One of my favorite things in the world is giving gifts to people. They don’t have to be big gifts, they don’t even have to be tangible but I believe that it is the little things in life that make the world go around.
As of late I have been on a “treat” giftting binge. I have been making, baking, inventing, and creating food for people I care about, which is challenging when you are faced with an array of allergies and dietary needs (do defective foodies just gravitate towards each other? Because I feel like everyone I meet has specific requirements for their diet, equal to or more limiting than my own, which is impressive).
By now I am sure you are all aware that Drew and I virtually live at Handsome Coffee, it is one of our favorites spots in all of LA. The coffee is divine and the staff even more so. Because they are wonderful and make us coffee every day I decided I would make them little treats as a thank you of sorts. It started with Puppy Chow and No Bake Cookies… then Raw Date Balls… then Carmel Babies (don’t ask), then Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies, and then I over heard some one say they didn’t get to try any of them because they are Paleo and sugar free (also vegan). This intrigued me. I had heard of Paleo before but I had never tried to bake anything in that fashion, because frankly, it sounded complicated. However, I am not one to back down from a challenge and I became obsessed with creating something that everyone at Handsome could enjoy: Gluten free, Dairy free, Soy free, Sugar free, Vegan, and GRAIN FREE!
What you will need:
1 cup Almond Meal (Almond flour)
1 cup ground Pecans (you can leave some chunks, the texture adds to the bars)
1/4 cup Agave Nectar (0r honey)
1.5 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
Dash Sea Salt
In a large bowl mash all of the bananas until smooth (and no longer chunky), add the rest of the ingredients and stir until a thick batter is formed, add in a little extra almond meal if need be.
Pour into a 9×9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until the surface is light golden brown.
Allow to cool. Cut into squares and fall in love. If you are saving them for later place them in a container or covered in the refrigerator.
I won’t lie to you, since concocting this recipe I have made it three (or four) times, Drew is even obsessed with it! It tastes amazing and is virtually guilt free. It is dessert without all the sugar, fillers, and modified ingredients, it might be the best thing… just saying.
So for all you paleo, vegan, gluten free foodies, this is for you! Enjoy.