Oh wow. I am the only person awake in the house right now at 10 after 2 in the afternoon! That is incredibly rare.
Matt started a PT job, in addition to our bakery efforts, at the Philly Pretzel Factory. His shift is from 4-9 AM every morning, meaning he has to wake up by 3. His sleep debt is finally catching up with him, so I sent him to bed a few hours ago, and Ella went down for her nap about an hour ago, and (so long as I don’t put him down) Mr Darcy-James is asleep as well.
Why yes, that does mean I am typing this post with one hand.
Sending Matt to bed was a brave thing, because it meant I was alone with both kids, something I am still working on (I know, most mom’s have this down by now. What can I say.)
I tried to engage and occupy Ella in the kitchen, while DJ played in his bouncy seat, and I think it worked out rather well. Well, there was the moment it got “too quiet” in the other room while I was focused on a task. I came into the living room to find this:
Ella was standing by with a spoon of almond butter. Yeah.
BUT, Ella did help make some lovely raw chocolate candy, which I am calling Chocolate Mint Divinity, just ’cause I can’t think of a better name for it right now.
Last week, I alluded on my FB page that my naturopath had suggested I up my fat intake to about 70% of my diet. It seems I am dehydrated and severely depleted in minerals. Tandem-nursing-at-levels-that-are-equivalent-of-nursing-twins, what?? The fat (along with increasing my fluids and adding Himalayan Pink salt to everything) will help my body absorb the minerals it desperately needs (and that are being sucked from my teeth and bones by two voracious
With this little tip in hand, I am trying to come up with creative ways to up my fat intake. I mean, besides sitting down and eating a stick of butter, what can one do? One of those ways was this idea for “candy;” really, they are doses of fat mixed with chocolate and a little honey. Plus, I added some elements to boost my milk (’cause I am obsessive about boosting my milk supply. What can I say. PTSD from my low supply experience with Ella has me hoarding my own milk like a prepper.)
These little balls of wonder are full of healthy, nutrient dense fats and protein, and taste very good. And they are SO easy to make. I may experiment with other essential oils and try some variations on flavor. Lavender and some dried fruit might be very nice. They can also be rolled in toppings to make them “prettier” like cocoa powder, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, melted chocolate (allow to harden), chia seeds… the list goes on and on! I made mine with raw honey, but these can just as easily be made completely vegan by subbing with maple syrup or other sweetener.
Chocolate Mint Divinity
1/2 c coconut butter*
1/2 c nut or seed butter (I used almond)
1/4 c coconut oil
1/2-3/4 c cocoa powder
1 T raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
1 T rolled oat flakes
1 tsp flax seeds
1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
1 tsp vanilla (opt)
Toss all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Roll out into small balls and place onto a parchment covered cookie sheet. Now is the time to roll them in toppings if you wish. Cool in fridge until hardened.
*I made my own coconut butter by running about a pound of shredded coconut in my Vitamix until it was smooth and creamy. It’s simple, but not exactly easy. It took a while, and a lot of tamping down with the tamper. And my VM made some truly nasty sounds while this went on. But since coconut butter is so awfully expensive, it was totally worth the effort.