No-cheat Chocolate

Remember that old saying "PMS on a low-sugar diet is the mother of invention"? Or, more honestly, "PMS panic-cravings are the mother of 10pm desperation-recipe-making"?? Yeah. I do. And thus was born the no-cheat chocolate. Only one teaspoon of honey in the whole batch. 

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Some things you should know:

• This has the taste of very dark chocolate. So if you're a strictly-milk chocolate kinda person, these probably aren't for you. In my opinion, they're just sweet enough. And they're low-sugar enough to be body-friendly. Plus my guy likes them, and that's a big deal.

• These are not low-calorie or low-fat (although they do have fewer calories than mini peanut butter cups, and 5.5 times less sugar).
Here's the break-down:

Yields 20 pieces

42 calories/piece
3 g fat/piece
0.85 g sugar/piece

So here's the thing. They're so much more satisfying than something like mini peanut butter cups because they won't spike your blood sugar, causing it to take a dive, leaving your body asking for more... and more. You get to be in control. The fat satisfies your craving for something rich, the cocoa makes it yummy and chocolaty, and you can feel okay stopping after two or three.

It's been (still is) a struggle to outgrow the mindset that says every craving must be satisfied. But I'm glad I am. I'm learning when to say "Nope, you don't need anything sweet right now." And then grabbing a glass of water or tea because often times for me sweet cravings are brought on by dehydration or fatigue. 

However. There are times when you just MUST. You must have something. Not a ton of something. But enough to be satisfied. And this is a treat that works for me.

What you'll need:

• 2 oz baker's chocolate

• 1 teaspoon honey

• 1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter

• Candy mold (not to worry if you don't have one - spread it out on wax or parchment paper to break into pieces later)

Start by melting your baker's chocolate. You can do this in a small saucer on the stove on low heat or in the microwave. If you microwave it, do so in 30 second intervals. It takes me 60-90 seconds to get it good and melty.

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Once it's all melted, stir in the honey and peanut butter, and spoon into your mold.

I know it says 1/2 teaspoon on the spoon - I was just experimenting with sweetness. Go for the whole teaspoon.

I know it says 1/2 teaspoon on the spoon - I was just experimenting with sweetness. Go for the whole teaspoon.

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Pop into the freezer for about ten minutes and you're in business :). Easy peasy. 

For some creative alternative ideas, try using coconut oil instead of peanut butter and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Or my favorite, a little pinch of cayenne pepper on each one. 

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