At some point this week I stupidly promised Man-thing cookies, despite these not being my realm of expertise. I was off sick on Thursday and thought I’d get to it then, but the thought of concocting anything flat and round made me rather despondent, so I stuck to what I know: cake-ish bars of glee!
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Last Sunday we went out to a new market to go exploring with the family and stumbled across a guy selling these frames. I nearly burst out my skin because I’ve been looking for pretty ones to frame pics of our foster cats in, so it worked out rather well. The market had a whole variety of random stuff, mostly banting-style foods and what not, and it made me rather miserable to think that vegan food and cooking is really so ridiculously simple, so it shouldn’t be so hard to find something tasty to eat (other than the delightful falafel!). Since then I’ve been plotting something fun and shiny, and these bars are just the ticket.These bars by themselves, sans icing drizzle + sprinkles, are so delicious and indulgent, so you can leave out the jazz on top with no problem to be had, but Man-thing already ate four bars today with icing, so I guess each to their own :pBars (makes 8 – 9):
- 3 heaped TBSP barley malt powder
- 1 cup chickpeas, drained & rinsed (keep the brine!)
- 1 1/4 cups GF oat flour
- 1/4 cup GF oat bran
- 1/4 cup nut flour (or brown rice flour)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 TBSP aquafaba (chickpea brine)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sweetener
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Optional: up to 1/4 cup soy milk for extra liquid as necessary
- 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 3 TBSP water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3 TBSP sprinkles
- Blend your dry ingredients in a food processor, then add the wet ingredients.
- Line a loaf pan and transfer the contents into it. Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
- Preheat oven to 180C and bake for 40 minutes.
- Let it cool completely before mixing your icing drizzle and adding sprinkles.
These bars are not only here for eye candy – they exist to make us feel better. Despite all our precautions our two cats have snuffles, most likely caught from the three snuffly foster boys and me bouncing between rooms, even after sterilizing everything. I suspect I gave the fosters smooches and then the same for our kitties, so alas, now everyone’s sick! It’s a bit of a mind twister trying to remember who needs what meds when, but hopefully the three foster boys will be back in top form soon enough and then back to the shelter for adoption. When we were busy counting frames I figured we’ve had 25 foster cats thus far, which doesn’t sound like a lot but sjoe, it’s been quite a bit of work, physically and emotionally. I wouldn’t change it for anything though – each of them has changed my perspective and given me the ability to love more and more, which is a great feeling. The wall of fame we want to put up in the airlock room between foster pad and the rest of the house is a small way to keep visual reminders about of the amazing kitties that have altered our lives completely. Anyway, back to the reason you’re here: these bars! I’m pretty lost for words on how to explain them other than NOM. Really dense and lovely – it’s a very filling treat that just soaks up the drizzle and is just a delight to munch on. As I write Man-thing is busy with his fifth bar in one day. I can’t recommend it any more than that :p Anyway, just got back home from the shelter, medicated the foster, going to medicate our cats now, and then hopefully it’s chill time with a pal over lots and lots of coffee 😀