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It was my birthday this week and I wanted to make something to celebrate. I wanted to try something tasty but relatively healthy at the same time. I made an avocado chocolate cake for my son Oisin’s 6th birthday which went down a treat with all the adults but the kids were not impressed! He has reminded me multiple times during the year that he doesn’t want an avocado cake for his birthday!
These on the other hand were a big hit with everyone – little & big ones alike! I found this recipe in The Happy Pear Cookbook which is a really lovely book by the way. I don’t eat meat so it’s rally nice to flick through a book knowing that I could eat everything in it! These caramel slices are seriously good and they have a lovely depth of flavour with just the right amount of chew….seriously moreish! They’re pretty healthy too so you don’t have to feel too guilty. The main sweetness comes from dates & 70% dark chocolate for the top. I would definitely recommend giving them a go. I only made half a batch as I wasn’t sure what they’d turn out like but I’ll definitely be making more….so the recipe below is adapted to reflect this.
No-bake caramel slices
For the base
180g dates – they say Medjool or regular – I just used regular as they’re much cheaper & they worked perfectly!
120g whole almonds
110g oat flakes – I used organic oat flakes
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
-Blitz the dates in a food processor – add a little water so it forms a thick paste-like consistency. Add the almonds and oat flakes and blitz until they resemble breadcrumbs.
-Melt the coconut oil and stir into the mixture – I melted the oil in a microwave for about 30 seconds.
-Add the vanilla extract.
-Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and then spread this mixture out evenly – My mixture was really sticky and I found the easiest way to do this was with my fingers.
-Put it in the fridge to chill.
For the filling
30g cashew or almond butter – I used smooth almond butter
55g melted coconut oil
pinch of sea salt
-Blitz the dates and add a little water until you get a smooth texture.
-Heat the cashew butter and coconut oil until melted – you could do this in a pan but once again I did it in the microwave.
-Add this mixture to the dates and process until smooth.
-Add the pinch of sea salt.
-Layer the mixture over the base – I found the easiest way to do this was with a spatula.
-Put it back in the fridge
For the topping
100g dark chocolate
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
-Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
-When melted add in the coconut oil.
-Pour over the caramel layer and put back into the fridge
Cut into slices or bite size little pieces and enjoy!
Have a great weekend.