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Monday, January 3, 2011

Vegan XMAS Eats Part One!: DESSERT

XMAS is so damn huge in terms of food for my family, I'm going to have to break the yumminess into separate entries.
For dessert, I made what I thought was going to end up being a vegan peanut buttery 7 layer bar. It ended up being more of a peanut butter cup bar, so I'm going to call this one Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Sarah.
Now, when I was pregan, I made something called a marshmellow chocolate pie and it was scrumptious. I was curious if Dandies could pull off the same kind of texture and melt just like regular marshmellows (this recipe involved melting marshmellows into chocolate and using the mixture as a pie filling).
Well let's get on with the freaking tutorial. Here's the crap you'll need:

1/2 cup of margarine (Earth Balance is what I used)
9 oz box of vanilla cookies, crushed

3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
3/4 package of soft silken tofu
Splash of soy milk/almond milk/your favorite non-dairy milk
Package of Dandies marshmellows
Vegan chocolate chips (I had white and dark vegan chocolate chips, white chocolate chips are pictured below! Got them at Ethique Nouveau in south Minneapolis!)

If you wanted to have this in the bars, peanuts! Although I didn't do this.

Just a note before I explain how to do this: you can top this with any delicious candy or nuts you can think of. You can also substitute 3/4 cup chocolate chips and melt them if you wanted to make this a strictly chocolate dessert.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees!!

Step one:
Make the crust! Melt the margarine and grind those cookies in a food processor until it is just crumbs. Add the melted margarine and process until combined. Press well into a square casserole dish. I think mine below is an 8"x8". Pour some of the chocolate chips and other numnums you have on top of this. Put this in the oven for ten minutes or until the chocolate is just melted.

Step two:
Melt the marshmellows! Get your sauce pan going on the stove at medium heat and add your "milk" and the marshmellows and stir constantly until the marshmellows are mostly melted in. The second picture below is how it should look when you're done melting them.

Step three:
Let the marshmellow mixture cool to lukewarm temperature. Pour into a food processor or get a blender and combine it with the peanut butter and the tofu. You could stop here and chill the peanut butter mixture for delicious peanut butter pudding. But naaaah, you want to make some damn bars doncha? DONCHA!??!

Step four:
Pour peanut buttery mixture onto your crust when it's done in the oven, top with chocolate chips and whatever other numnums you got lying around.

Hell yeah. This shit went so fast, as in, people ate it! People didn't even suspect it was vegan. Yummmm!

MN Vegan

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