OK, so I had some almond pulp in the fridge from making almond milk, and after reading some posts here and looking at recipes yesterday I decided to make the cinnamon rolls. I was a little daunted by the recipe, but it had such rave reviews I decided to try it.
Mistake number one: waiting until this morning – while simultaneously trying to get myself ready for work and my 9-year-old son (let’s call him “turtle boy”) ready for day camp – to attempt this recipe.
So I’m in a big fat hurry to begin with. I was doing great, actually, until the part about blending the dates, water and vanilla into a smooth, yummy paste. What I got was a big, fat mess… a dirty food processor that sprayed water all over the counter despite the little guard thingy that’s supposed to prevent just that, a dirty blender because the S-blade in the food processor kept spinning off it’s base and making this horrible scary WWWWWIIIIIIIINNNNNGGGGG noise, necessitating the transfer to the blender, which didn’t quite make it all the way into the blender without adding to the slop on the counter, and a batch of lumpy, watery date almost-puree-more-like-soup. I’m thinking maybe when the recipe said to use SOFT dates, there was a reason. I kept having flashbacks of when I was a kid and my sister and I would make crazy weird concoctions with every spice & ingredient we could think of, destroying the kitchen in the process (I have a mother who’s very tolerant of the fallout from creative expression). I had bowls and appliance parts and ingredients all over the place!
Heh… but I’m nothing if not persistent (ahem… bullheaded) and so I soldiered on. All in hurry-up mode, of course. I dumped the date, er, stuff into the almond & flax mixture, added the olive oil and agave, stirred it all up into a homogenous mass and what I ended up with was a very fragrant, quite delicious, goop. Threw the goop into a large ziplock and shaped it roughly into a cylinder, tossed it in the fridge (literally… I was flying at this point and it bounced back out and hit the floor… hehehe, thank goodness for ziplock), threw all the dishes into the dishwasher and called it good.
So tonight when I get home, I’m hoping to find a nicely firmed-up log that I can cut into slices and dehydrate for a while, and I’ll call it cinnamon roll cookies. If it’s still goop, I’ll eat it with a spoon and call it good. ;o)
Oh, and I was only seven minutes late for work. Ha.