What’s a treat recipe doing on a creativity blog? Finding or making healthy treats that also taste good is not always easy. This is all three–healthy, yummy, and easy. It’s also diabetic-friendly. For diabetics, portion control is important, and so is testing after tasting. Each diabetic has different sensitivities, so please taste and test. Writers also need to fuel their afternoon slump. This is perfect pick-me-up for slump-time.
- 1-lb cashews, roasted and lightly salted
- 1/4 cup organic agave syrup
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 bar 72 percent dark chocolate
Use a medium mixing bowl (larger is better than smaller). Pour agave syrup and vanilla into bowl and blend with a spatula till well blended.
Using a blender, food processor, chop the nuts until they are the consistency of cornmeal. I use my faux Silver Bullet smoothie blender for this. Chop nuts in at least two batches. Do not blend into cashew butter. That’s too far.
Stir nut mix into syrup and vanilla to blend. Mix should stick together when pinched.
Press into 6-inch square silicone baking pan. Be as compulsive as feels comfortable. I don’t need to make it perfectly even or flat.
In a small, microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate at low heat. Don’t rush this. It takes my microwave, which is old and tired, two, one-minute sessions. I allow it to sit and finish melting when it’s done. The chocolate should be liquid, with no lumps.
Using an offset spatula or wooden spoon, pour chocolate in a zig-zag pattern and then spread over nut mixture. Again, be as compulsive as you like. For me, as long as it is on top and fairly even, I’m happy. I don’t go all the way to the edges to make cutting and removing easier. My method will never make it onto Pinterest; I’m fine with that.
Chill in refrigerator for at least two hours. You need the cold to help hold the mixture together. Using a regular dinner knife (so as not to harm the silicone dish), cut into strips. Rotate dish 90-degrees and cut into squares. Lift out carefully and put on plate. Enjoy. They stay fresh at least a week if you cover them, but I’ve never had any left after three days.
These are delicious without being a substitute for anything. You can make them for office parties or bring them to pot-luck dinners for everyone to enjoy. Diabetics will love you.
—Quinn McDonald is a writer whose sweet tooth has been curtailed by diabetes. She gets even with treats like this.