It’s finally that time of year. The time when I need a steaming hot cup of chai every evening, and I put pumpkin into nearly everything I eat. Seriously. Probably 98% of my meals include pumpkin in some form. That’s to talk about another day, though. Today we’re focusing on apples. Apples that are so crisp and crunchy that sprinkling cinnamon on top or dipping into peanut butter is quite unnecessary. Really, who would want to mask the flavor of an apple in its prime? Okay, I admit I still do the peanut butter thing a lot. It’s just too good. …
Raw and no bake desserts have become quite the craze these days. And it makes sense. People have less time to spend in the kitchen, and want quick, easy recipes to power them through busy days of work (and play), or to end their nights on a sweet note. This month’s Recipe ReDux challenge, no cook desserts, provided me with the perfect opportunity to test my own skills making raw desserts, something I rarely do.
I was stuck for ideas at first. All I could think of was nut based cheesecakes (something I’m not a fan of) and avocado chocolate mousse (something I love, but have already made more times than I can count). I let my mind reel for a few days, and then it hit me….
There are certain foods we turn to when we want to be reminded of childhood. Coming home after school for the snack you’d been waiting for all day, or secretly raiding the cookie jar after your parents had gone to sleep; everybody has something. I personally looked forward to sleeping over friends’ houses because I knew they had cabinets full of the wonderful (and highly processed) treats that my mom wouldn’t dare let in our house. While I now appreciate the fact that I grew up without consuming copious amounts of food additives on a daily basis, back then, all I could think of was how jealous I was of my friends with all the pre-packaged snack cakes they desired.
Rice Crispy Treats, in particular, were one of the treats I sought after, but the thought of them hadn’t crossed my mind in ages, and even less so after I became vegan. Justin, however, is another story. He has apparently been craving this classic snack, and for good reason. It’s sweet and sticky, but with a nice chew and satisfying crunch. The textures alone make them hard to resist.
Marshmallows, aside from the actual rice crisp cereal, are the main ingredient of the traditional version, and as much as I appreciate the existence of vegan marshmallows, they are relatively expensive, and I know that they’re not easily accessible for everyone. So, I did a bit of experimenting, and came up with a grown-up version of the childhood classic. This twist on rice crispy treats is every bit as satisfying, and, dare I say, even tastier than the original….