Thursday, February 15, 2007

so... it's been a while

Sorry. I've been cooking and cooking and meaning to post... but I forget to take pictures or I totally wing it on a recipe and don't take notes... or I get lazy. Or a combination of all three.
I have made two really great things in the past two days, though. And here they are:

I love peanut butter, and I love bananas. When I was much younger my friend Lee and I would dance around her house listening to Elvis. Somehow that all came together in these:
Elvis approved breakfast bars

1.25 c whole wheat pastry flour
0.5 c ground flax seed
2 t baking powder
0.5 t salt
0.5 c agave nectar
0.25 c unsweetened applesauce
0.25 c peanut butter (I used chunky and unsalted)
2 large bananas, pureed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil an 8x8" baking dish
Mix together the flour, flax, baking powder and salt in a large bowl
Mix together the agave, applesauce, peanut butter and bananas in a medium bowl
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined
Pour into baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes until tester comes out clean

This would make a great muffin!
The peanut butter I used was a solid lump, so I put it into the food processor when I was done pureeing the bananas. You could also just dump the agave, applesauce, peanut butter and bananas all together into a food processor and mix it all together that way.
This is one of the easiest desserts to make, but you need to have a good blender or food processor to make this work. Alternately, you could also develop a lot of muscle strength if you tried to do this by hand.
Chocolate Tofu Pie

2 aseptic packages lite or regular extra firm tofu (Mori nu - the kind that comes in the box, not stored in the fridge)
11.5 or 12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips (I used Godiva 60% because I wanted to make the chocolate flavor really rich)
1 t vanilla
2 T honey or agave nectar
pre-baked pie shell

additional options:
1 scant T cinnamon
peanut butter
bananas or other fruit as a topping or pureed fruit mixed in with the chocolate and tofu

In a double boiler (aka a metal bowl placed over a boiling pot of water), melt the chocolate.
Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor puree the tofu until smooth.
Add the chocolate, agave/honey, vanilla and whatever else you like to the tofu, and blend until it's all smooth and incorporated.
Pour it all into the pie shell (you might have a bit left over), cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 1 hr until set.