What are buttermints?
Buttermints remind me of Andes mints with their creamy texture and minty flavor. They make the perfect after-dinner morsel but I reach for them as a quick snack. Buttermints stop sugar cravings instantly because they taste like candy but deliver satiating and healthful fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. As I joyfully declare to all those who will listen, Saturated fat doesn’t make you fat, it makes you full and healthy so you don’t eat junk food!
I started experimenting with these Buttermints after I discovered Shaye’s brilliant recipe for Butter Buttons at her beautiful blog, The Elliot Homestead. My recipe is wholly inspired by hers, I just changed up the flavor with peppermint, adjusted the sweetener, and added some optional coconut oil.
I’m always looking for a way to get more butter and coconut oil in my diet. After all, butter is a nutrient-dense superfood and coconut oil is a powerful fat-burning metabolism-booster. What a wonderful serendipity that something so good for you tastes so delicious!
How do buttermints stop sugar cravings?
A few weeks ago, I explained the miraculous effect of these Buttermints to my mom, a dietary-fat-phobic in the early stages of recovery. I attempted to warm her up to these buttermints by explaining how they stop sugar cravings:
“It’s amazing, Mom. You just have some of these buttermints, 3 or 4 of them, and they taste delicious and satisfy your sweet tooth. And then, it’s like you eat it… and then you are really full. You just don’t want more food” I explained, in awestruck reverence of this miraculous food.
“Isn’t that how any food works?” she asked, skeptically.
“Nope, not every food! You know that when you have lettuce with low-fat dressing for dinner, you are hungry for cereal or ice cream just 30 minutes later. That’s because fat fills you up. The healthy saturated fats in these buttermints don’t make you fat. As a matter of fact, it supports weight loss by because it provides profound satiation and energy in relation to the amount of calories.”
“Can I make these sugar free?”
Well, technically you can… but I would disown your mutilated variation of Buttermints. You see, I have some, ahem, *issues* with the so-called “healthy sugar free” sweeteners on the market. For example, I broke up with stevia. And extremely processed sugar alcohols, including erythritol and xylitol, ferment in the gut, feeding bad bacteria and often cause gas, bloating, and belching.
Additionally, the raw honey plays an important role in satiating the sugar cravings. I promise, if you try making a batch with stevia an and another batch with the raw honey, you’ll find that you feel more satisfied with the honey batch. It’s all about making a little bit of unrefined sugar go a long way!
When it comes to enjoying natural sources of sugar, like the raw honey in the recipe, it’s all about blood sugar balance. The copious amounts of healthful fats in the Buttermints slow down the absorption of the sugar so you enjoy sustained, even blood sugar.
Try it to believe it!
If you are skeptical of these fabulously satiating buttermints, you’ll just have to try them for yourself. To stop sugar cravings within 10 minutes, savor a few of buttermints. I recommend having these on-hand for after meals or as a snack between meals. If you are resisting a mid-morning doughnut, just pop 4-6