I don't always make sweets, but when I do, they are usually chocolate.☺
This weekend my in-laws, came to visit, so I made these Chocolate Caramel Squares as a "healthy dessert" with dinner Friday night. I am a believer in the "80/20 rule." That means, in general, 80% of the time we should be eating healthy, good quality, live, natural foods, and 20% of the time it's okay to indulge in a little treat (especially if those treats are made with high quality ingredients, such as: almonds, medjool dates, honey, cacao powder, tahini and coconut oil)! 👍
I was introduced to these squares by my sister-in-law.. She found the recipe on one of those 30 second cooking videos you see on facebook. This one in particular is called "Caramel Slices" by Food Matters Kitchen. They are a little bit tricky to make but worth the work. The combination of the ingredients and the 3 different layers give this treat a delicious taste and a perfect texture.
*Keep in mind, with these squares, even though they are made with all natural ingredients, they are very rich, so take it easy and only have 1(or 2 😉) pieces in a sitting. Your taste buds will be satisfied and your body will thank you later for not over doing it (trust me on this one😅)!
Here's the recipe!
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup medjool dates
(Make sure you take the seeds out of the dates, otherwise you are in for a not so nice suprise.)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
Mix together in a food processor until crumbly (it takes a while so be patient!😉). Press down into a glass pan that is lined with plastic wrap and put in the freezer to set.
2nd caramel layer:
1 cup medjool dates
1/2 cup coconut oil
4 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
Process until smooth, then spread evenly over the first layer. Freeze for 20-30 minutes.
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
Pour over second layer and freeze for another 20 minutes before cutting into squares.
Keep in freezer safe container up to 2 weeks. 😊 Enjoy!