I admit it, I’m pretty exhausted. I’ve been napping of late (which I never do) and schloffing my feet around because we’re nearing that time of year where everyone pretends to “relax” and be “on holiday” and then create circumstances that demand action and activity. I admit we do a lot of that ourselves by being hyper-conscious of social obligations, but it’s sometimes easier to completely cancel out interaction with humanity than to try and “balance” everything.
The end of the year is as far off from balance as one can get, at least in our household, which is why I’ve quickly drummed up some life-saving snack bites to tide us over when we need a little boost.
Raspberry chocolate freezer bars (serves 6 – 10 depending on how you cut it):
- 1.5 medium avocado
- 3/4 cup pitted dried prunes (or any dried fruit of choice)
- 3 TBSP carob powder
- 1/8 cup crushed cashews
- 1/4 cup crushed pretzels
- 3 – 4 TBSP liquid sweetener of choice (agave, simple syrup, etc)
- 3/4 cup fresh raspberries or berries of choice (figs, nectarines and even apples can work)
- 1 TBSP flax powder
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- Blend your pitted prunes, carob powder, liquid sweetener and avo together until smooth.
- Line a loaf tin and pour out the contents, smoothing over the top.
- Splash cinnamon liberally.
- Place in the freezer for half an hour or so until firm.
- Meanwhile, in a small non-stick pot on the stove, heat up the raspberries, flax powder and vanilla extract and mix until the fruit is broken down somewhat (5 – 10 mins).
- It doesn’t have to be the most perfect jam ever.
- Spread the jam evenly over the chilled chocolate avo base, then sprinkle on the crushed nuts and pretzels.
- Freeze for another 15 – 30 minutes before slicing. Keep in the freezer.
- Optional: you’re welcome to add some caramel drizzle or chocolate chips.
- Optional: If you want a firmer base and more hearty bar, add 1/2 cup of buckwheat or oat flour.
Love these bars! So simple and the tang of the raspberries is a nice contrast to the smooth chocolate-y goodness of the base. These are just light nibbles for us but they are so easily modified to be more filling. Sometimes Man-thing and I just crave a little bit of sweetness after dinner and these sorts of things are just magic. Best of all, the pretzels and cashews give an awesome salty crunch to it, so you really get something to bite on 😀
What are some essential items you always keep in the house for emergency munchies?