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.
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.
Indulge your sweet tooth without compromising your health goals with these delicious and healthy chocolate truffles. These truffles are full of antioxidants, healthy fats, nutrients, and the benefits of peppermint essential oil!
[recipe title=”Dark Chocolate Avocado Peppermint Truffles” servings=”” time=”15 minutes active; 3+ hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup dates, soaked and drained (about 5–6 dates)
1/4 cup (30 g) cacao powder + 2 Tbsp. (15 g) for dusting
1 1/2 Tbsp. (18 g) coconut oil
2 Tbsp. (16 g) coconut flour + more as needed
Dash of sea salt
2–3 drops peppermint essential oil
Soak dates for 3 hours for the smoothest texture.
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender (except for the 2 Tbsp. of cacao powder for dusting). Blend or pulse until smooth. Add more coconut flour if needed to get the desired texture (you want a rollable ball; the balls will harden more in the fridge).
Place the 2 Tbsp. (15 g) of cacao powder on a plate. Set aside a plate or dish for the finished truffles.
Scoop out 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of the chocolate avocado mixture, and form it into a ball. Roll the ball in the cacao powder, and place on the plate or dish. Continue until all the balls are formed.
Refrigerate the balls for 2–3 hours until hardened, and enjoy!
Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate essential oils into a treat for your next event, into a Valentine’s Day treat, or into a fun treat for your kids or grandkids? Try dipping pretzels in essential oil–infused chocolate for a delicious and easy treat! Get creative with your flavor combinations––try lemon or orange essential oil with white chocolate; or try peppermint or cassia essential oil with milk or semi-sweet chocolate. There are lots of possibilities!
Do you need a fun dessert idea for an upcoming holiday party or essential oil class? Try these delicious mini mud pies infused with pure peppermint essential oil! The shot glasses add a creative element to the dessert and also make a great party favor for your guests to take home afterward. If you are serving these at an essential oil class, you can give your guests this handout that we put together that lists 15 great ways to use the shot glass with essential oils.
Next time you need to plan an essential oil event, consider holding a hot chocolate social! This is a great idea for a team meeting or for a class to introduce new clients to essential oils.
Provide hot chocolate and various hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream, crushed candy cane, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Also provide various essential oils to add to the hot chocolate. Peppermint, orange, and cassia essential oil all make great additions to hot chocolate. Instruct guests to just dip a toothpick in the oil and then swish the toothpick around in their hot chocolate.
Once everyone has helped themselves to hot chocolate and is sitting comfortably, this is a great time to share information about essential oils. You could focus on the health benefits of the oils you offered as hot chocolate mix-ins, provide basic introductory information about essential oils, discuss essential oils for winter wellness, or talk about cooking with essential oils.
Make sure that everyone is comfortable, enjoys some delicious hot chocolate, and has a really fun and positive experience! Be sure to send information about essential oils home with your guests so that they can continue to learn more about essential oils. It’s also really great if you can send your guests home with a sample of essential oil to try out for themselves.
If you’d like to make your own hot chocolate, here is a fun recipe:
[recipe title=”Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Essential Oil” servings=”2″ time=”10 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]
2 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup canned coconut milk (shake before opening)
1 1/2 cups milk (almond or rice milk work too)
1–2 drops peppermint essential oil
In a saucepan, mix together the cocoa powder, salt, and sugar.
Add coconut milk, and heat until combined.
Slowly add milk while continuing to stir. Keep stirring until little bubbles start to form on the surface.
Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly. Stir in a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.
Pour into mugs, and serve. Warning: It will be hot, so allow the hot chocolate to cool to a reasonable temperature before drinking.
Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips, or ground peppermint candy.
Add a classic touch to a card or note with the unique aroma of your favorite essential oil. Whether you are looking to add a touch of romance or just trying to brighten someone’s day, scenting your note with a complimentary essential oil will only enhance the message you are trying to send! If you want to add a little chocolate to your message, these Essential ChocOILates are infused with essential oils and are the perfect companion to a Valentine’s Day note!
Take 5–10 sheets of stationery, note cards, paper, or envelopes, and place them inside a large sealable plastic storage bag.
Drop 10–15 drops of your desired essential oil or oil blend on a tissue folded in eighths or on a Battery Operated Diffuser Aroma Pad. Place the tissue or pad between the sheets of paper inside the plastic bag.
Seal the plastic bag, and allow it to sit for 1–2 days so that the aroma can permeate through the paper.
When you desire to use the paper for a note or letter, take it out of the plastic bag, and use it as normal. Reseal any unused paper back in the plastic bag.
Use this technique to spice up Valentines, love notes, birthday cards, Christmas cards, event invitations, or any other letter or note.
To scent many sheets of paper at one time, stack the paper in a box with an oiled tissue or pad every 5–7 sheets, and then seal the box shut with tape. Allow to sit for 1–2 days before using.