I spend a fair bit of time cooking and baking healthier food options – not just for myself but for the kids too. Being a time poor Mum of 3 hungry boys, I am on an endless search to find easy recipes that are delicious and healthy at the same time.
All 5 of us in this family have a sweet tooth, and one of my favourites is a chocolate caramel slice. So last week I tried out a new (adapted wholefood) recipe for a healthy caramel slice – and it was delicious! The part of a caramel slice I love the most is the middle caramel bit – and this is hard to replicate when not using caramelised processed sugar. This recipe uses a combination of macadamias and dates to make a smooth, rich, creamy caramel. Let me know what you think.
Healthy chocolate caramel slice
1 tablespoon cacao
10 medjool dates (de-stoned)
2 cups dessicated coconut (can use shredded if you prefer a rougher base)
Blend the base ingredients together in a food processor/thermomix, until they are well combined (add more dates if the mixture isn’t wet enough to come together). Press the mixture into a slice tin and then refrigerate or freeze whilst preparing the filling and topping.
1 cup macadamias
1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1 cup medjool dates (pack firmly in cup)
Blend the ingredients together in food processor/thermomix until they are smooth. Press into tin on top of base, and put back in fridge/freezer
1/3 cup maple syrup (optional)
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao
Blend ingredients together together in food processor/thermomix until smooth. If you prefer a less sweet option, and like the taste of dark chocolate, exclude the maple syrup. Pour on top of filling, smooth out to cover whole tin and then refrigerate/freeze for a few hours, or until set. Then cut into pieces and store in fridge/freezer.