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It seems like I’ve been posting a lot of dessert recipes lately, but this one was an experiment that went perfectly on the first try so I wanted to share it with you early in the holiday season.
I LOVE Starbuck’s Cranberry Bliss Bars, but they are totally not vegan. Cream cheese, egg whites, white chocolate. No, not vegan. But I decided to set about creating a vegan version using aquafaba for the eggs and vegan white chocolate. I didn’t even take a picture of my mise en place because I was totally winging it. I’ll update the next time I make them.
OMG! These are so, SO good! So good that I put aside a small dish of them for my kids to eat and wrapped the rest up tightly and put them away in the fridge to take to work the next day. Even though they’re only 134 calories each, I can’t be trusted around an entire platter of them.
Try making these for your office holiday party or Christmas dinner. Don’t tell anyone they’re vegan until after all the oohs and ahhs are done.
Before diving into the recipe, here’s what you need to know about aquafaba. It’s both easy to use and strange to explain at the same time. Aquafaba is the bean juice that you pour out when you open a can of garbanzo beans to use. I know, bean juice. But surprisingly it turns out to have many of the properties of eggs and egg whites in binding food and there is no bean taste at all once you’ve used it in cooking. For now, here’s all you need to know.
- Drain the liquid from a can of salt-free (or reduced salt) garbanzo beans into a small saucepan. Save the garbanzo beans and make hummus or something later.
- Simmer the liquid until is is reduced by about 1/3. That is around 5 minutes or so. Then put the liquid in a cup and put it in the freezer to chill while you get everything else started.
For lots of delicious aquafaba recipes and a far better explanation of how aquafaba works, I recommend Zsu Dever’s Aquafaba: Sweet and Savory Vegan Recipes Made Egg-Free with the Magic of Bean Water.
The white chocolate I used for this recipe is not easy to find in stores, so I ordered it online. It’s King David Kosher Easy Melt White Baking Chocolate Coins 12.34-ounce Jars (Pack of 3)
With Prime, Amazon had it to me in 3 days. Order soon if you want to serve these during the holidays.
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did. Another non-vegan favorite cracked!