Holidays! Ugh!

When you have food sensitivities, holidays can seem like more of a burden than a joy, especially when you have children and you’re trying to make them feel special and not left out. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up or work so hard that you can’t enjoy the memories because you’re so frazzled. One thing that I have learned over the years is that memories are made even if they don’t look like everyone else. Surprised? I know, I was too. Do we want our children’s memories of us being frazzled, trying keep up or  spending time with them creating yummy things that they can eat even if it’s not exactly like those around us.

I heard something a while ago that has given me great freedom: God gave us our children knowing that we were the parents that they needed. What we do with that precious gift is up to us. We can squander it or embrace it. I have decided to embrace it. Our holidays don’t look like everyone else, but in a lot of ways they are healthier and our memories that we are creating cooking and experimenting are precious. My girls are learning how to cook the way they are going to have to cook for the rest of their lives, we have a binder of tried and true recipes that they love to add to and cook. I think what’s most important is our attitude. Are we concentrating on the things we can’t have or are we embracing how God has made us.

An imperfect family

Is my family perfect and do we never grow discontent? Of course not, but what I’m trying to teach myself and my girls is that when those times happen come up with a solution. Craving pizza, you have two choices: get depressed that you can’t have pizza or come up with something that works for you, like cooking pepperoni in a pan until it’s crispy and dipping it in tomato sauce. Bam! A solution and a surprising delicious one. This is a great lesson not just when it comes to food allergies but it is great for every aspect of life.

I know I’m yammering on and you’re wondering what this has to do with truffles. Well these truffles were born out of one of those times where I wanted to have a special holiday but they couldn’t have any of the “normal treats” and I was sick of all of our standbys. So I looked through Pinterest and saw this basic truffle recipe and I decided to make them even more yummy by adding some essential oils to make different flavors.

Vegan Gluten-Free Truffles

Truffle filling

  •  2 10 oz bags of Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of coconut milk

Directions:

  • Heat milk over medium heat in a sauce pan to a simmer.
  • Pour over the chocolate, place a plate over the bowl for a minute or two then mix till melted.
  • When I made mine I divided the batch into thirds. I added 8 drops of Orange Vitality essential oil to a third, 5 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to another third and left the last third plain.
  • If you want to make them all one flavor, I wouldn’t double the essential oil, I’d just add a couple more drops to taste.
  • After you have mixed everything I put mine into glass loaf pans and then set them in fridge to set up about a half hour. If you are just making one batch I would put them in an 8 x 8 glass pan.
  • Once it is set up enough, firm but not solid. Use a small cookie scoop to form balls and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Depending on the time of the year you may need to put them back into the fridge while you make the coating to keep them from melting.

For the coating:

  • Melt 1 1/2 bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons of coconut oil

Direction:

  • Melt on medium heat stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
  • Take the chocolate off the burner and let cool for a few minutes so it doesn’t melt your truffles.
  • I used one of my fondue forks to poke into the center of the truffles and then used a spoon to pour the chocolate over the truffle and then set them back onto your cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  • After you have covered them stick them in the freezer for like 5 minutes to set up.
  • After they are set you can decorate the top with a drizzle of chocolate.
  • Keep in refrigerator in a sealed container (if they last that long)
  • Tip: If your truffles keep falling from your fondue fork the chocolate still may be hot so keep a cup with ice to stick your fork in to keep it cold.