Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Truffles (PLUS a $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes)

0 Posted by - August 11, 2014 - Food & Drink, Sweepstakes

Ok maybe this is TMI (Don’t you love it when blog posts start that way?), but when I’m on my period I just want some damn chocolate. I’m pretty sure this is not a unique phenomenon, so I thought I’d help out my Internet brethren… er, sistren… by testing out a chocolate truffle recipe. And– BONUS– if you do it right, it’s also Paleo.

Image from HomemadeMommy.net

I’ll give you a second to think about whether I did it right or not.

DING DING DING. I didn’t. This was not because I lacked the will to do it right. It was because I lacked the will to put on anything other than period underwear and a hoodie and actually go to the grocery store. So I used what I had. It was mostly right.

truffle ingredients

Dried organic unsweetened coconut flakes? Nope. This girl had sweetened “fancy flake” coconut. (I don’t know what the hell “fancy flake” means, but whatever.)

coconut flakes

Even the sweetened version of this ingredient made me a little bit nervous because I have not had the best past experiences with coconut. Just sayin.

Raw cacao powder? Yeah, no. I had a little bit of leftover Hershey’s cocoa powder and a tub of unopened Nestle cocoa powder. I combined them. I am almost certain neither of them were raw cacao. They both taste like butt if you spill them on your hand and lick it by accident, though.

I also did not have virgin unrefined coconut oil. (Who does? I joke all the time on this blog about needing ingredients that are as hard to find as the tears of red-haired virgins, but this actually has the word “virgin” in it.) Mine happened to be refined coconut oil. But refined is better right? Maybe it doesn’t, like, burp in public or get drunk at country clubs and embarrass its parents? Let’s go with that.

coconut oil

I also did not have peppermint essential oil. Siiiigh. I know, guys, I know. This is getting a little ridiculous. But I substitute because it’s reality and because of aforementioned hoodie and period underwear.

peppermint extract

BUT! I had two of the correct ingredients: maple syrup and vanilla. Well, three, if you count the pinch of sea salt, but I guess I won’t count that as I completely forgot to add it. Also, I didn’t have quite enough maple syrup (a cup is a lot of syrup, guys), but I figured it would even out since the coconut was sweetened and wasn’t really supposed to be.

The ubiquitous everybody-in-the-pool shot:

peppermint truffles pre mixing

Instructions were to, er, “process” this until it turned into dough. I processed mine until the food processor started making a pained noise and the whole thing looked like a blended turd. (I am making the description of the following picture “blended turd.” I hope someone pins it with that caption. I hope I hope I hope.)

blended turd

And because I also did not have a tiny, adorable ice cream scoop with which to make my truffles, I used a spoon and my finger.

peppermint truffles before cooling

All that was left was to put these puppies in the refrigerator and wait. Oh, and clean up the kitchen, which mostly consisted of me cleaning the spoon and bowl… with my tongue. In my period panties. (If you are thinking this was somehow sexy, I assure you, it was not. I think the word you’re looking for is “horrifying.”)

Twenty minutes later, I had pleasantly less messy peppermint truffles! And they were actually good, guys! So see? Sometimes substituting for just about every ingredient in a recipe does not end in disaster. High fives all around. Make these with whatever you have in the house next time you’re on your period and can’t be arsed to put on a bra and pants and go to the store. You’re welcome.

paleo-peppermint-truffles

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Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
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The Pintester is on her period and doesn't want to go to the grocery store so she tests this pin with what's on hand. (At least she has an excuse this time.)

114 Comments

  • Debra August 11, 2014 - 12:29 pm Reply

    Shoe shopping!!

  • Brenda August 11, 2014 - 1:29 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with the cliche bubble bath and some sugar scrub that my son made for at summer camp.

  • Erin K August 11, 2014 - 1:39 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with those Biore nose strips from the 80’s and a fresh coat of nail & toe polish.

  • Mandie Swaim August 11, 2014 - 1:50 pm Reply

    Pampering with a bit of lavender oil in an Epsom foot bath!! And of course chocolate with said period panties and sweats!!

  • Anna August 11, 2014 - 1:55 pm Reply

    I eat bags of cheesy chips. Bags.

  • Gleem13 August 11, 2014 - 2:07 pm Reply

    I watch a sad movie and have a good cry while stuffing my face with take out.

  • Rebecca August 11, 2014 - 2:19 pm Reply

    I allow myself to be a blob on the couch. Lame, I know, but it’s hard to not feel like I have to do a million things at once!

  • Kelly August 11, 2014 - 2:31 pm Reply

    I love to pamper myself with a hot bath and a good book. Also, wine.

  • Rebecca Jo Vincent August 11, 2014 - 2:39 pm Reply

    I stay in sweats all day long, munching on the couch. #classy

  • Jo August 11, 2014 - 2:42 pm Reply

    Ice cream for sure

  • Lora August 11, 2014 - 3:22 pm Reply

    Actually, I use peppermint essential oil (the REAL kind, fyi) on the back of my neck. It’s refreshing and helps if you have a little headache or, ya know, PMS.

  • latanya t August 11, 2014 - 4:04 pm Reply

    a hot bubble bath and a good book

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  • latanya t August 11, 2014 - 4:04 pm Reply
  • Emily R. August 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm Reply

    Once we get our jetted tub fixed, I’ll be pampering myself with swirly baths!

  • Amanda W August 11, 2014 - 4:54 pm Reply

    I get a massage and take a bubble bath.

  • Katherine August 11, 2014 - 5:30 pm Reply

    I make one of those infamous brownie-in-a-mug things from Pinterest. It’s not the greatest thing in the world, but it keeps me from eating an entire pan of brownies.

    • Nat August 11, 2014 - 7:41 pm Reply

      What is your recipe for brownie-in-a-mug? All the ones I have tried left me with chocolate grossness, I’m desperate for something palatable.

  • Karen Twelves August 11, 2014 - 5:35 pm Reply

    I buy high-quality toilet paper. Pampering myself every damn day.

  • Carrie August 11, 2014 - 7:37 pm Reply

    I get a massage every week. Before you all hate me, I’m a massage therapy student and clinic is going on right now, so it’s like I’m doing everyone a favor!

  • Elena Istomina August 11, 2014 - 7:39 pm Reply
  • mami2jcn August 11, 2014 - 9:03 pm Reply

    I take a bath and have a Mindy Project binge watching session on Hulu.

  • mami2jcn August 11, 2014 - 9:04 pm Reply

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  • kelly August 11, 2014 - 9:06 pm Reply

    I buy nice lotions and soaps to pamper myself.
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  • lifeskit August 11, 2014 - 9:07 pm Reply

    I would buy some spa items

  • kelly August 11, 2014 - 9:07 pm Reply
  • lifeskit August 11, 2014 - 9:08 pm Reply
  • Regina August 11, 2014 - 9:48 pm Reply

    I don’t know if I’d say I pamper myself, but when I’m at home I never wear real pants. That has to count for something.

  • Alie August 11, 2014 - 10:07 pm Reply

    I’m super excited! My period has synced with the Pintesters! I pamper myself almost just like you do-no bra, period underpants & chocolate. Only difference is I wear a t-shirt instead of a hoodie (hot flashes) and booze. I’m thinking I’ll make the truffles & sub creme de menthe for the peppermint essential oil/extract.

  • appleaday August 11, 2014 - 10:14 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by staying in bed and reading a great novel or a trashy magazine! :)

  • appleaday August 11, 2014 - 10:17 pm Reply
  • Natalie August 11, 2014 - 10:29 pm Reply

    I tweeted under username @yarbr012: https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/499015106848890880.

  • Natalie August 11, 2014 - 10:29 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with long hot showers.

  • Randi Goodies August 11, 2014 - 11:40 pm Reply

    I like to run a hot bath and light some scented candles.

  • Kristin Hunt August 12, 2014 - 2:18 am Reply

    I like to sit by the window with a book and a cup of coffee with real cream (while my two toddlers are napping).

  • nicole dziedzic August 12, 2014 - 2:26 am Reply

    I like to sit outside on the porch and read a book while I have a hot cup of green tea.

  • nicole dziedzic August 12, 2014 - 2:27 am Reply
  • Kathy C August 12, 2014 - 6:05 am Reply

    I indulge with a nice hot cup of cappuchino!

  • franknsense22 August 12, 2014 - 12:14 pm Reply

    I deep condition my hair and give myself a facial!

  • Sunshine August 12, 2014 - 1:32 pm Reply

    YAY for substituting! And even though I no longer have a period, I put off going to stores because that requires putting on a bra – fuck that.

  • Kimberlie August 12, 2014 - 2:57 pm Reply

    When I’m on my period I take a really hot, really long bath with lavender and vanilla. It’s the best!

  • emily__lynn August 12, 2014 - 4:25 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by giving myself a pedicure and a hot oil hair treatment!

  • Faith Luna Stencel August 12, 2014 - 8:19 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by reading lots of books on my iPad and mixing essential oil blends. speaking of which, I wouldn’t recommend using peppermint essential oil in something you’re going to be eating, so you have my approval for substituting extract. Because you know you were madly craving my approval.

  • Madeline August 12, 2014 - 9:49 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by getting up early to exercise, and then rewarding myself with 15 minutes of reading a great book and drinking a yummy cup of coffee.
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  • Madeline August 12, 2014 - 9:58 pm Reply
  • kittentoes August 12, 2014 - 10:37 pm Reply

    I sit in the tub with a drink and a book.

  • Sarah August 13, 2014 - 3:03 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by making peanut butter balls, Pintester style…using whatever I have in the house. Because getting dressed is too much trouble! :)

  • cynthiac August 13, 2014 - 5:26 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with binge watching tv series before I go to sleep.

  • cynthiac August 13, 2014 - 5:28 pm Reply
  • Jodee Rose August 13, 2014 - 8:57 pm Reply

    I buy soaps that smell like food to pamper myself.

  • christine seidita August 14, 2014 - 6:48 am Reply

    I give myself a pedicure. And sometimes go for facials.

  • Jessica H. August 14, 2014 - 11:25 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by having quiet time to read, something that is a luxury in a house with children. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

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  • casieleigh August 15, 2014 - 9:21 am Reply

    I like to eat graham crackers with chocolate and peanut butter…mmm and no cooking required.

  • Christine Kiehl August 15, 2014 - 2:42 pm Reply

    Yet another DELIGHTFUL post from you! I think that using your finger and a spoon was what made them turn out so delicious! Thank you for sharing this one with your faithful followers!

  • jsarina August 16, 2014 - 8:13 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with Canada mints. Don’t judge me! Seriously, I had a bitch of a headache and reading about your “period panties” made me feel better. Thanks!

  • chambanachik August 16, 2014 - 10:28 pm Reply

    I don’t get a chance to pamper myself often, but going *anywhere* solo, grabbing a drink from Starbucks, or getting a back rub would all be wonderful.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  • krazyangel August 17, 2014 - 12:49 am Reply

    i saw your coconut oil..is it bad that i got a wee bit excited because i have & use the same exact kind? I recently found the unrefined one, and thought seriously, who the hell is going to spend two dollars more? could be because i’m a frugal horrible woman, or it could just be…no it’s because i’m frugal to the t. now i want some of those brownie things. but it also looks too worky for me. instead i’ll finish my drink and make another. cheers.

  • theniftyfoodie August 17, 2014 - 4:04 pm Reply

    I give myself DIY facials once/week.

  • JessieC August 17, 2014 - 10:48 pm Reply

    I get myself a box of dark chocolate truffles to enjoy.

  • JessieC August 17, 2014 - 10:48 pm Reply

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  • Jaime August 18, 2014 - 12:52 pm Reply

    bath with a locked door!

  • ChickieD August 19, 2014 - 2:44 pm Reply

    My go to is dark Toblerone, if I can find it. Or the LIndt Orange.

  • PanyaV August 21, 2014 - 10:48 am Reply

    My husband makes me a batch of brownies every month during my period. So, really, I pamper myself by having an awesome husband.

  • mysweetiepiepie August 21, 2014 - 12:36 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with a nice, long hot bath and a book.

  • hewella1 August 21, 2014 - 2:28 pm Reply

    I give myself a mani/pedi.

  • Rebecca W August 22, 2014 - 10:01 pm Reply

    I love hot, bubble baths a couple of times a week!

  • tina m August 24, 2014 - 3:46 pm Reply

    i go to the spa and get a Starbucks coffee!

  • rachel August 26, 2014 - 11:37 am Reply

    You have the right idea with chocolate!

  • Kristen August 28, 2014 - 2:14 am Reply

    Pajamas, sofa, comfort food, tea, TV.

  • Kristen August 28, 2014 - 2:17 am Reply
  • Elle August 28, 2014 - 6:02 pm Reply

    I love to take a nice, warm bath and relax with a good music and good book.

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  • steve weber August 28, 2014 - 6:03 pm Reply

    I like to unwind with a nice cocktail

  • Robin Wilson August 31, 2014 - 1:37 am Reply

    I pamper myself with a manicure and/or pedicure and request extra long massage.
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  • Robin Wilson August 31, 2014 - 1:37 am Reply
  • sandra August 31, 2014 - 5:11 pm Reply

    I try to escape for some me time at the gym

  • Wild Orchid September 4, 2014 - 11:03 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by taking a bubble bath and lighting candles.

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  • Andrea Christine September 5, 2014 - 11:00 am Reply

    I run away from my husband and children, eat pizza and chocolate .. and then.. I sleep. It’s perfect.

    https://twitter.com/Drea_Christine/status/507905668222050305

  • susan1215 September 5, 2014 - 1:41 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by having a bubble bath while reading a good book.
    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

  • susan1215 September 5, 2014 - 1:44 pm Reply
  • maria cantu September 7, 2014 - 9:07 pm Reply

    With a hot bath.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • erica best September 8, 2014 - 12:07 pm Reply

    i go to cheesecake factory and get me and slice every once in a while

  • erica best September 8, 2014 - 12:07 pm Reply
  • Kerry September 8, 2014 - 8:42 pm Reply

    I pamper myself at the hair salon every 6 weeks:)
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  • Kerry September 8, 2014 - 9:13 pm Reply

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  • Lisa Brown September 9, 2014 - 5:14 pm Reply

    I like to pamper myself by taking a ling hot bath at least once a week.

  • Lisa Brown September 9, 2014 - 5:15 pm Reply
  • Whitney Lynn Bellows September 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by getting a pedicure.

  • Whitney Lynn Bellows September 9, 2014 - 10:21 pm Reply
  • Betty Curran September 10, 2014 - 4:06 am Reply

    Pampering is having some me time with a nice long hot bath and a good book.

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  • Betty Curran September 10, 2014 - 4:08 am Reply

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  • AngelaLilly September 10, 2014 - 10:38 am Reply

    I pamper myself with Starbucks once a week. It may not seem like much, but it is all that I can afford, so it is a splurge for sure! :-D

    Angie

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  • AngelaLilly September 10, 2014 - 10:38 am Reply

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/509712135635873792

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  • Ellie W September 10, 2014 - 3:26 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with a hot bubble bath and a good book.

  • Ellie W September 10, 2014 - 3:26 pm Reply
  • Tabathia September 10, 2014 - 9:48 pm Reply

    I will read some of my favorite books over again

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    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/509880396251537408

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  • AmandaSakovitz September 11, 2014 - 8:11 am Reply

    I get manicures

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  • AmandaSakovitz September 11, 2014 - 8:11 am Reply
  • Thomas Murphy September 11, 2014 - 3:35 pm Reply

    I pamper myself by going out to dinner.

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  • slehan September 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm Reply

    I enjoy pampering myself by getting a massage every other week.
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  • slehan September 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm Reply
  • Wanda McHenry September 11, 2014 - 9:45 pm Reply

    I pamper myself with relaxing music, a bubble bath and a glass of wine.

  • Wanda McHenry September 11, 2014 - 9:45 pm Reply
  • bellows22 September 11, 2014 - 10:45 pm Reply

    i pamper myself by relaxing with a good book or listening to music!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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