Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us. My daughter is a Girl Scout, and I am so glad that she chose not to sell cookies this year. This means there are no little green boxes of Thin Mints whispering my name from the pantry. Did you know that those delicious little cookies are total health hazards?
Thin Mints contain partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil and high fructose corn syrup! They are VERY BAD FOR YOU.
Ya, I know. They are delicious. Here is the thing. You can eat something delicious that will not screw up your health. Trans fats (anything hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated) disrupt your metabolism, increase your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and harm your health on a cellular level. High fructose corn syrup “turns on a factory of fat production in your liver”, and according to Dr. Mark Hyman, should just NEVER be a part of your diet. Like, EVER. Fat factory? No thanks.
Because I am a Girl Scout Troop leader and I know (first-hand) exactly how delicious Thin Mints are, I have found a very special recipe for you (courtesy of one of my favorite health food bloggers Eating Bird Food).
These Thin Mint Protein Balls are full of nutritious ingredients like dates, raw cashews, and vegan protein powder. They are vegan and gluten-free, and THEY TASTE LIKE THIN MINTS. (They do have a wee bit of sugar from the cereal and vegan chocolate chips.)
If you are craving a Thin Mint, try these!
- 1 cup pitted dates (medjool)
- 1/2 cup Koala Crisp chocolate crispy rice cereal
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1 tbsp EnjoyLife vegan mini chocolate chips
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract
- 3 tbsp vegan chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp water
- Add all ingredients to the food processor and pulse into combined. A large ball of dough will likely form.
- Scoop out one tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into balls. Place balls on parchment paper and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.