|They don't look very pretty, but they're so delish!|
This was another accidental dish as Hubby was just munching on some cashews and realized that they were too salty, so he made cashew butter instead. We already have a recipe of cashew butter here, but the one we made today turned out to be different (cashew too salty) so we tweaked it.
I trust Hubby when it comes to anything sweet (that is his forte), as sugar is the main staple in his diet. I am still trying to convince him that sugar is not an actual food group (or if it is, don't tell him!).
We countered the saltiness of the cashew nuts by adding maple syrup (and wildflower honey) to the crushed nuts. And because of the maple syrup, hubby thought it would go well with bacon or any other breakfast-related items. Hence, the Bacon-Maple Bar was born. ;-)
I didn't want to partake at first, as it didn't look so appetizing to me, but one bite and I was hooked! It was really delicious - the saltiness of the bacon, nuttiness of the cashew, and the deep sweetness of the drizzled maple syrup was just wonderful! This is breakfast and dessert rolled into one!
What you need:
2 cups roasted cashew nuts (salted)
3 tablespoons wildflower honey
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/3 cup peanut oil
3 strips (or more) of cooked bacon
What to do:
Start by heating the honey in a microwave-safe bowl for about 15 seconds. This is so the honey would be a bit runny and easier to mix in. After heating, add in the peanut oil and set aside.
Place the cashew nuts in the food processor, cover, and pulse for about 5 to 10 seconds. Continue doing so, while slowly drizzling the oil-honey mixture. Process until it is smooth. Add more peanut oil if it seems thick.
Slather on top of cooked bacon and drizzle with more maple syrup. Enjoy!
Tips, Tricks and Tweaks:
1. Taste would depend on a lot of factors. If using unsalted roasted nuts, add about a teaspoon of salt. Tweak honey/syrup amount according to your preference.
2. We used real maple syrup. Not sure how artificial maple syrups would taste.
3. Less is more. Start with a little bit, mix it, taste it. Tweak, and continue until desired taste is acquired.