Remember Sarma’s new book from this post? Well, I was reading one of her dessert recipes and got inspired…I warn you, it may not be the prettiest dessert or the easiest batter to work with, but it sure tastes great.
She made a raw vegan rendition of Thin Mint cookies. You know, those high fat very unraw once-you-pop-you-can’t-stop cookies the little Girl Scouts guilt you into buying? Yeah, those. Well Sarma has a delightful, but kinda complicated and with a pricey ingredients list, kinda recipe. But I tweaked things and created Vegan “Thin Mint” Fudge.
“Thin Mint” Fudge (vegan, gluten free)
Combine and blend:
1.5 c cocoa powder
1.5 c almond flour
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c agave
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1.5 Tbsp Peppermint Extract
Press into a pan, chill until firm. Slice and serve.
Incredibly important sidebar: If you have never worked with peppermint extract, it is waaaaaaay more potent and strong than vanilla extract and you can extremely quickly go from pleasant minty vibe to just drown your recipe in a bottle of Listerine vibe. So add slowly and once you’ve added it, there’s no turning back so be careful. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Blend. But be careful, this is a heavy job even for the VitaBeast. I almost overheated my Vita…whoa, nelly, slow down and add more liquid sweetenerif you need to.
Spread into a pan. It’s extremely thick to work with. Kinda like certain people at the DMV where I’m heading to, thick.
I scored it with a pizza cutterbefore freezing which was probably a useless step and just an extra utensil to wash.
Freeze & Enjoy as is…
Or mold into little Thin Mint Cookie Shapes. If you take the time to do this step rather than just digging into your pan with a spoon (which is totally acceptable, of course), just make sure that you’ve given it time to freeze well, like 12-24 hours because otherwise it will be too sludgey to work with and you’ll have a colossal mess on your hands, no pun intended.
Moving right on the some more Thrive action. Brendan Brazier’s book, The Thrive Diet.
I confess, I am not done with it, but so far, I love it. See all these other books on my shelf…I’m trying to read all of those, too. And keep up with everyone’s bloggie. And cook. And blog about cooking…so I just can’t seem to read all these great books as fast as I’d like. Does anyone else feel like they are falling wayyyyy behind on their book or magazine reading lately?
But for all of us busy folks, Brendan has this email program called Thrive in 30 and you can sign up and get all kind of great lessons delivered to your email. They send one every couple days for a month and I really got alot out of those. It was kinda like the Cliff’s Notes version of the book for me. Or you could just ask Alison, I know she’s a Brendan lovin’ kinda gal.
Has anyone else read the book? What’s your fave part? So far I love his thoughts that even if you don’t think you have allergies, you may want to avoid certain things like gluten and dairy. It’s really interesting to me because I have some food sensitvities.
Anyway I also munched some of Brendan’s little bars.
Both were chocolate, both great. But, of course, the Vegan “Thin Mint” Fudge recipeis mighty yumm too.
It reminds me of my Raw Vegan Brownies, just a thicker, minty-er version. This dessert is extremely rich and satisfying. And although the texture is different, taste-wise, the Thin Mint vibe is definitely in the house.
Do you like Thin Mints? or Fudge?
Holy Cocoa…I am definitely in the mood for some raw chocolate ‘baking’ tonight!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!
So glad I found your blog!!
Glad you found me and have fun baking! LMK if you end up making any of my stuff!
Is there supposed to be Chia seeds in the Vegan Thin Mints? It was listed under Chia recipes, so I was just wondering.
no it was an error.
Look at all the comments you're getting! That's awesome Averie – I can see you've been at it in the kitchen lately…those recipes you're whipping up look incredible. I need to scroll back a bit to see if you've written anything about your 2 blenders. Skylar is gorgeous…takes after her mom. :)
Okay, my inquiring mind wants to know… how do you eat raw brussels sprouts and get past the bitter taste? Or have you found some magical non-bitter variety?
you have the most GORGEOUS smile averie!!!
Congrats on the license!
I love my Vanilla Lace body spray from Victoria's Secret. My friend once told me that I smelled like homemade waffles…which isn't a bad thing for me! haha
"Cracky Blacky" made me crack up when I read it. Love!
I do like body spray. My MIL seems to always buy me Warm Vanilla Sugar scented toiletries. While I like that scent for the home, I don't want to smell edible ;) I haven't been on a tropical vacae since 2005! I went to Cancun with the ex. Mallard and I rented a cabin in 2007 and I came home with an unintended souvenir! We have spent so much on our lil souvenir since then that we can't really afford any upcoming vacations ;)
you and your girl are so cute! i love tropical oats. and one of my fav. vacas was def when i had the chance to visit Hawaii.it is so nice there.
Fav vacation was definitely the tropical town of Negril. But you already knew that. ;)
I also love San Diego, because it never fails to be one of my favorite towns ever. It's fun to cook and buy our own groceries all week while staying in the cute little houses on Mission Beach.
You're a fellow Arizonian too?! Now I know. :)
your oats look awesome :)
I love vacations! When i went to the dominican republic.. my mom had bought "pina colada" "flavored" body spray.. its my favorite, as it reminds me of the dominican, and my mom :)
Awww thanks ladies for the pic props with me and Skylar….she's a cutie (we're partial, what can we say!) and has us wrapped around her little fingers no doubt.
Glad the oats looked good to you too and I love hearing your travel spots and plans and past trips, awesome info!
see you all in the a.m……
Hooray for the new driver's license! Now it's official! :)
Awww, those pictures are just adorable Averie. You are such a wonderful mommy! My family and I took a Caribbean cruise a year and a half ago, and we saw some amazing beaches like that. So pretty!
can't stop smiling — you and your precious girl just brightened my day :)! <3 so sweet..so so sweet!
I went to Cabo San Lucas for my friend's wedding last December and I am trying to convince her to have a first anniversary vow ceremony! Gorgeous, plus I think I could really live in Mexico.
Congrats on your win!
Very cute little girl!!!
Those oats look ahhhmazing!
My dream vacation is doing something active in the AM then reclining beach=side with a good InTouch mag after lunch! :-)
I'm looking forward to a fab trip starting tomorrow and rumor has it that i have some RAD RAD RAD guest bloggers. wink wink!
Yeah, wait on the hair- you might like it. SOmetimes it can grow on ya! (not literally, you know)
ummmmm this looks so. dayum. good. i love breakfast oats, and this is NO exception. and your kiddo is so cute!
p.s. you have the best, most sweetest sounding name :)
okay.. one more time.. Im sorry Im completing taking over your comment section.. Im trying to sign off with the new name. lol
oops signed off as "blogspot".. see this is soo confusing!
I'm glad you were loving your oats and thinking of holidays. When I go on holidays I love to hike and trek and do some adventurous things.
I'm going away for a three day rough trek in Tasmania in a couple of weeks with the boy… and my OS trip next year invovles two one week treks, camping on salt lakes, and an african safari – woohoo!!
I love to relax too, and can't wait to shop in NY, but it's the outdoors that I love :)
Thanks for the update.. yeah google reader is annnoying!!! Your little girl is beautiful, Averie! Looks like such a fun vaca. I would say my ideal vacation would be someplace you could relax yet be active if you chose to. Obviously there would have to be great food too! Hub and I just got back from Riviera Maya a few months ago… Ill post some pics soon. Have a super night!
Okay Averie, can I have your arms? Oh, and your abs? : )
I was so excited to see you won the giveaway on Naomi's blog! Way to go!!
Tropical yumminess for sure!!!
My… your tropical blast looks and sounds amazing. I love traveling too! A place that the sis and I loved is Italy… would love to go back. Though, I would like to visit Greece…. and any tropical island!!!