I'M SO HUNGRY!! What is it about summertime that makes appetites so large, and yet so specific. We are hungry, but not for comfort foods like soups, stews, or spaghetti. Instead the go-to meals and snacks consist of fresh sugar snap peas, juicy watermelon, and burgers right off the grill. While this is all great, I sometimes find that what I really want is something cold, but not too cold; sweet, but not too sweet; small but, well, you get the picture. Enter Fat Bombs. The name does not do these little tastes of heaven any justice at all. I mean sure, they are made up almost entirely of fat, but you could never tell it from the light flavor.
For the past few months, we've been focusing on healing our guts. Pretty glamorous sounding, isn't it? Nonetheless, it had to be done so I made lists of recipes to try, food to buy, and cookbooks to read. Among the cookbooks was Internal Bliss, a book written especially for those following the GAPS protocol. GAPS is the acronym for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. What it all boils down to is the theory that all health and disease begin in the gut. Heal that, and you can begin to recover from other illnesses. It sounds complicated, but really, it's not that bad. Think broth, fat, non-starchy vegetables, and meat. I will post more later about GAPS specifics, but for now, lets get back to the fat bombs, shall we?
So here we are on GAPS during the summer. Poor planning on my part. No one was excited about the broth pops I suggested on a hot June afternoon, so I took a look at the Internal Bliss cookbook and found the recipe for Cinnamon Kisses. One small issue; no cinnamon *gasp*. Among my 57 assorted bags and jars of spices, I didn't have one that sounded like a good substitute for cinnamon. I almost used an unmarked baggie of some spice I found toward the back corner of the cupboard, but decided against it. I did find an almost empty bag of carob. That would work, but only two people in my house like carob so the search continued. My next stop was the refrigerator. Nothing there. My final sweep was the freezer where I found a bag of strawberries. Yes, those would work. The recipe is simple and only 3-5 ingredients depending on whether you add in the optional ingredients. The really great thing is that you could use just about any fruit or flavoring in these little bites of heaven and they would taste great. I've since tried peppermint and blueberry (not together), and both were so delicious.
1 Cup butter
1 Cup coconut oil
1/2 Cup Strawberries (or fruit of your choice)
1 TB vanilla (optional)
1 TB honey (optional)
*I did end up making a few carob bombs too. For those, omit the berries and instead add 1/3 cup of carob.
Method: blend all ingredients in the food processor or with immersion blender until smooth. Pour into measuring cup, then pour into molds. I used these heart shape molds. Place molds on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until set. Pop the treats out of the molds and place them in a storage container. I store my fat bombs in the freezer.