A Sweet Vegan & Raw Treat: Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Squares
A sweet treat that's gluten free, vegan and raw? You bet! This Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Square recipe by Emily Van Euw, author of the just-released cookbook Rawsome Vegan Baking, and founder of the popular blog This Rawsome Vegan Life, already has us drooling. We could tell you why these tasty treats are so damn good (you don't even need to be vegan to indulge), but let's have Emily tell you in her own words:
"These are way better than any packaged chocolate bar I’ve ever had, not only because they really do taste better, but also since they are made with only wholesome ingredients and love! This is another great recipe to share with those who doubt that “healthy” and “indulgent” can be included in the same dish — chocolate always wins ’em over."
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Gluten Free, Raw & Vegan Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Squares
Yields: 12 squares
Caramel Layer Ingredients:
- 1 cup (175 g) pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) melted
- ¼ cup water
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) melted
- ¼ cup (30 g) cacao powder
- 2 ½ tablespoons (50 g) pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- Pulse the almonds into flour, then
add dates and vanilla and process until it begins to stick together.
- Press into
the bottom of a parchment paper–lined 9-inch (23-cm) square baking pan and
place in the fridge until you add the caramel layer.
- Blend all the caramel ingredients
until smooth, and then spread onto the crust.
- Then do this for the chocolate
layer, too, and spread it over the caramel layer.
- Let it sit in the fridge
overnight and then slice and serve the next day. So good.