Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate is God’s gift to women. Am I right?

Of course, there are a few people in this world who don’t like chocolate. I’m related to one of them, but I don’t hold it against her. 😉 That just means there’s more for me!

When I say chocolate, I’m not talking about that milky stuff with a huge ingredient list trying to pass itself off as chocolate.

No, I’m talking about rich, dark, organic chocolate from fair-trade companies.

Many years ago, my friends introduced me to scrumptious, bittersweet chocolate truffles coated in cocoa powder that melt in your mouth. If you couldn’t guess, I was a very big fan of those.

Salted dark chocolate caramel cups and instant dairy-free hot cocoa mix are already chocolate-y treats in my kitchen, so it was only a matter of time before I created my own version of bittersweet chocolate truffles to join them!

You know you want to make them so head over to Traditional Cooking School where I am sharing the recipe!

 

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Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer

 

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Peppermint, cocoa, cream, and a bit of sugar in a steaming cup of coffee, what’s not to love? Peppermint mocha creamer is everywhere on the dairy section this time of year, with good reason, it is a tantalizing combination.

Unfortunately, the ones at the store don’t seem to have cream, peppermint, or cocoa in them at all. It would be too logical to use the actual ingredients, right? Here is the ingredient list off of a popular brand found in most stores:

INGREDIENTS: WATER, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, AND LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)**, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CELLULOSE GEL, COLOR ADDED, CELLULOSE GUM, CARRAGEENAN.

Thankfully, making your own real food peppermint mocha creamer at home is not hard. It has actual cream, peppermint, and cocoa, who would have thought? I chose to make this a sugar-free version by using liquid stevia, but you can substitute sugar or raw honey to taste if you prefer. If you have raw milk and cream  on hand

If you have raw milk and cream  on hand you can blend them together to make your own half and half. If not, go ahead and buy organic half and half from the store. I chose not to use just cream because the creamer becomes too thick. I haven’t tried but I am sure almond milk and homemade coconut milk would work wonderfully as well.

More Real Food Creamers: 

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer

1 pint half and half
3 TBS cocoa powder
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
40 drops stevia extract (you could also sub sugar or raw honey to taste)

1. Add all the ingredients to a quart jar or large glass measuring cup. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You can also use a use a regular blender.

2. Pour into a small glass jar to store.

3. The creamer should last for one week.

Real Food Peppermint Mocha Creamer
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Ingredients
  • 1 pint half and half
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 40 drops stevia extract (you could also sub sugar or raw honey)
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a quart jar or large glass measuring cup. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You can also use a use a regular blender.
  2. Pour into a small glass jar to store.
  3. The creamer should last for one week in the fridge.

 What is your favourite flavor of creamer?

For more real food recipes check out Tradishen, a real food menu planning site I partner with. 

Apple Spice Tea

 

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Sweet and spicy cinnamon and tart apple mingle in a mug to create a delicious apple spice tea.

I love this time of year! As soon as Thanksgiving ends my mind turns towards the Advent and Christmas season. I am filled with such a sense of joy and expectation as I plan my intentional celebrations to celebrate our Savior’s birth. To keep things to a minimum, I prefer to focus on simple homemade gifts for most of my list.

Each year I try to come up with a new homemade gift that allows me to bless others and let them know that I am thinking of them. This tea is a simple and frugal way to do so! I mix apples that I have dehydrated with Ceylon cinnamon sticks and rooibos tea. For an extra bit of sweetness and cinnamon stir in a teaspoon of cinnamon infused honey.

Head over to The Nourishing Gourmet to learn how to make this simple apple spice tea! 

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Real Food Spiced Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce, the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and tart. What Thanksgiving meal is complete without a bowl this jewel-colored fruit sauce?

I’ll be honest I avoided cranberry sauce as a kid. Many people have a strong aversion to the underappreciated condiment. Sadly I think that is because, for many people, myself included our only experience with the sauce is the thick jelly like disk sliced from the can. (Now if you have sentimental ties to the can, no offence intended.)

In my late 20s I finally decided it was time to give cranberry sauce another try. What a surprise I was in for when I made my first batch at home. It was delightful! This real food spiced cranberry sauce has been my go-to recipe ever since.

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People often get intimidated when they think of making their own cranberry sauce when really it is one if the easiest if not the easiest dish out of all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes to prepare!

This real food spiced cranberry sauce is full of fresh organic cranberries, unrefined sugar, orange juice, and a touch of cinnamon and ginger. It is a lot of sugar, but it balances out the tart cranberries without being cloyingly sweet. Plus it’s the holidays, it’s okay to have a few compromises.

Other Thanksgiving Recipes:

Real Food Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Makes 1-quart

6 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1 cup unrefined sugar
1 tsp orange zest
1 tsp powdered cinnamon
1/2 tsp powdered ginger

1. Add everything to a medium sized sauce pot. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

2.Reduce the heat and cover, cook for 15 minutes, stirring every couple minutes.

3. The sauce should last in the fridge for at least a month.

Spiced Real Food Cranberry Sauce
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Serves: 1 quart
 
Cranberry sauce, the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and tart. What Thanksgiving meal is complete without a bowl this jewel-colored fruit sauce? This real food spiced cranberry sauce is full of fresh and seasonal ingredients!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • ½ tsp powdered ginger
Instructions
  1. Add everything to a medium sized sauce pot. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Reduce the heat and cover, cook for 15 minutes, stirring every couple minutes.
  3. The sauce should last in the fridge for at least a month.

What is your favourite Thanksgiving food?

Can Real Food Become an Idol?

Can Real Food Become an Idol?-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Do you intentionally grow bacteria on your counter?

Have you ever sipped a glass of raw milk while researching whether you should soak, sprout, sour, or just ditch your grains altogether?

Have you felt overwhelmed by the things others say you should be doing, yet you have trouble managing it all?

Honestly, keeping up with the real food world can be discouraging and downright depressing.

If you allow it to be so.

The problem is that we can become so obsessed with buying food or making recipes in order to become better parents, better spouses, better employees, or better people.

And then we might elevate food too high — place it on a pedestal where it was never meant to be.

Can real food become an idol?

I believe it can.

It was once, for me.

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