31 March 2011

No Meat Zone Recipes: Complete and utter perfection with peanut butter

Lately I've been craving Rice Krispies Treats like there is no tomorrow, but vegan Sam kicked in. I've known since a young age what gelatin is made from, however, after seeing what it is in writing just... did something different to the brain. Even this weekend when I went to the Bulk Barn I skipped past my favourite candies... it was difficult but I did so. I've been trying to look for vegan marshmallow recipes online but can't seem to find any (I'm going to attempt some soon using pectin we shall see) because there is no way I am spending $10.00 on six little marshmallow squares, it ain't happening.

With this I decided that I needed to come up with something that was going to hit the spot just as a piece of Rice Krispy square would, well I found something that ran hundreds of miles past, jumped and slam dunked in one swoop. What I created is perfect, in my eyes at least. We shall see what my fellow workers thing but I don't think I will find any complaints. I made half of the batch vegan and half vegetarian (since I had Reece's chipits and peanut butter fudge chipits that I wanted to get rid of to lessen my non-vegan baked goods so I figured I'd throw 'em in).

To start I adapted my original homemade peanut butter recipe... I changed it into something heavenly.

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter
  • 3 cups of peanuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 tbsp EVOO
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 heaping tsp of cinnamon
  • Disregarded sugar
Processed, put to the side.

Peanut Butter Cococnut Kamut Puff Krispies

This is where the goodness comes in. Look away Rice Krispies because you are soon going to be replaced by a healthier version of yourself but thanks for lighting the path!

Melted 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil + 2 cups of the above peanut butter on low heat.
Mixed in 1/2 cup maple syrup, stirred until everything was well mixed.
Turned off the heat and added 4 1/2 cups of Kamut puffs, mixed well.
Dumped 1/4 of the recipe into a non-buttered pan. <-- vegan version (then I topped this with flaked coconut and Peanut Butter and Jam Truffles.
For the vegetarian version I added 1 1/4 cup of Reeces chipits.
Mixed well, added to the pan.
Topped with peanut butter fudge chipits and coconut.
Allowed it to sit for 20 minutes.
Cut in and had the biggest food orgasm of life. That's right I said it... it really was that good.

Do I still feel the need to eat a Rice Krispies marshmallow square? Absolutely not! I had never tried kamut or Kamut Puffs before for that matter, however I saw it on the weekend and picked them up, glad I did because it turned out to be a fantastic idea.

HOWEVER, don't stop at just the bars, no no no! DO NOT throw out the crumbs, whatever you do! Gather those crumbs and put them in a big bowl of milk... I feel a trend of me beginning to like cereal because of all the good things I've been creating lately. Top it with a banana and maybe even another little drizzle of maple syrup and you have veg Reeces Pieces cereal with all natural ingredients!

Or try this!

Peanut Butter Cococnut Kamut Puff Krispies Fruity Parfait

This was delicious, oh goodness, definitely one of the best parfaits I've ever had. I seriously felt like I was doing something bad eating something this delicious for breakfast. I mean seriously, it felt like I was eating a big bag of goodies but no I was not.

For starters I took ~ 1 tbsp coconut oil, mixed it with 1 tsp of raspberry agave nectar and a scant of water, mixed it until smooth
Took raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, mixed them into the creamy agave mixture.
Mixed well, microwaved for about a minute (wanted a sort of compote feel)

Took a tall glass.
Started with the "crumbs" of the Peanut Butter Coconut Kamut Puff Krispies, topped with tropical yoghurt, then topped it with fruit. Repeat, and ended with the fruit and added their juices.

This was perfection. Complete and utter perfection...

I can't wait to have this for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Samantha Lavorato
Samantha recently made the decision to go full out vegetarian after years of dabbling with the lifestyle. She enjoys running, yoga, swimming, and weight training. Samantha can usually be found in the kitchen whipping something up with a variety of ingredients. Follow Samantha at her blog, Flavorator.

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