Paleo peppermint no bake brownies are the perfect way to enjoy the festive flavors of the season! Sweetened naturally with dates and flavored with my favorite essential oil, peppermint, these brownies make the perfect snack or sweet end to a meal! Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free and no sugar added.
This month’s recipe redux challenge was to put a healthy twist on a holiday treat you can share with your friends and family.
I am ALL about enjoying the holidays with food. Food is meant to be enjoyed, savored and eaten with loved ones. Over the next couple of months I fully intend to enjoy multiple pieces of pumpkin pie, red velvet cake and fried turkey (Yup, fried. #imfromthesouth).
This time of the year tends to be when people “ditch their diets” and “give up on eating healthy”. You guys already know how I feel about dieting…so let’s chat about my 5 tips for a guilt-free holiday season.
Tip #1: Don’t feel guilty for eating. Period. No. Guilt.
I don’t care if its a kale salad or the most indulgent food you could possibly eat. Enjoy it. Savor it. Taste every bite and let go of the feeling of guilt. It is not serving you and is most likely making you overeat as a result of the restriction you give yourself about feeling guilty for eating.
Tip #2: Don’t skip meals.
Yea, yea, yea. I know EVERYONE does this. Especially on the day of the holiday leading up to the big meal. But this only encourages you to overeat. If you are extremely hungry when you go to eat Thanksgiving on Thursday, you are likely to eat past the point of fullness and eat foods you do not truly even enjoy. Which brings me to tip#3.
Tip #3: Only eat foods that you truly enjoy.
Most of the time we are eating foods during the holiday season just because it is there. Before your next holiday meal, party or gathering I encourage you to walk around and assess which foods are available. Which foods have you been waiting all year to try? Which foods could you easily pass on?
Personally I don’t care much for stuffing, mashed potatoes, ham and rolls. But I LOVE turkey and all the gravy, sweet potato casserole, any green vegetable smothered in bacon (like my maple bacon Brussels Sprouts) and macaroni and cheese (my grandfather makes the best!)
Tip #4: Move your body.
In whatever way you enjoy. If you want to go to the gym, great! If not, that’s fine too! Go for a walk! Do some yoga! Play a game with your family (do people actually do this? I am so bad at sports I cannot imagine that actually being fun- but if its your thing, do it!)
I always bring work out clothes with me when I travel, but I only work out if I’m in the mood. I am not going to go to bed early just so I can work out in the morning or miss out on sleep to work out. But, if there’s a free moment where I can squeeze in some movement- I go for it! I struggle a lot with digestion, especially when I travel and not eating my typical foods. I like to exercise or move daily because it helps tremendously with keeping me regular. When traveling I love at-home circuit workouts, walking my dog and doing yoga with my sister!
Tip #5: Enjoy yourself.
One day out of the year is not going to ruin your goals or your efforts to change your habits. Let go, truly embrace the holiday, spend time with loved ones and in the words of my favorite show (Parks and Rec, obviously), treat yo’self.
- 1 cup of dates, pitted
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup almond meal
- 3 Tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- 4 drops peppermint oil (or 2-3 drops peppermint extract)
- 2 Tablespoons water
- Optional dark chocolate crust:
- 1 oz dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Place pitted dates and almond butter in a large food processor. Pulse to combine.
- Add the almond meal, cacao powder and peppermint oil. Blend until well combined. Add the water and continue to blend until the mixture becomes thick and thoroughly combined.
- Place the brownie mixture in a pan and (with oiled hands) spread into an even layer.
- Freeze for thirty minutes.
- If adding the optional dark chocolate crust: add the chocolate and coconut oil into a small pan and heat at medium heat. Once melted, add on top of brownies and place back into freezer for thirty minutes.
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