Vegan and Vegetarian News: Acorn Brownie Bites

Raw Tibicos / Fizz Kitchen, at 25 Keefer Road in St Catharines, is in the middle of Ontario’s Greenbelt!   The greenbelt was set up to protect some of Canada’s best growing areas; those famous vineyards and peach trees are on our doorstep, so close that I can almost reach out of my office window and pick a peach . . . !  All credit to the farmers here, we have a front-row seat for seeing first-hand how hard farmers work, and how many supplements are necessary, to grow healthy peaches and grapes in this area.   

A big part of what we do, is to develop products that use raw ingredients that can be grown in this area, with less, or no chemical inputs — not only to give the farmers a break — but perhaps more importantly —  to give the environment —  the soil microorganisms, insects, worms, and all those essential players —  a break from agricultural chemicals.  Acorns are a star performer in this category —  here in the middle of the Carolinian forest zone, Raw Tibicos / Fizz Kitchen consciously use as many ingredients as possible, from what could be our natural environment.  Please read the link below, for more about this wonderful, and beautiful, feature of nature, Ontario’s Carolinian forest.

The most recent addition to our “tastes of the Carolinian Forest” team, is a definite MVP:   Acorn Brownie Bites.  I was aware that acorns had been a much-loved staple of the First People in North America, and, as food designer, I was very interested in including acorns in our modern fast (healthy, delicious) food.  It took me a little over half a year of experimenting to come up with a process that worked in a commercial facility, to leach the tannins out of the acorns.  

Once that was accomplished, how to use the acorn flour?  My first desire was to use the flour in wraps, however, at this time, we cannot source enough acorns to supply traps!  Working with limits on acorn supply, and the innate nature of the flour, what emerged from the Raw Tibicos / (test) Fizz Kitchen is a moist, dense, chocolaty, European-level sweet.  So far —  so familiar —  however — there is a difference — as one might expect — when a minimally-processed acorn nut is used as a base — rather than processed-and-bleached white flour.  Here is how the acorn-flour brownie bite differs from a traditional brownie:  the acorn brownie has a tremendously clean mouth feel.  There is no feeling of a coating clinging to one’s teeth, and no soapy aftertaste.  Plus, since our processing method leaves the natural oil in the acorn flour, not only there no need for added fat, but also, the resulting batter tastes richer and “fattier” at a lower fat and calorie ratio than normal brownies —  all in a vegan, gluten-free package.

Please do come by, or call for delivery, to try the Acorn Brownie Bites. When biting into it, I hope that you feel part of the natural world, and most especially, by eating this, we are taking the first step on a road to a more sustainable agriculture.  Additionally, we are joining a millennia-long tradition of ecologically-friendly acorn-eating.  How often can we say that, when eating dessert?  As mentioned, these Acorn Brownie Bites have the added benefit of being vegan, and gluten-free.

Unlike our other menu items, which are either every-day, or on a five-week rotation, Acorn Browne Bites availability is based on our ability to source either intact acorns, or acorn flour.  Please do call (905) 646-1110, or email order@tibib.ca, to check for availability of this item.  A weekly email is available, which gives discounts, specials, and the week’s special menu items.   God bless, and God speed, in all you do!

chocolate-covered brownie bites made with acorn flour, pictured with glasses, for scale, and a Raw Tibicos customer loyalty card
Dark chocolate covered Acorn Brownie Bites, a healthy, sustainable-agriculture (semi-) sweet treat