Healthified Caramel Slice is so popular that we simply had to create two versions… One raw caramel slice and one baked. Both recipes are made using similar ingredients but they have a very different texture.
Not only is it delicious but this raw caramel slice also happens to be raw, vegan, gluten free & refined sugar free. To sweeten we have used medjool dates (more information on the health benefits of dates below) as well as a small amount of maple syrup in the base. For the chocolate, we have used Alter Eco 90% SuperDark premium chocolate. All Alter Eco chocolates are Certified Organic, Fairtrade, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and most are gluten free.
Alter Eco recently debuted a new vegan Superdark range including vegan chocolate truffles, 90% dark chocolate (plain and crisp mint) and double chocolate coconut clusters! The new range features premium ingredients like silky-smooth Swiss-made cocoa and nourishing coconut oil. Once you try it there is no turning back!
RAW CARAMEL SLICE
1/2 cup buckinis, ground to a flour
1/2 cup cashews, ground to a flour
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp boiling water
1 cup medjool dates
1 cup macadamias
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp hulled tahini
2 tsp maca powder, optional
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp sea salt
120 grams Alter Eco SuperDark Chocolate
- Combine all base ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mix well until it starts to stick together (it is easiest to use your hands to make sure it is well combined).
- Press into the base of a greased and lined baking tray and place in the fridge while you make the caramel.
- Combine all caramel ingredients in a high-power blender, blend until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon on top of the base, spreading evenly.
- Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until fairly firm.
- Using a double saucepan, melt dark chocolate in a shallow saucepan and spread melted chocolate on top of the caramel.
- Return to fridge for another 10-15 minutes to allow chocolate to set.
- Using a sharp knife, cut into small slices, serve and enjoy.
What are the health benefits of medjool dates?
Dates frequently appear in our cakes and desserts as our sweetener of choice. This is because the whole fruit is used, capturing fibre and nutrients as well as its sweet properties. They are an especially good choice when trying to create a natural ‘caramel’ flavour.
Here are some of the nutritional benefits of dates:
- Dietary fibre, for colon health and improving cholesterol HDL/LDL ratio
- Good source of iron, for healthy red blood cells allowing oxygenation to cells in the body
- Contain a number of other essential minerals including, calcium, magnesium, manganese and copper, required for numerous biochemical functions including making powerful endogenous anti-oxidants
- Combination of beta-carotene, vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin in dates all provide anti-oxidant benefits and particularly benefit eye health and vision, protecting against macular degeneration
- Contain vitamins including B group vitamins and vitamin K