Friday, September 23, 2011

Putin's Delight: Raw vegan almond butter bars

Breakfast: Blueberry almond butter smoothie and a quinoa apple muffin

Lunch: Quinoa and kasha salad with avocados and vegetables

Dinner: Tahini tofu balls with spinach and cashew salad, followed by Putin's Delight bars

If you're ever on the Facebook page, you'll be aware that Putin and I have been eating vegan (not to be confused with eating vegans, a quite different pastime) for the last two weeks. This has been Putin's first time vegan, and as he was a full on carnivore just 14 days ago, it's been a bit of a journey for him. Though he's done amazingly, he has been clucking for treats like a particularly hungry hen. With this in mind, I created a bar that would hit the spot in a second!

These bars are not just vegan; they're also raw. I can't claim that they're sugar-free, but they are damn delicious!

You'll need:
(Makes 12-16 small bars)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup oats, blended slightly to make them smaller
1/2 cup almonds, ground slightly
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup flax seeds
1 cup flour
1/2 cup 100% almond butter
1/2 cup blueberries
2-4 tbsp water
Mix the oats, ground almonds, pecans, flax seeds and sugar together in a bowl
Add the oil, vanilla extract and the cocoa, and mix well
Stir in the flour
Press this mixture into an 8x8 inch pan
Crush the blueberries with a spoon, and then mix them into the almond butter
Add the coconut and enough water until this mixture is spreadable
Spread the mixture on top of the base as neatly as possible
Place in the freezer and keep them there, taking them out only to eat!

These were specifically designed to hit the sugar, chocolate and nut butter needs, and they're meant to be eaten in small amounts: this website takes no responsibility for what happens if you scoff the whole tin of these and pass out afterwards. It would probably be quite enjoyable though.

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