This week has been a stressful one. Yesterday I developed an eye twitch. I overslept my alarm. I barely wore make up. It's been a long one.
I really wish that I was one of those people whose stomach, when stressed, just shut right down and refused to accept food. Instead, I got the kind of stomach that becomes a bottomless pit that can never be filled. And it doesn't discriminate either. Any food is up for grabs...that is, any unhealthy food is up for grabs. Somehow I don't think broccoli would cut it at a time like this.
So after seeing the hubs in quite a bit of pain, cleaning up blood (and an extremity) spattered all over my kitchen, taking a trip to the emergency room, refusing to ignore that we got a major wake up call on how quickly an accident (albeit even a relatively minor one like this) can strike at a moments notice...I'm spent. And so I was in dire need of an easy, sweet treat following Mandolingate (as my boss has deemed it). You know, a sweet treat that could double as dinner.
A few days before, I saw that Snickerdoodle Dip was making the rounds on the blogosphere and I just had to give it a whirl. And once I did, I profoundly declared it a perfectly delicious emotional edible. Not to mention its promise as a party food. Yes, I also realized that in the chaos of the week, I have failed to provide you with any football party foods in advance of the upcoming Superbowl. No worries, I've got you covered with this crowd-pleaser, along with a few others in the coming days.
*Adapted from The Wannabe Chef
1 15 oz can cannelini beans, drained & rinsed
1/4 C peanut butter
1/4 C maple syrup
1 tbsp Splenda brown sugar blend (or real brown sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon + more for garnish
honey, drizzled in to taste
graham crackers (my fave), apple & banana slices and any other dippers ya like!
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.
Blend until creamy and smooth, adding more honey if desired for extra sweetness. Feel free to do lots of taste testing at this point in the process ;)
Scoop into a serving dish, garnish with ground cinnamon and enjoy with your dippers! I ate mine on some low-fat graham crackers and never felt happier :)
It may not have cured my anxiety or stress (sometimes I think medication is my only hope), it did a pretty delicious job of curing my sweet tooth over the last few nights :) So what do you think? Are you an emotional eater? Or do you lose your appetite when stress hits? And bonus question: Do you like sweet dips? Any more to share with me?