I’m the kind of person (or maybe the only person?) that gets intense cravings for fruits and vegetables. It will hit me like a ton of bricks and the overwhelming need to consume [insert food here] takes over and I can’t focus on anything else. And if I can’t get what I want in that moment, I turn into Buster Bluth with his hook hand, screaming and tearing into curtains.
I recently read an article somewhere about what your food cravings really mean, and it looks like my tastebuds are one step ahead. Instead of telling me that I want chocolate (which is likely a magnesium deficiency), they tell me I want fish. Or like last week, when instead of telling me I wanted some sort of sugary candy, they told me I wanted apples. And peanut butter. Ohhhhh, the peanut butter.
Did you know that peanut butter helps fight stress? Evidently it contains something called beta-sitosterol which helps normalize high cortisol levels and bring them back into balance with other hormones. And you better believe I need all the help I can get when it comes to reducing stress. Have you seen the name of this blog? Then again, I guess if I had no stress, there would be no blog.
…I retract my previous statement.
My craving that day was intense and specific – I wanted apples and peanut butter. So I sliced up two apples (because clearly I can’t just eat one like a normal person) and grabbed a jar of peanut butter. I considered just scooping a bunch of peanut butter into a bowl and using it to dip the apples in… but that didn’t feel like enough. Plus the moisture from the apples makes it hard to grip the peanut butter, and then you end up with either no peanut butter or ALL the peanut butter in one bite. Instead, I decided to melt it a little and drizzle it over the apples. And after I had done that, I felt like it needed something else… like chocolate. And wouldn’t you know it, I was in the middle of melting chocolate for my homemade Crunch Bars, so I just used a little bit of that to drizzle over top as well. To be totally honest, I prefer topping them with a handful of mini dark chocolate chips, but beggars can’t be choosers, amiright?
It satisfied my craving perfectly, and it didn’t make me feel like a total cow when I was done (even though I ate enough for at least two people). It’s the perfect no-bake, easy snack to quell a craving for something sweet, with the added bonus that you’ll get a serving of fruit, too!
- 2 apples, sliced into 16 pieces each
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, melted
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate, melted
- Slice apples into four slices, and then each of those into two until you have 16 slices from each apple.
- Arrange apples on a plate as desired.
- In two microwave-safe bowls, melt peanut butter and chocolate separately until they're fluid enough to pour.
- In separate pastry bags (or ziploc bags with a small hole cut in the end), fill each with peanut butter and chocolate and drizzle over apples. Enjoy!
- Note: The chocolate will eventually harden. The peanut butter won't harden, but it will thicken upon standing.