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I come from a long line of women with a sweet tooth. There is nothing better than a good piece of chocolate, really any day, especially certain times of the month. My love of dark chocolate developed when I was quite young, so it’s only natural that I share lots of recipes that call for dark chocolate, like this one for yummy honey peanut butter truffles.
Growing up in a big family, sometimes our sweet treats would suddenly disappear. While I always had loved chocolate, I stumbled onto the fact that if I chose a really dark chocolate, no one else seemed to touch it! That was a golden day for me, because I truly, deeply loved it anyways. Occasionally you would hear someone grumble about the “only” type of chocolate in the fridge was dark chocolate and I would giggle inside. Mine. All mine.
Fast forward two plus decades later and I still have a sweet tooth, or a few. My girls inherited that from me. There is one particular time of the month when I seem to crave chocolate more than others. Why does it seem my body really needs it then? Or maybe it’s just my body is going through so much that it yearns for the comforts of chocolate. Either way, I give in and don’t feel bad about it. My body usually is feeling rotten and if a little chocolate helps, I’m all for it.
Lately I’ve been snacking on homemade peanut butter truffles but these are powerhouse, good for you chocolates! These decadent peanut butter truffles are like eating a crispy peanut butter cup, but they are packed with foods not only that you can pronounce, but are full of nutrients like omega-3, vitamin B1 and dietary fiber. You also get rich protein and all nine essential amino acids. The good news is they also taste utterly delicious, aren’t hard to make and most of us have the ingredients in our pantries. Bonus points that they are dairy-free and gluten-free too!
Have I convinced you to try them? You should!
Honey Peanut Butter Truffles
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3 Tablespoons Ground Flax Seed
- 3 Tablespoons Honey
- 1/2 cup roasted quinoa
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate (I use Enjoy Life because they are allergen friendly)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
Cook and prepare your roasted quinoa according to the directions here. It’s really simple and you can do this first while you gather your other ingredients.
Mix your peanut butter, honey, flaxseed and roasted quinoa in a bowl until thoroughly combined. You can use your hands if necessary but it is rather sticky. Chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
Using a scoop or measuring spoon, spoon out a heaping teaspoon and roll into a ball with your hands. Place on a parchment lined pan. Continue until all balls are formed. This recipe makes 24-28 teaspoon sized truffles. Chill again in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
While the insides of your truffles are chilling, melt your dark chocolate and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You can either melt in a double broiler on the stove top or in your microwave.
Coat each truffle generously with chocolate and place back on the parchment lined pan. Once all are coated, you can dust with sea salt or cocoa if desired. Then return back to chill in the refrigerator. Once they are set, enjoy!
Tips: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. In the freezer they should store well for a couple of months. Make a double batch of roasted quinoa and then make these chocolates with the leftovers.
Now, after you started reading, you might have come to the quinoa part and though, “Hold up!” Why would she do a thing like that? But let me assure you, the roasted quinoa is nom, nom and gives the truffle a delicious crunch.
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m during my period, I need chocolate. It is a true NEED! These truffles allow me to indulge in what I need, and I don’t have to feel bad about it. They are full of good for you foods, sweetened with honey, and give me an added pick-me-up protein because let’s face it, during our cycles we need it.
That Dreaded Time of the Month – Plus an Awesome Solution!
So now that I’ve shared one of my delicious lifesaving period time recipes, I’m about to deliver some TMI period info for some of you. Most of my readers are moms like myself and by now, we are over our periods. I started back when I was in the single digits, ya’llI’m ready to say, see-ya! Until then, I’m trying to be patient and deal with this awful thing that visits me on what should be a monthly basis but sometimes it’s twice a month, other times not at all that month, but that’s a TMI topic for another day.
I’ve always been the type that suffered terribly during my period with horrific, life altering cramps and a flow that needs a dam to hold it back. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis when I was 13 (I’m sharing that piece of my story later his week on Friday). I think we have all been there when we have had those embarrassing leaks and try to hide while we can sneak away to change. Those still happen to me, all too often. I was seriously fortunate during the time periods between my children because I didn’t have many cycles. Since having my fourth and final baby, I think my body is making up for those lost years. I’m back to leaking through pads again like crazy. One day when out, I was going through them so quickly I actually had to use one of my son’s diapers and still leaked. So maybe that’s why I was so excited to try out the DivaCup!
When I asked for it at the store, (I found mine at Walmart but they are now available at Kroger, Alberston’s and RiteAid) the woman made a terrible face and asked why anyone would consider something like that. But the truth is, the DivaCup has been recommended by so many friends, I finally had to try it myself. Since I’m a mom who has delivered all four of my babies vaginally, and am well over 30, I bought the DivaCup Model 2. There is also a DivaCup Model 1 that is made for women who are under 30 who have never had a child.
While I understand that many may have an ick first impression, don’t discount the idea until you try it! There were times I was wearing a tampon plus a pad and I was still leaking, so far with the DivaCup, no leaks! The DivaCup is a bell-shaped silicone menstrual cup that is actually comfortable to wear. You don’t have to worry about the discomfort from bulky pads because you even forget you are wearing it. Now there is a bit of a learning curve, but you’ve got this, and its so worth it.
You don’t have to worry about running out of pads or tampons, because it’s eco-friendly, you simply wash with the DivaWash and you are ready to go. (You can find full washing instructions here.) Another big factor for me is thinking about all the things that are put inside the pads and tampons to absorb. Do I really want all of that constantly on my skin? The DivaCup is made from healthcare grade silicone and is free of chemicals, plastic, BPA, latex and dyes. It’s a once a year purchase, versus box after box of waste going into a landfill.
Pros to using The DivaCup:
- If you have a regular cycle, you can insert the cup on the day your period will start.
- It can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing well with warm water and the DivaWash and reinserting.
- The average monthly flow is between 1-2 oz. The DivaCup holds 1 oz over the course of 12 hours.
- It can be used for any activity – dancing, hiking, biking, running or just sitting at your desk.
- No chemicals: healthcare grade silicone is better for your vaginal health than the surfactants, adhesives, and additives they use in tampons and pads.
- No waste: no strings, wrappers, plastic etc.
- When positioned correctly the cup is leak-free and you can’t feel the cup.
- Doesn’t dry out the vaginal canal – no chafing, will not leave trace residue in the vaginal canal.
- Saves money: The average cost of menstrual care for the year is $150. The DivaCup costs $39.99/year.
- Lifespan: Silicone is very durable, but depending on the factors unique to each woman, the lifespan may vary. As the cup is regulated as a medical device, we give a general guideline of replacing the cup every year.
You can also free yourself from unreliable tampons and pads! Be sure to join the #TryTheDivaCup movement!
You can search for a location that carries the DivaCup here. If you are still hesitant to try it out, feel free to ask me your questions in the comments or shoot me an email (Amanda (@) ourhomemadelife.com). I’m happy to help you out if I can. For technical questions or product support, you can reach the DivaCup team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-866-44-3482 or via our social media networks.
I’m not a healthcare provider and the experiences listed above are just my own. It is very important to read the User Guide before trying the cup and to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions with regards to your vaginal or gynecological health.