Thanks to the generosity of the luminescent Lisa and the radiant Ricki, two of my dearest Canadian friends, I have transitioned from being bereft of a food processor for over seven months to being the proud owner of both a medium-sized and a mini food processor.
I can finally make raw/vegan/no-bake balls/treat/snacks once more.
All is right in my world.
Today’s no-bake treats are a curious yet delightful blend of “why yes of course I need to add a one kilogram box of Medjool dates to my shopping bag despite the fact that said bag is already so heavy that my shoulder may forevermore tilt to the right” and “I wish I hadn’t bought those stupid Quaker Caramel Rice Cakes purely because they were on sale because they’ve become nothing more than styrofoam-esque vehicles for increasing amounts of almond butter how can I use the rest of the dang package up” and “holy schmoly when did I forget that commas exist?”
In other words, these vegan treats are made from rice cakes, dates, nut butter, and oats. That’s all. Four ingredients; nothing more.
I like these. I really do. They’re not super-gooey-sweet, as Medjool date-based treats often are, but instead pleasantly balanced between the nutty-malty-rice-y* flavour of the oats and rice cakes and the caramel tones of the dates and, well, the flavoured rice cakes. They’re a bit more restrained, a bit more mellow, than many of the treats I’ve made in the past.
Moreover, it simply gives my soul joy to know I have date-nut balls in my freezer again.
Vegan Caramel Rice Cake No-Bake Balls
Makes 12 – 20 (yep, I’m being that specific)
Adapted from my No-Bake Pear Hemp Rice Puff Treats
- 3 (40g) Quaker Caramel Corn Rice Cakes (see note)
- 1/3 cup (30g) whole rolled oats
- 1 cup (150g) packed Medjool dates
- 1-2 tablespoons nut butter (I used a cashew almond butter)
- Process the rice cakes and oats in a food processor to a fairly fine powder.
- Add the dates and nut butter, then keep processing until the mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers.
- Make sure you’ve turned the food processor off before reaching in to check the consistency, yes? Yes. Good.
- Roll the mixture into balls, then store in the fridge or freezer (if stored in the freezer, let thaw a little before eating for maximum flavour winningness).
Note: If you don’t have access to caramel-flavoured rice cakes, then use plain rice cakes and throw in a tablespoon or so of golden syrup or maple syrup with the dates and nut butter, to taste.
* Yes, “rice-y”. How else would one describe the flavour of rice cakes?