How has your weekend been, bloggie friends?  Hopefully you didn’t do too much running around in search of the ever-elusive “Perfect Holiday Gift” for that special someone.  And hopefully you stayed warm!  It’s plenty warm where I am.  If you’re just tuning in, I’m in Aruba.  Things have been awesome here!  In my post yesterday I recapped everything from some Beach Pictures

Beach with clear water and people in background in waterBeach with a small pier sticking out
Clear blue water washing up tp beach with three boats

To Trips and Goodies from the Local Grocery Store

Various desserts packaged from Aruba

Banana Cake and Pineapple Cake

Packaged Pineapple and Banana Cakes

Muesli Bread

Hand holding bag of sliced Muesli Bread

 To Some of the Chocolate I’ve both Seen

Chocopasta and Hazelnootpasta containers
Verkade Cappuccino Bar
Hand holding unwrapped Cappuccino Bar

And Chocolate I’ve Made

Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes on white plate  

 

Chocolate Overnight Oats in clear container
Chocolate Snowball Mixture up close

And some Fruits & Veggie Plates, Too

Sliced bananas and grapes with toasted bread on plate

Mangoyum!!!

Sliced mango pieces
Mixed Kale and Vegetable Salad

But since I mentioned a few days ago about my Love of Chocolate, with Tons of Recipe Links, including my recipe link for my Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups..

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups stacked on top of one another

…it’s so fitting that my Guest Poster today, the awesomely creative and ever-inspiring Diana from Soap & Chocolate, tweaked my PB Cup Recipe and came up with her own Amazing Dessert Recipe!  Enjoy and I will chime back in at the end…

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Vegan Peppermint Patties!
 
Hey there, Lovers of Veggies & Yoga! I’m Diana, and I blog at Soap & Chocolate.
 

Photo of Lady Standing in front of fence overlooking mountainsAverie very kindly did a guest post for me while I vacationed in Japan recently. She is the ultimate raw and vegan dessert master–did you see her raw-veganized peanut butter cups from a while back? I was so impressed by that post that I half-jokingly suggested she do the same for my favorite candy, peppermint patties. She then came up with a recipe for raw vegan chocolate-peppermint donut holes for her guest post on my blog, and I was so excited that she’d indulged my favorite flavor combo that I made them right away. Delish, obviously!

 

When Averie mentioned that she’d be away at the holidays and would need guest posts for her own blog, I knew I wanted to return the favor. I must still have had peppermint patties on the brain, though, because I ended up making a vegan-and-healthified version for my guest post here. It was really no big deal, actually–Averie did half the work coming up with the peanut butter cup recipe!



Vegan Peppemint Patties sliced in half showing inside
So I’m taking a (web)page from Averie’s book and presenting you with my peppermint variation on these chocolate treats, in full-on Averie style. :D
 
Here’s how to get the sensation:
 
1. Unwrap two squares Baker’s chocolate.


Two square of bakers chocolate in white bowl2. Melt in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Sweeten to taste, if desired (a few teaspoons of agave would probably do it). Stir until smooth.


Spoon stirring melted chocolate in bowl3. Distribute chocolate among four paper cupcake liners on a plate, coating the bottoms evenly. Transfer plate to the fridge.


Chocolate in bottom of paper cupcake liners4. Meanwhile, mix your filling:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

 

You can do this by hand in a small bowl, but if you have a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, give it a whiz in there to get the filling smooth. I tried it in my sad-people blender and it wasn’t much help, unfortunately. Oh well–more to chew on!
 

Filling mixture being added to chocolate in paper liners5. Remove the cupcake liners from the fridge (they should have set fairly solid by now) and top each with a small blob of filling, about 1/2+ tbsp (you will have a little filling leftover, what for instant gratification and such).



4 Vegan Peppermint Patties with filling added to liners6. Melt another two squares of Baker’s chocolate as per Steps 1-2. Distribute melted chocolate overtop each blob of pattie-guts, covering the filling entirely.


Chocolate added to top of coconut mixture in paper liners7. Return patties to the fridge to set completely, or do like I did and freeze for 15 minutes so dessert comes sooner!


Finished chilled Vegan Peppermint Patties unwrapped on paper liner8. CHOMP.


Bite out of one Vegan Peppermint PattyNext time, I will probably sweeten the Baker’s chocolate. I’m all about intense dark chocolate, but apparently I’m not man enough for 100% just yet! 1/2 cup chocolate chips would also work in place of Baker’s chocolate as well, as Averie noted in her PB cup post.
 
I want to thank Averie for having me as her guest here–it was fun to channel her dessert skizzles! Since I’m from Brooklyn, perhaps I should have called these New York Peppermint Patties. ;) Get it?! 
 
…And now I’ll have to also thank Averie for putting up with my bad jokes…
 
Happy Holidays!
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Averie again~

Thank you soooo much, Diana, you rock, this recipe is off the hook, and I cannot thank you enough for sharing it!  Muah!!!!!!

Yoga Today is Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose).  Great for runners or anyone who just wants to get in for a deep quad stretch.  Also, this pose is excellent for letting go of things mentally & emotionally, for relaxing, and just letting your mind release.  Love this pose for that!

Woman doing Supta Virasana yoga pose

Continuing with the relaxing, releasing, and letting go theme (and if you missed my Tip of the Day yesterday, that’s another one for stress relief)…

Today’s Tip of the Day:  Feeling stressed?  I recently read that the physical act of lighting a candle is soothing and stress-reducing.  So next time you need a little breather, go light up No, not that kind Candles!

And for a little extra relaxation, scented candles are awesome.  Relaxing and mellowing fragrances/essential oils include: 
Lavender, Jasmine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Sandalwood, and Rose.
Here’s a site I stumbled on if you want to read more about calming scents.

Stay Tuned For A Sweet Give Away…

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