No Bake Caramel Date Slices
Makes 8-12 | Time: 20 minutes prep. 1+ hour cooling.
I posted a snap of these caramel slices on Instagram and promised to share the recipe. So here we are, more than a month later… you’ll notice a few of “your choice”’s thrown in here, that’s because I don’t actually follow a recipe when making these caramel slices but this is about as close as I can get to writing out the very basics. The measurements are rather approximate so I’ve tried to describe what kind of consistency to look for as you go! I know that’s not super helpful but in the spirit of learning to go with the flow and embrace the unpredictability of life, here we are! Feel free to experiment with it and change things around as you want!
- 1 cup almond flour (you could probably use any coarse flour substitute though such as ground oats etc)
- 1 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or other sticky liquid sweetener – divided
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons coconut milk/cream
- Approx 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 bars dark chocolate (or chocolate of your choice). (Around a cup)
- 1/2 cup granola or crunchy garnish of your choice
The base: In a blender or food processor, blend the almond flour, 3-4 dates, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of liquid sweetener. Such that it reaches a sticky but dry kind of “doughy” consistency.
- Spoon the base mixture into the bottom of muffin tins, lined with cupcake papers, and flatten with your fingers to make a sort of mini pie crust
The “caramel”: blend the remaining dates, 3-5 tablespoons of date water, vanilla extract, a splash of coconut milk, and remaining tablespoon of liquid sweetener (as you wish). This should reach a syrupy/caramel-like consistency. (Mine usually still has date chunks in it but that’s totally fine!)
- Spoon this filling on top of your base in your muffin tins.
Chocolate topping: over low heat, with continual stirring, use a saucepan to melt the chocolate, 2 tablespoons of coconut milk, and a small spoonful of coconut oil.
- Once melted, spoon on top of your squares.
- Garnish with a pinch of crunchy granola/nut mix/candies etc and pop in the freezer.
- After a couple hours they should have firmed up and be ready to eat. You can keep them in the freezer or the fridge as you wish for a cool and tasty snack.