I started a weight loss challenge on Friday and hit withdrawal and cravings BIG TIME on Saturday. I wanted yummy. I wanted chewy. I wanted CHOCOLATE!
I complained to my coaches/sponsors (yes, I have two—my daughter and my sister; lucky me!). They were not much help with their, "Just dip a banana or apple slices in peanut butter for a yummy, nutritious snack..."
I'm not a big peanut butter lover. In fact, in my entire life, I've never liked peanut butter. I like the flavor just fine but not the texture. I really don't like the way it sticks in my mouth.
If I've hated peanut butter my entire life, am I really going to like it now???
But. I decided to give it a try, and GUESS WHAT?!?
I still don't like it.
But it wasn't quite as hideous as I remembered it. So I forced down the snack and it filled me up but I wasn't really happy about it.
And it did nothing for the CHOCOLATE CRAVING.
So when the cravings hit again yesterday afternoon, I decided to get creative. I made the most awesome low-cal, high protein, peanut butter and chocolate fruit dip that is TO DIE FOR!
I call it...
The TOTALLY HEAVENLY TASTING CHOCOLATE NUT SPREAD THAT YOU CAN EAT WITHOUT HAVING TO REPENT LATER! Fruit Dip
1 TBS Natural Creamy Peanut Butter (like Adam's) = 105 cal
1 TBS Natural Almond Butter = 90 cal
1 TBS Pure Cocoa = 10 cal
1 tsp pure vanilla = 12 cal
3 – 4 TBS Almond Milk = 10 cal
Mash it all up with a fork to make a thick, but not sticky spread to go on bananas, apples, cherries, strawberries, whatever. Or even on rice cakes.
Makes approx 5 TBS = 227 cal
1 serving = 1 TBS = 45 cal
with banana (105 + 45) = 150 cal
apple (80 + 45) = 125 cal
And if you want it smoother or thinner so you can drizzle it (like this picture on the right), add more almond milk and blend it in a blender until its the consistency you prefer.
- Use all peanut butter
- Use all almond butter
- Use hazelnut butter (Nutella, move over!)
Oh, and you're welcome. ;)