When all you want is a piece of delicious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, there isn’t a lot that will fill the void.
This fact messes with your head even more than the initial craving and – if you don’t cave – it can send your enjoyment of the evening plummeting downward until it crashes and burns somewhere between Gimmiechipsville and Stuffitimgoingtobedopolis. The further you can get from the first one, the better you’re doing.
But what if you don’t want to just give up or give in?
This evening I was faced with this exact situation. I had a nice peppermint tea in hand, ready to settle down for the evening and bang I wanted chocolate and nothing else. Straight away I hit Google to find me some nice recipes to use the 100% cocoa powder I had in the cupboard. Straight away I found hundreds of thousands of recipes. Some of them even fit within the plan – making the most of stevia and coconut creams. But none of them were quite what I wanted.
What was it then? What exactly was I after if it wasn’t a cocoa-based recipe?
The familiar comfort of melting a piece of creamy chocolate in my mouth. I wanted to be able to melt it across my tongue so it was heavy and thick, until I was ready to swallow and get my next piece.
I wanted the habit. The ritual of eating a piece of chocolate. Not necessarily the chocolate itself.
So how could I replicate that feeling, that process, the ritual without a piece of chocolate?
I had no freaking clue until I was standing in front of my pantry, scanning the shelves as if chocolate would magically appear and all my thinking was over. Thankfully, no chocolate was spotted (because I would’ve broken down and scoffed the lot!).
Instead, I found the next best thing. Almond butter.
This stuff is perfect. It’s thick. It’s creamy. It’s got a rich taste that leaves you savouring it as it works its way across your tongue.
As an added emotional bonus, this stuff is ridiculously expensive here – so it has the feeling of luxury, too.
Paired up with some appropriate crackers, or with a bit of cheese, it makes a great dessert. If you want it a little earlier in the day, dip into it with carrot sticks or celery. If you’re not cutting out all fructose, then pair it with a crisp green apple and be prepared for your tastebuds to weep at the sheer perfection of the combination.
Peanut butter’s tasty. But almond butter makes me squeal.
What’s your favourite ‘go-to’ snack when you’re about to fall off the sugar-crazed wagon?