Raw High Protein Healthier Almost-Snickers (Vegan & Gluten Free)

I know its ugly. But trust me. It tastes good. Kind of like Snickers actually, but without the chocolate covering.

I ran out of chocolate. Still wondering how that happened. Ugghh.

I’m going to give you the recipe anyway.

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Note: Please do not (or I hope you have not anyway) be shocked by the non-Snickers-resembling pictures that follow and have appeared. I do assure you that taste-wise, you won’t be disappointed!

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Raw Healthier Almost-Snickers 

No. of servings: 30 mini Snickers

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Ingredients

  • Tapioca flour (to prevent sticking)
Layer 1 (most bottom layer)
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates (pre-soaked)
  • 1 cup powdered/chopped/whole raw or roasted peanuts
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp liquid(or as needed)
  • 1/4 cup unrefined raw sugar
Layer 2 (middle layer)
  • 1/2 cup (vegan) chocolate chips (or any amount you want)— Omit for RAW version in which you mix 9 tbsp cocoa powder+ 3 tbsp nut butter+ 6 tbsp agave/malitol syrup +3 tbsp liquid
Layer 3
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts (roughly chopped)
Layer 4 (top layer)
  • 300g maltose (very important ingredient, do not substitute!!!)
  • 1/2 cup peanut flour

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Directions

  1. Prepare pan first. This step is very important! Line pan with non-stick paper. Sprinkle some tapioca flour onto the paper. Make sure its properly spread so that the bottom layer of the bars do not stick.
  2. Blend ingredients for Layer 1 in a food processor or high-powered blender. (I have neither so I used ‘manpower’ i.e. my ‘hand-power’. I blended my prunes and skim milk in my lousy blender together, then kneaded in the remaining ingredients– with peanut powder as the form of peanuts– myself. Let’s just say… it was a painful and time-consuming and dirty process… just use a food processor if you have one.)
  3. Form into a ball. Coat with tapioca flour and spread onto the pan. Even out the layer using a roller thing (I used a can, you know, recycling?).You will need a lot of tapioca flour in the process.
  4. In a microwave/broiler, melt the chocolate chips for Layer 2(I used a shortcut broiler because I have neither. I boiled some water, poured them into a pot, placed a bowl over the pot without the bowl touching the water in the pot, dumped the  chocolate chips into the bowl and stirred the chips till they melted. DO NOT let a drop of liquid touch the chocolate or it would immediately forma paste/dough) OR use raw version
  5. Pour the melted/raw chocolate over Layer 1 evenly. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, mix ingredients for Layer 4 in a big bowl. (Note that maltose is very very sticky. But it has a weakness– water!! Scoop maltose with wet spoon and it won’t stick. Stir then knead to form a dough with the help of lots and lots of tapioca flour.) 
  7. Remove pan from freezer. Sprinkle on peanuts from Layer 3 onto Layer 2 in pan.
  8. Spread dough for Layer 4 onto Layer 3 and roll evenly using the roller thing again with help of tapioca flour.
  9. Using a pizza/tart cutter, cut into slices.

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Honestly, its so rich and even kinda chocolaty so you won’t miss the chocolate covering. On a side note, you can always dip them in chocolate, no prob.

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And there you have it: Raw, all-natural, no oil, no butter, refined-sugar-free, vegan, healthier but equally delicious almost-snickers!

I’m hooked on that peanut-caramel layer– it tastes good on its own! A suggestion: make just the peanut layer and eat it with a spoon…

For more information of what the hell is maltose, click here (yeah its Mr Wikipedia… oh what can we do without you…?)

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Hey, what’s your favourite candy?

Mine’s snickers (quite obviously!) and NOUGAT yummy stuff these are…

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What I Ate on Wednesday (11) WIAW

I hope you were wondering what I ate today because that’s what I’m going to tell you right now.

Oh, you weren’t?

Can you then at least sink your eyes into that carton of gorgeous dragon fruit that screams awesome?

You surely can. Those are delicious, no doubt. 

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PS: Have you checked out my new recipe index? I think its much neater and nicer looking now. I hope you like it as much as I do. 

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By the way, do you think China is a threat to your country? I’m gonna be tested that on Friday. Please help. 

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Anyway, my delivery from iHerb came a couple days ago and boy were they quick! For a delivery halfway across the globe 🙂 

To my joy and excitement, these arrived…

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PB2 powdered peanut butter

(Source)

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Organic Hard White Whole Wheat Flour

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Unrefined Mascobada Sugar & Chestnut Flour

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Unrefined Mascobado Sugar

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Chestnut Flour

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Atkins Bars: Peanut Caramel Cluster Bar (from 1st delivery), Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat,  Dark Chocolate Decadence bars

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These are gorgeous stuff!!!!!!

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SweetLeaf Lemon Drop Stevia

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Stevita Toffee Flavoured Stevia

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All these items are not sold in Singapore and I’m a sucker for not-sold-in-Singapore stuff so I was stoked by the delivery. I prefer the NuNatural’s stevia over the above which I would like better in some baked goods instead of in drinks. The Atkins bars were just awesome! I’ve finished most of them already. 🙂 As for the PB2, it tastes like peanut flour and both are as good.

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Okay, so what did I eat today?

Peas and Crayons

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A Blueberry Bun + A 400ml cup of Unsweetened Soy Milk

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A 400ml cup of Soy 5-Grain Milk made from the original flour!

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Some Gorgeous Dragonfruit (about 3/4 of these)

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Awesome Vegan Tom Yam Fried Rice from the hawker center

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A large handful of Sweet Peanuts for a share of proteins

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Happy WIAW, guys! 😀

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Single Serving Taiwanese Oyster-less Oyster Omelette 没蚵仔的蚵仔煎 (with Vegan option)

I sincerely apologise for the low quality pictures you’re about to see here!

The best way to help yourself not miss a place is by having some signature food from that place. And so I made Taiwanese Oyster Omelette… without the oysters. I strongly despise the smell of raw oysters. Hence the oyster-less oyster omelette!!

Exams will be over in 2 weeks! After which I’ll have 1 day to study for my SATs and less than 4 months to get my Chinese back to the standard its supposed to be i.e. remember how to write my name in Chinese again… (how on earth did this happen????) Something to do with trying to make a dream come true…

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This was done in my ‘new’ non-stick pancake pan. Hence the nicer shape.

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Oysterless Oyster Omelette

No. of servings: 1

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Ingredients

For Omelette
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato powder
  • 1/8 cup tapioca starch
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce/ chopped xiao bai cai (chinese cabbage)
  • 1 egg (omit for vegan option)– honestly, you won’t taste much of this!
  • 3 tbsp minced meat/ about 8 straw mushrooms (optional)
For Garnish
  • 1 piece lettuce
For Sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce/ garlic chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp peanut butter/peanut powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch
  • 5 tbsp water

Directions

Place lettuce leaf on plate.

Cook sauce first:
Add tapioca flour to water, mix and heat in a saucepan at low heat. Stir continuously until mixture is a little thick and add the remaining sauce ingredients. Stir till mixed evenly and remove from heat.

To cook omelette:
If using meat, prepare beforehand by mixing it with a tbsp tomato sauce and 1 tsp dark soy sauce, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes.

Mix first 4 ingredients for omelette till everything dissolves.

If frying pan is not non-stick, add a tbsp of oil (or any sufficient amount). Let the oil heat for about a minute. Add in the meat and lettuce. Stir fry till cooked. Pour in the mixture of the first 4 ingredients. When it becomes slightly translucent, break in the egg and break the egg yolk with your spoon.

After 3 minutes, try to flip the omelette (it’ll be difficult) to cook the other side. Cook for 2 minutes and plate up!

Pour about 2 ladle-spoonfuls of sauce over the omelette.

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Ever had oyster omelette before?

My parents and brother loved this lightened-up version!

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Single Serving Cookie Dough Bowl (Quick, Vegan, Gluten-free and definitely healthy)

Did Christmas come early this year?

Burned out by 4 successive days of crazy crazy exams, I decided to move my butt. Onto the bicycle’s seat. And headed out to my favourite supermart to grab some pantry staples. And then there was. I stepped into the mart to the music of “Jingle Bell Rock”– an amazing song by the way. Oh and chocolates. Chocolates everywhere. Wrapped in shiny gorgeous packaging (have I told you that I’m sort of obsessed with shiny things??) More importantly– they were on sale.

Really, Christmas time is most definitely the time “to be jolly”. Its my most favourite time of the year! Those Christmas songs blasting out of every shop, red stockings and reindeer images plastered onto walls, snowflakes oh so delicately landing on your shoulders (this I imagined. I’ve only ever seen fake snow in my life, at Snow City). Oh, and the freshly baked Christmas-Tree-shaped and log-shaped buns snowed with powdered sugar lining the shelves of good old bakeries. Its the only time of the year bakeries put on their real thinking caps and come up with some more creative ideas. I mean, Bak Kwa (Barbecued pork pieces) buns for Chinese New Year? Really? Again? Oh come on! Still, I’m very disappointed that Breadtalk has been pushing out practically the same Christmas specials every year. Thumbs down. (My feet’s too). Is this how you show how superbly creative Singaporeans are? I guess it does make a point. With our education system pushing out a textbook-obsessed, factory-line of students, wiring them with what-to-dos rather than what-not-to-dos, creativity was left behind. For all except those who dare to reverse the psychological wiring.

Err… what was I talking about just before I restarted on that unpatriotic harsh critique of my country? Oh yes, Christmas. Christmas in Singapore is so much different from Christmas in Taiwan.

I spent my Christmas last year in Taiwan. My most favourite place ever. My Chinese isn’t too good but no one ever seems to notice. People are just kinder, nicer, less critical, more caring… traits most Singaporeans lack. Makes me feel sort of ashamed of my country. I mean, how many times have I seen people spitting AND littering on the streets? Countless. How many times have I seen primary school and secondary students smoking? This actually only 3 times (not my point).  How many times have I seen people ignoring others who need help? Countless. Among them is you, that heartless freak who dare let your grandmother carry your luggage for you when you’re a man, and physically fit! Do you know no shame??????

There I go again.

I need to stop doing this.

Anyway, do you know that there are carollers in Taiwan? Waaayy cool! There’re no carollers in SG. I asked my mum whether I could go carolling. She said no, you’ll probably screw up cuz you can’t read Chinese well enough to read song lyrics. There was a church in Wandan, where we were living. It was such a close-knitted church. Everyone knew each other. Everyone was so excited to praise and worship God. Their enthusiasm was touching and infectious. Lovely people. And I thought, that’s what Christmas should be like! The touch of love. A warm, fuzzy feeling arising from deep down. Thanksgiving. The spread of joy. And of course– Belgium chocolate, candy canes and most definitely– caramelised-maple-syrup-cashew-nuts (what a mouthful!).

Let’s get this straight. If you love cashew nuts, you’re my friend–period.

I should stop crapping my ass off and telling you everything I feel. I shall therefore conclude my tedious description about how I feel about Christmas (and how my mum told me right from the beginning that Santa’s just a giant man dumbly carrying a large sack, sitting on and therefore torturing his reindeer(s) with all the weight– and a product of human imagination– because nothing is free. Thanks mum, guess I had to find out this way, why did I have to?).

We all know we are definitely more looking forward to… wait for it… quick, vegan, gluten free, low fat, low sugar (sugar free option available too)… Single Serving Cookie Dough Bowl.

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Let’s face it. You’ll probably like it more than you like me.

It can be served warm or cold. I’m cold to people I’m not close to but warm to people I am close to. (…Why am I telling you this??? I’m very possibly just showing another sign of stage 2 craziness. Yet again. Just ignore me.)

Warm means right out of the blender. Its warm because the blender produces heat.

Cold means right out of the freezer. You put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes and take it out.

Easy peasy.

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It tastes a little like my Cookie Dough Spread recipe. That tastes great too! But the ingredients are different. And this one is single serving. And you can have it as a meal by itself. You can whiz in some spinach for a ‘complete’ meal but I can’t vouch for the results. (But I can vouch for the fact that it would have a really weird colour. Really weird.)

Here’s the recipe.

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Cookie Dough Bowl

No. of servings: 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 Can Garbanzo beans/ 1 pinch salt+ 150g boiled Garbanzo beans (I used S&W‘s. It has 330 calories per can)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup/agave syrup/honey/ malitol syrup/ any other syrup actually
  • 3 tbsps low fat/defatted peanut flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp skim/non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 tsp liquid stevia (or more or less depending on you preference of sugar level) I used NuNaturals from iHerb (use QIT142 for $5 off your first order at iHerb!) OR 1/4 cup brown/black/coconut sugar / sucanat

Directions

Dump everything into a blender until smooth and awesome. Spoon out into a bowl. Or eat straight from blender– might be a new trend.

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Get into it already!

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I’ve talked (written?) so much about how I feel about Christmas! What do you feel about Christmas?

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PS: I really apologise for the bad photographs! I’m using my bro’s computer which has a great flaw, that is, no photoshop 😦

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Submitted to Diet, Dessert, and Dogs’ Wellness Weekends!!! Thanks for organising, Ricki!!!! :D

Today, I…

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Today, I…

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    • conquered my General Paper with Logical Crap (maybe not conquered, rather, completed… ‘conquered’ has a positive connotation to it… let’s not get too optimistic about this…)

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    • told my possibly-smoker-British marker of the GP paper that he’s gonna die (90% cancer probability)

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    • sang praises for American prodigy Steve Jobs 

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    • told the British marker a superbly-exciting story about how Jobs invented the iPod (and how the marker should look up to Jobs for his amazing risk-taking skills, which you know, the marker probably lacks… because he’s marking papers rather than doing some risk-taking activity e.g. climbing Mount Everest or say, Bungee- Jumping…)

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    • tattled to the British marker about iPhone-clutching, iPad armed, ex-iPod owners who are obviously also technology-obsessed freaks and Apple fanatics—possibly obscenely describing my marker

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    • insulted my fellow Singaporeans by saying that many engage in gang fights, litter, shamelessly shout at each other in tranquil places like a damned park. Because I know. Though I haven’t visited a park in years. Because I’m allergic to dirty soil.

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    • will possibly irritate my future marker with cancellations all over the place… because I can’t seem to think straight. Why do I keep writing ‘to’ instead of ‘the’??? Obviously not thinking!

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  • bombed my brain with the annoying thing of a biology paper. *hate shoots out of ears*

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Tomorrow’s math. My brain and I can’t wait to be challenged…

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As if.

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Good luck to me?

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What I Ate On Wednesday (10) WIAW

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My delivery from iHerb came today!

My first parcel ever!!!! Its pretty cool. They packaged everything up pretty well.

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I’m the kind of person who sticks a spoon inside a jar of ground peanuts and spoons it right into her mouth. And the kind who sprinkles it into practically every bake. How much do I love peanut flour? Oh let me count the ways… Okay, there’s about a hundred. Maybe I shouldn’t count…

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I also ordered a couple of freebies, a tiny bottle of clear Stevia (NuNaturals), some Atkins bars that supposedly have low GI and taste like Snickers.

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On to WIAW:

Peas and Crayons

Breakfast was 1/3 of a sugar raisin pandan loaf (not shown) and a cup of (free sample) Dark Cocoa from iHerb with 10 drops of clear stevia! Boy was that dark cocoa bitter. Yikes. Thanks iHerb for the freebie, but no, I’m not a fan. (~400 kcal in total)

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Mid-morning snack was a handful of grams (chickpeas?) with pretty good nutritional stats! I love these stuff! (~60 kcal)

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Lunch: Home-cooked fried rice! With ham, garlic and cabbage. With another freebie from iHerb– Now Foods’ Pomegranate Berry, Sugar Free Drink Stick (~475 kcal in total)

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Mid-afternoon snack: Mamee Noodle Snack! (122 kcal)

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And finally dinner! Chocolate Cookie Dough Bowl! I almost couldn’t finish it! Really filling. (~480 kcal)

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Weird, creepy picture!!!!!!

 Recipe soon with better pictures (hopefully)!

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Do you have any recipes involving peanut flour (that does not also contain peanut butter)? Please share! 😀 Thanks!