My naughty eating habits this summer have been catching up with me, and I’ve recently made a resolution to myself to pay more attention to my “real food” eating habits. I haven’t exactly been eating a lot of processed food, but I definitely haven’t been paying attention to my diet like I should. Add the fact that I haven’t been working (my job keeps me in perpetual motion) and my waistbands are definitely feeling a little tighter.
As I’ve considered what the problems are that have caused a little bit of a weight gain (I’m baring my soul here, guys!), it’s not the bacon, or the butter, or the half-and-half. It’s the white flour that I’ve let creep back into my baking….the sugar in the cakes, the popovers. It’s the sodas that Philip and I like to buy as a treat…and I’ve allowed the “occasions” for a treat to become a little more frequent. It’s definitely the inactivity…sitting at home, not chasing kids around, not traipsing the halls of the school (at work I always feel like I walk the hall a million times a day), and not getting on the treadmill or pulling out a workout DVD or going for a walk after dinner.
I’ve re-immersed myself in 100 Days of Real Food. I’ve discovered a new blog to love, Food Babe. And I’m considering making an effort to add some raw foods to my diet (I mean, besides fruit and salad) with the book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Phyo. I am in no way interested in fake meat, but I’m happy to sub veggies or nuts for meat.
The truth is, you just have to have something sweet from time to time. For me, from “time to time” means that I need a little something sweet every day. I don’t need a huge treat, and it doesn’t need to be tooth-achingly sweet. It does have to taste good, though….and when I saw Food Babe’s recipe for almond chocolate freezer fudge, I knew I had to make it. Except that when I went to the grocery store, almond butter ranged in price from $8.99 to $13.69….way more than even the most expensive peanut butter (by the way, that was at Publix. I’ve checked it out at Earth Fare since writing this post and it was considerably more economical!).
Soooo, peanut butter freezer fudge it is. This stuff is delicious. The tiny amount of maple syrup may not seem like nearly enough sweetener, but I promise that it is. The pinch of salt makes it just slightly savory, and the coconut oil adds an amazing coconutty flavor. This is a perfect tiny treat for after dinner. I’m sold.
Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||20 minutes|
|Website||Adapted slightly from Food Babe|
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 4oz chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
When you cut the fudge, it may break-mine did! Just warning you.
|Line a small pan with parchment paper (I used an 8" square pan) and set aside.|
|Combine the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt with a mixer until smooth (I used my stand mixer but a hand mixer would work fine).|
|Spread the peanut butter mixture into the pan. I spread mine very thin. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and carefully press in slightly (the peanut butter mixture will be pretty thin, so be careful not to get it on your hands!).|
|Freeze the fudge for at least two hours. Cut into squares; Food Babe says this makes 20 servings but I cut mine into 15 squares. Store in the freezer.|