Sure, the crazy random happenstance meant that my plan to spend two days wandering around Denver between the magic whirlwind of #VVC2013 and the beginning of my US Traveling Slumber Party disappeared faster than you can say “one iced almond milk coffee and the wifi password, please”, but you know what?
I’ll take the curveball over the meandering any day. I’ve got my feet firmly planted on the ground, I’ve got an anxious nervous thrumming in my heart, I’ve still got the slumber party starting tomorrow (ain’t no curveball changin’ that), and I’ve got the memory of these fabulous no-bake vegan chocolate peanut butter brulée bars to keep me going.
I’ve spent the past half hour searching my computer for the recipe I know I wrote up somewhere, but no matter how many times I type “dates”, “peanut butter”, “cocoa” or “OKAY COMPUTER YOU WIN YOU’RE THE BEST AT HIDE AND SEEK” into the search box, I can’t find it.
But it was simple, really. I put a cup or so of pitted Medjool dates, almost as much but not quite of salted roasted peanuts, a few spoonfuls of peanut butter, a dash of vanilla, and a spoon of cocoa powder into a food processor, then pulsed the lot until it formed a sticky, cohesive ball.
I pressed the mixture into a lined pan and then, because I was worried that the salted peanuts were countering the caramel sweetness of the dates a little too well, I sprinkled a layer of brown sugar on top and patted it in.
Voilà! Brulée! (Yes, I’m stretching.)
I know you have it in you to make these delicious no-bake vegan chocolate peanut butter brulée bars with just the prior words as guidance.
Pretend I’m pitching you a recipe curveball. A no-recipe curveball, that is.
Catch it. Leap around with it. Eat it (the recipe, not the curveball). It’s delicious. Life is swell. Who needs sleep, anyway?