As the book makes its rounds on a blog tour, I was assigned to try out the Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Squares. Okay, if I must! As von Euw writes in her intro to the recipe, this is a great treat to share with people who doubt that "healthy" and "indulgent" can come together in the same dish.
With a base of almonds and dates and two more layers made up of simple ingredients like coconut oil, vanilla, cacao powder and maple syrup, you might not expect these squares to become the tasty little beauties that they ultimately become. That's my version, above. I popped half the batch into the freezer so I can grab one and eat it anytime I have a craving for sweets. These naturally sweetened squares are a much healthier option than a typical packaged snack or chocolate bar with refined sugars.
Here is the official photo from the book. One of the things I love about Rawsome Vegan Baking is that each and every recipe is accompanied by a beautiful photo. From the looks of it, these recipes create fancy-looking desserts that you can proudly display for friends and family after a special meal.
Yet the recipes aren't complicated to make. Once you have stocked up on ingredients such as cashews, almonds, oats, dates, cacao, fruits and coconut oil, you'll be set to make any number of these
unique and lovely desserts with the help of your trusty food processor. Don't be confused by the word "baking" in the title - the book includes an abundance of cook-free raw vegan recipes for cakes and cupcakes, cookies, pies and tarts, puddings and ice creams and more.
Ultimate Caramel Chocolate Squares
Keywords: raw dessert vegan sugar-free bars
Ingredients (Makes: about 12)
- 2 cups (290 g) raw almonds
- 1 ½ cups (263 g) pitted dates
- Splash of vanilla extract
- 1 cup (175 g) pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup water
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup (30 g) cacao powder
- 2 ½ tablespoons (50 g) pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
TO MAKE THE BASE LAYER: 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.
TO MAKE THE CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE LAYERS: 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.
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