I finished my last post with a photo teaser of a new recipe, and asked for you to guess what these sugar covered squares might be. Some of you thought they were maple or vanilla flavored... and you're partly right. I recently shared a pudding with one of my favorite flavor combos - vanilla and mint. This recipe combines those ingredients too!
Introducing Mint Vanilla Bites. Soft and creamy, melt-in-your-mouth treats bursting with vibrant vanilla and cooling peppermint.
Peppermint Vanilla Bites
1/3 cup organic cultured butter, softened
1/4 cup colostrum powder
6 tablespoons tocotrienols
3 tablespoons coconut nectar or honey
5 drops stevia
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ashwaganda powder (optional)
Pinch of salt
Blend all ingredients with beaters or in a food processor, until smooth.
Spread the mixture in a small, plastic wrap lined container.
Chill in the fridge until firm, at least 30 minutes.
Slice into squares, and dip in xylitol or lucuma powder.
Alternatively, briefly chill the mixture and then roll into balls.
I realize that a few of these ingredients might be slightly foreign to you. They're new to me too! Here's a little help.
First, what's so great about real butter? It's actually a healing food. Find a great long list of benefits HERE.
And just what the heck is cultured butter?
Quite simply, its butter with bacterial culture added to it, just like yogurt, making it a probiotic food. Cultured butter can easily be made at home! It's slightly different than the store bought butter, as it's made with fresh raw cream that ferments on it's own as a result of the natural bacteria already in the cream. Find out more about cultured butter and how to make it HERE.
Colostrum - Read about a number of it's benefits HERE. I was drinking a lot of fresh colostrum in California, but it's not available in Canada, so I now consume the powdered kind which I get HERE. It's a great addition to any shake, adding creaminess and body.
Tocotrienols - Made from raw rice bran solubles, they are part of the Vitamin E family and are a potent source of antioxidants. Tocotrienols are also highly digestible, and rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and essential fatty acids, among other things. I get mine HERE.
Ashwaganda - The root of a shrub which has been used in India for hundreds of years as an overall body tonic. It's been used to improve memory, boost the immune system, decrease stress, and reduce inflammation. I seem to go through phases of using it. A little goes a long way!
Please embrace real butter :)