Thursday, August 19, 2010

When the beast comes calling (or a quick chocolatey snack)

So I know that I have just started this whole Pura Vida thing, and so some people are going to call foul on this.  But I know my body and tastes and I've learned a few things from the times I've tried to "diet."

1. I still have cravings for chocolate.
2. They get bigger the more I ignore them.
3. I WILL give in to them.
4. When I do, I'll overindulge and blow my morale and any advances I've made.

So today (after a day tainted with some really bad emotions), I really wanted some chocolate.  But I wanted something small.  After searching the internet for a bit, I came across the following recipe for the Improved 5-Minute Chocolate Cake.  I played around with it a little and ended up with this:

In a large, microwavable coffee mug, mix:
  • 5 tbs flour
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
Mix thoroughly, then add

  • 5 tbs milk
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
 Microwave for about a minute (will still be some liquid-y batter, if you don't like this, cook for 20-30 seconds more).  Add a small spoonful of peanut butter on the top.

It was the perfect amount to satisfy my sweet tooth.  It's certainly not healthy, but it's better than the kind of splurge I have usually.

What small (healthyish) snacks do you use as your standby?

So the other night, I went to make this, only to find out we had no milk.  But we had heavy whipping cream...which made this 10 million times better. Seriously.  You might need to add a little water, because it makes the batter super thick.


  1. When I find I am getting like that, I go out and buy one of those Reese Peanut Butter bars (the new ones that are built like a caramilk bar) and freeze it. Whenever I get the craving, I'll break off one square and eat it, then pig out on a bunch of cucumber slices.

    I find the more I snack on healthy-ish stuff, the more I crave Celery. No idea why.

    When I need to satisfy my sweet or salty tooth, I find a good little trail-mix works. I usually throw in about 8 almonds, a few peanuts, a teaspoon of chocolate chips, craisins, raisins, and if I need REALLY sweet, a little bit of shredded coconut. Hits the spot, and 1 - 1 1/2 cups is usually more than enough.

  2. You're so lucky! Not many people crave something that's actually good for you.

    I'll have to try the freezer trick. Now's the time for cold treats. Have you ever tried freezing grapes?