This recipe has been satisfying all of my crunchy, nutty, chocolatey cravings as of late. I had thought of this recipe a while ago, but it wasn’t until last week when the mercury was cruising close to 100 that I actually executed it. It involves a few of my favorite ingredients, packaged neatly in a little sandwich, and stored in the freezer depths. At this point, I don’t blame you for thinking I’m describing an ice cream sandwich because that would be pretty awesome, too, but I’m describing something far more suited for my squirrel-like appetite. A mix of almond butter, tahini, cinnamon, and honey gets wedged between two seeded Mary’s Gone Crackers, dipped in melted chocolate, and sprinkled with sea salt and coconut. They are like a super-fancy, so-much-better-for-you, and heck-of-a-lot-much-more-delicious version of peanut butter Ritz bits. Yes, I compared them to Ritz bits. Superior Ritz bits.
I’ll warn you that they are addicting-as in, I used a whole box worth of Mary’s Gone Crackers for sandwiches in just one week to keep up with the addiction. Then again, I have a nut and seed problem, so that may just be me. The freezer chill makes the crackers extra crispy, but not break-your-teeth crispy, and the nut butter mix stays just creamy enough to give a soft, gooey inside. The only downside to these is that they don’t travel well--at all. They are not like m&m’s; they will melt in your mouth AND your hand. Nut butter will ooze everywhere, and you’ll find chocolate fingerprints all over the place for days. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
Nut Butter Freezer Sandwiches
32 Mary’s Gone Crackers (original flavor)
¼ cup almond butter
4 teaspoons tahini
2 teaspoons honey (maple syrup, if vegan)
Generous pinch ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
Toasted coconut, optional (for sprinkling)
Sea salt, optional (for sprinkling)
Mix the almond butter, tahini, honey, and cinnamon in a small bowl until combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Assemble the sandwiches. Scoop ½ teaspoon of nut butter filling onto bottom side of 16 crackers. Top with another cracker of similar size, gently pressing down, and set on prepared baking sheet. Transfer baking sheet to freezer and freeze for 20 minutes to allow filling to stiffen.
Meanwhile, melt chocolate in double boiler, or in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each set. When the nut butter has set, remove pan from freezer. Working quickly, dip sandwiches halfway into melted chocolate. Return dipped sandwiches to parchment and sprinkle with coconut and sea salt (if using) while chocolate is still warm. Return to freezer and allow for chocolate to set, at least 20 minutes. Store in freezer and enjoy from there! Makes 16 sandwiches.