Hello! I meant to write a blog about going to the Better Living Show in Portland last weekend, but then my camera decided it didn’t feel like getting along with my computer anymore. Or the computer decided my camera wasn’t cool. Either way, they aren’t getting along so I had to get the pictures off of my camera in a roundabout way.
But, despite those problems I made probably the best thing I have eaten in a LONG time. These date bars: ohsheglows.com/2011/03/2
Scroll down if you want to see the changes I made.
I have to say it was a pretty neat expo, but I think it will hold a lot more relevance once Aubrey and I are homeowners. Green solutions to problems we don’t currently have were interesting to hear about, but by the time they apply I’m sure there will be even bigger advances.
Although this motorcycle was pretty darn cool. I would be way to afraid to actually ride on one though!
This one was cool, yet scary too.
Sorry about the horrible picture, but I was trying to take it quickly before anyone walked in front of it again!
Then we headed over to the Vegan Village where they were sampling all kinds of goodies. Now that is universal appeal!
For those who don’t have to worry about gluten I have to say how amazing Dave’s Killer Bread is. I didn’t eat any that day, but when we went to the Portland VegFest last year it was amazing! Aubrey got a nice hunk of Sin Dawg that I drooled over.
I made extra sure that everything I was trying was gluten-free.
I wasn’t going to take any chances as I had zero desire for an upset stomach. Those cookies were quite tasty, although I wasn’t a big of fan of the crackers.
Then again, I’m not really a cracker fan in the first place. What I AM a fan of is Larabar. In fact, it’s only because of the people at Larabar that I even heard about this show in the first place! Had to jump in line to get my free samples.
The show really just got me excited for the VegFest. I wish it were sooner! We did leave with a few samples and info, but far less than what we got from VegFest.
But we did get that free plant. Which, I don’t think has left our kitchen table since….Whoops
Peanut Date Bars
Moving on to that amazing recipe I teased you with earlier. I saw Angela’s recipe on Oh She Glows for 5-ingredient vegan, no-bake date bars. How simple does that sound? Well I did change the recipe up quite a bit, considering I changed two of the ingredients and left out the fifth one. And I halved it since I was basically making it just for Aubrey and I. But I think this would be a hard thing to screw up! I only changed the ingredients to suit what I already had in the cupboard.
I got out my ingredients first, dates, almond butter, peanuts, oats, and if you want to count it as an ingredient: water. I left out the salt, as usual, because I just don’t like it and I don’t find it necessary. But if you are a salt fiend, feel free to add about ¼ tsp.
I blended ¾ cup of peanuts (110 grams) with ¾ cup gluten-free oats (72 grams) in a food processor until they turned crumbly. Then I chopped 5 of the dates and blended those in. Then I melted 2 tbsp of the almond butter and added that and blended again. I placed the mixture (except for 1/3 of a cup) into a parchment paper lined loaf pan. Save that 1/3 cup for later!
I used 18 total dates in this recipe, which turned out to be 145 grams. I already used 5 in the crust, so I took the other 13 and chopped them before blending with ¼ cup of water until a paste formed. It took quite awhile and I was so tempted to add more water to speed up the process, (and I’ll admit I did add some) but it would definitely be better if it had been thicker! After the date paste is formed I spooned in on top of the crust.
Then I took that reserved 1/3 cup of crust (which was probably more like ¼ cup since I might or might not have eaten some of it) and sprinkled it on top.
I knew I was supposed to let it set in the fridge, but I have zero patience (as I’ve mentioned many times before!) so I ate some immediately.
Wow. Seriously. Wow. Why haven’t you made this yet? Oh yeah, because maybe you’ll be like me and eat three of them. I mean, I “might” have eaten three. It’s entirely possible that I ate one immediately, ate another one after “trying” to be patient, going to the gym, and then possibly eating another one. And I "might" have had to give away half of them so I would stop eating them!
But come on, don’t these look amazing?
Ok, Angela’s pictures are definitely better, but you won’t care what they look like. You’ll care that they taste absolutely fantastic.
Edited to add: I highly recommend patience! I'm eating a sliver today and they taste even better than they did yesterday. I had no idea that was possible!
What’s the best thing you have made lately?