Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday, Thanksgiving Week Edition


This month, What I Ate Wednesday focuses on the theme "Spooky Snacks & Healthy Halloween Treats."

I certainly treated myself (oh yeah, and my family) to some fun snacks this week, including two of my favourite easy and delicious squares. Pictured above, berry oat bars. Yum.


We also had no-bake chocolate nut butter cereal bars. I am totally addicted to these. I could eat the whole pan in one sitting. But, instead, I restrict myself to one...or two...sometimes three. I am including the recipe below. These super simple and delicious treats are adapted slightly from a recipe in La Dolce Vegan. They can easily be a gluten-free treat, as long as you buy gluten-free cereals, like those from Nature's Path. Try them. They are very quick, and you will thank me.


I also made homemade granola this week, for the first time ever. I love the ingredients, like dates, almonds, craisins, raisins and coconut. It came out just a bit too sweet though. I will adjust the sugar next time.


We often make pasta and homemade tomato sauce as an easy dinner. One night, I decided to also make some tofu balls to up the protein and add a little treat.


Another night, my husband made chickpea burgers.


One night, we ordered Chinese food. Because who wants to cook every night? If you said that you do, please come live with us.


Which brings me to Thanksgiving. We celebrated at my sister-in-law's house. Her and her mom did the cooking. First they put out some crusty bread.


And some antipasto. Marinated zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms and cauliflower. As well as sundried tomatoes. All homemade.


My sister-in-law made this vegetable soup. I cannot describe just how delicious it was.


We had pasta, of course. The others also had turkey.


My 14-year-old niece made vegan chocolate cupcakes.


With a sweet Halloween theme.


My son brought his peanut butter cookies, as I mentioned earlier this week. And I brought my Staple Maple Cake with Penuche Icing. Plus, my mother-in-law made vegan spelt flour lemon cake and other goodies.

Did you treat yourself this week?



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No-Bake Chocolate Nut Butter Cereal Bars


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: no-bake
Keywords: no bake dessert snack gluten-free vegan vegetarian chocolate chips nut butter peanut butter bars squares


Ingredients
    For the Squares
    • 2 cups corn flake cereal (I use Nature’s Path)
    • 1 cup crispy rice cereal (I use Nature’s Path)
    • 2 Tbsp shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
    • 1 cup peanut butter, almond butter or other nut butter
    • ½ cup brown rice syrup
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    For the Frosting
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 3 Tbsp soy milk
    Instructions

    For the Squares
    Spray an 8x8-inch pan with cooking spray.
    In a large bowl, stir together the corn flake cereal, the crispy rice cereal and the shredded coconut. Set aside.
    In a small pot, over medium heat, melt the nut butter, brown rice syrup and vanilla and stir until well combined.
    Pour the sauce over the cereal mixture and quickly stir together.
    Spoon the mix into the prepared pan and press flat with your fingers.

    For the Frosting
    Using a small double boiler, or a glass bowl placed over simmering water in a pot, melt the chocolate chips and soy milk together over medium heat. Stir until smooth, and pour evenly over the squares.
    Refrigerate until chocolate sets, at least one hour.
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    26 comments:

    1. So many yummies!! Now I can't wait for our Thanksgiving..though I'm thinking we should celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving next year too, just to be neighborly :)

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      1. That's very kind of you. I think you should do it! ;)

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    2. everything in this post looks delicious, what colours did you use for the Halloween muffins?
      look so good!

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    3. Wow this week looks even better than the usual delights... yummies! Happy Thanksgiving as well.

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    4. Yum!!! I don't have any brown rice syrup but I'm thinking maybe I could use agave?

      Your photos are so pretty!

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      1. Agave should be good...or maple syrup.

        Thanks!

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    5. There are so much food on your Thanksgiving feast. You must be celebrating this special day with a lots of your family members :D

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      1. Hi Zoe, My in-laws are Italian, so there's always a lot of food! :)

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    6. Everything here looks delicious! I love both of the bars you made. Bookmarked both for future reference :)

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    7. Shouldn't have read this while hungry! It all looks delish!

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      1. I can't get enough treats. Must be the weather. ;)

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    8. Now I'm really regretting not springing for a new jar of almond butter when I was shopping today! That sounds so good... Ah, I could go for a giant slice right now.

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      1. I know what you mean. I sometimes skip the almond butter. I tend to eat it with enthusiasm at first, and then let the rest of the jar harden!

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    9. Yum!! Everything looks so delicious! Those chickpea burgers look great. I'm going to start referring people to your blog when they ask what vegetarians eat besides salads :)

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      1. Hi Ruthie,

        Thanks for your kind comments. Yes, send them my way. ;) I could not live on salads alone. Boring!

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    10. I really really MUST make those berry oat bars. I cannot cook worth a darn, but I can bake! They look amazing.

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      1. For me, the pay-off is bigger with baking! ;)

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    11. Great Post ,so many Treats ,amazing! Love it :)

      xoxo

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      1. Yes, I treated myself for sure! Thanks for visiting and commenting. Joann

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    12. That looks absolutely delicious!

      Carolyn http://sillyhappysweet.blogspot.com

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