Do you love dark chocolate? How about dark chocolate and peppermint?
Yeah, me too. And it’s especially yummy during the holiday season.
It wasn’t until recently, that I had any clue that (high quality, therapeutic-grade) essential oils could be used for cooking and baking. I’ve been using them to support my family’s wellness for the last 2 years with amazing results, but cooking with oils just seemed weird to me.
But it kind of makes sense…
One of the REALLY cool things about Young Living Essential Oils is that they are actually LABELED as a dietary supplement. That means you can INGEST them the traditional way of ingesting – right down the hatch or in a veggie cap OR you can COOK WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
How cool is that?
Young Living has an ENTIRE LINE of essential oils LABELED for DIETARY USE. It’s called the “Vitality Line” – and you can tell the difference by the color of the label on the bottle – it’s white.
Think about it – the oils that you’d be using for cooking are simply CONCENTRATED VARIATIONS of their powdered or dried counterparts? For example – herbs – like Clove, Cinnamon, Peppermint, etc. And because oils are SO super concentrated and potent, a little goes a long way.
For example, I stumbled up on the most AMAZING pumpkin pie spiced coffee creamer a few weeks ago. And you know how much essential oil it uses? 3 drops TOTAL. The recipe makes a 2 cup batch of creamer, and only uses ONE DROP EACH of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Ginger Vitality oil. ONE DROP.
Another really REALLY yummy way to spice of your holiday baking is to use Peppermint Vitality with any chocolate recipes you’ll be making, like peppermint brownies, chocolate peppermint bark, peppermint hot chocolate, or THESE yummy dark chocolate peppermint truffles.
And the best part – you’re getting all of the therapeutic benefits that essential oils have to offer when you add them to food. Spices lose their freshness, potency, AND THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS after like 6 months – that does not happen with essential oils. So the digestive support that you’re going to get from ginger or peppermint is going to be as potent as the day the plant was harvested. That’s what REALLY blows my mind.
Now the thing to remember, not all essential oils are created equal – and ingesting oils are a VERY personal choice. And I would NEVER EVER in a million years recommend ingesting any essential oil other than this brand – which is actually LABELED as a dietary supplement – the “Vitality Line”. No other company can offer that level of quality.
The thing to remember, though – while you can buy essential oils ANYWHERE these days, they are not all created equal – and ingesting oils are a VERY personal choice. I would NEVER EVER in a million years recommend ingesting any essential oil other than Young Living – which is actually LABELED as a dietary supplement – the “Vitality Line”. No other company can offer that level of quality. The Seal to Seal Guarantee is my litmus test for quality essential oils, ESPECIALLY when I’m using them on my kiddos.
So enough about that…let’s get back to the truffles, shall we? Make these yummy balls (yes, I just typed “yummy balls”) for your neighbors this holiday season and – trust me – you’ll be the favorite on the block!
- 16 ounces of dairy free dark chocolate chips (buy here)
- 1/2 cup full-fat organic coconut milk (buy here)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (buy here)
- ½ tsp. sea salt (buy here)
- 5 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (buy here)
- Whatever add-ons you’d like (chopped nuts, cacao or cocoa powder, powdered sugar, shredded coconut, etc.)
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Heat the coconut milk to almost boiling (but not quite), and then add it to the chocolate. Add vanilla extract, salt, and peppermint and whisk until smooth (I used my trusty Kitchenaid Mixer with the whisk attachment and it worked beautifully). Then, refrigerate about an hour (or longer) until hardened (but still soft).
- Scoop out (about the size of a larger gumball) and roll into little balls (I used rubber gloves at this point because it gets MESSY). Set aside.
- Once the balls are rolled, set up your toppings in individual bowls and gently roll until evenly coated. Store in fridge or freezer until ready to serve, pulling out an hour or so before.