Cream the butter and granulated sugar together in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the egg, vanilla, and lemon essential oil. Mix until well combined, and set aside.
In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with 1/4 c. of the flour. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine the remaining 1 3/4 c. flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add half of the dry mixture to the wet mixture, and stir to combine.
Stir in the buttermilk. Then add remaining dry mixture, and combine.
Fold the blueberries into the batter, leaving the excess flour behind. (Batter will be very thick.)
Spread the batter into a greased 8- or 9-inch square baking dish, and sprinkle the top with coarse sugar as desired.
Bake at 350° for 35–45 minutes or until golden brown.
Allow the cake to cool for 10–15 minutes before serving.
*If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can add 2 tsp. vinegar or lemon juice to a 1/2 c. measure, and then fill the remainder with milk. Let sit for 5 minutes before adding to the other ingredients.
With peach season upon us, here’s a way to top off a late-summer cookout with a simple, delectable dessert. Warm, sweet, cinnamon peaches make the perfect complement to savory barbecued dinners. You can also panfry peaches indoors. Since they’re so quick and easy, you’ll make this your go-to dessert for many occasions!
In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and cinnamon essential oil, and set aside.
Slice the peaches in half—leaving the skin on—and remove the pits.
Brush the melted butter with cinnamon essential oil all over the peach halves. Grill them with flesh side down over medium heat for 2–3 minutes or until browned. You may want to use the cooler edges of the grill if you’ve been barbecuing meat. (Alternately, panfry the peach halves over medium-high heat in the same way.)
Turn the peach halves face up, and sprinkle the brown sugar over the flesh. Grill for another 2–3 minutes or until the skin is browned and loosened. (If panfrying, cover the pan and cook for another 2–3 minutes or until the sugar caramelizes.)
Remove peach halves from the heat, and serve with or without the skin—topped with ice cream or yogurt.
This dessert is so delicious—and healthy too! If you love rich, creamy, chocolate treats, this is the one for you. It’s made with coconut cream, which adds an amazing hint of coconut flavor. And the peppermint essential oil tops off this amazing dessert with a flavor to die for! This mousse is very rich, so it doesn’t take much to hit your sweet spot.
Warm summer days call for sweet cold treats, especially if you can find a healthy one that everyone will enjoy. This Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt is absolutely delicious and super simple! Whether you serve the dessert at your next meal or party, or save the whole batch for yourself, it certainly won’t disappoint.
We all love the dinner mints given out at fancy restaurants, but they only give you one! We decided to try our hand at chocolatiering, and we fell in love with this simple recipe. You can use your favorite dark chocolate (the darker the healthier), and the peppermint essential oil adds a nice flavor that will make it hard to stop eating these little gems.
2 packages (10 oz. each) dark chocolate melting wafers
1 package (10 oz.) white chocolate melting wafers
6–8 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops green food coloring (optional)
Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C).
Place the chocolate into 3 oven-safe bowls (1 package in each bowl), and warm in the oven for 20 minutes or until fully melted.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, making sure it covers the sides as well.
Remove one of the bowls of dark chocolate from the oven, and leave the others in to keep them melted.
Pour the first bowl of dark chocolate across the wax paper, spread the chocolate out with a spatula, and shake the pan to help create an even layer.
While that layer is drying, remove the white chocolate from the oven, and add peppermint oil and food coloring.
Wait just until the first layer of chocolate changes from glossy to matte, then pour the white chocolate on top quickly, spreading it out and shaking the pan to flatten.
Once that layer has turned matte, remove the last bowl of dark chocolate from the oven, and spread it across the top in the same manner as the other 2 layers.
Allow the chocolate to dry, then cut into squares with a sharp knife.
The trick to this recipe is knowing exactly when to pour the layers on top. If the chocolate is too wet, the layers will mix. If the chocolate is too dry, the layers won’t stick together. Watch the chocolate as it dries; it will change from glossy to matte, and at this point, you can quickly top the next layer. If they do mix a bit, no big deal! It will still taste delicious!
These chocolate bites are so good, you won’t be able to keep the kids away! They also make great snacks for your essential oil classes. Make up a tray, and give them to your attendees to demonstrate the use of essential oils in cooking.
Finding healthy snacks that everyone will enjoy can be challenging. Here’s a healthy alternative to your traditional cookie-crust fruit pizzas! This fruit pizza is tasty and healthy, and you can top it with your favorite fruit to make your own special masterpiece. Better yet, have the kids decorate it for a fun activity to cure boredom!
It’s hard to stay healthy with all the snacking we tend to do. Solution? Healthy snacks! These yummy frozen yogurt snacks are really good for you, and they taste amazing too. Now you can enjoy a sweet treat while keeping up with your health goals!
These frozen whipped cream cubes make hot chocolate a fun experience and add a little minty flavor to your cup as well! This recipe can be a healthier alternative to adding marshmallows to your hot chocolate, especially if you follow the substitutions to make this a healthy non-dairy topping!
[recipe title=”Peppermint Whipped Cream Cubes” time=”5–10 minutes active; 1 hour inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Ingredients & Supplies:
1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream (or coconut cream)
2 Tbsp. (17 g) powdered sugar or 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup
2–3 drops peppermint essential oil
Using an electric mixer, whisk together the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and peppermint essential oil until it thickens and forms stiff peaks.
Cover a dish with parchment paper, and spread the whipped cream on the parchment paper. You’ll want it at least 1/2″ (1 1/4 cm) thick.
Freeze the cream until solid (about an hour).
Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in the cream, and place them in hot chocolate.
A chocolate stirring spoon makes the drink more decadent. You can even add a drop of peppermint to the chocolate before pouring into the spoon mold for a little extra mintiness!
Forget freezing and just use it as cream. It’s delicious either way!
Make “ice cream sandwiches” by placing this cream in between your favorite cookies.
Have you ever used flavored sugar to sweeten your tea, sprinkle on toast, or use in your baking? Vanilla-flavored sugar is common and quite popular in European desserts, but you can easily make different flavors when you use essential oils. Try making some and using it to flavor toast, pancakes, french toast, crème brûlée, cereal, fruits, or milk and other beverages.
Gift idea: add your flavored sugar to 4 oz. glass salve jars, attach a little plastic spoon and a gift tag, and give it away as a unique neighbor gift.
This chocolate brittle is so yummy! Who doesn’t like orange- and cinnamon-flavored chocolate topped with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds? (If you don’t, then maybe this post isn’t for you—but you are seriously missing out!) This recipe is as healthy as you make it. You can make the chocolate as dark as you please and add lots of dried fruit and seeds to get a good source of antioxidants and fiber, along with the benefits of the essential oils. You can also make this mostly chocolate (sweetened to your preference) and eat it for dessert. Either way you like it, we’ll show you how to make it.
[recipe title=”Autumn Chocolate Brittle” time=”15 minutes active; 1 hour inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Chocolate (your favorite bar, or use the recipe below)
Pinch of salt
1–3 toothpicks cinnamon or cassia essential oil
1–3 toothpicks clove essential oil
1–3 toothpicks orange essential oil
Shelled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
Pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (you can spray or oil the baking sheet to help the parchment paper stick to the sheet), and set aside.
Melt the chocolate, or make the recipe below.
Add salt and essential oils to taste. Start with a toothpick of each oil, and keep adding until you like the taste.
Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper, and spread as thin as you like.
Sprinkle the cranberries and pumpkin seeds over the chocolate to your liking.
Sprinkle the chocolate with pumpkin pie spice for a little extra flavoring, if desired.
Let the chocolate come to room temperature; then freeze it until it’s completely solid.
Once solid, use a knife or your hands to break the chocolate into fragments.
Store any leftovers in the freezer or the refrigerator.