Junk Food Made Real: Homemade "Thin Mints®" {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free} - Easy Meal Prep Plans

Junk Food Made Real: Homemade “Thin Mints®” {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free}

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Junk Food Made Real: Homemade Thin Mints® {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free} // 20Dishes.com

Welcome back friends to another edition of Junk Food Made Real! Today we are talking about one of the most popular cookies out there — Thin Mints®. If you want to catch up on past editions of this series, you can do that here.

Ahhhh, Thin Mints®…who doesn’t love them? I know I do. I have eaten many Thin Mints® in my day, though I can honestly say that I have not had one in over 5 years. When I started cleaning up my diet and paying attention to ingredient labels, I just couldn’t bring myself to eat them anymore.

That’s why I am SUPER excited about this awesome new recipe that my 20 Dishes co-founder, Orleatha, came up with for us! As soon as I get done writing this blog post, I am making me a batch of these! 🙂

Before we dive into the recipe though, I want to share a little about why we might want to avoid stocking up on Thin Mints® during Girl Scout season. I love the Girl Scouts and think they serve a really great purpose. That said, if I choose to donate money to the organization, I will donate it in a different manner than buying cookies because I don’t want to support that specific product line.

I know there is a consumer movement to encourage the Girl Scouts to clean up their ingredients and hopefully they will listen. There are some pretty major shifts happening in the food production world all because of people like YOU who are asking for better quality products and cleaner ingredients. I expect to see more in years to come.

Thin Mints® Ingredient Breakdown

When it comes to commercial products, the quality of the ingredients they use are almost always going to be sub-par. They use highly refined flours and sweeteners, preservatives, rancid, toxic oils, and then fortify everything with synthetic vitamins…that is a really great indicator of whether a food should be consumed or not. If it’s been fortified with nutrients then that means it was VOID of nutrients to start with.

Real food does not need to be fortified. That is why it is so much better to just make your own cookies, cereals, etc. at home where you can control the ingredients.

Here is the ingredient list for Thin Mints®, directly from their website here:

INGREDIENTS: ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN B1 [THIAMIN MONONITRATE], VITAMIN B2 [RIBOFLAVIN], FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, VEGETABLE OIL (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL, SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL), COCOA, CARAMEL COLOR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, INVERT SUGAR, CORNSTARCH, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, OIL OF PEPPERMINT.

You’ve heard me talk about most of these ingredients before, but I’ll do a quick run-down on the ones that really bother me:

  • Enriched Wheat Flour – First of all, it’s conventional wheat, which means it has been loaded up with glyphosate (aka Roundup), which is a toxic herbicide that is now being linked to a wide range of health problems. Also, notice that it says “enriched”, which means fortified (I talked about that above).
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils – These are poor quality oils that lead to inflammation in the body and an upset of the balance between your Omega fats (3, 6, 9) in the body. Vegetable oils are high in Omega 6 and too much Omega 6 leads to inflammation. Cottonseed and soybean oils are almost always going to be genetically modified. Lastly, the palm products that they use are not going to be sourced from sustainable sources. They are going to come from the Indonesia area where habitat and wildlife is being destroyed for the sake of palm oil production.
  • Caramel Color – I’ve spoken about this in past Junk Food Made Real editions, but caramel color is a known carcinogen. It’s used in a wide range of products though there is a current consumer push to get manufacturers to stop using it.
  • Cornstarch – Most likely from genetically modified corn. I am not against corn products, but you need to always source it organically to avoid the GMO risk.
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors – I probably don’t need to discuss the artificial flavor aspect, but even “natural” flavors can be far from “natural”. They can contain naturally occurring “excitotoxins” which essentially create a party in your mouth. Ever wonder why you can’t eat just one cookie or one chip or have one sip of soda? Excitotoxins are to blame.

But what are we to do when we have a hankering for Thin Mints®?

Make them at home! They are easy to make and super delicious. They only use whole food ingredients, unrefined sugars, and nothing artificial or remotely questionable. Let’s get baking!

Homemade Thin Mints® {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free}

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Serves: 8

INGREDIENTS – COOKIES

INGREDIENTS – COATING

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until you can form a ball.
  3. Oil your hands with coconut oil.
  4. Using the dough, form 1-inch balls then flatten into discs.
  5. Place on parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes or until discs look dry.
  6. After cookies have cooled, place chocolate chips in small sauce pan over medium heat stirring until melted.
  7. Remove from heat, add peppermint extract to melted chocolate and stir.
  8. Dip cookies in mint chocolate and place on wax paper.
  9. Let chill in refrigerator to harden. Enjoy!
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