We’re only two-thirds through autumn, and yet I’m already spending my nights curled up on my bed reading with my thermal socks on and a scarf tucked into my jumper. Last night, I was on the phone to my brother and mentioned that I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s actually winter and I’ve already been wearing my warmest clothes for months.
He suggested buying an extra pair of thermal socks. Genius! I shall spend the next month hunting for MAN-SIZED thermal socks to wear over my normal-sized thermal socks.
Because that’s just the kind of acme of style I am.
Cold weather can’t diminish the lure of no-bake/raw vegan treats in my soul, however. And so, while the coming months may be devoid of many glorious aspects of summer life (daylight savings! Dance Academy [I don’t care what anyone else thinks; that show is awesome, the actors are talented, it broke my heart this season, and I want to be a part of its cast/fictional characters just like I want to live inside The West Wing and SeaChange forever and ever amen]! Sunburn if I spend more than ten minutes outside! Stone fruits!), I will nevertheless keep plying you with delicious refrigerated and frozen treats.
Because that’s just the kind of stubborn generous person I am.
My inspiration for these Pear Hemp Rice Puff Treats (or, as I like to call them, “PHRPT”, pronounced “ferpt”) came from the courageous and ever-inspiring Gena of Choosing Raw. Gena’s blog overflows with delicious, creative, and thought-provoking posts, and Gena herself is rather a superwoman. She’s currently making her way through the hard slog that is pre-med, all whilst blogging, socialising, and maintaining a vibrant healthy happy life for herself.
Gena recently posted a lighter version of the date-nut treats I so often make myself, cleverly using puffed rice instead of nuts to add body without density. I’ve had the remnants of a box of Rice Bubbles in my pantry ever since making my Jackson Pollock Peanut Butter Krispie Slice and Chocolate Bubble Slice with Peanut Butter Icing, so I jumped at the chance to finish off the cereal in a new way.
Gena’s recipe is blissfully easy to make and, despite my playing around with the ingredients, full creative credit must go to her.
My version, the PHRPT, are fruity, chewy-yet-crispy, sweet without being cloying, and somehow so balanced that no one flavour dominates. Instead, the pear tickles alongside the caramel-like dates, the hemp seeds provide a darker earthy note, and the cinnamon and rice bubbles offer a slight malt edge. (These taste even better the second day.)
I should probably admit that I’ve eaten most of these treats dipped in tahini, which somewhat defeats the whole “lighter” thing, but you know what? Je ne regrette rien.
No-Bake Vegan Pear Hemp Rice Puff Treats
Inspired by Gena’s Date and Puffed Rice Balls
Makes 15-20, depending on size
- 1/2 cup dried pears (the plump, golden kind)
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 1/3 cups Rice Bubbles
- 1 tb maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tb peanut butter (any nut butter will suffice)
- 2 tb hemp seeds
- Process all but the hemp seeds in a food processor until the mixture is cohesive and sticks together when you press it between your fingers. Add the hemp seeds and pulse until incorporated.
- Roll into balls the size of your choosing and store in the fridge or freezer.
Question Time: How do you stay warm in the winter months? Please tell my your secrets and thereby contribute to the “Let’s Prevent Hannah’s Feet From Being As Blue This Year” fund.
Submitted to Ricki’s Wellness Weekend!