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Chocolate Emergency Peanut Butter Patties

You may be able to relate to what I’m talking about.Super QUick Two Ingredients Chocolate Emergency Peanut Butter Patties

I was recently having a seemingly uncontrollable hankering for something sweet to nibble on. It wasn’t like I was particularly hungry, I mean, I certainly had plenty of actual food-food that I could have stuffed into my face…I just wanted something a little bad, ya know? Maybe a little creamy? Maybe a little chocolatey? oooooh yeah, and a little salty? Yes! THAT! Whatever that might be, that’s what I wanted.

And of course I wanted it right. that. minute.

Quinoa Blondies with Dark Chocolate Chips

Quinoa Blondies with Dark Chocolate Chips

I posted these such a way long time ago that I had forgotten about what a delightful little yummy they are, so let me bring you up to speed on this gem of a treat. What I am particularly partial to about these guys is that you can satisfy your sweet tooth, reel in some chocolate love and still get a substantial kick of fiber and protein, all wrapped up in a crave busting square of goodness.

Got an issue with gluten? Trying to cut back on the processed carbs? Then these will make you happy. Now I won’t make any claims that these are HEALTH FOOD per say, and no, you won’t find them on the menu of any detox diet plan……but hey! I know I need a goodie every once in a while, and these fit the bill without wrecking too much havoc. Works for me!

Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Bark

Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Bark

Having a chocolate emergency? I totally get you.

If you have a bag of chocolate chips on hand…..well, there’s your remedy right there. Grab a handful and dispense them, epi-Pen style (but far less expensive – wait, that’s not even funny), and you should be good to go. Don’t you think? Not so much?

Still feeling that emergency but you’d like something with a little more, say….heft? Textural interest? A bit of crunch? Sweet, tart, maybe even a sophisticated hit of salt? ANd you want this right NOW?

Chocolate Drenched, Crunchy Nut Coated, Almond Butter Oozing Stuffed Dates

Oh, hey, Yikes. These things are dangerously good.

Stuffed Dates

Take half of a sticky date, with all of its natural dark-brown-sugar, caramel-candy-like sweetness…

Stuff it with as much gooey rich almond butter as you can possibly manage…

Dip this drupe dumpling into a decadent pool of melty dark chocolate…

Liberally coat the whole thing-a-ma-whats-it in a shower of crunchy, salty, finely chopped nuts….

and you just may fall prey to what’s known on the streets over here in my hood as the “crack turd“. I mean, seriously, these little logs of luscious are nothing short of amazement IN YOUR MOUTH, but they are not going to win any prizes in the best-looking category any time soon.

So yeh, they sorta look like a turd, okay? True as that may be they are like culinary crack and that is all you need to know. Your new addiction awaits.

Healthy Fudgy Frozen Cacao Balls

Healthy, Fudgy, Frozen Cacao Balls

I know it’s summertime and the Fro-Yo is beckoning, but I have something better here that I whipped up for you.

Creamy, luscious, actually HEALTHY, frosty balls of chocolatey dipped frozen finery, these little babies will curb your cravings for ice cream…when that’s all your brain can scream about.

Frozen Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Bananas

I am worthless and weak when it comes to goodies of any kind.Frozen Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Bananas

I can plow through a plate of brownies. I can burrow into a large bag of potato chips and not come out until I get to the other side. I can tear open a family size chocolate bar with nothing but the intent of snapping off a little piece….and well, I don’t have to tell you how THAT works out. I have been known to empty an entire jar of nutella. Just me and a spoon.

And on. And on. It’s embarrassing.

If you share my brand of willpower – as in the non-existent kind – then you understand how this can be a problem. I had to DO something……so I came up with this.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies

Fudgy Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownies

Fudgy, chocolatey, moist and squidgie brownies. How I love them! I love them so much, however, that I rarely make them because I know that if I do, it is ON.

As in, the 3 pounds I’ll put ON from eating the entire batch. By myself.

In one day. Okay, in one sitting.

Do you think that’s really bad? Well, yes, evidentially gluttony of this caliber is not a particularly good habit to partake in so I try to curb it by biting the bullet and just saying no. Walk away from the brownies, sister, since I just can’t seem to control myself. Bring on the kale, and the brussels sprouts, and the tomatoes and lentils and beans and hey, wait a minute…………did someone figure out how to inject a molecule of virtue into an otherwise nutritionally void temptation? Enter the Black Bean Brownie.

Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles

Candy Cane Truffles

Can you roll a ball out of play dough? Then you can make these beauties. Can you bash up stuff with a hammer? Then you can be a master chocolatier for at least this moment. Need a quickie hostess gift? Running out of ideas? Got some leftover candy canes? Then I got you covered.

Show up anywhere with these and you will never be without friends. All you need are four ingredients and a little time.

Chocolate Covered Almond Butter Bars

Chocolate Covered Almond Butter bars

This is what a Reeses peanut butter cup wants to be when it grows up.

It’s a good thing that I just recently figured out how to make these things because now they are all I can think about. It’s become an obsession that I suspect will last until I finish off the lot of them, stashed back there in the refrigerator in a ridiculously futile attempt to hide them from myself. Seriously easy, unbelievably decadent and full of healthy fats and fiber (but let’s not get crazy, health food they are not) these nibs of nutty butter are going to make you love them, too.

If you are a full out almond butter nut (get it? nut? harderhar – okay I’ll stop) like I am then you will want to try these. You don’t even have to turn the oven on. Bad habits made easy.

You’re welcome. 😇

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