Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Snobby Joes and Vegan Pumpkin Bars

Continuing on my "yay for Fall!" stint, I made some vegan pumpkin bars. I found the recipe from Happy Herbivore, a site that I've been checking out lately but hadn't tried anything from until now.

Above: Everything in the blender. Note the frozen pumpkin in the tupperware. "The Ukrainian" and I have been stocking up on pumpkin in case something bad happens and we are out of luck for another half a year.

The white beans I used in this recipe (yes, beans) had some seasoning out of the can (blah!), but I rinsed the heck out of them and did a few taste-tests before I deemed them okay to use.

I liked these a lot, though the first reaction I got from my "reviewers" was something like, "Oh, you made a healthy dessert." I don't like hearing that, because although I do like to make healthy desserts, I don't want it to TASTE that way necessarily. I liked these because they are bean-based (no flour) and made me feel energized rather than sickly after eating them. The pumpkin spice is definitely prevalent, though it's not too sweet or anything. I think some carob chips would have been a nice addition, though.

I also made Snobby Joes from Veganomicon (recipe linked here), a book I received on my birthday. Here's my haphazard documentation of the process:

Above: Those rice cakes are not part of the recipe -- I needed energy to cook!

Above: Next time, I think the lentils need to get a little softer...

Above: The end-result. I felt like we needed veggies, so I microwaved some frozen ones. These had a nice kick to them, and I really liked them. I haven't had sloppy joes or any other variant in probably over a decade. These were better than the real version, in my opinion.

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