Chocolate and nut caramel slices

Healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices recipe

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Healthy cakes and snacks

Sometimes you want healthier treats that look and taste decadent like these caramel slices, so scrumptious that my cake-testing friends all said ‘Wow!  They’re amazing!’ at first bite.  Their eyes widened with delight, even more so upon hearing these treats are good for you!  The soft pastry-like base holds well, made of ground nuts, coconut flour and oil, sweetened with maple syrup and optional coconut sugar. The delicious middle caramel layer interspersed with crunchy nuts is a combination of dates, pure almond or peanut butter, coconut oil and salt.  And the crunchy dark chocolate top layer is swirled with sesame and chia seeds adding texture and flavour.  So these slices are gluten-free, dairy-free with no added or refined sugars.  And delicious.  Yay!  Do you want your own little stock of healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices?

Chocolate and nut caramel slices

Have a chocolate and nut caramel slice

Go on… the recipe’s no-bake and very easy.  And they’re pretty healthy!

Healthy and happy

I’m not an expert on dietary matters but I think the 70% dark chocolate will make you happy and the dates give you energy and stabilise your sugar levels.  The nuts of your choice provide numerous health benefits.  I used a combination of almonds, walnuts and pecans with a little pure organic peanut butter.  Coconut flour is meant to have interesting health benefits and the optional coconut sugar is derived from natural processes with a small amount of nutrients regular sugar doesn’t have.  Dates are quite high in natural sugar and these slices are very satisfying so you probably only need two or three a day. 

THE RECIPE

I was inspired by Food for the soul’s Raw caramel and walnut slices and Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen’s Healthy caramel slices.  This recipe combines elements of both but the main difference is mine have less coconut and the topping’s dark chocolate, not cocoa and coconut oil.  I also add nut pieces to the caramel because I like my crunchy bits.  The very subtle background flavour is a combination of salt, ginger, vanilla and the chia and toasted sesame seeds but you can easily play with this recipe to suit your tastes.

Healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices

Healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices

Equipment

You need a food processor or equipment that grinds nuts fine and the dates into a paste.

Preparation

  • line a rectangle baking tin (about 27 x 19 x 3cm/11 x 7 x 1in) with baking paper
  • soak the dates 15 – 30 minutes in cold water so they soften for the caramel, then drain
  • melt 4 and a half tablespoons coconut oil in a small saucepan, over low heat

Bottom ‘pastry-like’ layer

  • 90g/3/4 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 75g/3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 30g/3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar (or maple syrup/honey)
  • half a teaspoon ground ginger, optional
  • half a teaspoon pure vanilla essence

Healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices illustrated recipe

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Middle caramel and nut layer

  • 350-400g/12-14oz mejdool dates, pitted and soaked (about 3 and a half to 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons natural organic almond, peanut or cashew butter
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon coconut oil (left in the pan from the oil you melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or a little more to taste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup and 2 tbsp cold water, optional (only add if your mixture seems too thick)
  • 50-60g/scant 1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or pistachios

Healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices illustrated recipe

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Top chocolate layer

  • 100-150g/3 and a half to 5oz 70% dark chocolate (like good-quality Lindt)
  • 1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp toasted black sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • some extra white sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

Note:  with 100g -110g dark chocolate you’ll have a softer thin layer but with 150g there’ll be a thicker crunch.  The seeds are optional.

Melt the chocolate over a bain marie.  Stir in the sesame and chia seeds.  Spread over the cold caramel layer very quickly with a small spatula knife.  Work quickly because it starts hardening on the cold caramel.  You can sprinkle white sesame seeds on top while the chocolate is still soft for a nice visual effect.

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Quickly cut the slices before the chocolate layer is completely set.  Use a big serrated bread knife and cut straight down with a sawing motion, to and fro.  Test a slice to check it’s okay.  🙂

Chocolate and nut caramel slices

Chocolate and nut caramel slices

Eating and storing

You can eat these immediately but they seem tastier after a day or two and keep up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  They can be taken on trips, to work, the park or when you go training and they make a nice breakfast or tea.  In other words good any time!  🙂

So if you fancy a healthy decadent treat try these chocolate and nut caramel slices!

Healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices

Have a healthy chocolate and nut caramel slice!

Thanks for dropping in again sweet and healthy reader and have a lovely end of the week and weekend!  Happy baking, no-baking and eating! 🙂 x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baking on Sundays with my French mum was a lovely part of my childhood. Later I experimented with baking books or internet recipes and did the pâtisserie course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Still trying out new recipes and inventing cakes with influences from all around the world, including some healthier ones. Yes, love cakes!!! Hope you'll love them too and have fun baking. :)

25 thoughts on “Healthy chocolate and nut caramel slices recipe”

  1. Sandhya says:

    Lili, these look absolutely scrumptious and so healthy! I did not read about storing them because I know I won’t have any to store:)

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    • Thanks so much Sandhya … I can’t guarantee they’ll be healthy if you eat all of them immediately 🙂 Then again… why not?! 🙂

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  2. These are really incredible Lili! I can’t believe you can make such a thick and soft caramel from a combination of nut butter and dates…and compared to the ingredient list of a regular caramel (hmm…sugar!) it sounds just as delicious or maybe even a bit more delicious 🙂 What I love about your healthy baking is that it doesn’t seem like a “compromise”, or it is, but I think it sounds delicious just by virtue of the ingredients and the clever ways you’ve mixed them, not because it is a replacement for other things. They don’t need to replace anything because these healthy slices stand perfectly well on their own!

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    • Thank you Laurie! You really explain well what these healthy treats try to do… I do think this kind of caramel is more delicious in its own way – or just different and it’s worth playing around with the flavours, I’ll be even more inspired by your lovely comments to continue experimenting with ‘healthy patisserie’ so thanks again! :).

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  3. Lili…these look amazing…I love the dark chocolate layer, it must add a crunch. Thanks so much for the link back….much appreciated but your skills just took it to another delicious level. I would love to try this out very soon. Have a great weekend

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    • Thanks so much Zeba! That’s so nice of you and I’m happy you like these and want to make them (yes, the chocolate does add a crunch). You have so many delicious recipes like your Raw caramel and walnut bars – thank you again for the wonderful inspiration. Have a lovely weekend too! 🙂

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  4. Looks like a nibble of these would be the perfect mid-day “pick me up”! Love everything about these delish slices of heaven!

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    • Thank you so much Nancy! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with your pick-me-up idea and so glad you like these slices. 🙂

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