Crazy that Thanksgiving is over, right? Christmas feels like it’s right around the corner, and if I’m being honest I already started listening to holiday jingles a week ago. 😉 While the holiday mood is adding to my merry mood, I don’t understand all the people who pop up on my social media feeds who have put up their Christmas trees. Ours never lasts that long!
Regardless of the Christmas mood we’re in, I was in desperate need for a Peppermint Hot Chocolate today but didn’t want to take in all of the refined sugars and mystery ingredients, so it was up to me to save the day! I decided on toying around the kitchen and make these Peppermint Patty Protein Bites (literature fans/majors rejoice at that literary stylistic device!). These turned out amazing on the first try! I was surprised when my Dad, who isn’t a fan of candy canes or chocolate, kept coming back for more! Needless to say these were gone within the hour, and I was told to make them again for our upcoming Holiday Open House. I will give the people what the people want…oh, the sacrifices I must make! 😛
If you’re looking for something to satisfy a holiday season craving (in a healthy-ish way), add to the mood, or need something to bring to a holiday party – this will be our go-to!
I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and time spent with loved ones!
Questions for you:
- What flavors remind you of the holidays, and what food can you not live without during the holiday season?
- Do you celebrate Christmas? And if so, do you already have your tree up and decorated?
- What’s something you always do as a part of holiday tradition?
Perfect Peppermint Patty Protein Bites:
1/2 cup smooth natural almond butter
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. liquid sweetener* (see Notes)
2 scoops Shaklee Vanilla Life Shake
2 tbsp. dairy-free mini chocolate chips
1 bar of dairy-free peppermint dark chocolate
1 candy cane, crushed ** (see Notes)
First off, mix almond butter, sweetener, life shake until smooth. Add in the mini dark chocolate chips and mix again, until well incorporated. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the “dough” and roll into bite-sized balls. Put onto plate, and repeat. Place plate into freezer.
In the meantime melt the peppermint dark chocolate bar in a double boiler until completely melted. Take protein bites out of freezer, and drop in one bite at a time, making sure to coat it completely with chocolate (I did this with a spoon). Spoon the chocolate-covered protein bite and put it on a plate covered with parchment paper. Repeat process until all protein bites are on plate. Sprinkle protein bites with crushed candy cane pieces. Return to the freezer until chocolate has set. Enjoy!
*Notes: For liquid sweetener you can use agave, maple syrup, honey, or anything of that sort. I used 1/4 cup honey and 1 tbsp. maple syrup.
**Notes: When buying candy canes, I like buying the ones without any artificial colors or flavors! So if you’re interested in keeping it natural, keep an eye out for that! Vegetable dyes have no side effects, while artificial colors do! I know especially with my brother, that he tends to get out of whack with artificial colors or flavors.