I'm not sure if I'm joking or not (to myself, we do this a lot... I mean. I do this a lot...), but I want to have the option JUST in case...
Tomorrow is my thesis defense. And I'm slightly terrified. So, perhaps I will try to bribe them with sweets.
Is that un-ethical?
I mean, it isn't monetary or anything... well, depending on what type of currency you're using. I would totally accept payment by cookie(s).
If, in the end, I do decide that bringing baked goods to a thesis defense is a tad strange, then I will have a stockpile of "panic" food to stuff into my face after I'm finished. Yes, I'm a panic eater. And an anxious eater. It's fine.
I guess either option is a decent one. Oooh how I love win-win situations.
At least if I choose the latter option, these cookies are pretty dang healthy, so it's basically like eating hummus... or something.
White Bean Chocolate Chip Bars - What you need:
- 1 cup white beans
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup almond butter (or your favourite nut butter... I almost went for cashew here)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 grams agar agar powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 75 grams dark chocolate, chopped roughly (who needs perfection?!)
White Bean Chocolate Chip Bars - What you do:
Preheat an oven to 180 degrees celsius. Prepare a 7 x 11 inch (18 x 28 centimetres, roughly) brownie pan by coating it liberally with olive or coconut oil (or butter or vegan margarine - just get it coated!). Set aside.
In a food processor, puree the white beans together with the apple sauce.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate, to the food processor. Blend again until the batter is very well incorporated and creamy.
Scoop the batter out into a bowl. Fold in the chocolate.
Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth out the top.
Bake at 180 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on the top.
Allow the bars to cool slightly before cutting them.
Cut the bars into, well, bars! I cut them into 12 rectangles.
Enjoy! ... in either panic or peace.
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
I LOVE THIS SONG! It's been on repeat for quite some time.
... dance music for after my thesis defense... for sure.