Until recently, I was unfamiliar with Mama Pea of Peas and Thank You. That means that I was also unfamiliar with her phenomenal ‘recipeas’!!!
After drooling over a few of them last week, I decided I had to make some this weekend.
First up was her Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas. They were super simple to put together and didn’t require a lot of crazy ingredients. I adapted the recipe a little bit by using coconut oil and my own cinnamon spice blend.
Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
2 T. maple syrup
1 t. canola oil (or oil of your choice)
1 t. apple cider vinegar
1/8 t. salt
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. ginger
3/4 t. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly coated. Spread onto a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring every few minutes to ensure even cooking.
The results looked and smelled amazing. However, I just couldn’t get past the chickpea flavor. As I mentioned with the protein balls, I’m still getting used to the taste of chickpeas. I don’t know that I can eat these by themselves. So in order to not waste them, I am going to make them into a fun flavored protein ball! I’ll let you know how they turned out once I get them made (in my new food processor!!).
The second recipe I made is something I need in my life every day! It is that good!
As I’ve professed before, I love me some Larabars!!! So when I found Mama Pea’s ‘recipea’ for Cookie Dough Larabars, I was so excited! I also found her ‘recipea’ for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls- the light version. I liked that this one had cashews in it, so I ended up making a bar version of the cookie dough balls. YUM!
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
6-7 pitted dates (about 2/3 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp chocolate chunks
In a blender or food processor, combine the almonds and cashews until a powder forms. Put the ground nuts into a separate bowl.
Add the dates, vanilla and salt to the food processor, and mix until a paste forms. Then, add the ground nuts back into the processor and mix until a dough forms.
I added a little water at this point to make it all come together.
Remove dough from processor and press into a 9×9 baking pan. Keep refrigerated. Cut into squares or bars to serve. I clearly didn’t press into a baking pan, but that is my recommendation to you since I don’t like the way I did mine!
The first batch was made in my blender, which didn’t go that well. The final product turned out great, but the process left a little to be desired. Thankfully, my appliance angel rescued me and I was able to make a second batch in no time at all in the food processor.
The flavor of these bars is heightened by the vanilla that is added. It is definitely different from the Cookie Dough Larabar, but it is phenomenal! The date flavor doesn’t dominate like it can sometimes in Larabars and the texture is slightly crunchy (depending on how finely you chop the nuts) and chewy.
Have you ever made one of Mama Pea’s ‘recipeas‘? Which one?