A Minty Moment

I finished my last post with a photo teaser of a new recipe, and asked for you to guess what these sugar covered squares might be. Some of you thought they were maple or vanilla flavored... and you're partly right. I recently shared a pudding with one of my favorite flavor combos - vanilla and mint. This recipe combines those ingredients too!

Introducing Mint Vanilla Bites. Soft and creamy, melt-in-your-mouth treats bursting with vibrant vanilla and cooling peppermint
Peppermint Vanilla Bites
1/3 cup organic cultured butter, softened
1/4 cup colostrum powder
6 tablespoons tocotrienols
3 tablespoons coconut nectar or honey
5 drops stevia
2-3 drops peppermint essential oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ashwaganda powder (optional)
Pinch of salt
Blend all ingredients with beaters or in a food processor, until smooth. 
Spread the mixture in a small, plastic wrap lined container. 
Chill in the fridge until firm, at least 30 minutes. 
Slice into squares, and dip in xylitol or lucuma powder. 
Alternatively, briefly chill the mixture and then roll into balls. 
I realize that a few of these ingredients might be slightly foreign to you. They're new to me too! Here's a little help. 
First, what's so great about real butter? It's actually a healing food. Find a great long list of benefits HERE
And just what the heck is cultured butter
Quite simply, its butter with bacterial culture added to it, just like yogurt, making it a probiotic food. Cultured butter can easily be made at home! It's slightly different than the store bought butter, as it's made with fresh raw cream that ferments on it's own as a result of the natural bacteria already in the cream. Find out more about cultured butter and how to make it HERE
Colostrum - Read about a number of it's benefits HERE. I was drinking a lot of fresh colostrum in California, but it's not available in Canada, so I now consume the powdered kind which I get HERE. It's a great addition to any shake, adding creaminess and body. 
Tocotrienols - Made from raw rice bran solubles, they are part of the Vitamin E family and are a potent source of antioxidants. Tocotrienols are also highly digestible, and rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and essential fatty acids, among other things. I get mine HERE
Ashwaganda - The root of a shrub which has been used in India for hundreds of years as an overall body tonic. It's been used to improve memory, boost the immune system, decrease stress, and reduce inflammation. I seem to go through phases of using it. A little goes a long way! 
Please embrace real butter 🙂
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  1. November 29, 2010 at 17:50

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I especially appreciate how you explained the ingredients and where to find them. I'm really craving peppermint goodies since we are officially in the Christmas season!<br /><br />I also am grateful for your post about butter. Margarine is the devil! haha. My family eats only butter or a blend I make with equal parts softened butter and olive oil. It makes it spreadable from the fridge, plus less of the saturated fat.

  2. November 29, 2010 at 18:33

    Fantastic dearie! A perfect treat for the upcoming season! It's nice to see that Sweetly Raw is adapting to the benefits of a more enlightened approach to dairy :)<br /><br />Keep up the great work!

  3. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 19:14

    Would using sunwarrior protein be the same as using tocotrienols in this recipe?

  4. November 29, 2010 at 19:48

    Thanks for sharing - ahh, vanilla and mint again: I should have known! It's my salvation from cacao, I think! Loved all your explanations of ingredients.<br /><br />I understand about the benefits of butter and tried it the year that I experimented with raw animal products. Unfortunately, I have such an _aversion_ to butter and was unable to get past it! Fortunately, I love virgin coconut oil.<br /><br />I am curious that you're using ashwagandha, if a little relieved at your mention that a little goes a long way. I was having ashwagandha in my smoothies recently for a short while and my naturopath warned me that it might not be good for my adrenal/thyroid issues. Sure enough, after a short while I was on the ceiling with anxiety! Fortunately, within a day of stopping the ashwagandha, I was back to 'normal.' So I know that it totally wigs me out - guess it works for some people and not for others.<br /><br />What really does help me is rhodiola... Have you tried that?<br /><br />love<br />Ela

  5. November 30, 2010 at 02:04

    I hate everything sweet that has a little hint of mint in it. They always taste saw gross IMO.

  6. November 30, 2010 at 03:33

    Those are some really interesting facts about butter! I only remember learning that it is a good source of vitamin A and D in the nutrition classes I took.<br /><br />Is they diet you are doing now similar to the body ecology diet? The book caught my eye - it says "rebuild your immunity." Heh, I am sick with a bad cold :(. It's my third one this year. I might have to check that out!

  7. November 30, 2010 at 06:21

    Wow Heathy, thanks so much for informing us on all those unusual ingredients...I should know about colostrum but now you have made me want to read up way more about it. Also that coconut nectar has me intrigued. Just when I think I have all these weird and wonderful ingredients down pat, there comes a whole new world of them for me to open up to. Thanks for educating and inspiring as per usual.

  8. December 1, 2010 at 15:59

    I haven't had butter in a while, I think it's because I started with raw foods that I stopped eating it. But butter never made me feel bad and I always bought real butter, so I've been thinking about it for a couple of days now and maybe I should just go ahead and buy a packet, it's winter here after all and I love to add extra fat to my diet in winter...Love, Jules

  9. December 2, 2010 at 23:42

    Anonymous - Yeah I think you could use sun warrior protein in place of the tocos. Give it a try and let me know :)<br /><br />Ela - interesting. I know that my homeopath told me not to use ashwaganda all the time because it's so powerful, but great in temporary and small doses. <br /><br />Laurel - I was doing more of a Body Ecology style when I first made the major changes in m y diet. Now that Ive rebalanced, things are quite open. I'm able to eat nuts/seeds again, sweeteners (more than I should be though), and a good range of things. I should do another post about all of that soon.

  10. December 11, 2010 at 00:23

    Yes!! Thanks for posting this, cultured butter is amazing. It's such a shame that people are so terrified of real butter. Get stuck into it :)

  11. December 12, 2010 at 21:17

    I was just wondering where to purchase Colostrum in California? Can you find it at regular grocery stores like Whole Foods?

  12. Anonymous
    January 22, 2011 at 15:23

    @kimberly - whole foods carries it next to the raw milk. in san diego you can also find it at jimbo's and i think henry's. perhaps also at people's co-op (don't get out that way for shopping).<br /><br />henry's is owned by wild oats so they may as well. i suspect that most *helath food* type markets will sell it.

  13. January 29, 2011 at 20:19

    When your recipes call for "raw butter?" Is that cow butter?<br />: )<br /><br />Thank you for your beautiful blog!!

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