Let's talk about dessert.
We've all been there.
8:30 at night, kids are asleep, husband is knee deep in his fantasy football draft, and you've plopped yourself down on the couch to watch some good ol' trash tv.
Then it hits you...A craving like no other. First you start to itch, and then your right eye starts twitching.
Then before you know it your legs begin to spasm and that craving for something sweet has sent you to loose all control.
It's getting dangerous.
You try and hold yourself back from opening that package of M&M's that somehow mysteriously ended up in your pantry, but each time you slap yourself in the face and say, "NO Dangit!," a giant sized red M&M grabs you in the face and says...
This is serious.
So then you do the worst thing possible because the stress is too much to handle.
You put on your stretchy pants and head to the kitchen to do some damage.
First the M&M's, and then the Ding Dongs.
Oh Crap! Hubby bought Peanut Butter Oreos...Get in MA' Belly!
An hour later your husband finds you in the fetal position lying on the kitchen floor cradling a package of Tums and a bottle of chocolate syrup.
He picks you up, wipes you off, pries the chocolate sauce from your hands, and puts you to bed.
As he is tucking you in, you can't help but wish that the previous hour was all a dream, and drinking a carton of ice cream never happened...
But it did...Oh yes it did.
Wait...You mean that's never happened to you.
Uh, ya me neither...
Dessert cravings can be a dangerous thing...OBVIOUSLY.
The stress of trying to beat those cravings and choose a healthier option can send you into full blown panic mode.
Which is why it's almost a necessity to have a pie on hand.
One that's naturally sweetened, packed with protein, boost of omegas, and well one that screams...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Pie
Ingredients: (For the ice cream)
1/2 c. peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter for nut free version -make sure no sugar added, just nuts for ingredients
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1/8 c. coconut oil
1 TB. vanilla
(For the Crust)
2 1/2 c. salted pretzels
20 small/medium sized dates-pits removed
1/2 c. peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter for nut free version-make sure no sugar added, just nuts for ingredients
2 tsp. vanilla
(For the topping)
1/2 c. pretzels finely crushed into crumbs-the finer the better
1. Prepare the crust first: In a food processor, process pretzels and dates first until fine crumbs appear. Add nut butter and vanilla until combined. Mixture will be crumbly..that's ok! Press crust into spring form pan. (PRESS HARD)
2. Prepare the filling: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour on top of crust and spread out. Top with the 1/2.c finely grated pretzels. (The finer the better!)
3. Place covered in freezer for a couple hours until hardened. If it's in freezer for a longer time, let thaw for a 3-4 minutes before cutting and serving.
Now..No need to be all lady like/gentleman-ish when eating this pie.
By all means, go crazy and shove this bad boy straight into your mouth...No hesitation!
SO next time that sweet tooth craving comes a creepin', just slap your self on the hiney and remember there's a nice delicious healthy pie waiting for you in the freezer!