It’s here…Toronto’s Vegan Scavenger Hunt begins in less than six hours. I am anxious to discover the riddles and races that will challenge us all to explore the vegan gems of this great city.
How would you fuel a team of Kale Kommandos (our team name) set to capture treasures, solve clues and cover miles on a hot summer’s day? May I suggest something sweet, packed with protein and perfectly portable?
When Colleen Patrick-Goudreau was in town I prepared a batch of these bars to keep her satiated on her long flight back to California. An hour after giving her the package, I received an email with the subject line: Holy Deliciousness. When the author of three cookbooks praises your food it feels awesome!
Yes, the way to get into my heart – or to get me to make you lots of food, is the expression of enjoyment over something I have made.
Since I can’t personally deliver this snack to all of you, I’m sharing the recipe in hopes that you’ll use the power for good. Make a batch and deliver them to someone you love. Trust me, it will make you both feel awesome.
Holy Delicious Mango Bars adapted from the recipe in Going Raw
(makes 12-20 bars)
2/3 cup dried mango, soaked for 1 hour and drained
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
2 tsp vanilla bean powder (or 1 TBSP vanilla extract)
1 1/4 cup raw almonds
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
In a food processor, combine the mango, dates, and vanilla. Process into a very smooth paste. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is well combined but some texture in the nuts and seeds are retained.
Press the mixture into an 8X8 square or 8X11 rectangle (depending on the thickness you want) on parchment paper or a Teflex sheet. If you don’t have a dehydrator place the bars in the freezer to firm up. If you do have a dehydrator, heat the bars at 110 degrees for 6 hours. Remove the teflex sheet and continue to dehydrate for another 6 hours. Cut into bars.
Dehydrated the bars will keep at room temperature for 2 weeks. In the freezer they will last as long as you can resist them (a couple of months at absolute most).
Please wish me and my fellow Kommandos lots of luck today.