DID YOU KNOW? Peppermint may relieve digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating and indigestion.
A review of nine studies in 926 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treated with peppermint oil for at least two weeks concluded that peppermint provided significantly better symptom relief than a placebo.
In one study in 72 people with IBS, peppermint oil capsules reduced IBS symptoms by 40% after four weeks, compared to only 24.3% with a placebo.
Additionally, in a review of 14 clinical trials in nearly 2,000 children, peppermint reduced the frequency, length and severity of abdominal pain.
Try adding food-grade peppermint oil to:
- Healthy treats – like my recipe below
- Coffee – like this Peppermint Mocha
- Smoothies – like this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Smoothie
Enjoy these Mint Chocolate Balls! They’re refreshing and decadent — and the perfect snack or treat for the winter season.
I suggest pairing these yummy bites with my Peppermint Mocha!
Mint Chocolate Balls
1 cup dates (pitted and soaked)
1 cup raw almonds or walnuts
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4 tbsp. coconut flakes (unsweetened)
5-8 drops peppermint essential oil (food grade) or 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract (start with less and add more if needed after a taste test)
1/8 tsp. sea salt
2 tbsp coconut flakes (for coating)
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1. Soak dates in water for 30-minutes and drain.
2. Add nuts and coconut flakes into food processor and process into a fine crumble.
3. Add dates, cocoa powder, peppermint oil/extract and sea salt into the food processor and continue to process until ingredients start to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time until mixture becomes sticky when you press it together.
4. Scoop out mixture with a small spoon and roll into balls.
5. Spread remaining coconut flakes on a plate and roll balls into the flakes to coat.
6. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.