I’ve been experimenting with essential oils in the kitchen recently. I’ve been playing around with peppermint, lime and orange, to name a few. I’ve been seriously impressed! They’re perfect for adding a little bit of extra “kapow” to my raw desserts.
There are a few things you need to be mindful of when using oils in food. Firstly, you need to make sure you get the purest ones you can, so that you know they’re safe for eating. Crappy, cheap oil burner oils are definitely a no-no here!
Secondly, not all oils are safe for ingesting, so before you go using them willy-nilly, check that they are ok to use internally.
Thirdly, adopt a less-is-more approach. You don’t want to overpower the dish. Add a little bit, taste the mix, then add a little more. These oils are so pure that you only need a few drops!
There will be more healthy essential oil recipes coming your way soon (especially raw desserts!), but for now, here’s a good one for beginners, using peppermint essential oil. This took me about 20 minutes to make, the balls freeze really well, and OMG the flavour is divine!
1 1/2 cups raw almonds
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
7 medjool dates, seeds removed
4-5 drops of food-grade peppermint essential oil
3 tbsp raw cacao nibs
Let’s do this!
In a food processor, whizz your almonds until they become a fine powder.
Add the cacao powder, maple syrup and dates, and whizz again until the mixture starts to come together.
While the food processor is running, add one drop of oil at a time. Taste after adding 4 drops. If you need to add one more drop, do so.
Taking a tablespoon of mixture at a time, roll into balls and then coat in cacao nibs, pressing the nibs into the surface of the balls to make them stick.
Refrigerate for up to 5 days. You may also freeze these balls for up to 6 weeks.
Makes 18-20 balls.
Peppermint is good for calming tummy upsets, so if you’re prone to bloating, gas or nausea, these balls may even have some added health benefits. Please note though, if you’re breastfeeding, you need to be a little cautious, as peppermint can sometimes reduce milk supply.
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