A can of pumpkin puree sitting in my cupboard, looking for a purpose, led me to another wonderful recipe from Maria and Josh at Two Peas and Their Pod. I was inspired by their Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies to try out my theory on cocoa powder and the result was marvelous. These cookies even won over a friend of mine who normally wouldn’t go near pumpkin!
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The inspiration for this recipe came from Amy-Lyn at Bushel & A Peck and her recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins. I had a vague idea of doing something with bananas and chocolate when I went searching for recipes and hers came up with the added bonus of already being specified as gluten-free. I noticed that coconut oil was mentioned as an alternative to butter, and it wasn’t a big step to swap out milk for almond milk, resulting in a recipe that’s not only gluten-free, but vegan. Since I keep on the lookout for vegan recipes I figured I’d give a vegan conversion of Amy-Lyn’s recipe a try.
Back in April I attempted to make nanaimo bars by taking Leanne’s recipe from Healthful Pursuit and changing a significant number of the ingredients. Perhaps not surprisingly that didn’t work out so well and I’ve been meaning to try again but stay closer to the original recipe. I’m happy to report that my second attempt worked much better!
First things first, many thanks to Leanne at Healthful Pursuit for this recipe, which I followed in substance if not exactly to the letter. Before moving to Canada I’d never heard of nanaimo bars but I wish I’d encountered them a long time ago. I put them somewhere between a chocolate bar and a brownie, with great potential for versatility on flavor, and I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to take a shot at making my own.
The other thing they have great potential for is hitting various points for allergic or otherwise preferential dietary choices. The original recipe hit raw, vegan (and thus dairy-free), gluten-free, and no refined sugar, which is a remarkable feat, but I decided to take a swing at going for five points and added nut-free to the list.
The end result needs some work, but hey, that’s why I’m calling this one experimental!