Caramel Slice but not as you know it. It’s for everyone who loves Caramel and Chocolate plus it’s gluten free and Vegan friendly.
It’s hard not to love a caramel slice, and this Date, Cashew and Caramel Slice is THE best. It’s especially a nice treat to make for someone you want to spoil. I can think of a special person you may want to spoil this weekend. Can’t you?
My Mum left for a long well earned rest lots of years ago. When they are gone the empty space can sometimes make you feel rudderless. Parents are such an anchor and childhood only just seems to start making sense as you get older. There are so many things I wanted to tell my Mother over the years and so many things I wanted to ask. But that’s gone, time has passed and there is no chance.
Now I am a Mother of an intelligent good humoured young person. I want to waste no time sharing little things with him about my life and how I feel about him. There is only one life after all. It must be done now.
So, back to who I could spoil with this almost guilt free caramel slice.
I know you are thinking I have lost my marbles. How is it almost guilt free?. This slice, my friends is not made with sugar or cream, no condensed milk or even gluten. Nup. It’s almost entirely trouble free. That is unless you like sweet things and can’t stop eating it. It tastes like caramel yet it most certainly isn’t. The slice itself needs to be kept a little chilled for it to be at it’s best because it is also mostly unbaked.
This recipe is from Nadia Lim, a New Zealand based chef and nutritionist. I met her a couple of weeks ago. I love her fresh approach to food, she doesn’t preach about clean food and she’s not stuck in a health niche. She just makes fresh, interesting food. You may not have heard of her YET but I am sure that you will. I am often the Queen of cakes and sugar and so it seems that even I need to learn to make desserts another way too. ( sometimes).
The filling to this slice is made with dates, cashews and maple syrup. I have added butter but you could use coconut oil like Nadia does. Something a little different and kind of funky. To be fair I guess it’s still got natural sugar in it but put it this way, it doesn’t have any real added sugar, like I said, it’s a shock. Let me know how you go with it.
This also has a Skater seal of approval. I haven’t told him yet that he was eating dates and cashews. I might wait till he eats another piece.
- 100 gm almonds ground, for gluten free
- 50 gm coconut shredded not desiccated / unsweetened
- 2 Tablespoon cocoa powder or a rich Dutch cocoa
- 100 gm almonds raw 1/2 cup
- 120 gm dates (or what's left of the 500 gm packet below used for the filling), 6 large fresh
- 100 gm coconut oil or melted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 400 gm dates can be fresh or dried- fresh is slightly better
- 200 ml water 3/4 cup water
- 250 gm cashews (either soak overnight or put into a pot. Just cover with water and simmer for 10 minutes or till softened drain and leave to cool) This makes about 2 cups
- 100 ml just under 1/2 cup Pure maple Syrup
- 100 gm coconut oil or butter just under 1/2 cup melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 200 gm dark chocolate chopped
- 200 ml coconut cream
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped, optional
Be nice to your Mother…………..tidy your room.