Crispy Thin Mint Bites
Confession: I wrote this blog post a long, long time ago and had it saved as a draft for a rainy day. Well it’s not a rainy day here in Nor Cal, quite the contrary actually – the sun is peeking out and it looks like it’s going to be another gorgeous day. I’m meeting a good friend for a bite at a place in town with an outdoor patio and I’m getting geared up for a few days in NY next week. The girls spring break is always a good excuse for a change in scenery. We have a couple of close family friends that are in the restaurant business. Our trip is surely going to be a culinary adventure with many food photo opportunities. I will do a fresh post, travel and food related, hopefully when we get back from NY city! In the meanwhile, although this is not a new post, it is a goodie. With Easter around the corner, Crispy Thin Mint Bites fall in the ‘hints of healthy’ category and will be a hit with your family and friends. I’m giving myself a virtual pat on the back because it looks like my photography skills have improved since this old post. Anyhow, thanks for sticking with me and enjoy the post!
I love making Crispy Thin Mint Bites! They are almost as good as girl scout cookies, super easy to make – you literally melt some chocolate and stir in a couple extracts.
Crispy Thin Mint Bites have the following fine qualities:
- small portions – easier to control how much you eat
- low in refined sugar
- satisfy those pesky sweet cravings
- super easy to make!!
In a perfect world I would have completely kicked my sweet tooth by now and and eat only fruits and veggies for snacks and desserts.
Let’s face, in the real world I still crave sweets! I’m good most of the time, and I mean really good ?, just ask my family – but sometimes I just need something decadent and chocolatey!
I do truly believe ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is the best strategy to avoid eating too much sweets and sugar. If you can’t see it, you can’t have it, right? As a general rule we just don’t keep sweets in the house.
That being said life is short and being too strict and stringent with healthy foods can also back fire. I’ve watched my kids splurge when they are out with their friends under the mentality that they never get the stuff at home so they may as well go at it while they’re away. Having witnessed that I’m really trying to balance now by having some reasonable treats around.
These little crispy thin mint bites solve a lot of problems. They don’t have added refined sugar and they are cute little, tiny portions. I only make small batches at a time and when they are gone, they’re gone!
Disclaimer: Although these treats are low in sugar, they are not a low calorie or low fat food! You can feel slightly better about having them but they still have calories and fat. Hence, smaller portions and limited supply are still key.
I have tried a bunch of chocolates to find the perfect yummy, meltable bar. This has been a very fun research project as you can imagine ?! I’ve tried very very dark chocolates and dark chocolates with no added sugar sweetened with stevia.
My favorite by far is Trader Joe’s, Simply Lite, No Sugar Added Milk Chocolate and I use these bars in this recipe. I’ll say it again, no sugar in this case does not mean low calorie or fat! Eat in moderation.
Here is a shot of everything you’ll need to make Crispy Thin Mint Bites:
These Crispy Thin Mint Bites are a great way to treat yo’ self and still take care of that great self while you’re at it. I recommend making a small batch of these chocolatey bites and enjoying them with a nice warm mug of Low Sugar Spicy Ginger Chai Tea Latte.
Do you have a ‘go to’ sugar fix, easy dessert trick or recipe? What is it? Do you go all out and go gluttonous or do you try to have healthier versions for treats? Tell me about it in the Comments – I truly love to hear! Even better take a pic and post it on Instagram with #ovenhug and I can see what you’re up to ??.
- 2 bars low sugar chocolate - I use Simply Lite, no sugar added Milk Chocolate from Trader Joe's
- ½ cup rice crispy cereal
- couple drops mint extract
- couple drops pure vanilla extract
- mini parchment cups
- spray oil
- spray oil a microwave safe bowl
- break up low sugar chocolate into small chunks and place in a microwave safe bowl
- place bowl on top of a dish to prevent the bowl from getting too hot
- microwave chocolate in 20 second intervals
- stir after each microwave session
- microwave until chocolate is melted - for our microwave I did 3 rounds of 20 seconds each for a total of 1 minute
- stir in extracts
- stir in rice crispies
- spoon in chocolate mixture into mini parchment paper cups (about 1½ Tablespoons full per cup)
- allow to cool
- remove parchment cups
If I don’t squeeze in another blog post while we’re on spring break, I wish you all a very Happy Easter!
✨Hugs and Cheers, ✨Bita