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Funfetti bars

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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! funbarssplash

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funbarspreadLast 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.funbarspread1These 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 :pfunbarspread7Bars (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

Icing drizzle:

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 3 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP sprinkles

How-to:

  1. Blend your dry ingredients in a food processor, then add the wet ingredients.
  2. Line a loaf pan and transfer the contents into it. Leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  3. Preheat oven to 180C and bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Let it cool completely before mixing your icing drizzle and adding sprinkles.

funbarspread2funbarspread9These 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. funbarspread15 funbarspread12When 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. funbarspread11 funbarspread10Anyway, 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 :pfunbarspread4 funbarspread3funbarspread8Anyway, 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 😀

Happy Saturday!

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!

4 thoughts on “Funfetti bars

  1. I love those teacups!!! And that is a cute idea to frame photos of your foster cats, I love that you foster cats 😀 these funfetti bars look amazing too (I would eat sans toppings but my husband would enjoy the sugary topping haha).

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    • 😀 The teacups are actually baking moulds for muffins which I still have to try out, but they’re too adorable not to whip out now and again. The foster cats are so gorgeous so they all deserve their own frame, but since we’re too poor for that they’ll have to go up in batches (plus we’ll run out of wall space if each one got their own spot :p).

      Thank you! I also munched some without the icing (not my thing) but my husband pretty much ate himself sick on these, and luckily my MIL came to the rescue to take the last two before he went into a frothing frenzy.

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  2. Mmmmmmm, these look delicious! I bet they’re great with a cup of tea?

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    • Oh yes! And they really are super filling so they make the perfect snack (with or without topping) in-between meals or on the go. If Man-thing hadn’t eaten 3/4 in one day that would have been the plan for us, anyway 😉

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