I am now a convert to raw treats, especially when the sweetness comes from natural ingredients rather than refined sugars that produce a processed high. I'm all for purity, even when it comes to decadence. Being summer here, although not a particularly warm one, raw is also optimal to limit oven sessions.
Looking to feed my insatiable craving for peanut butter, I consulted Rawsome Vegan Baking which is by far one of the choicest books I have received this year because I have discovered a fellow nut fan in author Emily von Euw. I mixed things up just a little bit to suit my fancy, subbing peanut butter for the cashew butter called for in the original recipe. I've no doubt they would have been just as delicious, but I did have a particular craving to satisfy.
For me, peanut butter and chocolate make for the most exquisite pairings. Here, almonds and dates, sweetened with golden maple syrup come together in three layers of goodness. Rich, creamy, with some nutty texture and, yes, decadent, if you fail to resist the urge to eat a queen-sized portion of the pan — otherwise, they are pretty darn good for you.
Do be sure to check out Rawsome Vegan Baking if you get a chance. I am literally "un-baking" my way through the entire cookbook. Stunning are the vegan and wholesome takes on old classics that nourish while satisfying sweet teeth at the same time. Pretty much all of the recipes include staple pantry ingredients, and with a food processor, nothing more is needed than a bit of motivation to whirl everything together and assemble the creations. The pictures that pair with each recipe are enough to fuel food dreams for years to come and inspire you to recreate, enlarge upon and feast on fine treats for many years to come. Sophistication need not be complicated.
|Raw Peanut Butter Cocoa Maple Squares|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes
Published on July 30, 2014
Simple, raw peanut butter and cocoa squares that are just as rich and decadent-tasting as a sugary peanut butter chocolate bar, but healthy because they're loaded with nuts and coconut oil and sweetened only with dates and a little maple syrup
Let the peanut butter celebration continue:
Raw Peanut Butter Cookies
Cayenne Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Balls
On the top of the reading stack: Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking by Yamuna Devi
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