When life doesn’t give you ‘koffiewafels’…

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a recipe for vegan lion bars from wateetjedanwel.nl. My blogger name being kitchenoflion and all, I thought it would be amazing to make these lions. I’ve never been a great fan of lion bars – too sticky, too sweet – but I just needed to give these a try.

So this morning, I went for a brisk walk to Summertown where there are four supermarkets in one street: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S, and Co-op food. I even went to Holland&Barrett to stock up on my chia seeds (buy one get one for a penny!) and I got rice puffs and dates there as well.

The only thing I needed now was koffiewafels. It’s like waffles, but not the soft ones you toast, but small hard ones. Usually they have a flavor, like vanilla, coffee, or even cheese. You know what I mean, right?

Anyway, I couldn’t find them anywhere. It was like the whole universe had plotted against me and decided to fight against me and my quest for koffiewafels (I do tend to be a little bit dramatic, of course this is not the end of the world, I know). Fortunately, I have a brilliant boyfriend who came with the brilliant idea to eat the paste I already made on rice crackers. Take that, universe!

So I’ve learned my lesson: if life doesn’t give you koffiewafels, make a delicious spread instead.

Vegan Caramel Spread

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp almond butter
  • 8 dates, soaked in hot water


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a sauce pan, add the maple syrup and almond butter and stir well.
  2. Meanwhile, use a food processor to blitz the dates and keep a spoonful of the water you soaked them in.
  3. Add the dates to the mixture and stir well.
  4. Leave to cool before spreading it on bread, rice crackers, or just eating it as it is!

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