Who would have thought that combining almond butter, water, maple syrup and dates would result in such an amazingly delicious caramel sauce that I just want to keep it in my fridge forever and ever and eat with pretty much everything (pro tip: apple slices + this is heaven). And, that adding puffed rice to it and topping it with melted chocolate would turn it into such a delicious crispy treat that I can't stop myself from finishing the whole batch in a couple of days. All with the magic of almond butter.
Safe to say I'm pretty much obsessed with almond butter right now, and for a good reason. Not only is it delicious, creamy and flavourful but also packs such a nutritional punch and tastes amazing in both sweet and savoury dishes (almond butter satay sauce, yes please!).
Getting back to these bars - they are crispy, sweet and utterly indulgent. They also take you right back to your childhood, munching one one of those crispy treats that we used to love. Writing reminds me that I have some puffed rice still in the cupboards, so see ya laterz, I'mma go make another batch!
3/4 cups MyProtein almond butter
1/3 cups coconut oil
1/4 cups maple syrup
1/4 cups fresh dates (or dried and soaked until soft)
pinch of flaky sea salt
3 1/4 cups puffed brown rice
50 gr raw almonds, roughly chopped
100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Combine the almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, dates and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Add a bit more water if needed.
Place the puffed rice and almonds in a big bowl and mix. Add the almond butter caramel and stir so that everything is coated. Place in a 20cm x 20 cm tray lined with baking paper and push down evenly.
Melt the chocolate in a tight-fitting bowl over boiling water. Pour on top of the puffed rice mixture and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until hardened. Cut into bars and store in the fridge. Enjoy!