Vegan Fig & Banana Hazelnut Breakfast Bars (special guest appearance by Blackberries)

So, this is one of those garbage-dump posts. Where you have several miscellaneous things in your fridge and you want to make them work in one dish. Just a disclaimer: I’m really sorry that I don’t edit my recipes very well, running the risk of you trying to reproduce something I made without correct measurements or whatever. This was one of those. I didn’t measure. AT ALL. So most things here are a guesstimate, because hey, I don’t have measuring cups in the UK. Just some utensils that read in milliliters, which might as well be in CHINESE, am I right?

2-3 c. rolled oats
2 bananas
4 whole figs
12 big blackberries
3/4 c. chopped hazelnuts (give or take to taste)
3 T. honey (HEAPING tablespoons)
1/2-2/3 c. peanut butter
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. cardamom

Preheat the oven to 350°. (Just looked up how to make a degrees symbol, because I was tired of copying and pasting. [It’s shift+option+8])

Mix the oats, chopped hazelnuts, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and figs (roughly chopped, skins and all) together until it’s almost dough, but still dry. This will vary depending on whether you used quick oats or whole oats. I used quick oats, but I recommend whole oats—crunchier & wholier.

So now’s your wet mixture. Mush the bananas real well until there are very few chunks. Whip in peanut butter and honey. The recipe I was stemming from called for all this to be heated up in a saucepan, but I didn’t really see the point. It softens it better, but the three elements already go together so well. Their flavors are always blended evenly.

Mix the wet into the dry, adding more oats if it’s too thin, more of the wet if it’s too thick. You want something that malleable, like rice crispy treats. Have you ever made rice crispy treats?

Let me introduce Maggie, in her foodblogging debut. Hi, Maggie.

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Maggie was good at stirring.

So, once you’ve got the dough, you are literally going to play-doh it into a 8×8 pan (give or take). I used tin foil, but it got real stuck to the bars afterward, so try something else, like greasing. Once it’s all in there, and you got some bars, take your thumb and press evenly-spaced craters into your bars. In these craters will be your blackberries. Put all the blackberries in their little nests and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes!

When they come out, cut them into bars!

They’re very healthy, and you can tell. If you’re eating these in the morning, they’re good for dipping in coffee. But if it’s at night, you’ll probably want something sweeter. So get really drunk and take your honey jar, drizzling it it on top in the messiest way possible.Image

Love,
Fran

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