Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265214.php

5. Axe, J. The many health benefits of raw honey. Retrieved from draxe.com/raw-honey

6. Axe, J. Coconut milk nutrition – 9 benefits + recipes. Retrieved from draxe.com/coconut-milk

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