I have been after a not-too-sweet sweet this past week, and also ran out of the homemade lara-type bars I made a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to design my own pan of "treats," thanks to inspiration from Leslie.
1. Melt together 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance, 1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (I used cashew so I can take them to work,) 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses, a pinch of salt, a few dashes of cinnamon, a few dashes of nutmeg, and a splash of vanilla extract.
2. Stir in 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1/4 cup flaked coconut, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup flaxmeal, 1/4 cup almonds, and 1/4 cup sesame seeds. Pat this mixture into a greased or parchment-lined 8-inch pan. Chill.
3. Pry the mixture out of the pan and cut it into 16 squares using a pizza cutter. Wrap each treat individually, and store in the fridge.
I had to sample one (okay, two -- I was hungry!) of these as they went into the fridge. They are yummy. The molasses flavor is very strong, but not quite overpowering. I may play around with this a bit next time, just to see if I can make them more palatable for the "general population."
Oh, and I already screwed up my dairy-free month idea, but it was an accident. Tonight, I had some Annie's Whole Wheat Bunnies at a friend's house. After a handfull went into my soup (Amy's No Chicken Noodle -- I didn't really care for it,) and the soup went into my belly, I discovered cheese is one of the ingredients in the crackers. I guess I should learn to read my labels better! Oh well. I suppose this means dairy-free month OFFICIALLY begins tomorrow. (An April Fool's joke played on me by the universe? Dunno.)