Tomorrow is (or was...) Easter! Since I find it important to treat yourself now and again, why not do it with these treats. Yes, I realize these aren't the healthiest desserts. Yes, there are healthier things we could all be eating. Yes, it has a very small amount of shortening per serving. I hear all of your concerns. But the number one lesson in eating, in my opinion, is moderation. Obviously, these aren't a meal replacer nor an everyday snack. But once in a while, a plant-based sweet isn't going to be the end of the world. So enjoy.
Making your own sweets at home means knowing exactly what goes in them.
½teaspoonof Mint Extract (I used ½ Teaspoon of minced dried mint)
1Tablespoonof Shortening (I used Trans Fat Free Nature's Balance)
1 ½cupsof Non-Dairy Chocolate Chips (I used Guittard Semi-Sweet)
Using a hand mixer or a food processor, mix the sugar, agave, water, mint and shortening until its a thick dough.
Kneed the dough into a ball and then roll out into a ¼ - ½ inch thick slab. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Cut small rounds out of the slab (I used a shot glass to get them a great size and shape) and put them back into the freezer for 10 minutes.
Using the microwave, a double boiler, or a smaller pot in a larger pot with water in it on medium heat, melt the chocolate chips until smooth. Don't burn!
Put wax or parchment paper down on a baking sheet, and put small dabs of chocolate on it to coat the bottom of the patties. Place the patties on the dabs, and cover with melted chocolate. The trick is to keep the patties frozen, so you may want to keep them in the freezer while you're coating the others.
Put back in the freezer for 20 minutes or until frozen solid. Keep in a bag in the freezer and enjoy!
Obviously, these aren’t a meal replacer nor an everyday snack. But once in a while, a plant-based sweet isn’t going to be the end of the world. So enjoy.