Feb 22, 2015

Dessert for South Beach

Ok guys, I caved.  I absolutely couldn't face another sugar free chocolate jello pudding as my only dessert option for these two weeks of no sugar or carbs or fruit whatsoever.  Let's talk about detox and deprivation.  I am clean eating and my system is craving the other stuff.  I will be adding it slowly back in in a week in moderations, but for now, I've got to have something to balance out all the savory stuff I'm eating.  So I made this up, and it is good enough to satisfy.  FYI, I haven't dropped a single pound of weight, but I have found that my face which had been breaking out for the last two months is clearing up almost immediately after starting the diet.  I couldn't tell you if my health is any better as my health is pretty good already.  My energy level feels about the same, so apart from my face, I don't know if it's making a difference.  But I'm stickin' to it.

So here is the totally acceptable recipe as I am not allergic to peanuts or nuts and find them to be a great snack.  But don't overload on it as it's calorie rich.  This makes enough for several servings worth and I just refrigerated the small cookies to satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth when needed.  One or two at a time will do. They don't look all that purty, but they taste good. If you can eat some fruit and are past phase 1, they pair well with blackberries.
I started by making my own chocolate sauce - because good luck finding one without sugar overload.

Chocolate sauce:
6 Tbl. water
2 oz. unsweetened baker's chocolate
1/2 cup sugar substitute (like Splenda or Agave nectar, though if you use Agave, use less water)
1/8 tsp. salt
2 Tbl. butter
1/4 tps. vanilla

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate in the water and stir constantly until completely combined.  Stir in sugar substitute and salt.  Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until fully combined.  

Next I used my little food chopper to fine chop mixed nuts.  I made about 1 cups worth of fine chopped nuts.  Then I got my peanut butter out of the fridge because I use pure peanut butter that you have to stir (no sugar added) and storing it in the fridge keeps it congealed.  

Add about 3 spoonfulls of peanut butter to the nuts and then spoon in the chocolate sauce.  You may want more of less chocolate.  Play with the amount until it gets to a thick consistency.
Stir, stir, stir!  Then roll the mixture into teaspoon sized balls and refrigerate.
Ainsley couldn't wait for it to cool.  She loved it.  She also like it spooned onto raspberries.  I still can't have fruit for another week, but that seems pretty tasty to me for a little dessert at night.

Now I realize that I REALLY want this (see below) but sometimes I just gotta have something sweet to go with all these veggies and meat and nuts and beans I've been eating.
And since I can't have the real deal, these will work until I can hit phase 3 of the diet and have small amounts again.

Enjoy that nutty dark chocolate yummy goodness!

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