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Almost raw nut butter + cranberry delight bites (GF)

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As many of you may know, I like to keep some freezer treats on hand in case of desperate munchies when fruit, carrot sticks or cucumbers just won’t cut it. These beauties have texture, spice, and fruity crunch with the cranberries, slathered in a mocha chocolate nut butter drizzle for the ultimate in healthy indulgence.bittendelightyegods

topcutoutsyumcloseup1 topcutoutsyumcloseupThis past week has been rough, and the worst part is I can’t really broadcast why yet, so all my internal therapy has been channeled through comfort food. It’s silly but old habits die hard, and luckily these beauties are actually healthy, so it’s not like I’m opening the floodgates to diabetes!

There’s no chocolate other than the delectable drizzle, so it’s also good to know my comfort food tastes have changed, since it would surely have been a few slabs of milky white business back in the day. After watching another video the other day on calves being taken away from their moms and how milk production actually goes down, however, I’m more than relieved that my emotions, desires and appetites don’t cause misery to other creatures, and that I can “fig out” instead of “pig out” or whatever.

stackedbites1Ingredients (serves 12-14):

Dough:

  • 1 cup oat flour (measure after blending if required)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 TBSP flax
  • 2 bananas
  • 5 TBSP/half cup carrot purée/applesauce (the carrot has a less in-your-face sweetness, which I like)
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp ginger
  • 2 – 3 tsp peppermint extract or vanilla, depending on your preference
  • 1/3 cup brown rice puffs
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries/chopped dried figs/any dried fruit
  • Optional: liquid or powdered sweetener to taste, such as agave or stevia

Drizzle:

  • 3 TBSP chocolate almond butter (see how-to for alternatives)
  • 1/8 cup espresso
  • Optional: 2 tsp soy milk

How-to:

  1. If you only have GF oats and no oat flour, blitz it in your food processor until fine.
  2. In your food processor, blend the carrot purée/applesauce and bananas until smooth, then add the flours, flax, spices and peppermint extract until it forms a ball in the processor.
  3. If you do NOT have a processor then mash your bananas like crazy and then mix everything together thoroughly.
  4. Fold in the cranberries/dried fruit and rice puffs and spoon into an 8″ lined square baking tray.
  5. Place in the freezer for 1 hour.
  6. Using a small cookie cutter (or whatever size you please) cut out shapes, pressing down and then turning it like a door knob until it comes loose. If you have leftover dough that is too small for a cutter then roll those into balls!
  7. In a mug mix your espresso and chocolate almond butter until smooth. If you do not have chocolate almond butter add 2 tsp cacao powder and 2 tsp soy milk to the mixture until drippy. If you only have non-drippy nut butters add just enough soy/whatever milk to make it drippy but not runny.
  8. Drizzle the mixture over the cut-out bites and return and store in the freezer. When ready to serve set them out for 5 minutes but not too long or they go soft.

stackedbites profilecutbitesThese things are delicious, hands down, but the key to them is spices – be generous because that’s what will really shine through and give these bites their purpose. I find that the more flavourful my treats are, the less likely I am to eat them mindlessly – the bit of kick helps me to stay present and actually enjoy the taste.

cranberrydelightbites1An awesome way to use these (other than glomping them straight up) would be to break them up into a thick vanilla/banana smoothie or to crumble over a smoothie bowl, but that’s just me. You can also cover them in chocolate with the drizzle on top of that if you’re inclined to go grand!

buttersplash2Naturally, the chocolate almond butter I got from Man-thing for my birthday is nearly eaten up because it’s one of those heavenly ingredients that just makes you have an out-of-body experience from goodness. Am I the only one that gets that, where time stands still when you eat something heavenly? Yum!

buttersplashprofileyumLuckily, even on the worst days I have beautiful creatures all around me to help lift the spirits. We’ve started advertising mom cat Hera for adoption now that she’s not feeding her kit kats, but we’re holding onto them for a while longer until they are 100% strong and ready for the world. As with anything adoptions usually take time, so we get to enjoy Hera’s company, though I’m hoping she’ll get snapped up since she’s just amazing and sweet.

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What are some of your healthy comfort foods?

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

15 thoughts on “Almost raw nut butter + cranberry delight bites (GF)

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  2. Hope your weekend is kind to you while you are enjoying your treats from the freezer.

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  3. Why haven’t I seen these treats? Where are you hiding them? Must have…

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  4. So sorry you had a rough week. I hope your weekend is better. These look so good, and they’re healthy!! Bonus! Those kittens…..

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    • Thanks Linda – I’m going to try and have a positive attitude no matter what 🙂

      I must admit I get super smug when I happen to whip up treats that are actually healthy, because then I can give Man-thing all the grief in the world about his Snickers addiction 😉

      Those kittens indeed! ❤

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  5. Lovely! Even better it is raw, no baking! Yay!

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    • Absolutely! I love the smell of baked goodies but raw just hits my senses in a totally different and delightful way, which is why I love using buckwheat flour especially since it’s so versatile in this regard 🙂

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  6. Going to try these! It’s 2 Degrees here today (bright side the SUN is shinning) one of these and Coffee will do the trick. Do you use baby food puree for the carrot ingredient? 🙂

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    • I’m so jealous – we’re stuck in a never-ending heatwave here! I definitely use the baby food – too lazy otherwise 😉 Let me know how they turn out, and taste the mixture before freezing to ensure you have enough spices 🙂

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  7. This is so a crazy combo I would make! Looks so yummy!

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