Salted caramel should be added to everything!

Caramel_1I love this recipe – so much that I have convinced myself it is ok for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. (I shared the recipe ages ago on my facebook page thing)

It’s easy, it’s tasty and it wins you points with friends and family. This is important when you are renovating a house and need assistance (read cheap/free labour):

Ingredients:

Base

½ cup soaked dates

1 cup raw almonds

½ cup cashew nuts (go to a bulk bin place/Indian store and get the cashew pieces. Way cheaper than whole.

2 tsp vanilla essence (not the imitation stuff. Get the real deal. Its pricer but you its so much better for you.)

Process/Blend/through into your coffee grinder the nuts and blend until they are smooth. Add in the strained soaked dates and vanilla and mix it through till it is sticky. Then place in a lined tray and flatten down. Throw into freezer while you do step 2 caramely goodness.

Caramel

½ cup tahini

½ cup maple syrup (once again, go the good stuff, otherwise its sugar syrup with a maple flavour)

¼ cup melted coconut oil

Large pinch sea salt

Melt all the ingredients together with the salt. Pretty complex huh?

Pour over the cold base and place back in freezer.

Chocolate topping:

3 tbsp raw cacao powder

½ cup melted coconut oil

3 ½ tbs maple syrup or a third of tsp of stevia

Sea salt for sprinkling

Melt together on a low heat until everything is incorporated. Pour over the chilled caramel layer (make sure it is quite firm before pouring), sprinkle some sea salt on the top and freezer the lot for a few hours.

That’s it. Don’t even try and tell me you didn’t eat the lot within the day. To combat the guilt some may feel about this, I have found if you give someone ONE piece you officially did not eat it all. And if it’s official that is all that counts.

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