One of my favorite holiday treats is peppermint bark. But, store bought brands are high in refined sugar and milk fat. This recipe has the sweet mint flavor of the holiday treat without the added guilt.

Gut-Healthy Benefits

Cashews and chia seeds add healthy plant-based fats while the dates provide a natural fruit sweetener. Healthy goodies are great for gifting, so make sure to share these with coworkers, friends, and family!  

Time: 20 minutes, plus chill time 
Servings: 12 truffles 

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup cashews 
  • 1 cup dates 
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder 
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds 
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract 
  • ¼ tsp sea salt 
  • 2-3 Tbsp water 

Team RESTORE recommends organic ingredients. If it’s labeled “organic,” that means the food is not genetically engineered or modified (“GMO”). If you are unable to source organic, we definitely recommend non-GMO. GMO foods are likely treated with herbicides, especially glyphosate, because they are engineered to resist it. (Glyphosate kills the weeds, but not the GMO crop.)

DIRECTIONS 

  1. First, blend the cashews in a high-speed blender or food processor until a smooth consistency. 
  2. Add all remaining ingredients to the blender and mix until well incorporated. If using a food processor, it is best to slowly add the dates followed by the remaining ingredients.  
  3. If the texture remains dry, add another tablespoon of water. It should be wet and sticky! 
  4. Use a small cookie scoop or ice cream scoop to create 12 balls from the dough.   
  5. Freeze for at least 1 hour. This helps the truffles firm up and make easier to handle. 
  6. Enjoy these sweet treats stored in the fridge up to 2 weeks. 

NUTRITION FACTS 

Per Truffle: 

  • 135 calories 
  • 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat 
  • 18g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 11g sugar 
  • 4g protein