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.
This 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.
- 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
- 3 TBSP chocolate almond butter (see how-to for alternatives)
- 1/8 cup espresso
- Optional: 2 tsp soy milk
- If you only have GF oats and no oat flour, blitz it in your food processor until fine.
- 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.
- If you do NOT have a processor then mash your bananas like crazy and then mix everything together thoroughly.
- Fold in the cranberries/dried fruit and rice puffs and spoon into an 8″ lined square baking tray.
- Place in the freezer for 1 hour.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
These 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.
An 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!
Naturally, 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!
Luckily, 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.
What are some of your healthy comfort foods?