Thursday, June 7, 2012

Raw Vegan Caramels with Chocolate Nut Butter

These Raw Vegan Caramels are adapted from a recipe at Averie Cooks

These are beautiful little bites of chewy, sweet goodness.

I took Averie's advise and added some homemade chocolate butter on top
just to make them even more perfect.
I made a chocolate sauce by blending sugar free peanut butter with cocoa powder and
NuNaturals Liquid Vanilla Stevia
The main sweetness comes from ground up dates.
Make sure if you're using whole dates to remove the pits.
Thanks to NuNaturals, they are sugar free except for the date sugar.
When you have the 'caramel' dough, flatten it out on a stick free surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
Refrigerate to firm the caramel.
 I combined the dates with sunflower seeds.  Blend the Sunflower Seeds first and then add in the other caramel ingredients. 
I had better success pulsing the blender much of the time until a paste formed.
The original recipe calls for pine nuts, but I'm saving money using sunflower seeds but
I'm sure that these would be even better using Pine Nuts.

Raw Vegan Caramels with Chocolate Nut Butter Frosting

1 Cup Raw Unsalted Sunflower Seeds (or Pine Nuts)
15 Pitted Medjool Dates
2 Tbs. Olive Oil (if using Pine Nuts, omit the oil)
2 tsp. Liquid Vanilla Stevia

Pulse Sunflower Seeds until pulverized.  Add in the dates
and pulse until lumpy batter forms.  Add in other ingredients and
continue pulsing until smooth and lay out on a non stick surface.
Push batter down to form a large 1/4 inch thick rectangle.  Refrigerate for
30 minutes to firm up caramels before icing.  Cut into squares.  Store in a
sealed container.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting
16 oz Jar of Natural Peanut Butter
1/4 Cup Palm Sugar or other sweetener
1/4 Cup plus 2 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Liquid Vanilla Stevia
1 Tbs. Non Dairy Milk
Pinch of Sea Salt

Blend in a food processor until smooth.  Store in a sealed container
in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 2 months (they won't last that long but they could)

See the original recipe for other options and flavors. I think next time
I will make a smaller batch and use the Pine Nuts.
I'm also thinking that some coarse Sea Salt sprinkled in would be a great addition too!
Guilt free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free delicious little bites of sweet enjoyment!

Fantastic heathy recipe.  Thanks again Averie....

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